I recently visited the beautiful city of Florence during a little trip around Italy. We only spent 2 days there but I thought I would pull together all the great places I saw, how I planned my trip and round it up into a jam packed 24 hours.
First stop, coffee.
Italy, in my opinion, do the best coffee but don’t expect a huge mug of your favourite morning pick me up. Instead, you will be given a teeny cup of espresso but, trust me, it will blow your socks off. Sip it slow with a croissant and you will be ready to explore.
Explore and take in the views
Florence is such a beautiful city and there’s no better place to view it than from above. Take a walk to Forte di Belvedere and walk up to an amazing viewing point of the city. You’ll be able to see all the famous landmarks along with some interesting art exhibitions showcasing various sculptures around the site. Take it all in and get snapping. If you need a quick drink or bite to eat at this point there’s a little cafe there too.
Back to the square
The buzz of a square is what city exploring is all about. There are museums galore in the Piazza della Signoria and you will find open air sculptures with a replica of the famous Michelangelo’s ‘David’ (the real sculpture is protected in the Galleria dell’Accadamia). The is a Chanel shop there too so it would be rude not to visit, right? When you want to grab some lunch, there’s plenty of restaurants which all pretty much offer the same menu; pasta, pizza, salads – find a spot you like and recharge while you people watch.
Duomo – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Probably the most famous landmark in florence is the Duomo. This cathedral is stunning, the scale of it is huge and the architecture is only truly appreciated when you get up close. The intricate detail of the patterns and the structure is so cool and everywhere you look there is something different to see. We didn’t get a chance to go inside but if you do it’s 15 euro. That gets you a ticket valid for 6 days and allows access to the Cathedral, Cathedral Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Baptistery, Crypt and the Opera Museum – it’s worth queuing up early for the main attractions to ensure you get in!
Time for Dinner
If you fancy sprucing yourself up for an evening dinner date there’s so many places for a great drink and beautiful food. Me and my boyfriend are huge seafood fans so we found a cool looking place called The Fishing Lab. It looked relatively new with great lighting, tiled walls and a mix of regular and bar seating. The atmosphere was buzzing and, after a welcome complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival, we ordered a variety of different dishes to try. You can enjoy a selection of raw fresh fish or small, street food-style taster plates (which are actually not that small, as we soon found out) or you can order more traditional main meals which include whole fish, risottos and much more. It’s a great experience and we left feeling well and truly stuffed.
It’s all in the planning
If you are wanting to plan your next trip to Florence, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, there is an amazing website called Sygic Travel. Just add which hotel you are staying in and how long you are going for and it shows you all the attractions that are nearby. You then select the ones you like the look of then it comes up with the best route which you can then amend and tweak as you wish. Open times and admission prices are also included in the information so it’s such an easy tool to use. You can also save your trips and download the app to follow your planned route on the go!
Have you been anywhere amazing? I’d love to hear your recommendations for my next trip!