Firenze Italy – May 2014
On our Italian trip we went from Rome to Firenze. Another touristy town, but much smaller and easier to walk. We spent two nights here and believe we had enough time in the town. It is again a very nice old town. Streets are wider than in Rome and the cobble stones are bigger and flatter and easier on your feet. You MUST walk through this town at night, it is even more beautiful than Rome, the lights hang in the middle of the street at certain places or the lights against the walls are bigger and more yellow, creating a very romantic atmosphere. The town did not smell too great when we visited, which was odd as I have only heard that of Venice, but it was not too bad.
My favourite things to visit in Firenze:
- Accademia – go see David, even if it is expensive and the rest of the Accademia is less impressive he is worth it. Such character and grace, he is huge. The copy of him in Piazza della Signoria does not do him justice. Book tickets in advance – you must collect tickets from a ticket office – if you’re going to the Uffizi you can collect those tickets at the same time.
- Uffizi – beautiful art, great to see the works of so many masters. Botticelli = beautiful. Book in advance, only pitch 15min before your time slot as they do not let you in before then. The guards call out the time slot and all those people then push to the front.
- Cathedral – really beautiful from the outside and inside, we did not go up the Duomo, but did see it from the inside and went up Piazzale Michelangelo for a view over the city.
- Piazzale Michelangelo – walk up the hill with all its steps, you will have an amazing view of the city, go with sunset and take a bottle of wine and a takeaway pizza.
- Boboli gardens – very nice landscaped gardens – good break from the touristy side of Firenze. You cannot picnic inside unfortunately and it is expensive, there were hardly a queue so I would not book in advance.
- Lorenzo market – not only visit the leather market but go in the massive shed and visit the FOOD market. It is full of fresh fruit, veggies, home-made pastas, cheese, meats. Go up the stairs where you will find wine tastings as well as ready-made food.
- Ponte Vecchio, not only nice to walk over but see it from the bridges next to it, very nice to take evening photos with the lights on the bridge.
- Piaza Della Signoria – free open air museum – beautiful