CITY BREAK IN FLORENCE
Updated: Mar 1
Having visited many parts of Italy, Florence was the one city I wanted to return to. Both my daughter and I have been here before, Renee with her school and myself when back packing around Europe with my bestie many many moons ago. So, I thought it would be lovely to share this city break together as we both love to walk, explore and take lots of photos and it's also a great way of spending some much needed quality time with each other.
I absolutely adore Italy full stop. It was the first country I had ever visited when I was a little girl and fell in love with it there and then. For me it is the great food, architecture and how the Italians dress with such style and elegance. They are a nation that can make wearing a bin bag, look stylish!
We had 3 days to spend exploring this beautiful city. Our afternoon flight got us into Peretole Airport around 8pm where we jumped straight into a cab and headed to our Airbnb apartment situated about 5 minute drive from the city centre. The owners had left a lovely list of places to eat locally so we decided to grab a takeaway pizza and head back to our apartment for an early night so we would be up bright eyed and bushey tailed the next morning.
Florence is a buzzing city which is often considered as the most beautiful city in Italy. It is busy with magnificent architecture, works of art and is situated on the river Arno which is crossed by the famous Ponte Vecchio, the only Florentine bridge not to be destroyed in World War Two. Our first stop was spent walking on this historical bridge taking in the breathtaking views alongside the masses of other tourists.
Then it was on to the marble Duomo, the central landmark of Florence, and its splendor is complimented by the surrounding works of art including Michelangelo’s David found in the Academia and numerous fantastic works of art found in the worlds oldest art gallery, the Uffizi where works by Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo can be found.
The numerous churches around the city also have their fair share of works of art offering some of the richest collections and examples of both gothic and renaissance architecture. However, amongst the feast of cultural sites, Florence also has some peaceful gardens such as the Rose Garden and relaxing walks that can be taken around the edge of the city allowing one to appreciate stunning views over the city.
Day two was spent wondering the cobbled streets, eating gelato and sitting outside cafes sipping coffee whilst watching the world go by followed by a tiny spot of retail therapy.
The proximity to the Arno river was an important factor in Florence, dominating the world of fine leather goods especially beautiful bags in a rainbow of wonderful colours. The most picturesque solution for leather shopping is the open air markets in Florence such as San Lorenzo and Piazza del Mercato Nuovo and the lovely Ponte Vecchio.
On our final day my daughter had made a list of places she wanted to visit which included the Gucci Museum in the medival Palazzo della Mercanzia. It took you down memory lane to the very beginning of Guccio Gucci's story from 1921 through to Tom Ford's tenure and onwards. The Gucci Garden Galleria occupies the first and second floors of the palazzo, and tells the story of the house via an exhibition of clothing, accessories, video installations, artworks, documents and artefacts curated by Alessandro Michele and Maria Luisa Frisa.
Until we meet again Florence....