Florence belongs to our favorite city in Italy (maybe even in the whole of Europe)! Why?
There are the beautiful skyline, the numerous museums, art & culture, fascinating architecture, churches & cathedrals, old historical bridges, pizza & gelato … the list is endless. In every little alley, there is something new to discover and those who come to Florence will certainly not get bored. And this city is so photogenic.
A weekend or 3 days in Florence are a good start to get to know this beautiful city in the middle of Tuscany.
Here are our tips, what you can see, do and eat there:
The cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is the symbol of this city. The beautiful cathedral with its striking red dome was completed in 1436 and has shaped the cityscape ever since. Those who come to Florence will definitely not be able to miss the Santa Maria del Fiore, especially since its 114 meters. It is also possible to visit the cathedral and walk all the way up to the top for a breathtaking view. If you want to see the view from up there, you might want to reserve some tickets. On weekends the tickets are often booked 2 days in advance. The bell tower (‘Campanile’) stands directly next to the Florence Cathedral, which cannot be ignored with its height of approx. 85 meters. The beautiful façade made of colored pastel marble also served as a model for the Santa Maria del Fiore. If you want, you can take about 400 steps up and admire another beautiful view of this amazing city
The Uffizi: famous and known as one of the finest museums in the world, it is a complex of buildings with many galleries inside. The collection of the greatest and most important works of Renaissance art can be found here. Works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens… the list could go on and on. The Uffizi is a must for every art lover and here it is more than advisable to seek tickets before traveling as the galleries want to be seen by visitors from all over the world.
In the middle of Florence flows the river Arno and the most famous bridge that crosses it is the Ponte Vecchio. It connects the different parts of the city and is probably the most visited bridge in this city. A stroll over the Ponte Vecchio is definitely part of every visit to Florence, even if it is a bit crowded there. Due to the numerous shops ( there are still many goldsmiths) it is a special experience: try to go for the sunset, it will be very romantic!
Food in Florence
From humble origins, Florentine cuisine has always relied on fresh food from the agricultural areas around the city. Basic and rustic ingredients come together to create tasty, simple recipes, typical Florentine dishes that every tourist should try. You will find endless restaurants, focacceria that won’t disappoint you. Don’t miss the Fiorentina!
Are you a sports lover?
Then bicycle excursions (and also hikes) to the surrounding hills, especially of Florence, but also in the whole Tuscany, are always highly appreciated. The APT office in this city will be able to provide you with all the necessary information and directions. You can also book a tour online.
Florence also has many canoeing centers. A boat or canoe trip on the Arno is a great alternative to cycling. In the summer season (from June to September) not just the tourists take the large offer of swimming pools. It has numerous outdoor swimming pools where you can cool off with day tickets or monthly subscriptions. Finally, there are many well-equipped gyms that are open all year round and are very inviting for physical activity.
Where to sleep in Florence?
If you want the Renaissance atmosphere to follow you during the whole duration of your stay in Florence, we have a perfect place to propose to you: brunelleschihotelflorence.com.
That name will sound familiar to you, as a matter of fact, the palace where the hotel now is located belonged to the family of one of the renaissance fathers: Filippo Brunelleschi. His most majestic work, the Dome of the Cathedral of Florence, will be the main protagonist of the breathtaking view that you will enjoy while staying in this hotel.
Now that you have all the information you need go and book what will be one of the best trips of your life!