Recently I got the chance to visit the beautiful city of Florence. We arrived mid afternoon on a Monday and left around the same time on the Tuesday which gave us roughly 24 hours in the city.
We stayed in Affittacamere Mannolini Hotel. This was perfectly located, only a 7 minute walk from the center of the city. It had a very comfortable room and a slightly overpriced optional breakfast!
Once we arrived we headed out the door into the city. We walked towards the Duomo. The walk there was lovely with lots of street performers and street artists dotting the streets. We knew we were close as we saw a crowd of tourists, but nothing could prepare us for what was around the corner. The Duomo is not only huge but also so intricate, so detailed and so beautiful. My jaw hit the floor!! Any picture I had seen of this has done it zero justice and I’m sure my photos are the same.
Next we went to Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria. Both are lovely squares that are only a couple minutes walk apart. They both have loads of restaurants and cafes and markets along the way. We also stopped by the Basilica di Santa Croce which is another nice little church.
I don’t think you can visit Florence and not go to a museum, so we went to two! First was the Galleria dell’Accademia. It cost 26 USD for a Skip the Line ticket. This is the home to the very famous David by Michelangelo. There were a lot of statues, some by Michelangelo, but mostly the gallery was filled with pre-Renaissance frescoes. Next was the Uffizi gallery. It was also 26 USD for a Skip the Line ticket. This houses the famous Birth of Venus by Botticelli. This gallery is huge and hosts tonnes of statues, paintings, frescoes, everything! We wandered around here for hours. The Renaissance style paintings are my favourites, especially of women, they’re captured so beautifully.
A few last tips. All galleries and museums are closed on Monday which is why we stayed til Tuesday afternoon. Keep that in mind when planning a trip. Also if you are in the market for some new leather goods maybe hold out and wait for your trip to Florence as they have amazing high quality leather goods in all the markets around Florence. Handbags, belts, shoes, jewellery etc.
Honest Opinion – So honestly, I loved Florence. I loved it pretty much the minute we arrived. Looking out our hotel room at the terracotta rooftops, walking down the street seeing all the beautiful street artist works, the food, the atmosphere, the galleries and of course the Duomo. It was an amazing day we spent in Florence. Only thing I would maybe avoid if you’re not so interested is the Galleria dell’Accademia as it is quite small and David is the main attraction. So if you’re not fussed over seeing him maybe give it a skip and just visit Uffizi.
So I hope you enjoyed this post and it was useful to you. Let me know if you’re planning a trip to Florence or if you have already been! If you’re interested I have a post up already about Rome and I have one coming on Venice soon. Check out my blog for other travel or fashion posts. And you can follow me on Bloglovin’ here. Thanks so much for reading.