Florence would have been a little more enjoyable if it weren’t so hot in my opinion. Nevertheless, it’s another Italian city filled with history and monuments to marvel at.
PLACES TO SEE | Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge that used to house butchers in the shops along it. Now, there are mostly jewelry shops occupying these spaces. The bridge provides beautiful views of the Arno River and the homes along the water. Browse some of the jewelry shops as you look for the opening on the bridge if you’re looking to spend some Euros.
One of the biggest churches in the world, The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is considered to be one of the most important monuments in Florence. The artistry is insane, and the pink and green details are what makes this church so unique. If you have time, I’ve heard the steps up the dome to see the artistry inside up close is worth the exercise.
The Palazzo Vecchio is Florence’s town hall and looks very much like a medieval castle. Outside of the building you will find a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue.
PLACES TO SEE | I had seen All’Antico Vinaio all over TikTok being praised for being the best paninis anyone had ever tasted. I will say, my panini was absolutely delicious and it lived up to the hype. If I’m remembering correctly, I had La Dante which was listed as one of their top 5 items ordered. It tasted like truffle and had a refreshing take. Normally, there is a line wrapped around the block to get a taste of one of these paninis, but we got lucky that day as there wasn’t much of a line.
Gelateria dei Neri came as a suggestion from our tour guide who said it was her favorite gelato spot. She accompanied us to get some gelato and said her favorite flavor was rice (riso). I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and now suggest it as well. It tasted very similar to a rice pudding with a nutty and cinnamon-y flavor. The shop is very close to All’Antico Vinaio, so grab a panini and then finish it off with some gelato.