After the sweetest proposal in Lake Como, Amanda & Tim headed to Florence. Neither Amanda, nor Tim had been to Florence before, so they were very excited to see what all the buzz was about. They stayed at the exquisite Riva Lofts. This hotel was one of the biggest highlights of their trip!
In Amanda’s words, Riva Lofts were: Rustic, Italian countryside chic on the outside with a sleek, modern interior accented by antique decor touches. If we could live here, we would..it was the most unique and coolest hotel we stayed in the entire trip (and probably in our lives). Plus the staff was incredibly helpful, recommending restaurants and routes to take through town. They make their own delicious olive oil which you can purchase at the hotel. Plus they have a collections of cute bikes that you can borrow, which we did one evening and rode through the streets of Florence at night.
They spent their first days hitting all the popular spots like the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio. They spent their remaining days exploring the Mercato Centrale where they picked up some stuff to bring back home with them.
Both Amanda & Tim highly recommend that any couples traveling to Florence must spend some time in the Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, “Dominican monks began concocting herbal remedies here in the 13th century and today, they still sell traditional elixirs along with more contemporary skin-care products, oils, & perfumes. Once inside, you’re in another world. You feel the history & smell the strong, sweet fragrance of flowers & essential oils wafting through the rooms. And needless to say, it’s a pretty romantic place to go with a lover”
Another memory Amanda & Tim have from Florence was the wonderful cooking class they did. They loved learning the proper techniques for making the perfect noodle dough, spinach ravoli, Tuscan crostini, risotto, pistachio chicken, zucchini flan & ricotta torta!
Stay tuned next week as we follow Amanda & Tim on their adventures through Tuscany & their beautiful engagement shoot in Rome!
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