Florence you don't know yet

When we were going to Florence, everyone was making a list of places we had to visit. Okay, but you can't see everything in a few hours. We plan to return to this charming place on our own and to see ... everything. This time we decided to get lost in the narrow streets, and also to see places that the average tourist will not see. This is where we ate the most delicious pizza, of which we had the opportunity to try in Italy. It will not be a typical guide to Florence, it will be a Florence that you do not know yet.

Coming to Florence we came across beautiful weather. I can safely say that the heat was pouring from the sky - there were 33 degrees! Visiting at such a temperature was a challenge for us. Fortunately, we had a lot of fruit and water, which was provided by the wonderful Hotel Doge in Milano Marittima. If anyone has not read the post about Milano Marittima, be sure to do it now, because Milano Marittima is the perfect place for an Italian holiday. Not only the place itself made a great impression on us, but also the hotel where we stayed. We haven't met such cordial people for a long time.

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Returning to Florence, we can safely say that this is the most charming place of all that we visited in Italy. We were terrified only by the huge number of tourists, who sometimes had to squeeze through (in some places we waited 15-20 minutes to take a picture). This was one of the reasons why we separated from our tour group and decided to explore Florence in our own way. We saw beautiful places, we took over 400 photos, we ate a delicious pizza ... can you imagine a better day in Italy?

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Yes, it could be better. While in Florence, we couldn't go to the Chanel boutique in Piazza della Signoria. I'd love to go out with the whole store, but this time nothing caught my eye enough to buy it.

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As you go to the Chanel boutique, be sure to find the best ice cream we've ever had (standing straight to the Chanel boutique on the right). Just be sure to ask for the single version, because we couldn't eat the big one with Piotr! The portion was HUGE !!! We especially recommend fig ice cream, which is really delicious. The melon was bland and not very good. Interestingly, all fruit and dark chocolate sorbets (in Italy sorbets are completely different than sorbets in Poland) are vegan. We had paradise in Italy when it comes to ice cream.

I decided to visit Florence in a checkered Indis dress from Marie Zélie. It is not only very comfortable, airy, but also charming (the bow at the waist is really very cute). When I wear this dress in Warsaw (the check is perfect for autumn!) I immediately remember our Italian holiday and a trip to Florence. This is an extremely nice memory that I will forever associate with this dress.

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In Florence, you can find several stores with handmade leather shoes. They are not only extremely beautiful, but I suspect that they are also very durable. Moccasins caught my attention, but also those long, tied low-heeled shoes (on the right).

Italian handmade shoes

The post was created in cooperation with the Marie Zélie brand.

Milano Marittima - the perfect place for an Italian holiday

Return from our Italian vacation in Milano Marittima was a hard landing (and it's not about the flight, because it went without complaint). Simply overload of duties overwhelmed us a bit - it was not a gradual switch from "vacation" mode to "everyday life".

If you follow us on Instagram (I encourage you to follow Instagram profile dpblogpl, if you haven't done it yet), you know that before the holidays I was terrified of the weather forecast. According to forecasts, it was supposed to rain all the time. Fortunately, this did not work, only on Friday Italy greeted us with rain, cloudy and quite cold air. Fortunately, already in the evening the weather improved and we could go for a walk around the area. The rest of the days were really sunny and hot, as evidenced by our tan.

This post will be one of four about holidays in Italy. In this article you will learn whether it is worth visiting Milano Marittima, what to see in the area, and where to stay in Mima (Milano Marittima).

Milano Marittima - why did we go there?

A lot of people asked why we went to Milano Marittima - after all, this place is not so popular. Well, this place is very popular among Italians - it is often said that Italians come to this resort from Milan (hence the name of this place). The Adriatic Riviera is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches. In addition, there are many beautiful places around Milano Marittima. Above all, we wanted to take a break from the hustle and everyday life, which we managed one hundred percent. On journey we chose the beginning of September, because after the season there is peace and quiet, as well as a huge amount of greenery (we needed that). September is also a great time for vacation, because the temperatures in Italy are still high (of course, Italians are already wearing jackets), and the number of tourists is much smaller than in July or August.

The town of Milano Marittima itself is not very big, but everyone will find something for themselves. There are many boutiques (also with bags and clothes Chanel, Gucci or Dior).

A few minutes from the Doge Hotel is a beautiful beach promenade, which in the morning served us for morning walks after breakfast, while in the evening for romantic walks by the moonlight.

Hotel Doge in Milano Marittima

O Hotel Doge I could talk for hours. The way we were received exceeded my wildest expectations. But let me start with the fact that the hotel itself is located closer to the town of Cervia (walk about fifteen minutes). Surrounded by beautiful greenery, three pools (two for children and one for adults), as well as a few minutes to the beach relax really wonderful. If you choose, like us, a room with a sea view - every day you will be woken by the sound of the Adriatic Sea and a beautiful view of the countryside, beach and water. I would give a lot to wake up every day and have such a view outside the window.

