You can’t go wrong in Italy, anywhere food wise lets be honest. It was sad to leave Switzerland but the drive through South of Switzerland into Italy was absolutely beautiful. See my last post in Switzerland about Lake Como to look into the driving details/day 4 into my luggage lost still.
The musts of Florence:
Piazza della Signoria: Great area to sit down at an outdoor restaurant and enjoy the view!
The Duomo: An actual MUST!
Ponte Vecchio: The most photographed bridge with beautiful yellow/orange color tones!
Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most popular viewpoints in the city
Uffizi Gallery: SO unique and right outside our hotel balcony. Paintings by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci!
San Lorenzo Market: Largest and oldest one of Florence, live the real florentine life here- you will smell, see and touch the freshest products of Italy. Leave extra room in your suitcase!
We had 3 full days in Florence and planned to use them wisely..finding a ton of great food spots, exploring all day and eating gelato. LOTS of gelato!
Once you see the touristy places and then see the places listed below and the difference of how it’s presented you’ll understand! Other places we didn’t get pictures at but we hit them all..
Gelateria de Neri – Via dei Neri 9
Favorite gelato places in town. They have one of the larges selections of flavors and its all homemade which you don’t find as often as you think, also pretty inexpensive! 1 euro and 80 cents gets you a small cup with two flavors. Go for the chocolate made with brown sugar and the stracciatela (chocolate chip), it’s a great combo.
Gelateria Edoardo – Piazza del Duomo, 45R
Probably the best gelato I have ever had. It’s also all-organic and they have really unique flavors if you’re into organic things. Located right next to the Duomo. The lines here will start to get really long when the tourists start coming in the spring but January-March it won’t be as busy.
Grom – Via del Campanile 2
This is a chain all around Italy, but it’s homemade in each location and good. Somewhat expensive as far as gelato goes. Located very close to the Duomo.
Wow, was Locale a great find. “The Concini Palace has an extensive and unique history strongly tied to Florentine politics during the time of the Medici family.”
These rooms date back to the 1200’s to 1500’s, there is so much insane history to this bar/restaurant. We did not eat here but the meals looks absolutely insane. I would recommend dining here and in any of the rooms as there is so much detail everywhere you turn.
The bar and cocktails are out of this world from here. I would absolutely suggest stopping here after dinner, a classy pre-game before heading out but the drinks are made with serious love.
Today one can find the original fireplace/oven to the building and stone floor used for washing. This gem of a place was worth the recent restoration, as the space has been brought back to life and felt so warm walking into. I could have hung out here for hours just watching the bartenders cocktailing’ up these unique drinks. They even have a fresh mini garden at the bar for the final drink touches.
Tips traveling to Florence:
Be mindful when you go to Florence due to crowds. IF you wanted to avoid crowds for those gorgeous pictures, best lighting and no one around you.. go at sunrise. No one is out and when we travel for photoshoots and major monuments/cities we plan for sunrise. Promise the pictures are worth it!
The gypsys are real (yes, i’m laughing at this but seriously it’s true). If you see anyone with a painted face or such trying to come up to you to give you a kiss on the cheek or take a picture with you, stay away. They are a team of people who go up to tourists and distract them while someone else comes up behind you to pick-pocket you.