#10 NJ 294 & Manifattura
23.08.2020, from Florence to Munich
Almost four hours Florence. Aperitif, dinner, Italian gelato and Florence Cathedral. The centre of Florence is only a stone's throw from the train station. Ideal for a short stopover. Suitcases can be conveniently left at StowYourBags. From there it is only 500m to the Arno. More than a short view of the Ponte Cecchio and the mirror-smooth river Arno is not feasible in terms of time. Thanks to the compactness of Florence, the Bar Manifattura is located less than 5 minutes on foot in a small side street. Exclusively Italian ingredients are used there to make top-class cocktails. With generous hospitality Fabiano, one of the barkeepers, explains the composition of our drinks and with the Drink Passport Florence he has a great little collection of other bars in Florence at hand. Luckily we already made a detour to Fusion Bar last time, but unfortunately we didn't have time for another bar this evening. After Manifattura, we went straight on to Osteria Pastella near the train station. Delicious homemade pasta with typical Tuscan wild boar meat, in a great atmosphere. From there you should take your time and make a side trip to the cathedral. A short stop at Venchi for gelato and then on to the cathedral. In the evening the white marble shines in a special glow. One would prefer to spend the whole evening on a small piazza. But at 21:49 the NJ 294 takes you gently back to sleep to Munich. Also this time the breakfast in the NightJet was a pleasure, which many other night train operators should look at. (Looking at you Trenitalia).