If you follow me on instagram, you might have noticed I spend a substantial amount of time in Florence, Italy. Firenze is a city extremely close to my heart. When I was 14, my family and I spent two months exploring and immersing ourselves in the city. Firenze has since taken on new layers for me. I’ve travelled here in the past with lovers and friends and now have the fortune of working here for a few days every month. Because of this, I now know my way around the city, have my local favourite’s and feel totally at home. Despite this, the marvels of the city like the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio continue to astound me as I wander by.
I have held off on writing about Florence because I wanted the guide to be perfect for you. Overwhelmed with options to share, I turned to friends who are also in the know for their inspiration and advice (Grazie, Alexandra and Annika). This is our combined ultimate 48 hours in Florence. Written in my usual style, this guide will give you a glimpse into Florence in a leisurely fashion meaning long lunches, photo opportunities and a side of (somewhat touristy) culture.
You will need 2-3 days in the city. Time of year? I’d steer clear of Summer, it’s stinking hot.. I absolutely love it in the winter, it’s cosy and romantic. Mid seasons are good too and less crowded for the galleries and queues you’ll experience at peak times. Come for the culture, the art, the food and the architecture. If I’ve missed anything, email me!! I want to try your suggestions, too. If you are in Florence, hit me up – I’m probably going to be here too and we can have a wine together. Ciao Ciao Mi Amore xHermione.
The ultimate guide to Florence, Italy;
+ Check in at The Hotel Savoy or JK Place, Santa Maria Novella.
+ Straight to La Menagere for coffee, breakfast, maybe a sneaky slice of cake and to buy homewares. If you are in Florence on a Friday, they offer Friday night jazz.. a cool scene for wine and dinner.
+ Walk to the Uffizi for a culture hit, to experience the interiors and obviously, the art. My favourites pieces are The Birth of Venus and La Primavera by Botticelli.
+ Stop for a quick, stand up lunch on the go of cheap panino and a glass of wine at la Proscuittria.
+ Shop at Luisa via Roma.
+ Watch the sun set as you walk down the Ponte Vecchio.
+ For a casual dinner, make a booking or go at 7PM to Yellow Bar, to eat with the locals and avoid the queue. Order the Paglia e Fieno pasta or the seafood risotto and then.. a pizza. Indulge, you’re in Italy.
+ For something a little more romantic, dinner at Trattoria Napoleone will be candlelit and in a hidden corner and they specialise in… truffle!
+ Sunrise walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the spectacular view over the city.
+ Caffe Giacosa by Roberta Cavalli for coffee and pastries.
+ You can’t go to Florence without seeing David! Visit him at Galleria dell’Accademia.
+ Lunch today will be the famous cheese gnocchi at Osteria Santo Spirito. If you visit on a Sunday, you can wander through the markets after lunch.
+ Afternoon aperitif watching the world go by in the Piazza della Repubblica at Irene at Savoy.
+ Visit the Duomo and if you have time, the Bobolli Gardens.
+ It wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without copious amounts of Gelato! La dolce vita! Our favourites are La Carraia and Gelateria dei Neri.
+ Breathe in the view over cocktails as the sun sets on the rooftop at Hotel Continentale.
+ For the foodies, have dinner at Il Palacio at Four Seasons Cibreo.
For more tips, follow my adventures on instagram @hermioneolivia xH