Florence is undoubtely one of the most famous cities in the world. A pearl that everyone loves because it’s one of the most beautiful historical sites throughout Italy and beyond.
The Tuscan capital, with its ancient roots, hosts a great number of museums, art galleries and ancient palaces: to visit them all, it would certainly require more than a week.
But it’s not only about art: Florence offers many places where to eat typical food. Tuscan cuisine may be found in all the restaurants of the city. The Tuscan cuisine is simple but tasty, varying from soups to seafood, from meat dish to the traditional antipasti, but also the cookies, called Cantucci, that you must eat sipping them in a glass of Vin Santo (“The holy wine”).
Talking about wines, Tuscany offers is known all over the world for its excellent quality, for both white and red wines. A good glass of wine sitting in a bar or inside a cellar in the city center, tasted with a platter of cheese and salami is the right way to get to know the city and its identity.
Florence was the cradle of Renaissance. Thanks to the patronage of the Medici family, the city became the home of many artists and writers. Doing so, it became the cultural hub of the 15th and 16th centuries. During the 13th and 14th centuries, artists coming from Florence and Tuscany brought their art throughout the whole Italy: Giotto, Cimabue and Arnolfo di Cambio, however, left their masterpieces in town and they can be admired still today. These artists quickly became a model for the entire world, not only for Tuscany and for Italian art.
Florence is also filled with lovely shops where people can buy authentic made in Italy products and crafts. But for foodies there are excellent traditional taverns and traditional food stores.
A tour of Florence (like this one, for example), even for a few hours, will include spots such as:
- Ponte Vecchio (“The Old Bridge”), the romantic symbol of the city. Try to go there at dusk and at night to admire it with the best lights!
- Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, which represents the core of the historic Florence.
- The markets such as San Lorenzo, the oldest one in the city, where everyone can buy souvenirs and leather walking along the ancient streets.
- Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, where Florentine art can be appreciated.
This list should also include the Duomo, but it is needless to say! You wouldn’t want to miss the amazing dome by Brunelleschi, right? And for the art lovers, the best thing to do in town is a visit at the Uffizi gallery, but please remember: you have to book well in advance.