• Saniya

Florence: Top Things to Do

Updated: Dec 27, 2019

Florence is the capital of Tuscany region. The beautiful city is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.

Top Pick 1: Duomo – Florence Cathedral

This is my most favourite place. The iconic cathedral is a stunning display of architecture and art. I will let the pictures do the talking for me:

Entrance to the breath-taking cathedral is free.

Don’t forget to take great pictures with the stunning white structure!

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Top Pick 2: San Lorenzo Market (including Central Mercato)

San Lorenzo Market comprises of two separate markets:

  1. Mercato Central – an indoor market, which is home to all things food

  2. Outdoor Section – selling leather, clothing and many souvenirs

Mercato Central is a treat for food lovers. Local ingredients to try your hands at Florentine dishes are found here! Head upstairs for mouth-watering ready to eat local foods!

Top Tip: Pizzas here are to die for. Make sure you try them with fresh mozzarella cheese!

Outdoor section is great for buying some authentic Florence leather bags, belts, wallets and other cute lil souvenirs.

Top Tip: Look for the authentic Firenze (Florence in Italian) Leather stamp either inside or outside the bag & don’t forget to bargain on the prices.

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Top Pick 3: Ponte Vecchio – An Everlasting Symbol of Florence

Ponte Vecchio or the Old Bridge was erected during the Roman times. It is the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence. It runs over the gorgeous Arno River and still has shops built along it, as was once common in early Roman days.

Walking along the river Arno and over the Ponte Vechhio is a must. You will see heaps of tourists taking pictures alongside this everlasting symbol of Florence.

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Top Pick 4: Piazzale Michelangelo - Panoramic Views

If you’re like me and are crazy about panoramic views, head over to Piazzale Michelangelo. This 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic views of the city. The place is decorated with copies of the Michelangelo’s masterpieces, but most of the crowd is there to enjoy the views.

Other great places to visit include:

  1. Museum of Palazzo Vecchio

  2. Piazza della Signoria

  3. Uffizi Gallery

Also, there is a famous Bronze Boar in Florence at Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. Rumour has it that if you place your hand in the mouth being careful to wish that you will return to Florence, you actually get to visit this lovely city again! Not sure if it's true or not, but hey I am taking my chances :D

This is all for the magical city of Florence. I hope you get to visit it soon and make some memories of your own. I would love to hear about your experiences, so please do share :)

Much love,