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Wealth and Comfort in Florence Italy

Florence Italy accommodation as hotel and cottage are concerned, let your imagination go from richly furnished five star hotels either in the heart of the city or smaller town accommodations, hidden away in the green hued country. From palaces to castles beautifully decorated and pensions or guesthouses owned by friendly area folk. These all year round lodgings have a wide price range but you can guaranteed that good bargains are to be found in the quiet season. Florence welcomes everyone to be cosy and caters to everybody’s budget.

Wealth and Comfort in Florence Italy

The Savoy Hotel is a fave for those wishing to fulfil a wish for luxury sleeping, not forgetting the shopping gallery and glorious cuisine at the restaurant. The Hotel II Guelfo Bianco on the Thru Cavour right close to the San Marco Square has antique art treasures and original paintings and glorious commodities. Or perhaps a stay at the Grand Hotel Baglioni with its sweeping grey stone stairway so common of many Florentine monuments and wooden beams decorating the ceiling all which give you that special sense of peace and relax.

Florence town should be visited in an extended period of time and if this isn’t feasible, then short visits are perfect to take in all the museums. And for me, one of the finest tactics to do that is by staying in a tiny city cottage near Florence and with your Florence auto rental, enjoy tiny joints into the town. One of the cutest medieval towns nearby is San Gimignano, situated in the triangle of Siena, Florence and Volterra. San Gimignano is undoubtedly known for its thirteen remaining towers of the first seventy-two which once existed. Here, you can have sweet dreams sleeping in a mansion from the 14th century and have breakfast in a dear terrace. Or in a rural house with high ceilings and worked iron beds.

Praise Good Italian Cooking

At some of these farmhouses there are cookery classes and it’s here where I learned to cook Stracotto or ‘Pot Roast’. This a very popular weekend Sun. meal in Italy as well as in Great Britain and North America. The Italians serve it over a tasty noodles bed of pasta enriched with the Chianti wine sauce where the others serve it with potatoes. Here goes……

Stracotto ( serves 4-6 persons)

- 3 to four lbs. top round beef
- 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
- three medium thinly chopped carrots
- 3 medium diced onions
- rosemary leaves
- 2 cut up celery stalks
- two cups water
- one lb. ripe tomatoes ( peel, seed and cut them )
- 1 fourth cup olive oil
- one and a half cup Chianti or dry red wine
- 1 tbsp. Softened butter
- 1 tbsp. flour
- salt as you like
- 1 lb. pasta of your choice

Roll and tie up beef and then make small holes to put the garlic into.

In a shallow pan, warm the oil and slowly cook the carrots, onions and celery till soft and add in the rosemary. Push these veggies to one side and put the meat roll in the middle and brown on all sides at the same time as you are sauting the veggies. Add in the tomatoes and when they’re getting soft, add the wine. Boil until the wine liquid has been consumed to about one half cup and add 1 and a half cup of water and let cook for almost one hour more. Separate the beef and veggies from the broth and let the meat cool. With remaining half cup of water mix the flour and the softened butter in with the broth and cook, consistently stirring it for 3 minutes. Slice meat and put the pasta and the sauce in the middle of the plate and 2 or 3 beef slices to one side and top with some more sauce if needed. Bon appetite!

This is just one of the Florence Italy recipes that I learned. Stay tuned for more!.

If you find this article useful, you may also visit to read more about some of the best places to visit and have a look at Uffizi Gallery.

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