After visiting Florence in June for an anniversary I thought I would share with you a visual travel guide along with the highlights from our amazing weekend.
We walked around the city and saw the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore from two different angles. On the second day we did a hop on and hop off sightseeing bus tour because it allowed us to get out of the city centre and onto a hillside overlooking the famous sites.
Tip: To visit inside the cathedral women must be covering their knees or pay 1 Euro for a poncho at the entrance.
Accommodation: We stayed in the Gallery Art Hotel, which is located less than a minute walk from Ponte Vecchio in a quiet courtyard. I love staying in boutique hotels especially ones who collaborate with the Salvatore Ferragamo to make their bath products. Yes, we shamelessly took a mini Ferragamo body moisturiser back for a special guest to enjoy, like when the Queen stays over.
Sightseeing: We went to one museum while we were there, the Gallerie dell’Accademia , which houses the statue of David.
Tip: Make sure you reserve a time slot to visit the museum on-line to avoid standing in queue for hours.
Eat: We went to the Mercato Centrale to try the famous panini at Nebrone’s. All everyone orders there, both locals and tourists alike, is boiled beef between two slices of bread with a green pesto sauce and a red hot sauce. Although the queue was long, it was well worth the wait because that panini was life changing. That’s not to say that Nebrone does not make other delicious food. Their lamb ragout pasta was my second favourite meal over the two days.
Eat: While walking to dinner at Osteria De’ Benci we took photos of the sun setting behind Ponte Vecchio and it was that golden photography hour.
The next morning we decided to spoil ourselves with breakfast in bed to continue our lazy Sunday tradition in Italy.
Sweet Treat: I ate three gelatos over 48 hours from my two favourite places- Gelateria Venchi and Gelateria Santa Trinita.
Tip: If you go to Santa Trinita you must make sure to order a scoop of the dark chocolate, and then sit down to prepare yourself.
So that is how I spent my weekend in Florence, eating gelato, visiting museums and walking around the city. It was the definition of what the Italians call ‘La Dolce Far Niente’- the sweetness of doing nothing.