A quick guide to Firenze
Florence is utterly amazing. It’s a city of almost unrivalled history, culture, art, leather goods and gelato. It’s a place of charming locals and sunsets so unbelievably rich in colour they’re impossible to capture in a photograph (see below for evidence, doesn’t that just look Photoshopped?).
In fact, Florence is so beautiful I’ve been three times…so far. Each time the natives have looked at me, baffled, as I tried to speak Italian with my northern-English accent (but as long as they understand my versions of “vino rosso” and “pizza” I can survive).
Here’s a small selection of snaps from a trip taken in August 2013, and a few travel tips to help you narrow down some of the best things to do if you’re just passing through. If you’ve never been to Firenze I seriously urge you to correct that oversight immediately. It’s a big world but I’m seriously tempted to make a another visit.
Things to see & do
admire the view from the Piazzale Michelangelo (see the featured photo ♥)
climb the Campanile or Duomo
walk across the Ponte Vecchio, in the daytime & at nightime
buy local food and decent vintage items at the Mercato di Santo Spirito
haggle for leather goods at the Mercato Centrale
visit the roof of La Rinascente department store for unrivalled Duomo views (and some prosecco!)
take a day trip to Fiesole
Places to eat
Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco, Borgo San Iacopo 43
Osteria Santo Spirito, Piazza Santo Spirito 19r
La Busola, Via Porto Rossa 58r
basically any gelato stall
Where to sleep