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The Morning after the Night Before, Hungover in Florence

We woke up the day after the wedding, it had been a late night with a serious amount of drinking…we missed breakfast (sob!) and I was determined to find somewhere amazing for lunch.
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Dragging ourselves out of bed and making ourselves some what presentable, we headed out into town in search of some really good food. Well that’s not exactly hard in a gastronomic city like Florence.
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A few bloggers including Jess from The Travelista had told me about L’Osteria di Giovanni and I became determined to hunt it out. I hate to be disappointed by a meal so if I can go on a recommendation, I always will.DSC_0911
And as we stepped inside, we definitely weren’t disappointed…a bustling restaurant with rustic decor and full of energetic Italian voices was what we found. DSC_0907
Some delicious, salty fried dough – which I suspect may have contained the odd calorie or two – was put on our table and feeling starving and with sore heads from the night before, it was just what we needed.
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Just like at Cantina Antinori, we over ordered… a thick, hearty Tuscan soup was Mr S’s hangover cure whilst goat’s cheese salad with aubergine was my light choice. DSC_0918 DSC_0921
Again we ordered pasta to share – my absolute favourite seafood pasta with a light sauce – and again even a half portion was huge. I regretted ordering a main course. But fortunately some of my friends came to join us at this point and helped me out with my pasta.  DSC_0926 DSC_0930
My eyes are much bigger than my stomach as I’d ordered a whole sea bass for main course…DSC_0933
We shared some delicious deep fried artichokes – so crunchy and salty on the outside and silky smooth on the inside. DSC_0934
And a good hearty steak and potatoes for Mr S. DSC_0939 DSC_0940 DSC_0945 DSC_0948
After an epic Italian feast, we definitely needed to walk it off and Mr S and I stuck with my old school friends, Sarah and Danni, and headed back across the bridge. DSC_0952 DSC_0954 DSC_0956 DSC_0961
Seriously Florence is such a beauty. DSC_0966 DSC_0976
Meeting up with some more friend’s including Jess, who I’ve know since I five, we continued walking around the streets of Florence. That’s the wonderful thing about this city, it’s so beautiful and full history that it’s just fun to meander aimlessly stopping to peer into shops, have a coffee or enjoy the gorgeous architecture. DSC_0981 DSC_0984
One of the girls suggested heading for the Piazzale Michaelangelo, which Mr S and I hadn’t seen last time we were here. We all agreed and made the shortish walk along the river and up the ramps…
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Though the view is utterly wonderful the piazza itself is pretty much a car park, but my friends and I have a sixth sense for finding cocktails, and noticed what looked like a bar at the back of the piazza.
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Hooray it was a bar! Aperol Spiritz time!DSC_1025
And a delicious rossini with fresh strawberries. Making plans to meet up for dinner later, we said goodbye to my friends and went and met some more friends of ours for a drink.
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Giving us a chance to the beautiful Ponte Vecchio at night.

We took another recommendation for dinner, the beautifully rustic and charming, Osteria della PastellaDSC_1053
We dug into the food; sharing antipasti platters…DSC_1067
Delicious octopus carpaccio…
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Salmon…
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The most perfectly made spaghetti vongole…plus more that I didn’t get photos of. DSC_1082
Finishing off with a sweet apple…
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Actual chocolate pasta! I think that’s what dreams are made of!DSC_1089
And I got my Italian tiramisu fix…
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Before heading off into the city of Florence to find another bar…only to be hungover again the next day…

  • What a dream hangover day! I have to admit on a bad hangover I’m pretty much useless for all except sofa, pjs and bed! Florence looks stunning; I’ve not been yet but I’m really excited about exploring a little more of Italy (hopefully soon!). I’ll be tucking away these restaurant recommendations!

    • We really struggled to get out of bed. I love Italy, it’s my favourite country in Europe so far.

  • Perfect hangover food! Though I must say you two look pretty fresh. I won’t see you and L in Paris as they’ve moved it to Thursday

  • A good wedding is always worth a hangover! 😉 I think you look pretty fresh though in all your photos. I look like a monster when I’m hungover. That tiramisu looks like perfection. x

  • sid46

    It looks like you had a brilliant time despite sore heads, what a beautiful city. And surely it’s obligatory to over-order while on holiday – especially with a hangover!

    Karina

    http://www.thefoodspill.com

    • It really is the most beautiful city – hard not to over order when the food is so amazing.

  • that’s not a hangover, you managed to drink again on the same day 😉 I dread being away and wanting to sightsee, but having indulged too much the night before!!

    • Hair of the dog!! Fortunately as we’ve been to Florence before we’ve already seen a lot of the highlights.

  • The Travelista

    So pleased you took my recommendation! I loved the salty dough bread for starters. It was so moreish! It really is a Florentine institution that place. Fab post xx

  • Rachel Hosie

    Gorge pics! And how lovely you looked despite being hungover. Now I want to go to Florence… x

  • Florence looks so beautiful and all of that food looks absolutely delicious! I think I need another trip to Italy asap! xxx
    http://www.thedubaidiaries.me

  • Hangover or not, this food definitely was worth rolling out of bed for 🙂

  • Beautiful, beautiful photos Angie *swoon*.
    I still say Florence is my favourite city in the Italy!

  • Wow Florence is a total stunner! I have got serious travel (and food!) lust reading this!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • Ellie Adams

    You had me at Hungover in Florence, brilliant haha! That food did look absolutely stunning though, I love going on recommendations from bloggers too because I feel like we all look for the same kind of things in a restaurant. You looked fab Angie!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • I can’t believe you managed to eat and drink so much while hung over! You are a total pro, I salute you x

  • Beautiful Pics!! Florence looks absolutely Stunning…Food looks So delicious and seems like you had a great time in Florence…..

  • How do you still manage to look so good with a hangover? I’d be all green skinned and dark eyed.

    All that food looks incredible. And Florence looks almost unreal, like a movie set, it’s so pretty!

  • TravelWithNanoB

    All the food looks so mouthwatering and your photography of Florence is brilliant! xoxo, nano

  • This is like the hangover day of dreams. Your florence posts make me want to go back so badly! The food everywhere we’ve gone there has been incredible, but I can’t get on board with aperol spritz, not a fan!

  • Gorgeous shots! It is such an incredible city. You have me drooling with those amazing meals. And you did well to walk up to the Piazza while hungover – from memory those steps are no joke?!