The first time I went to Florence was at the age of 14. My parents took my siblings and I for the entire summer holidays and we spent months exploring. The city has been close to my heart ever since.
Being in London and as you have most probably noticed, I like to make use of the close proximity to Europe as often as humanely possible. In the past year, I have been five times. It gets smaller every time and I feel like I am starting to really learn my way around the cobbled, narrow streets. Oozing with culture and art, Florence is the perfect marriage of good food, people and historical beauty.
If you are looking for a fine mix of photo moments as you wander the streets and shops, long lunches and to explore the famous galleries, Florence is the ultimate trip. Below, I have reviewed my top list of things to do in the city. I hope you fall for this city as I have. xH
Spoilt for choice at Floroom, choose from one of two luxury bed and breakfasts in central Florence. Stay amongst the architecture and arts near the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio or surround yourself with the culture and mood of Florence next to Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza Strozzi.
7, via del Pavone 50125 Florence II +39 (0) 5 52 30 24 62 II
At Portrait Firenze, the hospitality and service is masterfully tailored to suite you personally. It is like they have known you for years with the care, detail and effort that goes in to personalising your experience and your holiday.
4, Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli Florence II +39 (0) 55 27 26 80 00 II
Golden View Open Bar
This is where you can see me indulging, above. With three dining rooms, all with unique views. You can enjoy lunch over a glass of wine, listening to both national and international live music whilst looking out at the Ponte Vecchio and Vasari Corridor or River Arno.
58, via dei Bardi Florence II +39 (0) 55 21 45 02 II
Not only is the pizza at ‘O Munaciello some of the best pizza in Italy but it is also pays tribute to the origins and traditions of the original neapolitan pizza. The ambience of Naples and authentic neapolitan pizzeria in the surrounds of Florence. Best for a vibrant and lively dinner experience with a good group of friends.
31, via Maffia 50125 Florence II +39 (0) 55 28 71 98 II
Neromo embraces both simplicity and passion in everything that they do. From the combination of both rustic and contemporary interiors to the traditions and techniques used across their menu. Best for dinner with a group of friends who enjoy a nice wine and delicious food.
23, Borgo San Frediano 50124 Florence II +39 (0) 5 52 38 26 45 II
The exterior of the gothic Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore is decorated in green, pink and white marble. When you get inside this amazing and captivating cathedral you will be overwhelmed by not only its design but also the vast space that can hold up to 20,000 people.
Spanning the Arnos River and quite literally meaning ‘old bridge’, the Ponte Vecchio was built in 1345. The only medieval bridge to survive the damages of World War II is now lined with gold and silver jewellery boutiques.
Luisa Via Roma
All your luxury needs and desires taken care of both in a main store as well as online. It is worth making time in your holiday for a visit to this outlet, just incase you find something that you didn’t realise you needed.
19-21, via Roma 50123 Florence II +39 (0) 5 59 06 41 16 II