Florence Italy is, quite simply, everything. The Capital of the Region of Tuscany, It’s small enough to feel like you can easily get around to see everything but big enough to always supply a surprise around every corner. It’s romantic, it’s beautiful, the light is breathtaking, the food is insanely delicious and the culture is in its DNA. (last month I shared Lisbon with you, in case you missed it)
We planned on spending two weeks in Rome over the holidays with a quick 2 night side trip to Florence. We thought me might go south to Sicily instead, but decided to save that for a longer visit when the weather is warmer. I want to swim if I am going to be in Sicily.
Instead, every two days we admitted we couldn’t leave and we would move to another apartment. In the end, we stayed 6 nights in three neighbourhoods, but could have spent weeks there. It’s amazing how different the food and the vibe are, just a couple hours drive from Rome. I love Rome too (we will get to Rome soon) but Florence is the antithesis of that crazy city. Everyone is laid back and nobody is in a hurry. It’s less messy, it’s more refined, and the Tuscan scenery is achingly beautiful.
Don’t get me started on the Tuscan Cypress Trees
The birthplace of the Renaissance, art is everywhere. Yes, visit the Uffizi to enjoy the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo and the rest of the gang. See the David at The Accademia but don’t overlook smaller, niche museums like the Stibbert. Everywhere you look, there is something beautiful to set your sites on. There are towers to climb, picci, truffles and chingale to eat, Chianti to drink and beautiful leather to buy. Make sure to cross the Ponte Vecchio and explore the other side of the river.