The density of a good gelato

Because Gelati is by nature, more dense than ice cream and is one million times more delicious!

Check out me know post on where to find the best Gelati in Florence.


LiveFlorence: #localeats Gelati

Florence – where one can eat gelati until they burst! Because they have the BEST gelati in the world! According to some polls and me anyway.

But I believe if you know where to look you CAN find the best gelati in the world, but beware as there is also plenty of average and plenty of bad gelati too.

My Sugar: Wins my vote for the best artisanal gelateria in Florence, it is small and is often missed on the top 10 lists when it should be included. Continue reading “LiveFlorence: #localeats Gelati”

Giovanna e Marco: Foodies tour Firenze

Come on a foodies tour of Florence with us, Giovanna and Marco (Italian aliases courtesy of our tour guide).


To start in Italy one must always begin with an espresso.


and a nice light breakfast – sfogliatina alla crema at Pasticceria Sieni.


Heading to Florence’s central market for a hearty second breakfast. Slow braised veal panino.


Don’t forget the hot sauce.


A quick meander around the market and a stop off to taste some cheese and salumi.


So much cheese.


So much parmigiano.


A major highlight – balsamic appreciation. So delicious!




Balsamic on everything!


Can you be a foodie in Florence without the obligatory wine tasting? I think not, and also ensure that you get a good grappa spritzing. Grappa immersion is apparently the only way to appreciate it. Grappa immersion is messy so the camera was put away.





And wrapping up an Italian food tour should end with gelati. Not once.

Dairy lovers: Melon and pistachio. Non dairy: Melon and watermelon.
Not twice.

Dairy lovers: Cheesecake, raspberry mousse and chocolate. Non dairy: Fig and chocolate. Note this was the best ever!
But thrice.

Dairy lovers: Tiramisu and coffee. Non dairy: Grape and limon.
Too much gelati? Maybe or maybe not?

A special thanks to our friends for sending us on this wonderful food tour of Florence.

Amalfi Coast – Italy

In previous trips to Italy I had never ventured further south than Rome, I had always been completely satisfied with the coastal towns of Cinque Terre.

I was not wrong. Cinque Terre is amazing and remains high on my list of travel destinations. The Amalfi Coast however has scale that Cinque Terre cannot compare with. There is a quaintness that Cinque Terre offers, with small picturesque villages dotted along the coastline. The Amalfi Coast equally has villages dotted along the coastline – in comparison though it offers much larger villages along a much larger coastline.

Sometimes on a holiday there are destinations on the itinerary that you don’t think too much about. On this trip to Italy the Amalfi Coast was one of those destinations. I knew I would love it and that is all I had planned. I had always heard how wonderful it was but had also heard one must see it before they can really appreciate how spectacular it is.

What a surprise. The Amalfi Coast is now one of those destinations I will never forget and I will always compare all subsequent destinations to it.

The azure skies and waters are simply breathtaking and with views from high up on the cliffs the mediterranean vistas can simply be admired.


Our hire care was not well suited to the narrow windy roads of the Amalfi Coast so we hired a scooter to discover the coast line. A decision well made. It was so much easier to get around on the scooter and it added to the atmosphere – scooting along the winding roads with the salty fresh air filling our lungs – Bliss.

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We also discovered an amazing restaurant high up on the cliff just after Amalfi that had the most amazing pasta with the best Napoli sauce I have ever tasted – lets be honest though tomatoes in Italy are simply the best.

The Amalfi Coast met all of my expectations on day one and then each day after that I was taken somewhere I could never have imagined.

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