Florence, was everything I envisioned and more.
The streets bustled with both locals and tourists.
Walking through the historical streets and uneven pavements made things more surreal and mesmerizing.
Florence is a city of romance, history, and food exploration.
Along with trying to capture the essence and things I learned in Italy, I broke-down this posts into three sections; Getting To and Around Florence, Places to See and Food to give an ode to those days spent in Italy.
Getting To and Around Florence
We took the train into the city and lets just say I love taking trains. It’s less of a headache and so easy to get to Florence from the airport.
You can either transfer between two trains for a cheaper price or choose the high-speed train that will cost a bit more but you’ll get there on time; we ended up going with the high-speed train.
Once we got to Florence, we literally walked everywhere, because Florence is small enough to do that.
There are taxis, so you can always take one but there is no Uber/Lyft so make sure you’re comfy on public transportation or have a rental car. I must tell you the cars are so tiny, they’re almost hug-able.
Places To See
- Ponte Vecchio, the bustling old bridge over the Arno River that still houses jewelry shops (pictured above).
- Mercato del Porcellino, a little market place to check out if you’re looking for something to buy.
- Outdoor Scupltures, there’s tons of incredible statues as you walk through Florence. I’d recommend getting a city map to make sure you don’t miss any.
- Piazza del Duomo, the plaza in the center of downtown, had a mix of old and new. You could clearly see the new-day shops on one side and the historic, “Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore” on the other. It was undergoing some restorations yet we were still able to see it.
- Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, this plaza has amazing renaissance architecture.
I know for me, it’s a surreal feeling, finding all the history embedded within everyday living. Part of me wonders if locals enjoy the history as much as I do or if it’s become part of everyday life where they no longer notice it?
As you know I’m huge on food, so let me tell you about some of the things I ate in Florence.
Raw Shrimp Scampi.
Pasta, which was amazing!!
Cheese, I couldn’t leave without trying it and the Manchego was the best ever.
Cappucinos, are my new favorite drink.
One of the bests restaurants we enjoyed was on our last night, had the best service and it was simply lovely. You must try it if you plan a trip there, it’s called 4 Leoni. Most importantly I fell in love with the wine there.
Oh and this little brunch place called Ditta Artigianale was amazing too, check out what I had for brunch on our last day.Lastly I must say that our experience in Florence including our Airbnb stay was exceptionally hands-down; amazing, fun and peaceful all at the same time.
Overall, this little city is definitely on my list of cities to come back to. It gave me all the feels that I haven’t found in any US city by far.