Art, History, FOOD.... Italy consistently shows up on American's "Top Five" all-time favorite destinations. While you can spend an entire month in northern or southern Italy, Florence's city and the province is a must-see place not too far from Rome, the middle of the country!
Florence's quintessential Italian city has culture, history, cuisine, and architecture all rolled into one exceptional small town. Florence has often been at the center of Italy's history. As the capital of Tuscany, the city represents a considerable portion of the country. This charming city is entirely walkable and offers visitors a wide variety of experiences. To help you plan your next trip to Florence, I've selected a top five list of experiences for you to have in Florence.
1) Explore the Art and Architecture
Florence has cultivated the talents of artists throughout its history. Every inch of the city will showcase beautiful Italian architecture. From grand piazzas like the Piazza Della Signoria to magnificent churches like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence surrounds you with incredible architecture right on the street. If you choose to venture into a museum, you'll find famous works of art, such as Michelangelo's sculpture of David. The art and architecture in Florence are undoubtedly a sight to behold!
2) Picnic in the Boboli Gardens
Directly behind Pitti Palace are the impressive Boboli Gardens. Designed for the Medici family, the gardens represent one of the first and most impressive Italian-style gardens. When these gardens first opened to the public in 1766, picnicking immediately became a popular pastime. Spend an afternoon strolling through the gardens with friends or enjoy a good book in a quiet corner of the tranquil gardens.
3) Discover the Magic of Tuscany
Florence's beauty is a short drive to some of the best small towns and wineries in Tuscany. From Siena to Pisa and San Gimignano, the villages around Florence make for the perfect day trip. Sample Chianti from the local vineyards as you spend an afternoon under the Tuscan sun.
4) Culinary Delight
It wouldn't be a trip to Italy without indulging in some authentic Italian cuisine. And Florence is no exception. The city is the perfect place to sample classic Italian favorites like pizza, carbonara, and gelato. Still, there are also some regional specialties, such as Panzanella or Fettunta, that you'll want to try. If you're going to take your culinary experience to the next level, consider taking a cooking class and learn from the masters!
Florence is a small but mighty Italian town. Regardless of what you're interested in, there is something for everyone in Florence! Have I inspired you to start planning your trip to see it for yourself? Get my expert intel for your trip here!