Monday, March 27, 2023

Top 10 Things to Visit in Florence

During my visit to Florence, I had the opportunity to explore many of the city's famous attractions, including the stunning Florence Cathedral, the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the impressive Uffizi Gallery. I also had the chance to sample some of the local cuisine, enjoying delicious pasta dishes, traditional Tuscan food, and mouth-watering gelato. 

In this post I plan to share some of the highlights of my trip, including the top sights to see and the best places to eat. I'll also provide some tips and recommendations for anyone planning their own visit to Florence, based on my own experiences and insights. Whether you're interested in art and history, food and wine, or simply soaking up the city's unique atmosphere, you're sure to find plenty of inspiration here.

Top 10 things to visit in Florence:

Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo) - This stunning cathedral is one of the city's most iconic landmarks, with its impressive dome and beautiful exterior.      

Uffizi Gallery - The Uffizi Gallery is home to one of the world's most important collections of Renaissance art, with works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and many other famous artists.      

Ponte Vecchio - This famous bridge is a must-visit for anyone exploring Florence, with its historic architecture and picturesque views over the Arno River.      

Palazzo Pitti - This impressive palace was once the home of the powerful Medici family and now houses several museums and art galleries.      

Boboli Gardens - These beautiful gardens are located behind Palazzo Pitti and offer a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city, with fountains, sculptures, and stunning views.      

Basilica of Santa Croce - This Gothic church is the final resting place of many famous Florentines, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.      

Bargello Museum - This museum is housed in a former prison and contains an impressive collection of sculptures, including works by Donatello and Michelangelo.      

Piazza della Signoria - This lively square is home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, as well as many other historic buildings and monuments.      

San Lorenzo Market - This bustling market is a great place to sample local food and wine, as well as pick up souvenirs and other gifts.      

Accademia Gallery - This museum is home to Michelangelo's famous sculpture, David, as well as many other works of art and sculpture from the Renaissance period.

Here are some of my favorite places to eat in Florence, from salty to sweet:

Trattoria Mario - This casual restaurant serves up traditional Tuscan cuisine, including pasta dishes, steaks, and soups, in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

All'Antico Vinaio - This popular sandwich shop offers a range of delicious and affordable panini, made with fresh ingredients and served on freshly baked bread.

La Giostra - This elegant restaurant offers a fine dining experience, with a menu featuring classic Tuscan dishes and an extensive wine list.

Mercato Centrale - This bustling indoor market is home to a wide range of food stalls and restaurants, offering everything from pizza and pasta to sushi and gelato.

Gelateria dei Neri - This artisanal gelateria is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, with a wide variety of flavors made using only the freshest ingredients.

Where to Stay in Florence

Now I can't give a detailed review on many hotels since I only stayed in one. But I was very happy with it and I will share why. I stayed in the Starhotels Tuscany which is a modern and comfortable hotel located just outside the historic center of Florence, making it a convenient base for exploring the city's many attractions. The hotel is located just a few minutes' walk from a tram stop, with regular service to the city center, as well as a supermarket next door, making it easy to stock up on essentials and snacks.

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  1. Another excellent post, Mersad. I would love to spend a few years in all of Tuscany.

  2. I have visited Florence and quite a number of the museums so these photographs brought back wonderful memories Mersad so than you for sharing such great shot and information. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely week ahead.

  3. Es indudable su belleza y eso los muestras con tus fotografías. es muy buena la información que has facilitado, con esos buenos sitios de gastronomía.
    Que tengas una buena semana.

  4. ...I love the first bridge. Thanks for taking me along to see the sights.

  5. Thank you so much for the great tour of Florence. The streets look busy, and it does not look warm as people are wearing warm coats. The pasta and gelato look delicious.

  6. I love Florence! So much to see and do there and you summed it up very well!

  7. You have captured many amazing sights. For me that is the only way i will see these things, so thanks for sharing them.

  8. Thanks a lot for the informative post, Loved all pics :)

  9. So many things to see there, so much history.

  10. I used to go to Florence a bit but haven't been this century...ahhhhh! Did you hear about those silly people upset about kids seeing David? How absurd are those people? America really has a problem....

  11. A place that I would to visit. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  12. Thankyou for this memory lane trip back to Florence. We enjoyed it when we visited briefly in 2018. Happy travels, enjoy your week ahead, and thankyou again for the linkup.

  13. Someday I'd love to visit, Florence, for the food and architecture.

    Loved your post. And the food looks lip-smacking delish.

    Linked up with my post this week, Mersad.
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  14. Mersad, What a great place Venice. Nice to see water back in the canals. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

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