Florenceeeee! The one city LITERALLY everyone I asked for recommendations when booking this trip suggested. It was basically everyone’s favorite city in Italy. After visiting, I can see why. A lot smaller and than Rome, and less spread out, it’s definitely a city made for walking. And boy is it beautiful. Parts of Florence look straight out of a painting, no seriously, it’s freaky. You look up and it’s almost like it’s a backdrop of a set that a movie production team set up, then you realize, nope its real!
WHERE WE STAYED:
We stayed at the Solo Experience Hotel which was in the absolutely PERFECT location. Just 4 minutes walking to the Duomo and so many restaurants and shops near by. We were literally in the HEART of the city. It was nice because at night there were so many people out and about we felt totally comfortable walking around. We did have an unpleasant encounter with one of the woman at the front desk but the manager was very nice and attentive.
WHAT WE DID:
WALK! Haha. We walked to all the places from our hotel and didn’t have to hop in a taxi or on the bus once. We visited Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and The Duomo (of course). I actually left Danny for a bit to have some alone time and do a bit of shopping and it gave me flashbacks of my short move to London. I just loved walking around the city going into each shop. Honestly, Danny and I are introverted and we love our alone time. Depending on your couple dynamic, I highly suggest taking a few hours to explore alone especially if it’s something your significant other wouldn’t necessarily want to do. I know Danny wouldn’t want to walk around the clothing stores all day shopping and I was perfectly happy doing it solo.
There are a ton of stores selling leather goods in Florence as well as a TON of jewelry shops. Not sure if those are their specialities but if your looking for some Italian leather and fine jewelry in Italy you will definitely find it here in Florence.
These are some places we were going to visit but didn’t end up going because we didn’t realize some museums in Florence are closed on Mondays so plan accordingly!
We didn’t end up going to the gardens because after Tuscany and the beautiful garden wedding we attended we weren’t that eager to go to the other side of town for a garden. But if flowers are your thing, it looks gorgeous and highly suggest it!
WHERE WE ATE:
So we had some misses in Florence because we went to a sandwich shop that was recommended, All’Antico Vinaio, but when we got there the line was out the door and I took a peek at the menu and it was all cold cuts that I couldn’t eat ( I don’t eat pork) But let me tell you…everyone and their mom’s mom had a sandwich from there. We passed so many people sitting on the sidewalk walking down the streets holding one of their sandwiches. If that doesn’t say enough! If you eat cold cuts/pork go try it for me! Anyway, it started raining so we just rain into any restaurant to eat but the one we chose wasn’t that great. Again I’ll say stick to recs or Yelp!
Another place recommended was Gelato De Neri. This gelato place was the best I had in Italy. It was so good and the gelato was creamy and rich. So so good!
Also recommended was a restaurant called Osteria Santo Spirito but we didn’t end up being able to go. We did however go to Tratoria Za Za twice! The food there was absolutely delicious and they have truffle dishes for days! I love me some truffle!
Overall, we really loved Florence. I wish we had more time in each spot because we’re not the kind of travelers that like to fit 100 things in a day so we didn’t get to see everything. But Florence is small enough that you can make the most of it in 2 days!