As many tourists say ABC "Another Bloody Church"
Off to Bologna & Florence for a week or so in October A chance to catch up on and get a little closer to some Italian food culture, the food may be great and tasty but its not inspirational it all seems so bogged down in tradition and poor presentation.
An interesting tip is a trip to a balsamic vinegar museum.
Take the tour slow the museum and tour are full of background & cultural information.
You'll think twice before buying your next supermarket balsamic. The museum is situated in Spilamberto just outside Moderna.
For the best lunch in Florence try the Mercado Central de Florencia, its full of locals and tourists, here you can browse around and select exactly what local goodies you'd like to try. Relaxing and comfortable seating make it perfect for grazing between the food stalls and pop up restaurants.
Greve in Chianti lies in the middle of Tuscany and is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, the Enoteca Falorni wine shop is well wort a visit here you can buy a tasting card and taste away the best that Tuscany has to offer. Macelleria Falorni, the charcuterie boutique on the "prime side" of the main village square is well worth a long study perusal, a butcher charcuterie shop with a long history full of old and interesting photos plus an over indulgence of all that’s good from the region, don't forget the cheese cellar downstairs.
Italy abounds with cafes and great coffee, pick me up sweets aren’t far away, they look great and some taste as good as they look, others you know you can get the same dessert of better quality in most cities around the world, almost makes you wonder how they can be so protective of their heritage and allow that quality and ambition to slip unnoticed.
Pisa & the Tower is a bit of a must for many people. the constant crush of meandering tourists reaches a pinnacle around these magnificent buildings. Religious tourism isn't just for the believers but only for the believers with deep pockets, if you are planning a trip to see these architectural masterpieces take loads of cash. Walking around the area outside the church and tourism splendor you are greeted with a dirty, run down, outdated and congested city suburb, there’s no Italian glam and design here. Tuscany is great, but you won’t be alone.