The view from the top and learning to cook

Trip Start May 02, 2011
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Trip End May 30, 2011


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Florence

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Even though we have traveled all over this city by day, we wanted to explore more by night.  So on Monday, Ali, Liz and I headed to the Piazza Michelangelo, located on the top of a hill overlooking the city.  It took a little while to get there, but when we finally made it, it was beautiful. Even though we visited the place during our first week in Florence, we now have a much greater appreciation for the city that has become our home away from home.
On Tuesday, we put the finishing touches on our video projects and did a little shopping around town.  We had our cooking class that night, which we were all a bit nervous for.  On the menu was an asparagus souffle, homemade (yes, homemade!) raviolis in a butter and sage sauce and panna cotta for dessert.  The preparation took about an hour and a half, mostly because of the laborious process of kneading the pasta dough and running it through the machine to flatten it out in sheets.  Each ravioli has to be perfectly pressed to ensure that no air is inside.  The food was absolutely delicious and probably one of the best meals I've had in Florence, and I now have a much greater appreciation for the chefs at Italian restaurants.
On our way home from the cooking class, we stopped by the bronze boar in the Mercato Nuovo.  Legend has it that if you touch the boar's snout, you will one day return to Florence.  Because we all love the city so much, we knew we had to take part in the tradition.
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