Florence is without a doubt one of my favourite cities in Italy. It has incredible art, culture and history, in close proximity of the fabulous wine region Tuscany plus their Italian food is to die for. Furthermore, they’re also known for their fashion – both Gucci and Emilio Pucci were founded in Florence. I also find it incredibly charming that driving around in the city is incredibly restricted, making it a lot more of an intimate, authentic city. Without further ado – here’s my reasons why Florence should be your next holiday destination.
Buildings, Culture & Art
In so many Italian cities one can find the most incredible churches. Florence is not an exception, as they have the incredibly gorgeous Florence Duomo. It is an incredible fixture in the Florence skyline and is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. The vibrant and colourful facade is truly breathtaking.
Palazzo Pitti was originally created for a banker by the name of Lucca Pitti in 1458. Later on, it was bought by the powerful Medici family and stayed in their ownership for centuries. Now it is the biggest museum in Florence and on site you also have the beautiful Boboli Gardens, which has many features such as an amphitheatre.
When there it is also a must to visit the Ufizzi Gallery and specifically the Accademia Gallery, where one can find incredible pieces of art. Without a doubt, the most famous and exciting one is the David statue created by Michelangelo.
Fashion & Shopping
Italian fashion is based on quality and what you can find in Florence is only of the highest quality. You can find all luxury designers in an incredibly authentic environment, but also the specialised leather stores you expect to find in Italian cities. Gucci, Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino and Salvatore Ferragamo all originate from Florence and they have the most divine flagship stores in Florence. The massive online retailer Luisa Via Roma also has a store in Florence, which is the only physical store the e-tailer has.
On the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, one can also find some smaller stores, offering things such as a wide variety of jewellery.
Food & Wine
Italian food has to be the most delicious in the world, there truly is no competition there. Florence does not disappoint in the food and wine department. One of my favourite places is a place called Golden View Open Bar. There are beautiful views of the Ponte Vecchio bridge from this restaurant, in a very modern environment. Dishes are traditional Italian like bruschetta, pasta and much more.
Another favourite of mine is the three Michelin star restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri. Very expensive and fancy however it is truly one of the best food experiences of my life. I still remember the lobster I had that night! They also have an incredible wine cellar with over 140,000 wine bottles when we went. We were lucky enough to get a tour of the insane wine cellar.
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