When we talk about the best European destinations, Italy is one of our top list. As one of the top travel listed countries, you can’t get enough of this country. Italy has some much more to offer than pizza and pasta. When you book your trip to Italy think outside the box and don’t just travel to the world famous Rome or Venice. There are many regions in Italy that worth to visit. Say Florence?
The city of Florence is the capital of Italy’s region called Tuscany, the city will welcome you with amazing architecture, impressive history, stunning views and delectable cuisine.
Before you explore even further, here are some useful things to do in Florence:
When You Go Sightseeing
One of the most iconic landmarks is the Duomo, a staggering cathedral whose red-tiled dome and dashing bell tower dominate the medieval cityscape. You can’t miss this fascinating cathedral.
Another architectural highlight is the Ponte Vecchio, a beautiful pedestrian bridge. The myth is that during the World War II, the Nazis were planning to destroy all the bridges that were connecting Florence with British army but Hitler told the commander to “keep the most artistic one”. Truth or not, this unique construction filled with jewelry shops is a must during your trip to Florence.
You can’t leave the city without “tasting” a few classic art pieces. While Galleria dell’Academia displays Michelangelo’s avid” sculpture, the Uffizi Gallery is home of almost everything else. Botticelli, Gioto and da Vinci are just a few of the famous artists whose work is exhibited here.
In Florence you will find a lot of amazing churches. A mesmerizing one is Santa Croce. The art inside is truly spectacular and is considered to be some of the most impressive church art in Florence.
Near the bridge of Ponte Vecchio, on the other side of Arno river is so much to see. Here you find important sights like the massive Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo and San Spirito.
Exploring the less touristy streets you will find lots of antiques stores and local artisans with lower prices.
Try one of the local Tuscan delicacies called Cinghiale, or wild boar. It is a fantastic dish that you can find in every restaurant. Of course it is made by their own recipe. No trip to Florence is complete until you try the famous gelato. One incredible gelato you will have at Gelateria dei Neri. If you are not a fan of gelato just order a coffee or cappuccino. You will love it!
If you are looking for a less crowded place to sit and enjoy a nice meal, try the five-cheese gnocchi at Osteria Santo Spirito located on the south side of the Arno river. You will have a memorable experience in an authentic restaurant. If you are more for a pizza, check Gusta Pizza in the same area. You won’t regret it! There is so much to eat in the city which makes it impossible to choose the best place. Try as many restaurants and cafes as you can.
What to do
As I am sure you will be seeking for the best spot to enjoy a breathtaking view, you don’t want to miss the tower from the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall. From the top floor of the museum you will benefit of an unforgettable view that includes the Duomo. One thing you shouldn’t miss in Florence is shopping at Mercato Centrale. This market is perfect to delight yourself experiencing the Italian culture, tasting fresh produce, candies and pastries. Florence is known for its great leather goods. You can buy quality leather anywhere around Florence, especially at the San Lorenzo market. Either you are looking for a wallet, a bag or a jacket here you will definitely find beautifully made leather items. One more think that should be on your must do list is to watch the sunrise or the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo. You can even find tours that will take you up the hill or you can take a taxi, it is cheaper. If you are more energetic just walk it. The view from this popular spot is worth the hike. Dare to get lost, explore and wander on your own. This incredible city offers you countless and diverse treasures. The best way to make your trip an unforgettable memory is to explore on your own. Either you are in a summer vacation or a honeymoon I am sure you will have the time of your life!