I wasn’t expecting to travel so soon, but when duty calls, one must do what they ought to do. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Firenze for Pitti Uomo (because of work) so of course I took an extra day to see the beautiful city.
I love returning to Italy. It’s one of my favourite countries to travel to. The atmosphere, the people, the food and the history, what’s not to love about Italy? It’s the land of carbs. If you’re planning on visiting Firenze soon, here’s how you can spend your time in the city. I don’t think you need more than a day, and even if you do, make sure to eat lots of gelato and pizza throughout your stay. (No matter the weather)
Start your day by making your way towards the Piazza del Duomo. You’ll be able to visit Giotto’s Campanile (the Duomo) for free and you can also climb your way up to the bell tower (for a fee) to get an incredible view of the city.
If you’re looking to do some local shopping or just want to explore, the San Lorenzo market is a great place to find local items, especially Italian leather goods. Don’t be afraid to haggle with the vendors either!
When in Italy, you can’t not have gelato. If you walk into Venchi you’ll see this huge wall full of chocolate. Which they use on ice cream cones, for hot chocalates and crepes. I can say for sure that it was delicious. Plus, it’s on the way to the Piazza once you leave the Duomo.
One of my favourite places to visit, here you’ll see how Gucci came to be, as you’ll see the inspiration and creativity behind the brand. Plus, if you’re a student it’s free to explore. The Osteria Gucci inside the museum is also a renowned place to have lunch/dinner. With the chef being Massimo Bottura (a well known Italian chef with 3 michelin stars), you’re bound to have some delicious food.
You definitely cannot miss this in Florence. Browse your way through the incredible jewellery shops, where you’ll find so many incredible gems to stare at. Make sure to walk along the west so you can catch a glimpse of the bridge from afar!
Although it’s a 20/30 mins walk from the city centre, I can tell you the view from up there is incredible. I’d recommend taking a bottle of wine (or something non-alcoholic) sitting by the steps to take in the view. A much deserved reward after a long day of walking.
Finally, end your day at a local Italian place. There’s a few near the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the cathedral with an Aperol Spritz.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Have you ever been to Florence?