Florence, the birth place of Renaissance, is a pretty city that draws thousands of tourists all over the year for its museums, monuments and impeccable architecture. Being the capital of the dreamy Tuscany region, Florence is often used as a base to explore Tuscany. Our trip to Florence was very short. As our main destination was Tuscany, we spent little time at Florence. We took a morning train from Rome, dumped the luggage in train station’s left luggage, and walked towards the historic centre of the city to explore. We hardly spent 4 hours at Florence and really did not do justice to this beautiful city. In the hindsight, we really recommend at least a day’s time for Florence. If you are in a hurry, check out our quick guide for a short stay in Florence!
Things to do:
Cathedral – Duomo di Firenze:
Wow! One of the most amazing architectures we have seen in our lives. The Cathedral was as grand as it could get. While mom and dad stood in queue to go inside to check out the magnificent frescos on the wall, me and Raga spent some time in the nearby cafe enjoying one of the best espressos we have had so far.
If you are into paintings, do visit the Uffizi gallery which hosts paintings by greatest artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. One of the other famous museum is Museo di San Marco.
When you look up Florence in the internet, you will be greeted with some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city which includes the iconic Duomo, the Alnolfo tower and the river. If you would like to soak up the lovely views of the city and create a similar scene for yourselves, visit Piazzale Michelangelo and the tower of Palazzo Vecchio. The views offer a grand panoramic perspective and is a photographer’s delight. The Duomo and the nearby Giotto’s Campanile also offers great views of the centre of the city. But be sure that you are fit enough to climb these monuments as they would really test your stamina and glutes.
Walk around the Duomo:
To get a feel of the city, just walk around the backstreets near Duomo. The streets are filled with small restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. It’s a treat to watch the great Duomo from these streets and it would appear only partly, leaving you with asking for more.
This is a romantic spot in Florence with amazing views of the river Arno. This old bridge houses many small shops on either side and looks way too beautiful from a distance during sunsets. The reflection of the three arches of the bridge on the river is a must visit place in Florence.
As we did not spend enough time in Florence, we could not take many pictures. Leaving you with some of the photos we snapped during our visit…