Florence is beautiful. I love everything about Florence – she is charming, gracious and truly awe-inspiring. She took me to her heart and I took her to mine. From our first encounter I felt her warmth radiate out and engulf me – triggering a feeling of contentment and belonging. Her arms around me like a mother, a lover and a best friend all at the same time. From the second I met her I knew that Florence and I were going to have a long, happy and fulfilling relationship.
Florence is my favourite city in the world.
Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy and the first city Mr ESLT and I ever visited together almost 10 years ago. We had only known each other 3 weeks before embarking on our first adventure together, I personally think the romance of Florence is the foundation our love of travelling and each other is based on. With that in mind, when deciding on a city to spend our first wedding anniversary, Florence was the obvious choice – therefore, we headed back to the place where our love first blossomed.
To spend a moment in Florence is magical, image having 24 hours? Here’s what we would suggest in order to make the most of every second!
Any great day starts with a great breakfast and you’ll find one at Caffè Sabatino and at a very responsible price. Grab a table outside in the beautiful morning sunshine and enjoy people watching whilst tucking into eggs, bacon, croissants – whatever takes your fancy, but not forgetting the all important accompanying cappuccino. Next up, grab your beloved by the hand, admire the exquisite architecture of the buildings around you and head up to Piazzale Michelangelo, a great viewing platform over the city. Snap a few selfies and simply admire the beautiful skyline in front of you, it truly is one of the most beautiful in the world. The most iconic structure in the city is the Duomo and no trip to Florence is complete without visiting it. Entrance into the Duomo is free and although you may be faced with a long queue, don’t worry, it does move quickly. And for further picture perfect views of Florence, head up the 414 steps of the Campanile di Giotto (bell tower).
After working up an appetite, time to grab a table and a fresh and light lunch at Cantinetta dei Verrazzano – some prosciutto, cheese and the obligatory glass of locally produced Chianti. Followed by a stroll across the Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River. Don’t forget to pick up souvenirs for your loved ones back home before heading to Piazza della Repubblica and taking a ride on the carousel before grabbing a delicious (and massive) gelato to enjoy whilst enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Oh and don’t forget your wallet as there are so many designer shops (Gucci, Prada, Versace etc) for you to indulge in some retail therapy.
As the crowds lighten for the day now is your chance to visit some of the best galleries in the world, without standing in queues for hours on end. Starting with the Uffizi gallery to admire the rooms, paintings and sculptures, before heading over to the The Accademia Gallery to marvel at the size of David’s……feet! With the last stop of the culture trail being The Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower which hides extraordinary treasures. Sights seen, souvenirs bought and shopping done, it’s time to kick back with an aperitif of prosecco and strawberries in the busy (and beautiful) Piazza della Signoria which is the political heart of Florence and littered with fantastic sculptures.
As the sun finally sets on this amazing city it’s time to grab dinner – enjoy a filling and delicious meal of pizza or pasta which are of course Italian staples, complete with lashings of Chianti. And even though lemoncello is a southern Italian liqueur, it is also very popular as an after dinner drink in Florence. Now time to explore the city by moonlight as it looks so magical before hitting the nighttime hotspots to dance the night away.
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