The last stop of our two-week stay in Italy was Florence. We have put together a quick guide with general tips, the best sights and the tastiest restaurants.So let’s start with a few things that will make your trip a little easier.
Tip 1 – Transportation
For short distances within the city and good weather it is best to rent a bike. Prices are about 12€ per day.
Also in Florence you will find a Car2go at every corner. More information about the different types of parking check our blog post “Italy by car“. But be careful not to drive into the pedestrian zones. These are marked with white signs and a red ban. Cameras at the upper end film the license plates – so watch out.
Tip 2 – Highseason
Florence is well frequented during the high season, so hotels in the city centre are very expensive. Rent an Airbnb a few minutes from downtown. Not least because the approach is much more relaxed. Here is the link to the Airbnb we have rented.
Tip 3 – Mosquitos
Make sure you’re covered with mosquito spray! Due to the proximity of the river and many standing waters, Florence is extremely plagued by mosquitoes.
Tip 4 – Airbnb Activities
Check out the new feature at Airbnb-Activities. Here you can book different tours from private persons, which are really unique – especially in Florence.
What To See
1. A Fiat 500 Tour Through The Hills Of Florence
Our romantic highlight right at the beginning. You get picked up from Stefano in a Fiat 500 oldtimer and then drive through the dreamy hills of Florence.
The route includes:
- San Niccolò
- Forte di Belvedere
- Torre di Bellosguardo
- San Miniato al Monte
- Piazzale Michelangelo
During the trip you will learn a lot about the individual stations and the admission tickets are already included in the price. With a Polaroid camera you can take the perfect souvenir photos. The tour ends after about 2 hours in a side street of the Piazzale Michelangelo where you can watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
Check out the homepage for more information.
2. Piazza del Duomo
Some of you probably know the famous cathedral in Florence from the movie “Inferno” with Robert Langdon. The cathedral is beautiful and of course one of the main attractions in Florence. If you want to visit it from the inside, you have to get up early or wait a long time.
3. Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest bridges in Florence. On the bridge you will find many small jewellery dealers selling handmade goods. A wonderful idea for a souvenir.
4. Boboli Gardens
For those of you who have a little more time in Florence, it’s a good idea to take a look inside the Boboli Gardens. It makes sense to buy the tickets online a few days in advance. This way you can avoid long queues during the day. You should plan at least 3 hours for the Boboli Gardens.
5. Strolling through Florence
Just let yourself drift through the streets of Florence and take it easy. In the city you’ll find many small boutiques in the side street, as well as cool food spots. There are smaller markets everywhere with a large selection of handbags, scarves and much more. And don’t miss out on the Gelato!
The Best Food Spots
Finally a few food spots that we recommend.
Thank god we found breakfast spot that paid off. In Italy you will usually only find small bakeries offering croissants and coffee, rarely an adequate breakfast café. This location here is very cosy and modern.
A small, charming sandwich shop in one of the side streets in downtown Florence. You must try the Italian sausage there. Vegetarian options are also available.
First watch the sunset on the Piazzale Michelangelo and then enjoy traditional Italian food de la Mama. Small menu, good wines and relaxed atmosphere. Make sure to book in advance.
That’s basically all you need to know for a one or two day trip. We hope you enjoyed the post. If you have any questions, please leave us a comment.