The last two stops on our Italian adventure were to the beauty cities of Florence & Bologna.
We joined eight other friends in Florence for a wedding and rented the a gorgeous AirBnb, which was in the middle of nowhere. Our big seven bedroom country house in Bagno a Ripoli, Florence sleeps 15 people and boasts acres and acres of land, including a swimming pool, BBQ area and a dog – yep, you read that right! The first ever AirBnb I’ve heard of that comes with a dog for you to peg and snuggle until your heart’s content.
Katy and Charlie’s wedding – the actual reason we were in Florence – was an afternoon do at the stunning Castello di Vincigliata. We sipped on endless glasses of prosecco, indulged (a little too much) in the cheese bar, and danced into the night behind the stunning stony walls of the castle.
Dress: Stevie May
The closest airport to fly back to Dubai from Florence was in Bologna, so Ed and I decided to treat ourselves to one last pit stop – it is the food capital of Italy, after all! Bologna, incase you hadn’t guessed already, is where bolognese derived from, so everything – and I mean everything – come with bolognese cause. We spent 24 hours well and truly eating our way around the food capital: fresh croissants for breakfast, lasagne and prosecco for lunch, and bolognese pasta dishes for dinner, washed down with our first frizzante red wine of the trip.
We walked off all our food simply by strolling around the city all day, visiting art galleries (of which there are plenty) and stopping every now and then for a prosecco refuel. We stayed in at Art Hotel Novecento, a cheap and cheerful four-star hotel that is quite centrally situated. I would definitely recommend it for a night or two, if you’re looking for a short and sweet trip.