Who doesn’t love Florence?
Florence can very well be considered one of the art and cultural centres of the world. My husband and I were in awe of the food, architecture, people, and the city itself.
When you first step into Florence the city will take you back in time. Allow yourself to be swept away into all that Florence has to offer as you are surrounded by beautifully preserved, architecturally perfect, historical buildings and breathtaking art at every twist and turn.
Every few steps you will be taken away by the smells from gelaterias, cafes, and pizzerias! Relish in the sounds of chatter and lively conversations of one of the most beautiful languages in the world!
The first thing you must see is “The Duomo” Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore is impossible not to see. The Building began on the huge Gothic Duomo in 1296 and it was consecrated in 1436. I heard inside Brunelleschi’s Dome you will find one of the most amazing pieces of art you will ever see but we were too lazy to climb the stairs so I will just have to take everyone else’s word for it but my handsome husband got plenty of pictures from the outside.
Next on our stop was Food!!
My goal was to eat as much gelato as possible and gain as much weight as I could from eating pasta nonstop for 11 days. La Carceri Restaurant and Pizzeria is located in a former prison of Florence, in one of the hippest quarters (the Oltrarno) and is a great spot for inventive gourmet pizza and handcrafted beer. Le Carceri is very trendy and perfect for foodies. Here you can experience excellent pizza baked in a wood-fired oven in the Neapolitan fashion.
Open every evening and open at lunchtime Tuesday through Thursday. During the summer, they have aperitivo with live music and a buffet every Wednesday. A must try if you are a pizza lover and appreciate contemporary restaurant culture. I also had my first taste of Grappa which is by far the strongest shot I have ever taken but it went down very smoothly, therefore, I managed to have a shot with every meal!!
Gelato in Florence
Next on my to-do list was to taste as much gelato as possible and is there anything more important to do in Italy as eat Gelato? You must know that not all gelato is created equal! Don’t be fooled by the pretty displays, go with the recommendations and where you see a line, there is a reason for the long lines. Remember, it is essential to eat at least 2 scoops a day but I had about 4!!
What can top Gelato? Wine of course!
Next on our adventure was the Chianti Region Wine Tasting which we booked through Viator. The tour was $50.00 per person and it was a perfect getaway from the bustle of Florence! My best friend and her boyfriend were also visiting Italy so we decided to take a day trip to Tuscany.
We rode in a nice, air-conditioned bus. Our guide was not too enthusiastic or informative, but we were there for the transportation and wine tasting not to make friends with the guide! Once we reached the winery the tour was amazing. We tasted 3 wines, had some snacks and had some time to take photos and make purchases.
Below are a few things to expect from the wine tour. www.viator.com or call 888-651-9785
- 5-hour Chianti wine tasting tour from Florence, led by a tour escort and a wine expert guide
- Travel through the glorious region of Tuscany and ogle the countryside views
- Stop at a quiet hamlet tucked away in either the Chianti Classico or Chianti Fiorentino winemaking region
- Tour a castle winery and explore the wine cellars where prestigious Tuscan wine is left to mature
- Hear the secrets of Tuscan winemaking and learn about the different grapes that are used
- Taste several varietals of Chianti wine alongside traditional Italian snacks such as crostini
Get lost in Florence!
I love walking down random streets and experiencing the true quaintness of less-traveled roads. Just remember to be safe because pickpocketers are notorious in Italy. If you get really lost just ask anyone to lead you to the Duomo which is the center of Florence and you should be able to find your way back to your destination from the Duomo. In the end, it is the culture of hospitality and the kindness of the Italian people that make you never want to leave.
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches are some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. Make you sure visit the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and the library of San Lorenzo is a stunning exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius.
Florence and its magnificent treasures await your visit! Click here for the latest hotel deals at Plaza Lucchesi which is where we stayed in Florence.