Ahh, Florence one of the greatest cities in Italy that you have to visit. This city is famous for it's people, food, architecture, history and overall culture in the region of Toscana.
When visiting Florence, there are some important spots to check out: Here are a list of my favourites you must see!
1. Florence Duomo
A spectacular wonder in Florence, with the most intricate and inspiring architecture. The magnificent colours and gothic design is unlike any church in the entire world. Crowds of people wait hours in line to see this historical master piece, and the square is stunning and full of life. The best time to visit with no tourists is surprisingly 3am in the morning. The streets were bare and ghostly, with the quietest time to enjoy the city.
When in Florence I would recommend dressing in a fashionable manner, and some of the greatest stores in Italy are located in Florence, so there are no excuses. When on your feet all day, it's definitely important to dress comfortable, and I will explain how. Here are my selected pieces, and what I wore on the cobblestone streets.
What Am I Wearing?
Dynamite ~ Floral Skirt
BLOOCH 31 ~ Drop-Clutch
Dynamite ~ Wrap Halter Top
Barcelona ~ Drop Necklace
Tino Gonzalez ~ Blush Sandals
Croatia Vendor ~ John Lennon's
These are the best sandals I could have invested in. The comfortable fabric on the bottom is almost like a foam cushion. The breathable leather is secure around my foot and I could spend an entire day wearing these girls. I bought them at Tino Gonzalez http://www.tinogonzalez.com. I was wearing this look in August, so wearing a relaxed an flowing skirt definitely is a must, and I got mine from Dynamite Canada http://www.dynamiteclothing.com/ca/?_requestid=17350
2. Baptistery of San Giovanni
This historical building is located behind the Duomo with stunning interior, floors and a spectacular mosaic tile inside the dome. Definitely worth checking out.
One of the best places in the city to see the best view is...
3. Piazza Michelangelo
You will get a fantastic view of the entire city, and make sure to take a drink and walk up the gorgeous steps of Michelangelo. It's especially has the most beautiful view in the night.
4. Piazza Della Signoria
This square is absolutely beautiful and very relaxing to take a gelato and take in the history. I was impressed of the size of this giant bronze turtle! There are also many ancient statues and many other museums near by.
5. Where to take the "BEST" Gelato?
When you have been living in Italy for more than 6 months, you should definitely know what's good gelato and what isn't. We stumbled upon this little gem in Florence, and this place was fantastic! Not only was the flavour amazing, but It has an incredible view by the river.
6. Where to eat and drink? (Curtsy of Girl in Florence)
- Slow Food | Culinaria Bistro is run by an association of people that promote slow food in Florence. Piazza Tasso, 13R Florence, Italy (near Santo Spirito) CLOSED TUESDAYS.
- One of the best places for authentic Tuscan food without a doubt is I’Brindellone (not fancy), Piazza Piattellina (piazza carmine) – I adore this place (truffle pasta and wonderful bistecca!) and it’s always full of locals. Call for reservations =39 055 217879.
- For good, hearty Tuscan food at Del Fagioli which is near piazza santa croce. The ambiance is quite typically Italian. Get the steak. address: Corso dei Tintori, 47-r, 50122 Firenze.
- Trattoria Il Guscio in the oltrarno is a nice choice. Via dell’Orto, 49, very simple, down-home cooking at a good price. The seared tuna with pistachio is probably my favorite, plus they provide large portions.
- Lunch, Osteria Il Buongustai (near piazza signoria) Via dei Cerchi, 50122 Firenze. Lunch spot I adore.
- Seafood: Tuscan Food | Borderline, near the Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Corso Italia 35, 50123 Florence, Italy. This new bistro continues the excellent move of restaurants worth drooling over near the central train station. The food here is elevated seafood and Tuscan fare, think tuna tartare, taglioni with swordfish and mint. The ownership is the same from ‘da tito’ another great local restaurant. Prices are medium $$$ but I doubt you would be disappointed!
- Mangia Pizza | A casual lunch spot offering gourmet pizzas in the center of town, following the original popular location based in Prato. It’s already highly popular and definitely worth trying. Closes at 7pm. address: Via Lambertesca, 24/26/R, 50122 Firenze.
- Pizzeria Torcicoda is one of the best places in town for pizza, near santa croce. quality ingredients and excellent craft beer. address: Via Torta, 5, Firenze. Open daily, 12pm-12am. +39 055 265 4329
- Gucci Caffe’ is somewhere I tend to go for meetings or grab a cappuccino or three while working on my computer, Piazza della Signoria, 10.
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