Our Italian adventure started off in Venice and led us to Florence – or Firenze – via Bologna and Maranello. Visiting Florence for a few nights was always on our agenda but I think we got the order of visiting cities wrong…I would recommend visiting Venice after visiting other cities as the beauty and charm of Venice slightly blights your experience in other cities – that was certainly the case for us and Firenze. That being said, we still enjoyed our time visiting Florence.
Where to stay
Florence is not an insanely huge and if you have a comfortable pair of shoes, you can pretty much walk to everywhere that you need to get to. We stayed at the picture perfect Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The wife, who is in charge of picking hotels, booked us into the Grand Hotel Minerva overlooking the Piazza. My thoughts on the hotel are on Tripadvisor. Standout memory of this hotel – the amazing view from the roof!!!
What to do
Firenze is filled with Markets and Piazzas that makes for excellent wandering and time-passing. If you’re into Renaissance Art then you’ll love visiting Florence as this is where you can see Michelangelo’s status of David and the world famous Uffizi Gallery.
Art, renaissance or otherwise is lost me, so the wife and I spent our time exploring Firenze’s markets and and wandering through the city. We especially enjoyed walking across and taking pictures of the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the tiring but worth it uphill walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a must as you will be rewarded with some gorgeous panoramic views of Firenze. Other sites worth checking out are:
- The Duomo Cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore
- The Florence Piazza del Duomo surrounding the The Duomo
- The historical city center or Centro Storico
What to eat
There weren’t any standout meals or restaurants we came across while visiting Florence but we did come across a halal restaurant – Maddina Tandoori. The food was okay, not great but it is pretty rare to find proper halal food in Italy so they’re worth a visit.