Florence was the third city we stayed during our holidays in Europe, and I can honestly say it got a special place in my heart since the very first day.
Differently from Rome, I found the city much calmer, organised, easier to navigate around, and with a great modern vibe (even with all the historical buildings it has).
I had 3 amazing days there, which I’ll be happily sharing with you now.
If you want to get straight to the point, here you can get my Google Maps with all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.
Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.
In case you’re a foodie like me, this is THE place to be.
Stroll along a good number of stalls feature local products and produce; and don’t forget to visit the upper level full of yummy restaurants.
Perfect place to sample the best Italy has to offer.
This curious bridge is one of Florence’s most visited places.
Along the bridge, you see many shops selling jewellery, pieces of art, and souvenirs.
Crossing the bridge is, of course, a nice thing to do, but also make sure to stop at the bridge adjacent to it to have a view like the one on the photo below.
These 13th-century walls and gates were once the main entrance to the city.
The Boboli Gardens
Beautiful park, with amazing views from Florence.
Perfect to rest and have a relaxing time away from the comparatively busy city.
A perfect example of a renaissance building is today the largest museum in Italy.
A great place to have outstanding views from Florence.
Where to eat
In my opinion, one of the best places to try all sorts of Italian food in the world! 🏆
Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
Yummy gelato and outstanding service!
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore & Piazza del Duomo
This is the most beautiful cathedral I’ve ever seen, my favourite for sure.
Make sure to buy the tickets that give you access to all sites around the are (Cathedral, Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, The Baptistery of St. John, and the Cathedral’s Museum).
Another important note, to climb the Cathedral’s Duomo you must book in advance, at least one day.
I didn’t do it and missed the opportunity. ☹️
Ah! And don’t forget to visit it at night! 🌃
The lights give a whole new level of beauty to the iconic cathedral.
Giotto’s Bell Tower
Get your legs prepared for some serious exercise and go for it!
The reward is amazing views of the city.
The Baptistery of St. John
Oh gosh, this place had one of the most beautiful duomo arts I’ve ever seen.
Take some time inside to observe each detail of it; undoubtedly an amazing and unique piece of art.
Palazzo Vecchio & Piazza della Signoria
Currently Florence’s Town Hall, this palace was once the residence of many important residents of the city.
Appreciate the medieval façade, and take some time exploring the many stalls at Piazza della Signoria, selling primarily leather products.
Where to eat
Cozy and super delicious Italian food, hidden in the middle of the city.
Trattoria Vecchio Mercato
Perfect last meal in Florence! Delicious food, great service, and amazing live music.
Day 3 – Day trip to Cinque Terre
A bucket list item for many, Cinque Terre is indeed charming and refreshing!
A fantastic experience for those either wanting a taste of small Italian villages or those keen to go on a long hike along the mediterranean sea.
Where to eat
Belforte Restaurant • Vernazza
Very good seafood restaurant, with amazing views and perfect for a lunch break.
5 Terre Gelateria • Manarola
Delicious gelato to refresh yourself after disputing for some space with all the tourists in Manarola. 😛