by Suzanne Stavert
Our very personal tour of Florence, Italy through the eyes of our son Nick.
This particular trip to Florence was actually a personal tour given to us by our son Nick who was studying abroad. It was a perfect time for Craig and I to travel to Italy and just enjoy the glorious city from a local’s perspective. Florence’s historic center is relatively small, and easily walkable. It seems that nearly every church and every building contains historic art and important architectural elements.
It was so heartwarming to have Nick take us to his special local spots and to hear stories about his experience in Florence. He shared what he enjoyed, where he hung out and where he especially liked to go. Fortunately, we had been to Florence several times before, so we did not need to take in the numerous iconic sights as a first time visitor would plan to do.
We stayed in a charming hotel located directly on the edge of the Arno River, the luxurious Hotel Lungarno. A small, lovely, quiet hotel with views to take your breath away.
We stood in line in the pouring rain for these fresh Italian deli sandwiches, stacked high with meat and made on warm, rosemary focaccia rolls. I can smell them now, they were out of this world.