Cradle of the renaissance, art capital of Italy and often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is hardly the travellers best kept secret. For me it took approximately ten minutes from stepping off the train to being completely and utterly head over heels in love with the city. Romantic, elegant and oh so Italian, the ethereal charm of the city remains unaltered. From getting lost in the meandering streets to admiring the iconic view of the city as a whole, Florence really is a city like no other. Below are a few snapshots from my visit, along with my top five suggestions for Florence newbies.
Arguably Florence’s most iconic landmark, the Duomo is not to be missed and lets be honest, it’s pretty hard to. The pink, green and white marble facade is mesmerising in it’s scale and decadence whilst the iconic red-tiled dome twinkles in the Tuscan sun. The view from the top of the Campanile definitely make the 414 steps worth it!
Scenic views, countless photograph opportunities and of course the many bridges make a stroll along the Arno a must for any visitor. Bustling with tourists and jewellers, the Ponte Vecchio is packed with atmosphere, but be sure to cross all the bridges to make the most of the views!
Standing on one of the highest points in Florence the view from the San Miniato al Monte is simply breathtaking. I find it hard to believe that there could possibly be a more beautiful church than this little gem. The peace and tranquility definitely makes the short hike further up the hill from the tourist packed Piazzale Michelangelo worth it.
Standing in front of the Palazzo Vecchio the Piazza della Signoria is a hub of history, atmosphere and all things Italian. I recommend taking a seat at one of the cafes to soak it all in whilst enjoying some real Italian coffee to gather the energy to explore the extensive Uffizi Gallery just around the corner.
The sheer scale of the Santa Croce coupled with the intricate frescoes adorning the sixteen chapels make the interior truly a sight to behold. This, along with being the burial place of Michelangelo and Galileo, makes the Santa Croce definitely worth a visit.
So there we have it, a few of my favourites moments from Florence. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little insight into this beautiful city!