Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Ultimate Guide to Florence, Italy

Here we go. I spent about a month in the beautiful city of Firenze so I've got A LOT to share. This is my ultimate guide to all the things you should try to do while you are there!

First let's talk about food and drinks because that's what we all travel for anyway, right??

For brunch + coffee - Ditta Artigianale
For lunch - Le Vespe Cafe
For sandwiches - Ino
For pasta -Trattoria 4 Leoni
For pizza - Gusta Pizza
For aperitivo (happy hour) - la Ménagère
For steak + the best waiters - All'Antico Ristoro Di Cambi
For a fancy dinner - Cucina Torcicoda
For gelato - Gelateria dei Neri
For late night drinks - Piazza di Santo Spirito
For the best + largest variety - Mercato Centrale
For authentic Chinese food - Chong Qing Yin Xiang

Other places worth visiting:
The Uffizi Gallery for famous art like the Primavera // The Accademia which houses the original statue of David // Boboli Gardens at Pitti Palace for a relaxing picnic // Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella for perfume, candles, liquor and other great gifts // Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio Farmers Market for groceries // San Niccolo neighborhood for good restaurants and live music // Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of the city // the top of the dome at Il Duomo for an intimate view of the city // Signum for paper products, prints, and gifts // Ponte Vecchio overlooking the beautiful Arno River

There you have it! I know it's a lot but Florence is a pretty small city so honestly you can catch most all of the big sites in a few days if you hustle. Let me know if you have any questions, have any other suggestions I missed, or want more details in the comments!

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