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A Quick Guide to Florence

Travel Dec 15, 2015

florence city guide

Florence. What can I say? One of those utterly magical cities that is *literally* like a fairytale – incredible architecture, sunsets to die for, cobblestone streets… annnnddd giant wood fired steaks and gallons of wine. My kinda fairy tale at any rate. Two visits and I’m hooked. If you’re deciding where to go for your next holiday you must consider this gorgeouss city, you won’t regret it! Nowwwww, how am I going to take a sabbatical and learn leather making at Florence’s school for leather for… a year?

Stay

The first time we visited we stayed in an inexpensive B&B located right near the Duomo. This was well before airbnb but that would be a great option if you’re on a budget. This time we stayed at the Continentale (we treated ourselves).

See & Do

Visit the Santa Maria del Fiore (aka the Duomo) and take a stroll (sweating) up to the top of the tower.

Hire a bike and ride over the river and up to Michelangelo Gardens, it was the the best thing we did our whole trip the first time I visited.

Take a morning to see the art at the Uffizi Gallery.

If you’re in the city on a Thursday, don’t miss the Flower Markets in the Piazza della Repubblica.

The Rose Garden is lovely, and even if you’re ho hum about flowers it has gorgeous panoramic views across Florence. A must!

Hit the Ponte Vecchio early morning, or better yet, view it from one of the neighbouring bridges.. sans crowds.

Eat & Drink

We had the BEST Bistecca Alla Florentina at Osteria De Benci… One tip though, don’t eat super late if you feel like eating 1 kg of steak, makes it hard to sleep!

We tried a few different gelato places, but found that Vestri was our favourite.

Grab a yummy pastry and coffee at I Dolci di Patrizio Cosi.

We loved our stop off at the Marcato Centrale – two floors of amazing produce and cafes! The panini at Nerbone were delicious.

Trattoria CibreoTeatro Del Sale  are by the same chef (in fact he has a bunch) – we visited the latter and loved, next time it will be the former!

Have a few drinks and watch the sunset at La Terrazza.

Good to know

Wake up early to see all the sights, Florence is a tourist hub for good reason and gets scary packed.
Hire a bike to see the city, you won’t regret it!

‘Behind every girl on instagram there’s an instagram husband, and a brick wall old door’

Foto foto!

You know you’re in Tuscany when you see these terracotta roofs.

More everything please.

Italian deli’s putting produce shopping everywhere to shame.

Out of breath walking up the tower but so worth it!

The Ponte Vecchio

The gorgeous Duomo

 

 

*sigh*

My usual uniform of blue, white and tan!

We hit the road in Tuscany… more on that some other time!

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