Every year there comes a time to consume massive amounts of chocolate. This happens to occur on many dates like Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and, in Florence, The Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale or the Artisan Chocolate Fair in English. In case you haven’t heard of this last occasion, you should continue reading. If you have heard – also continue reading out of your enthusiasm for chocolate.
Once a year Piazza della Repubblica stuffs itself with the finest chocolate in Florence and all are invited to gorge themselves too. The chocolate here attracts millions of tourists each year – OK , they probably come here for other reasons. But shouldn’t chocolate be as noteworthy as some Botticelli? Just imagine if you could have both – Botticioccolata. Though that doesn’t necessarily exist, make do with what does exist – An endless supply of chocolate.
The fair lasts for 10 days from Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 19. That means you have 10 reasons to stop off for some chocolate. Chocolate consumption is available from 10am to 8pm on the weekdays and from 10am to 10pm on the weekends. So there’s plenty of time for after-breakfast chocolate, after-lunch chocolate, evening chocolate, and after-dinner chocolate.
Not only is chocolate one of the most delicious things that Florence has to offer, it can be enjoyed for any reason. Let’s say you have a date for Valentine’s Day – go get some chocolate. If you are, however, one of those people who finds it hard to make through the holiday because of your excessive or unusual loneliness, chocolate is there for you. Don’t worry about picking up bad habits or a few extra pounds from all this self-indulging. Let these small pleasures cover up your misery and carry you for the next few weeks. Not many people know this, but one of reasons for Lent is to give up the bad habits developed from your lonesome Valentine’s Day and excessive gorging of chocolate.
By Jake Sheets
Categories: Life Abroad