Trying to remember all this now. Florence was a beautiful city. Try and take the city bus up to the Michaelangelo stop to get a great view of Florence - amazing.
One big difference we noticed between Rome and Florence were the sizes of the streets and the sizes of the cars. In Florence, there were some very strange cars running around! Most incredibly small.
We went to their Centro Market and it was terrific. The emphasis was on meats rather than fish at this market. Whereas, Venice had many more fish purveyors. Anyway, there were specialty purveyors who just dealt in offal. Terrific provision places, butchers, vegetable and fruit stands, dried fruits, flowers, etc. All inside a very large building. They are only open from 7 to 2 pm. Outside the market you can get some great deals on silk ties, leather goods, etc.
Something we never found before was a store, selling all grades of balsamic vinegar and olive oils, offering samples of each variety for customers to taste. What a terrific idea - excuse me if all of you have already experienced this marketing method.
Anyway, they had bottles of balsamic 25 years old for only $40 which seemed reasonable. The name of the place was Enoteca Lombardi and the guy has an e-mail address email@example.com if you want to order stuff. Great place.
Also in the market was a terrific provision place that is on the net - Perini. I tried their Salame Agliato, Salametti di Cinhiale, Salame di Felino and Salami di Milao - all available - fantastic. Who knows what it costs to ship.... www.periniitalia.it
Some of the places we ate at that were real good included Enzo & Piero for a wonderful lunch near the train station. This one was not a Hound recommendation, but you'll like it a lot.
Buca Dell'Orafo was a Hound recommendation near the bridge where all the jewlery stores are. It means basement and that's just where it is. On a side street where you step down. Very small place with a limited menu - pretty good.
Incidently, also right near the bridge and to the left as you head over it is a great gellato place - A Hound recommendation. Best we had in Italy. The street slopes downward - sorry I do not remember the name.
Trattoria Marione, a hound recommendation, was only ok.
La Posta you heard about already - One of the best meals we had in Italy.
Some beautiful residential neighborhoods in this town. The place to buy jewelery is at COI - much better deals than found on the bridge. Its an upstairs place - very professional.