Valentine’s Day in Florence – Fun with Friends (aka loners)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, some of us may have a sweetheart and some of us may have several sweethearts. If you belong to the latter, fear not for having several Valentines is a comfort when away from home. Whether you’re the kind of person who cries over Adele’s “Someone Like You” or sings Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” at the top of your lungs, here are some things that should make your single Valentine’s Day not so single.

Dine American-Style. Treat yourself to a welcomed American treat at The Diner. This small restaurant on Via dell’Acqua has been around since 2004 and it is dedicated to the missed meals of home sweet home. I personally recommend taking at the very least three people to brunch. The pancakes and American coffees are killer when you’ve been missing them for months at a time. Maybe you could discuss about the commercialization of Valentine’s Day and the material worth of love… Or, if you’re thinking about something more light-hearted, share an embarrassing love story over an omelet.

Indulge in a Cheap Habit. Go see what’s playing at Cinema Odeon in Piazza Strozzi. It’s €6 with a student ID card to get into an English speaking movie. Nothing like a dark, silent, room full of strangers to take your mind off of the sickening atmosphere of the outside world. Nothing particularly interesting playing? Rent a couple of movies off of ITunes, stock up on candy from Il Centro, and host a movie night. Choose something appropriate for the holiday. Like Romeo + Juliet or American Psycho.

Leave Florence. Catch a train for a day trip in one of the small towns outside of Florence. I recommend Lucca for its city walls, greenery, and many boutiques. Weather permitting it’s a nice spot for a picnic or simply a stroll through a park that doesn’t require payment. Wherever you go, let yourself get lost a little bit.

Be Very Cheap. Make the hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo between 4 and 5 PM to catch a spectacular Florentine sunset. For the view, you’ll need a couple of good friends, a decent bottle of wine, and possibly a parka. Sure there might be a few romantics macking by the fake David, but take a look over the railing – you’re in Florence. You’re living in Europe. Many people in our lives may never set foot in this amazing country. You can’t afford to focus on a fleeting holiday when you have friends, a trusty wine, and an extraordinary adventure at your front door.

By Katie Wilson


Categories: Life Abroad

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