Our hotel was near an excellent pastry shop that we visited 5 times in 2 days. I was really impressed with the crepes and pastries and Nutella creations at cheap prices in Italy. A loaded crepe was €3.50 ($4) and many pastries were €1 ($1.13). I was also pleased to find a couple of Carrefour stores, which had generic versions of my coveted Cruesli au Chocolat breakfast cereal. I brought an extra bag to take home 7 boxes. It tastes like baby angels.
We met up with our second bike tour of the trip. The Rome tour was far superior, but this was fun, too. Florence is crowded and we heard more English than Italian. We had to walk our bikes much of the time because of the crowds. Our guide was nice, but who can compare to Federico? She did show us a great gelato shop and had some entertaining trivia on Michelangelo, the Medici family, and others. I looked some of it up later – she was pretty good, but stated some disputed things as matters of fact.
That afternoon we visited yet another art gallery, Uffizi.
That evening we revisited some of the bike tour sites for a closer look. My favorite was the Basilica of Santa Croce where you can find the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini, as well as a cool Dante statue out front.
Another highlight was a Roma (gypsy) band outside of Il Duomo. I bought their CD and have it on repeat this week.