I’ve just come back from Florence and I didn’t want to leave! It’s such a beautiful city full of culture, art, history, architecture and amazing shopping – it’s everything I could wish for. I took loads and loads of photos so apologies in advance for the amount I will share. I will break my guide into 2 or 3 parts to cover it all.
On Monday I flew to Pisa (it’s much cheaper) and took a bus straight to the airport to fairly central part of Florence. It was actually nice to be driving through Tuscany (it takes about 70 minutes) and see the beautiful countryside. I definitely plan to see more of that on another trip. I arrived in the early evening, checked into my hotel, freshened up and set out to explore straight away. It was nice warm evening and I caught beautiful sunset over the river. I wore this Zara dress which is perfect for travelling. It’s super comfy, I like the length and long sleeves – perfect for a plane as you don’t have to worry about exposing too much or being cold and just be comfortable.
The next day I set out very early because there was a lot I wanted to cover. First I just wandered through the streets a little bit, but then I headed towards the Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo square) for the best views of the whole of Florence, through Giardino Delle Rose (rose garden) – beautiful views and beautiful flowers. They have an amazing amount of different types of roses. Definitely a must see. I spent quite a lot of time there as the views are really breathtaking and you can just sit down and take it all in. After taking a lot of steps to get there, you may need a break.. There you may also see one of the two copies of Michelangelo’s David (the other copy is outside Palazzo Vecchio) and the original in the Galleria dell’Accademia (all in Florence).
From there I went down and up again to one of many Florentine churches, more amazing views and I saw someone getting engaged there which was really lovely (yes he got on one knee) (insert heart emoji). Then I continued on that side of the river walking towards the Boboli gardens and the Medici palace before coming back to more central Florence over the Ponte Vecchio – most famous Florence bridge and also the busiest. There were some lovely jewellery shops there (you could easily spend a fortune) but also many many tourists so I tried to get out of there quick. Beware! Florence is full of people and large crowds at most places.
After I had lunch at the Piazza Della Signorina, with the view of Palazzo Vecchio right in front of me and one of the David’s and lots of other beautiful sculptures, did a bit of window shopping at Chanel lusting after all of their bags and shoes and a bit of shopping at more affordable shops.. Had gelato, and did more wandering through the streets and just made the most of the beautiful city.
Advice: lunch with a view is nice, but food is much nicer and cheaper in little side streets. Everywhere you go there’s places to eat and have a drink and the best places are usually hidden and away from the crowds.
I walked past the Duomo every day. It was very close to my hotel and it’s very central so nearly everywhere you go you can go past it. It really is very beautiful. Photos don’t do it justice. Unfortunately on this occasion I didn’t get to go in but I would definitely recommend it and it’s something I’m planning to do next time. You can see it from many angles from many places and it always took my breath away. If you only see one thing in Florence see the Duomo.
Number two is climbing up to see it all from the Michelangelo square.
Number three is visiting the Uffizzi Gallery. There are many museums and galleries in Florence (I told you it was full of art and culture) and it is impossible to visit them all in one trip. But the one I did and would definitely recommend is the Uffizzi. I spent over 3 hours there and didn’t see it all so will try to visit again, but I saw the main things I wanted to see. My favourite painting is the Birth of Venus by Botticelli and it was an amazing experience to see the original in real life and also the Primavera. Also the Leonardo da Vinci‘s rooms are incredible. Those were the highlights form me but there is so much more. I could just write an article about Uffizi!
I also stumbled across a beautiful Synagogue, had a coffee and lunch with a view that I definitely recommend, drinks at a place that is a must visit and much more! But more about that next week.
Have you been to Florence? What was your favourite part?
Have a stylish day.