Nothing screams romantic charm more than roaming the streets of Firenze. You feel as though you’re being transported back to the 14th century. It’s the capital of Italy and best known for its art, culture, fine food, and romantic charm. It birthed the Italian Renaissance which inspired artists such as Michaelangelo and many of his masterpieces are still there today!
When to Visit
Florentine summers are hot and humid and most businesses are closed for the month of August. The best time to visit would be late September or early October where tourism is at the end of its season and the weather is beautiful and sunny!
Places to See
Piazzale Michaelangelo ($) — The high point of our trip. Literally. You have a view of all of Florence from up here it’s quite the spot, and it’s free. Make sure to get there early to beat the crowds.
Piazza del Duomo ($$) — If you’re down to climb 463 stairs and see one of the most beautiful sights in Florence than this should be on the top of your list. Plan to get here early in the morning or else the lines are massive!
Uffizi Gallery ($$) — The ultimate Italian art museum. Book your tickets in advance and plan to get there right when it opens for fewer crowds!
Tuscany wine tasting ($$) — One of our favorite parts of the trip. We booked a tour through Viator and it included lunch, transportation to two wineries and two medieval towns, and a guided tour where we learned so much about winemaking. And it was like $50 bucks. Can’t get much better than that!
Ponte Vecchio ($) — Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence. (it literally translates to old bridge). Back in the day, it was primarily meat vendors but the Medici family hated the smell so made it a law that only jewelry stores can be opened. To this day this holds true.
Plaza Hotel Lucchessi ($$) — Located on the Arno river this hotel is in a prime location. The breakfast included was incredible and the aesthetic of the hotel was top notch.
Villa Cora ($$$) — A 19th-century mansion that is charming and elegant. They have a garden pool, spacious rooms, and the service is unmatched.
Hotel Savoy ($$$) — Located on the Piazza Repubblica, this hotel is luxurious and stylish all in one. It’s only steps away from the main fashion houses and hop skip and a jump to the main attractions.
Buca Niccolini ($$) — If you go to Florence and don’t get a Florentine steak then you really didn’t go. This place has the best and you can split it with like 3 people!
Trattoria Zsa Zsa ($$) — Something about sitting in a glass cube sparks joy in my life. The food was good too. Get the truffle ravioli and you will not be disappointed!
Gusta Pizza ($) — Had way too many pizzas here. Affordable prices and amazing food!
Gelateria dei Neri ($) — You can’t go to Italy and not eat gelato. This was by far the gelato I have ever had. Need I say more?
Empire Rooftop Bar ($$) — Located in the Hotel Lucchessi this rooftop bar has views of the duomo. Great bar eats and drinks!
Atrium Bar ($$$) — Elegant and casual at the same time. Great food and epic atmosphere.
Golden View Open Bar ($$) –Enjoy a glass of vino while looking over the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Can’t beat this view in all of Florence!
Please note that Uber’s are banned from most cities in Italy so plan accordingly.
Walk ($) — Florence is pretty small and very walkable. A lot of places are pedestrianized and most of the streets are so narrow that walking can get you around much faster than driving.
Bus ($) — The ATAF electric bus is a great way to cover a lot of ground. They are made to navigate the narrow streets and run frequently during the day/night. One day fare is only 5 euro.
Bikes ($$) — We rented bikes for the day and covered so much ground. If you’re feeling adventurous you can bike up to the Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s all uphill and you have to be in some sort of shape to do so, but the beauty we witnessed was unbelievable!
Grazie for reading my Florence guide! If you’re headed here soon it’s safe to say I’m really jealous of you 🙂 I hope you have the best time and if you enjoyed this please share this guide with your family and friends! For more of my travel guides head here!
Until next time,