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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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
The most perfectly made spaghetti vongole…plus more that I didn’t get photos of. DSC_1082
Finishing off with a sweet apple…
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…