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Il Guscio means The Shell and this restaurant is located Oltrarno at Via dell’Orto, 49, 50124 Firenze. It is closed on Sunday but opened every other day from 12-2:30 and 7:30-11. There is no lunch service on Saturdays.
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While they do have terrific seafood, they also have plenty to chose from for landlovers! We enjoyed friend artichokes for an appetizer, which were out of this world! I must learn how to peel and cook these wonderful prickly veggies! It through the waiter for a loop a little since fried artichokes aren’t typically eaten for an antipasta, but he adapted quickly.
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Ben had a pasta made with Scoglio a local fish followed by a lamb dish.
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I chose a heaping skillet of shell fish which included shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari. We of course had the house wine which was extraordinary.
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The prices are very reasonable here for the food and service and this restaurant moved quickly to my number 1 special occasion place!

They have a wonderful daily lunch menu which changes daily. If you are going on a Friday or Saturday night, a reservation wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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The Herbal Amaro is finally ready and I’ve bottled it. The taste is luscious even if I do say so myself! It is a little heavy on the cloves, but I like that flavor. Next time I will use a little less to let the flavor of the herbs come through. It is still a lovely green color with a tinge of cinnamon, maybe from the sticks I put in it. When it sits for a while it separates a bit, but a good shake before you pour it takes care of that.

I did a final filtering and nothing came through so I suspect the sediment is natural forming probably from the sugar.

This is one of the easiest and most authentic amaro recipes I have tried. I just love it! To see more about the process, see my previous blogs for step 1 and step 2 Thanks again Zeneba and Matt!


The Asmana Wellness Center is something that I have never experienced before, and it is incredible. If you live in Florence, you have to try it, and even if you are visiting, you might want to consider it! I’ve not seen anything like it!


The facility opened two years ago and I like it best in the winter months when it is cold and gloomy. The perfect time to treat yourself.
It costs 25 euro for 4 hours or 35 for all day. This covers all of the water treatments in the spa as well as saunas, steam rooms, hammams, relaxing salt rooms, temple rooms, fire rooms and so much more.

Additional services such as massage and facials are available for an additional charge and appointments can be made when you arrive at the facility.

There are restaurants and bars located on site, and it is a top quality, state of the art facility.


Located at viale Allende 10 in Campi Bisenzio, it is a 45 minute ride on bus number 30, and then a 10 minute walk to the facility. Go early and plan to stay all day. Photos aren’t allowed, so I got these off the internet, but check out their site for more information. You won’t believe it!