1 April 2007.
I had a friend over for a visit for a couple of days, and this was an opportunity for me to do try some of the things I hadn’t tried before. Climbing to the cupola, the dome of the cathedral, had been an item on my shortlist for a while. The views are great, although I would have enjoyed them more if it wasn’t for my fear of heights. While climbing you also get a better look at the frescoes inside. The narrow stairs are a good test for whether or not you are claustrophobic.
I haven’t written yet about the culinary specialities of Florence. There is for example the ribollita (literally “re-boiled”), a soup of vegetables and bread that takes a lot of time to prepare. It looks suspicious but tastes good. (Being Finnish, I am accustomed to food that looks suspicious and does not necessarily taste very good.) The most famous dish is likely the bistecca alla fiorentina, a huge t-bone steak. And finally there is lampredotto and trippa alla fiorentina, both made from the stomachs of a cow. I have not tasted lampredotto yet, but as I understand it is usually served in a sandwich. Trippa alla fiorentina on the other hand is a stew of stomach slices in a tomato sauce with vegetables. I tried trippa and it is better than it sounds. Maybe surprisingly, the most unusual thing is not the taste but the way it looks like and the way it feels like in your mouth.
Muse have a gig here 30 May and I am going. They will play at an unusual location, the Piazzale Michelangelo, a large square on a hill overlooking the city. The views are postcard quality.