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A Dinner Date (With the Kids): Bar La Favorita Siena

16 febbraio 2018

A Dinner Date at Bar La Favorita Siena

Last night, my whole family (hubby, Leon, and Lucas) went on a post-Valentine’s dinner date at Bar La Favorita Siena. This was a big deal for us because it is NOT EASY to go to a fancy date place when you have two kids under the age of three. We almost did not get to go because hubby was so tired from work and Leon was being moody as usual- but I persisted because I know that we needed this.

We made the right decision to go. First of all, Leon slept in his stroller the whole time we were there. Lucas was just happy to eat his bread and tomatoes. The staff of Bar La Favorita Siena, Italy was so accommodating- the server immediately offered an alta seda (high chair) and arranged our table to fit the passegino (stroller). I was surprised that everything was going so well. Normally, Leon would be throwing a fit and Lucas would be crying, but tonight was different.  My husband and I were like, “Oh my gosh, this is a very special moment. Let’s make the most out of it.”

So we spent the next hour and a half enjoying our food and actually talking to one another. It was a great night and we were so happy and satisfied after our date.

The Food (Buon Appetito)

Pappa Al Pomodoro
Pizza Cipolla e Salsiccia
Cacio e Pepe Pasta

 

Steak

 

The food was delicious! I am telling you, food in Italy is just 100 times better. The food pictures do not do justice. Also, as you can tell, I had a bit of wine. Just a little bit since I am breastfeeding.

By the way, we also celebrated Lucas’s 9th month! He is already eating solid food and he loved the Pappa al Pomodoro! I’d better learn how to make this at home.

Thank you for reading my post! I would love to hear how you spent your Valentine’s day with your family! If you have tips on how to go out with little ones, please share them in the comments.

 


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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 12 Jan 2018

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San Gimignano: What To Do In One Day

Make The Most Out Of Your Vacation in Tuscany

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Are you looking for day trips from Siena or Florence? You must visit San Gimignano, an Italian hilltown in Tuscany, Southwest of Florence.

San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano

How To Get There

My husband, my toddler, and I took a direct bus from Piazza Gramsci in Siena. It takes around one a half hours to get there. On the return trip, we took the afternoon bus from San Gimignano to Poggibonsi, then transferred to a Siena-bound bus from there. The reason why we did this was the direct bus (San Gimignano-Siena) will leave at 7:00 P.M., which was far too late for us considering that we were traveling with small kids. Check the bus schedule in advance so you can plan your trip accordingly.

San Gimignano, Italy

Traveling With Small Children

Traveling with kids requires patience and preparation, and my husband and I like to keep things as simple as possible. We made sure to bring our Brevi stroller and our Ergobaby carrier. We also brought bottled water, light snacks, and a backpack-type diaper bag. A portable stroller organizer such as the Merry Milestones Stroller Organizer helps a lot! Also, keep your itinerary short and simple. You do not have to visit all the places in one day. Just choose three or four places to visit and enjoy the day.

Places To See in San Gimignano

The moment we stepped off the bus, we saw a street musician cranking an old school music machine, which my toddler really loved! We spent the day walking on the cobblestone streets while checking out the local shops. For lunch, we had a slice of pizza from one of the local pizzerias.

The highlights of our trip were the Piazza della Cisterna (a medieval square), the Torre del Diavolo (“the devil’s tower”), and the Sant’Agostino Church. My two-year-old was fascinated with the human skeleton outside the Museo della Tortura (Museum of Torture) because he was still on Halloween-mode in spite of the Christmas festivities at that time.

 

Have you been to San Gimignano, Italy? Tell me some of the highlights of your trip! Or, if you are planning on going there and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section and I will try my best to help you out.

 

Finally, are you planning a Trip to Italy with the kids? Check out my travel tips:

Pisa With Small Children

Venice With Small Children

Florence With Small Children

Siena With Small Children