Back in Florence, I took my family and baby sister to all the places on my personal Florence to-do list, leaving some time for shopping, naturally. This city is literally an outdoor museum. Every street corner you'll find history and art and mystery. I took my sister to my art history class and later, during lunch, she gave the lesson to my parents as if she would've memorized it! Oh, to be 18.
The weather is cooling down so gelato doesn’t really do it anymore. Instead, the streets are filled with the smell of roasted chestnuts and people walk around with their paper cones filled to the brim with them. My parents were obsessed when they came in January and I was so excited to see the chestnuts stands out right before they arrived. However, I prefer a Venchino from Venchi, a “shot” of hot, melted chocolate topped with whipped cream. Its not for the easily cloyed, but if you’re anything like me and would be willing to maybe sell an organ for chocolate, its perfect pick-me-up.
Miraculously, I stumbled upon the Villa San Michele hotel a few months back while researching online on where to take them in Fiesole. I'm so glad we got to go for lunch just a few three days before the hotel closed for the season! It was possibly the best meal I've had in Italy, and the views from up there are just to die for. The place is perfection and the people so friendly! My dad was completely enthralled with their wine list. My mom kept joking about taking home their china, which, judging by experience, is a very effective way to twist the Mr’s arm into buying her a set. Lucky they didn’t have luggage space for such a purchase.
Time always runs short when you’re having that much fun. With only a month left until my return home, this goodbye was less traumatic but nothing short of emotional. I don’t think goodbyes ever get easier.