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Life in Florence Italy is experienced beautifully in a Florentine institution, Caffé Gilli. They opened their doors in 1733. Started by the Gilli family and located in Florence's famous Piazza della Republica, the elaborate cakes and sweets have been serving Florentines for nearly 300 years.
Its exquisite decor is equally matched by the divine array of cakes and pastries. You can drop in for a stand -up espresso at the bar, or be seated in the Piazza for an afternoon Aperitif and Pistachio Mousse cake.
Can there be a better place to begin our journey through Tuscany and Italy than the Caffé Gilli? Let's start our travels there and then we'll share some stunning photos of Florence itself before moving out into the countryside.
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Some of the delicious treats available at the Caffé Gilli. Isn't life in Florence Italy simply Dolce.
All made by hand and all very special indeed.
So many of the most important moments of so many Florentine lifes have happened right here in this caffé.
Everything about this says perfection.
Passing the day. Caffé living in Florence.
Would you like a table?
I could put on a a LOT of weight here and feel SO good doing it.
Outside the Caffé Gilli. Isn't the window design so very unusual.
The quaint little Vitaleta Chapel outside the town of San Quirico d'Orcia.
Hay bales dot the Tuscan landscape in late summer.
Baby mushrooms in the Tuscan woods.
Lake Bolsena, a volcanic lake right in the middle of Italy and only an hour and a bit from Rome. This is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Roman life.
Bagnoregio is an awesome hill-town. Access is via the pedestrian bridge shown in the lower part of the photo. It is an incredible, though quite tiring, walk and the sight of the town uphead is unforgettable.
A lonely Tuscan pine tree.