Crowded. Colorful. Lively.
These are just some of the words that come to my mind when I think about Florence. This vibrant city has definitely become one of my favourite one and I hope I will convince you to put it on your bucket list, too!
I suggest you to pick your most comfortable shoes and store a lot of energy, because there is a lot to visit and I bet you don’t want to miss a thing!
I started my visit from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the most famous cathedral in Florence, due to its Gothic style and grandeur. I couldn’t think of a better start, especially when the entrance is free! Also in Piazza del Duomo, there are two more tourist attraction: the Baptistery of Saint John, a minor basilica and Giotto’s Campanile. The queue is huge, but don’t worry, your turn will come soon. I used this waiting time to capture some shots.
Little advice: watch your outfit, especially while visiting cathedrals or other religious places, as they require decency. So girls, take a long scarf or anything else with you to cover your shoulders and knees, otherwise they won’t allow you to enter.
It was already lunch time when I finished visiting the Basilica so I headed to Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence and Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge, built over the Arno river. For those of you who like jewelry or souvenirs, this is the perfect place, 100% guaranteed, as there are plenty of shops along.
As I twisted my way through the crowd, I finally got to the Pitti Palace. The palace is now housing many outstanding museums and I highly recommend you to visit at least the Gallery of Modern Art, the Palatino Gallery and the Royal Apartments, ending with the famous Boboli Garden. No matter if you are an art lover or not, these galleries will make you gasp in every single room, as they are impregnated with some of the most important paintings, enriched with sculptures and vases. Big names such as Raphael, Rubens and Caravaggio are just some of the artists whose masterpieces are displayed.
The grandeur of Florence will overwhelm you for sure so take a break and enjoy the Italian food. As much as you would want to stay away from carbs, the menus filled with so many pizza or pasta options will just make your mouth water! Near to the Pitti Palace there are plenty of restaurants you can try at affordable prices, so definitely give it a try!
As it was already afternoon and the heat was more bearable, I took my time to walk alone along the streets. This is the place where I can watch closely the people passing by with all their expressions of wander and happiness, those persuasive sellers and the most important: locals. One thing that I could easily notice is their simple, but elegant style, which stands out everywhere. I find it very admirable that even the older men keep up with the fashion and seem to take great care of their appearance.
But fashion is not the only thing they master. In Italy you will have an amazing culinary experience that I recommend you to take seriously. They are famous for coffee, pasta and gelato (which is not ice-cream) and the flavours of each one of them will just delight your taste buds, I promise.
Hope I made you curious about its mystery!