Insider's Travel Guide: Florence
Posted on 29 August 2017
Florence is one of the most cultural cities in the world. In fact, the city itself could be considered a work of art. With Michelangelo’s David and canvases by Leonardo da Vinci available to see, Florence boasts some of the world’s most beautiful artworks. Architecture wise, there’s so many exquisite buildings and landmarks that it’s difficult to know where to start.
But Florence also has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, and a lively air of contemporary culture that spans far beyond its traditional beauty. Whether you’re heading off for a last minute summer break or are looking some holiday ideas for the colder months, Florence is the place to be. Discover our insider's travel guide today.
WHERE TO EAT
La Bottega del Buon Caffè
This elegant-yet-relaxed restaurant is the perfect place to go for for a slap-up meal with all the Italian trimmings. With the chef’s kitchen in full view, contemporary Italian dishes are consistently delivered to a Michelin star standard. The philosophy here is one of quality ingredients and simple flavour combinations. Expect dishes such as pigeon-stuffed pasta with butter and thyme. The prices may be higher than you’d like, but this place is definitely worth it.
This is a great place to recharge your batteries after a long day of sightseeing. 'Ino specialises in all things bread and cheese. Choose between focaccia and a panini served with Robiola cheese, ham and crunchy red peppers. There’s also salads and cold platters that are perfect to share with another person while enjoying a glass of wine.
WHAT TO SEE
Galleria degli Uffizi
Italy’s most famous art gallery is housed in what was originally a government building. It’s virtually impossible to pick favourites out of this prestigious collection, but Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus have certainly got to be up there. The gallery is so popular that you’ll definitely have to book a slot, and be sure to eat before as it’s more of a marathon than a sprint!
Duomo and Battistero
Taking over 600 years to complete, this cathedral has the biggest masonry dome in the world. The bell tower provides stunning views, but we warn you, it'll take 414 steps to get there!
WHAT TO WEAR
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