Florence, Italy checks in at the number one place we have ever visited. A major deciding factor on this opinion was based on all the delicious food we enjoyed. We traveled to Florence from Venice by train. The train was the easiest way to travel around Italy.
Where to Stay
Once we arrived in Florence we took a cab to our hotel at the Helvetia & Bristol hotel. This hotel was in a great location and came highly recommended through Costco Travel. We booked parts of our trip to Europe through them and were so pleasantly surprised on how well everything went. They went above and beyond for everything and all of our rooms were upgraded. Score!
What To Do
The First day we arrived in Florence we had a Vespa tour of Tuscany, with wine tasting and lunch all included. It rained a little that day but rain or shine we were ready to have this experience. What an out of this world experience we did have! The views were straight out of a movie or dream! This was so much fun, totally worth the helmet hair and ugly poncho’s. We used Viator to book the tour, click here for more information.
The next two days we toured all that Florence had to offer.
We also went through Viator for this tour, here. If you want to go to the top of the Bell Tower it is important to book this before ever arriving on your trip.
Shop for Leather
So much leather goods, bags, coats, luggage, you name it they have it. Never settle for the first price always haggle!
If visiting the first Sunday of the month like we did, go earlier in the day and grab a ticket. This will show what time to come back and begin your tour. This is the only day of the month that the gallery is free. It was busy everywhere in the city that day, but it didn't feel too bad in the museum once we go in. If going any other day of the month get your tickets online to preplan ahead.
Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Walk the bridge of gold, each store along the bridge sells gold and jewelry only. We walked this bridge on our way to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can watch the sunset.
Take a Train to Pisa or do a tour of the Leaning tour of Pisa from Viator, click here for more info.
Accademia Gallery, another museum that you could book a dual tour with Uffizi Gallery click here for more info
Now.. The reason I truly fell in love with Florence..
Where to Eat
Trattoria ZaZa : You will want to make reservations ahead of time here, the lines can get really long, but are totally worth it. The Food was so amazing here! We had a pasta dish with truffles that came recommended by our waiter and the Florentine steak. Pictured below.
Trattoria Sostaza :
If you are going to eat anywhere in Florence, EAT HERE! Believe me when I tell you this will be the best Chicken of your life. Yes Chicken. I can still taste the delicious and amazing flavor. Out of this world! Often frequented by celebs and locals alike, there was a huge line as the small restaurant doors opened for business the afternoon we arrived. So be sure to make a reservation!
Osteria dell’Enteca :
The most divine selection of wine and food. Again you want a reservation for this delicious place and it may be a bit out of the way depending on where you spend your time, but will totally be worth it!
All’ Antico Vinaio :
On our way out of town we stopped to pickup sandwiches for our train ride to Rome. We were able to pickup our sandwiches very quickly. However we walked by here on the weekend and the line was down the street.
Thanks for following along our delicious journey! I hope you enjoy your time in Florence as much as we did. Xo