Grand Hotel Florence - one of the oldest hotels in Europe, restored and renovated with modern conveniences with all the splendor of its 18th century palace roots intact. Many of the rooms still have the original frescoes. I had the room with the mini-balcony on the right once. :-)
Trattoria Sostanza in Florence, Italy. In operation since 1896, this is a must-go if you're ever in Florence. The communal seating is great way to meet other visitors and the menu is filled with delicious, classic Tuscan dishes. I still dream of the chicken breasts cooked in butter.