05 February 2011

Chocolate Festival, Florence, Italy

Are you feeling sad and blue?  Too many dark, dreary days of winter getting you down? I have good news if you want to positively raise your seratonin level and enjoy an anti-depressant ... without taking a pill.  

Start your day with a banana in the morning.  Put on your sneakers and walk or jog over to Piazza Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, in the sunshine and warmer days that we are finally experiencing (a sure sign of spring's approach).  You'll get a bit of exercise.  Go any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.  And then load up on your dose of chocolate in whichever form you prefer. Chocolate-covered coffee beans, chocolate salami, cremino (chocolate cream, essentially the Italian equivalent of fudge), chocolate kebab are some of my personal favorites.  But there are many more choices. The chocolate vendors are representing most regions of Italy with their local specialties in chocolate.

 And while you are at it, you can buy your honey a chocolate treat for St. Valentine's Day.

I promise you the samples are certain to cause you to wear a smile.  The chocolate festival began only yesterday, and I have already stopped by three times, and more than likely I will go get my chocolate fix every day until the festival closes on Sunday, February 13.  


  1. We went to the same chocolate festival in Bologna in November. It was so yummy. Enjoy!

  2. Ciao!!

    I stumbled across this blog as I was searching the Firenze Chocolate Festival my good friend told me about. I recently spent a semester abroad in Firenze (August 2011-December 2011) and am absolutely DYING to go back. I miss it SO MUCH! I read in your about me that you moved there! That is my dream! I was wondering if we could chat, I just wanted to ask you a few questions about how you went about making the move. I was unable to use the e-mail feature on the Contact Me page, but my e-mail is aegoodso@syr.edu if you would like to chat. My name is Alex by the way. Hope to hear from you soon! If not, please enjoy some buontalenti gelato from Badiani per me! grazie mille!

  3. Ciao Alex,
    Certo! Absolutely I'll chat with you. Will send you an email. I will voluntarily eat gelato. ;-)