The aperitivo, Italy’s wonderful happy hour-like, drink with buffet, doesn’t get much better than at Kitsch. If you are in the Sant’ Ambrogio area of Piazza Beccaria, just outside on the viale you will find it located at Viale Antonio Gramsci, 1/5R.

There is a large enclosed terrace area with heaters outside and an inviting indoor space that is much larger than most you will find in Florence. That is not all! The buffet they put out for the aperitivo is sumptuous! For 10 euro, you can have a cocktail and all you want to eat from the buffet which includes pasta salads, seafood salads, rice salads, meat dishes, cheeses, crostini and more.

They make a really nice martini, which is not easy to find in Florence. This is off the tourist path so you will find mostly locals inside. I recommend getting there early (they start at 6:30) or else reserve a table.

Pietrasanta is a tiny town located on the northern coast of Tuscany. It takes about one and a half hours to get there on the train from Florence, with a change in Pisa. I have been there a few times, usually for art exhibits. It is a charming little town with a wonderful main piazza at the foot of the Apuan Mountains.

We went there after the Palazzo Blu exhibit in Pisa to see another Salvador Dali exhibit of statues. That exhibit is closed now, but it is still worth a trip to this tiny town. When we arrived, there was a large market going on and it was very festive and added, even more, fun and intrigue to this lovely place.

In the main piazza stands the Duomo surrounded by outside cafes. Near the Duomo is another church, San Agostino, which is now used for art exhibits as part of the Museo dei Bozzetti. This museum always has wonderful exhibits and is usually free to the public. You can see more on their website here.

Michelangelo was one of the first sculptor’s to recognize Pietrasanta for it’s wonderful marble. Since then, many notable people have visited and lived in Pietrasanta, including the Columbian painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero.

Now on display at Palazzo Albergati in Bologna until March 27, there is an incredible Frida Kahlo exhibit. Tickets cost 14 euro and the museum is opened from 10-8 every day. If you take the fast train and are a Cartefreccia holder you can get 2 x 1.
The paintings are from the Gelman collection, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Zahalkaha, eastern European immigrants who met and married in Mexico City. In 1943, Jacques commissioned Diego Rivera to do a portrait of Natasha which led to a long relationship and a tremendous collection.

There are works from Diego Rivera and some of his contemporaries of 1943 and over thirty works from Frida Kahlo. There are real films of Frida and Diego together and other films telling the tragic story of Frida’s life. There are also some of her clothes and jewelry on display which I found fascinating.

It is a true joy to see this exhibit. An audioguide is included in the entrance price and it is well done and leads you through the exhibit like a magical journey. This is truly one of the best exhibits I have seen in a long time. Bologna can be reached from Florence in only half an hour on the train. It’s a wonderful day excursion. You can get more information from the museum’s website here.