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 canget my Google Mapswith all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.
Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.
Mercato Centrale 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.
After having lunch in Vernazza, we decided to get the train back to Manarola to take some extra photos of the area.
But I might also say we had a second goal in mind: try a gelato from 5 Terre Gelateria.
We found very good reviews online about them, and early in the day, while we were exploring this little town, this place was always super busy.
They also have a selection of brioches (which can combined with ice cream to please the most demanding sweet tooth 😜) and crepes, but we only tried their gelato at the occasion.
So, after all this walking, why not have our gelato of the day there, right?
Their selection of gelato covers the most traditional flavours, so we decided to follow the idea and stick to the classics!
Mine: Amarena and Cremino.
Hubby: Dark chocolate and Tiramisu.
Everything was super creamy and delicious! Rich in flavour and great texture!
Totally worth a visit to refresh yourself after a day hiking around the Cinque Terre. 🤗
I also noticed they have another shop further down the street, just closer to the beach.
By our observations on the day this one was usually less busy, but you have two options in any case. 🙂
I couldn’t find it on Google Maps though, maybe it was a temporary store?
Salad and pasta were gorgeous! Nothing to add or remove, great choice.
On the other hand, our beef was a bit disappointing, bland and tasteless, although correctly cooked.
Anyways, I understand that Hubby and I were a bit naive with our choice. Let me explain you why.
They are well-known for their servings of seafood, so asking for a beef steak sounds quite wrong, right? 😜
But at the same time if a restaurant puts it on their menu it should be prepared as good as the others dishes, in my opinion.
In a nutshell, the restaurant is good, overall; it also has amazing views.
Just play safe and go for a seafood dish instead. 🙂
Considering that we were a bit unlucky with of our choice, the place has great options (we loved our salad and pasta), good service and amazing views.
It is also incredibly popular during lunchtime, so if you can make a reservation or get there as soon as it opens (like we did).
We decided to spend a day exploring the region; we took a train in the morning: from Florence to La Spezia, and then another train to the first city in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore (check here my Google Maps).
Our idea was to do the complete hike from Riomaggiore to Monteresso, however, due to the bad weather on the previous days, 70% of the path was closed! Bummer!
Sadly enough, you only get this kind of information when you are already there.
But that doesn’t mean we did nothing, we did a lot and I’m about to show you what!
What we did then
Our first stop, so we decided to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which gave us access to the trail and unlimited train travels between the 5 cities and La Spezia.
As the trail was closed here, after exploring a bit of the village we got the train to our next stop, Manarola.