The hotel has a lot of Italians, which is why we catch the "Italian atmosphere". You will not forget that these are Italian holidays, when the staff greets you with good morning - Buongiorno, and in the evening wish you a good night - Buona notte.

One of the days I will remember for a long time was the Saturday aperitif. Extremely warm evening (in September mornings and evenings in Milano Marittima were quite cool), tasty snacks, a glass of chilled prosseco and live music played by a delightful Italian (at my request he played the melody twice from my favorite film Amelia - I was really touched) .

Food in Italy - what and where to try

A very important point that I could not fail to mention was food. I think we were the only people in the hotel on a plant-based diet, and yet we did not starve (I often hear that in hotels plant diet is something strange). Food at the Doge Hotel exceeded my wildest expectations - we were surprised by creative dishes every day (a few of them below) that not only looked beautiful but were also very tasty.

During our Italian holidays I learned to celebrate meals. In Poland, I often used to eat breakfast or dinner in a few minutes (because something important is to be done), now I try to devote more time to meals. The dish below is a seitan with pineapple, which I feel was marinated in something (insanity!). On the right is sweet and sour sauce, which was the proverbial icing on the cake. It was the best meal we've ever had.

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Having dinner in Italy (the meal was between 19: 30-21: 30), we sometimes spent an hour or more in the hall. And it had nothing to do with the fact that you had to wait a long time for dishes (quite the opposite!). In addition, before the meal there was an aperitif, which consisted mainly of light appetizers or fruit. And if we are already with fruit - you know that I do not like fruit. Well, in Italy they were my main ingredient in breakfast, as well as dessert. I never ate pineapples or figs that I ate at the Doge Hotel. The pineapple was so sweet that it killed all desire for something sweet. Whereas figs ... I could write about them for hours. I never liked figs that I ate in Poland. Today I know that they are simply distasteful. Good figs are very sweet and melt in your mouth. For dessert, we also ate almond cake, which was baked special for us (of course in the vegan version). That was really nice.

In Italy, I also learned to eat a sweet breakfast (this is often practiced there), which was unthinkable before. Of course, even during the holidays I remembered about supplementation - WIMIN PMS he accompanied me every morning during the Italian breakfast.

WIMIN supplements are very convenient because the portion for each day is in separate sachets. In one sachet there are 4 capsules, which we ingest during a meal. The WIMIN supplement sachets are very light, so you avoid excess baggage, even when you go on a two-week vacation 😉

When we spent the day in Milano Marittima, not on an optional trip, during the day on the beach we came to the place where the piadina was sold. This is nothing but a wheat cake with filling. Even here we found the vegan version - with baked eggplant, zucchini and paprika. Of course, Piadina also comes in a meat version and, as we have noticed, the most popular version was the stuffed version from the province of Emilia-Romagna. Piadina is also sold in a sweet version (with chocolate or jam), but we have not tried this version.

Being in Italy you must try gelato, which is real Italian ice cream. Of course, most ice cream is milky, but all fruity is vegan. I don't like sorbets, but Italian fruit ice cream is completely different than sorbets sold in Poland. The ones that can be found in Poland are very watery, while the Italian ones are ... creamy. We ate the best fig ice cream in Florence (around the Chanel boutique). The portion we got was so huge that we couldn't eat them together!

The best snack during a hot day are tomatoes. Italian tomatoes have the taste of those that are the tastiest in summer in Poland - they are very ripe and sweet. Small tomatoes (cherry type) are especially tasty. Instead of unhealthy things, we often ate them.

Differences between pizza in Poland and Italy

In terms of pizza, because many of you have asked about real Italian pizza. The case of pizza looks like in most places it is sold in pieces - it is a thick crust pizza with various stuffing. This type of pizza is even sold in bakeries or supermarkets (seriously, you can buy it everywhere). On average, you will pay 2 euros for a piece of pizza. Traditional pizza, as we know it, can be eaten in restaurants. The best pizza we had was in Florence. I loved the pizza in Ravenna the least, because it was more like a piadi pizza than a traditional one. Piadi pizza is very thin and has very hard edges (it is very difficult to cut). This pizza was also quite ... dry and even very tasty olive oil did not save her.

In Italy, you don't eat pizza with garlic or barbeque sauces (which we are used to in Poland). Instead, high-quality pizzas are topped with oil. Another difference about pizza in Poland and Italy is that the pizza sauce is made from fresh tomatoes. In Poland, it is usually prepared from canned tomatoes or passata.

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In the next article about our Italian holidays you will learn about the nearby towns that are worth visiting while in Milano Marittima.