I have been meaning to write this post a while ago, or to be more exact, since January. Time definitely flies.
Anyway, I though I could share with you those little spots you shouldn’t miss when in Florence and a few little gems I found during my stay.
Florence didn’t deceive me. I can say that it is one of the most charming and beautiful cities I have ever been. I know I say this of every place I go, but honestly, this city blew me away. All those houses in yellow and orange, with the same kind of windows… just like the time hasn’t passed by. And the fact that you can still find so many artisans really surprised me.
Every corner of Florence is full of beauty and I’m really looking forward returning one day.
The most famous symbol of the city, this medieval arch bridge has shops built along it. In the past those shops were occupied by butchers, but since the smell turned out to be disgusting, the government decided in 1593 they had to leave and that artisans and jewelers would occupy the shops instead .
Sadly it is really overcrowded and it is quite difficult to get a decent picture without a thousand people around.
It contains one of the most important, old and famous art collections of the world. One of them is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, that dates from 1486. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance if you don’t want to queue!!
Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiori
When you arrive and see the basilica in person you get really touched. So white, with the green details and so different to what we are used to see. Of course no one should leave Florence without climbing the Duomo – 463 steps which will prove how well trained you are.
And if you consider it is not enough, then climb the Campanile too! I really recommend you to buy the Firenze Card, even more if you plan to visit many other places, but mainly because it means no queueing! We needed two hours (two!) to be able to climb the dome… I mean, how much does you time cost? And we went in January… I can’t imagine how can it be in peak season.
Piazza della Repubblica
One of the most vivid squares of Florence, with its carrousel and famous cafés. It is really nice to enjoy a coffee in any terrace overlooking at the piazza. It is true that it is a little bit overpriced but who knows when you’ll be able to return, right?
Nowadays the town hall of Firenze that looks at the Piazza della Signoria, which includes a copy of Michelangelo’s David and a gallery of statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi. It is one of the most important places in the city.
Basilica Santa Croce
We found this place just wandering around. I learned afterwards that it is the burial place of some of the most famous italians, such as Galineo, Michelangelo, Gentile….
The place to go to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city. I recommend taking the bus, it is quite a hike!
Now, when in Italy one should live on pizza and lasagna – at least that’s what I think! We found two little gems that I can’t recommend you more.
We found this place just wandering around. Apparently it is famous for their meat but we had a pizza and a lasagna instead. Couldn’t have chosen better. Where? At Borgo Santi Apostoli 6/r
I have such nice memories of this place. Even though is not the fanciest place you can find (but I mean, who really cares?) you can eat one of their incredible pizzas. You will be able to only choose from eight, but they cover all the types of pizza one would at least expect to find. The Gustapizza is the speciality of the house (that had to be pictured, of course) and with the national beer, you can never be wrong. Find them at the other side of the river: Via Maggio, 46. Firenze.
So yes, Florence is one of those places where you can find vintage photo boots! Not only one but three!! So please, if you ever get there, take a picture in a Fotoautomatica (so much fun!)
OUTSIDE THE CITY : PISA
Of course, if you have the time, you can’t leave without visiting Pisa, only an hour away by train from Florence. Taking your picture holding the tower is a must, as well as climbing it. Definitely overpriced but I always say that once you are there you have to do this kind of things! You never know if you’ll return and the experience is really worth the money.
This botanical garden dates from 1544, and it is the first botanical garden in Europe.
We made friends with a cat that lives there and named it Donatello.
Hope you find this interesting! Make sure not to miss this spots if you ever go to Florence.