Florence is considered one of the most influential cities of art. It is filled with essential paintings, magnificent architecture, epic sculptures, and the creamiest, most delectable gelato ever and of course a fantastic bed and breakfast offered by many hotels. We recommend getting help from a travel agent that specializes in Italy so you can make sure not to miss out on any of the prime attractions or things slightly off the beaten path that would be easy to overlook. On our first trip we had help from Vacation Inspirations which is a members only travel club that we are a part of. If you are not a member of a travel club then any experienced agent can help you make the most out of your trip.
The Art of Florence
In Florence, Italy, among other treasures, you will find Michelangelo’s David, which is perhaps the most decipherable statue all over the world. The real McCoy can be witnessed on display at the Galleria dell’ Accademia, Tuesdays to Sundays. On the other hand, there are lots of amazing and interesting reproductions in the city which also deserve attention. One perennial favorite is an apron emblazoned with David’s image — who wouldn’t look good cooking in that? On a much grander scale can be found in the Piazza Dell Signoria. Other magnificent works, like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” can be seen at the Uffizi Gallery that houses some of the most magnificent paintings in the world.
The Cathedral of Florence
Also, a stunning and amazing thing to see in Florence is the 360-degree view of the entire city which can be seen from the top of the Campanile alongside the Duomo. However, you will need to work for it by climbing 414 steps to the top. The wonderful view is well worth it, plus, as an additional bonus, you will tighten your butt and thighs.
Construction started on the tower in 1334 by Giotto. It has many tiers of marble showing different themes like humankind’s creation, planets as well as seven sacraments. Those who manage to reach the top will be rewarded with wonderful views of the Duomo that was erected between the 13th and 15th centuries. The church features both Gothic and Roman architectural styles, frescoes, floor mosaics, as well as some of the best-stained glass you’ will ever set eyes upon, like the Rose Window by Duccio di Buoninsegna that was made in 1288.
The Gardens of Florence
Though Florence and its sights are striking viewed from within, even better are the grand panoramic views that can be seen from the crest of the hills of the Boboli Gardens. In 1539, the influential Medici family procured the Pitti Palace that was surrounded by a big park which had never been landscaped. The family got the service of Niccolo Pericoli to make this eye-catching Renaissance garden that he worked on until his loss in 1550. The quiet and serene gardens-complete with lake, tree-lined walkways, statues, as well as a small museum and was opened to the public in 1766.
The Shopping Experience in Florence
If shopping is on your list, then go to Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). People have been shopping here since the twelfth century, though back then, usual businesses included tanners and butchers. Today, this is a place to the city’s best goldsmiths as well as jewelers.
Day Trips from Florence
Reservations aren’t required to purchase a ticket and ride on a bus to Siena (a wonderful walled medieval city), Pisa (with its renowned Leaning Tower), and San Gimignano (a top of hill town famed for its towers). Buses are less costly, more dependable and faster than the trains. Go to the main bus terminal (CITA), purchase a ticket, and in just a matter of one to two hours, you can be walking the streets of a quaint medieval town.
Since you are already in Chianti, stay overnight and schedule a wine tasting tour. From Siena, enjoy a 40-minute tour in the countryside which passing primeval woods, vineyards as well as olive orchards, churches, villas farmhouses, and castles, and certainly, enjoy a glass or two of the local wine.
In Florence, the variety of dishes is rich, both because of the massive number of tourists and the quality of foods which you can choose, so this town in Italy offers both in gastronomy, the variety, and quality which is incomparable with other regions of Italy. There are a lot of restaurants in Florence inspired by Tuscan dishes and Traditional Florentine recipes, which include one of the most popular dishes known all over the world – the Florentine steak.
The Florentine steak is a dish of beef which is derived from one rich Tuscany cuisine type which in the past was only consumed by the upper classes. Now, you can experience this dish at various restaurants in Florence.
With so many things to go along with the pleasant and reminiscing view of the magnificent past of Florence, and at the same time the warmth welcome of Bed and Breakfast hotels, you’ll always have beautiful and unforgettable moments in Florence.