My last post was a quick break to tell you all about the MAC & Disney event, but now I’m back to the land of pizza, pasta and gelato through this post (not in real life I’m afraid) and bring you a guide for the beautiful city, Florence.
We hopped on a train from Lake Como to Florence, with a little stop over in Milan and spent 2.5 days walking around, exploring the city and comparing gelateria, as you do in Italy! We happened to be in Florence over Easter weekend and although the city was heaving with people, we still managed to tick most of the churches, bridges, statues etc from our list.
Like any city, the best thing to do is just to walk around and absorb the place, but obviously you should hit the main places on your list. The main things you don’t want to miss (and can’t miss, as they’re simply everywhere) are the beautiful white-washed historical buildings that take over the main piazza in Florence, including the main one, the Duomo.
Florence also houses the famous Michelangelo’s David statue in the Accademia Gallery, however as the queue was as long as the Amazon River, we decided to settle for the imitation David statue instead, in the Piazza Della Signoria. The piazza also has many other classical statues, which shamefully reminded me of how much of my Classics knowledge I’ve forgotten since my degree!
Other things to see are Basilica Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio bridge, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica (a 500 year old pharmacy that used to be run by monks!) and the Sant Ambrogia market.
See the best views of Florence
The most famous view point is at Piazzale Michelangelo and many people head there for sunset, which is exactly what we did. However we also stumbled across a lovely view from the Giardino Bardini Gardens, a much less well-known garden to the famous Boboli, but I would recommend Bardini for a quieter and more relaxed experience…plus check out the view!
I am an avid reader of The Londoner’s blog and in her Florence blog post, she made a big statement that a little family run restaurant, Cammillo, was the second best restaurant she had ever been to…so you can’t not try it, right? Initially my family weren’t too keen as the veggie options were limited, but after some persuading (and promising of gelato after) we booked a table for lunch. I ordered a simple spaghetti with garlic & tomato sauce (such a simple gal!) but, it was seriously perhaps the best spaghetti I have ever had! Make sure to book a table at Cammillo, as it gets booked up very quickly with locals and tourists.
The food in general was quite meat based, as Florence is in Tuscany, so if you’re a meat eater other must-go places are Il Latini & Café Gilli.
Have the best gelato
I don’t think you can get bad gelato in Florence but obviously I did my research beforehand and picked out some places I definitely wanted to try: Gelateria dei Neri (try the salted caramel), Vivoli and one that actually wasn’t on my list (going off the list? I’m wild!), Gelateria Santa Trinita (try the coconut), which in my opinion may have been the best one we had been to!
As it was Easter weekend, a lot of the shops and restaurants were sadly closed, but if you’re going to Florence, add Brac & La Cantinetta to your list, let me know what they’re like and make me jealous!