On the first day of my tour, Food & Wine: Flavors of Tuscany & Umbria, I arrived in Florence at 9am local time and my Tour Director Sabra was there to meet me. I got in much earlier than the rest of the group, so I had time to drop off my bags and start exploring on my own for the day—a great way to start off the trip.
Sabra was really helpful in giving me some tips on where to visit and she recommended an area of Florence that we wouldn’t be seeing on our guided tours over the next couple of days. So I headed to Lungarno Soderini, the street on the opposite side of the Arno river, which Sabra said had some great views.
I decided to wander aimlessly around and see what I’d find. There’s something really empowering and freeing when you leave certain things to chance. It’s such a change of pace to be unplugged and not rely on your smartphone to get around, and just make turns based on how you’re feeling. That’s how I ended up at the cutest farmer’s market/yard sale/craft fair near the Santo Spirito.
There were vendors selling gorgeous flowers and spices, plus homemade honey, soaps and cheeses. There was also an incredible assortment of vintage books and picture frames, homemade ceramic dishes and platters. It was so much to take in, and it took all of my willpower not to buy anything—it’s still only the first day!
Until my next foodie to-do,
Melissa is tasting her way through Food & Wine: Flavors of Tuscany and Umbria. Follow along as she checks off all of her food-centric to-dos.