SUN. JULY 5 — TUES. JULY 7: Day 27-29
Tonight, I waited for a concert that didn’t happen. Ally messaged me saying there was a huge stage with flashing lights set up in Piazza Santo Spirito, so naturally, we expected a musical performance.
We waited and waited with a spritz from the hipster bar Volume in my hand and a glass of wine in hers, until we finally asked someone what was happening.
It turns out that they were setting up for the reveal of the new soccer uniforms for the Florentine calcio team. Oops.
Me, Ally, her roommate, and Shannon stopped by Gusta Pizza, where I picked up a 5€ margherita pizza made Neopolitan-style. Gusta Pizza is the cheapest, most delicious take-out pizza you’ll find in Florence, aside from O’munaciello, which is a sit-down restaurant with many more options.
We walked over to Piazza Pitti, which is a popular hang out spot. At night, you will find people playing guitar, drinking wine, and having conversation with friends, normally while lying on their backs under a starry sky.
We were shortly accompanied by Bab, who studies 3-D printing at the Accademia. I kicked off my heels, enjoyed every bit of my pizza, and sang along with my friends as Bab played his ukulele. Bab does hilarious and creepily accurate voice impersonations, so he kept us entertained for hours.
I laughed until I cried at two in the morning under a Tuscan sky with a belly full of pizza and prosecco, and a heart filled with so much love. These are the kind of nights I will never forget. “These are the nights I’ll remember, the nights worth journaling about.”
Stretching between Florence and Siena, the Chianti wine region is the romanticized Italy of daydreams: terra-cotta-roofed towns with green, gentle hills covered with field of vineyards.
When it comes to Tuscan wine, thoughts immediately fly to the area of Chianti, one of the production areas most renowned for its tradition and quality of its wines.
I took a day-trip to this region in the heart of Tuscany for a wine tasting, which I knew I wanted to do during my time in Italy. I think every Italian would gasp at me in horror if I told them I preferred the white wine.
The minimum percentage of Sangiovese allowed in Chianti Classico is 80%, with only red grapes permitted to make up the rest of the blend.
The alcohol content must also be at least 12%, and the wine must spend at least 12 months aging in oak barrels. The Chianti Classico region covers an area of around 100 square miles, and the grape harvest is restricted to no more than 3 tons per acre.