From the beginning of planning this trip, my dad was determined to expose us to a handful of diverse situations. He wanted to show us different types of sleeping arrangements and transportation methods. In Milan, we stayed in a nice hotel. In Florence, we checked into an old historic home slash hostel.
The view from the window was of the local neighborhood and a charming sight to see right outside the green wooden blinders. The only problem? As an old place, there was no air conditioning!!! (First world problems) Instead, we were given four large fans. All they did was continuously circulate the hot air within the room. At the beginning of the night, we were afraid to open the window because of mosquitos since the window had no screen.
But after a few hours of being too hot, I woke up and decided we'd have to sacrifice Ivan as a token to the mosquitos (he was sleeping nearest to the window). Opening the window cooled down the room a whole lot. And let's just say... Ivan was not very pleased when he woke up (hahaha).
We woke up around 10 a.m. and lazed around for a bit until around 11:30 a.m. when we got hungry. Recommended by several friends, I suggested Gusta Pizza to my family for our first meal of the day. Truth was that we'd tried multiple pizza places in Milan and Venice without much satisfaction. Even though we'd had pizza nearly every day of the trip so far, I wanted to really have some good memorable food before we left Italy.