The capital of Tuscany has a lot more to offer than one might imagine. Truthfully, I didn’t expect much from this quaint city because I didn’t exactly know what they’re known for. After all, big cities are generally more popular than quaint ones!
I have to say I was very impressed by the architectures here, I mean can you believe that they were built without modern day technology?! I’m starting to question and wonder why modern day technology leads to much simpler architecture nowadays when olden days architectures are so detailed and sophisticated without technologies being around.
Spending 2-3 days in Florence is sufficient to cover major parts of the city as it is so easily accessible by foot and bus!
The town hall of Florence which plays host to a copy of Michelangelo’s statue (below)!
Fountain Of Nepune
A copy of Michelangelo’s David statue which was done by one of the best sculptors in Florence in the 16th century. This to me was an average statue but it is a very nice area to take a slow stroll. This is where you’ll stumble upon quaint alleys and nice little cute restaurants and shops.
Ponte Santa Trinita
This is directly opposite of Ponte Vecchio, a bridge which has shops on it instead of cars! In fact, Ponte Vecchio is one out of two bridges in the world to have shops on it instead of it being used by cars.
Duomo di Firenze
Also known as Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore, this is a gothic style church built in the 15th century. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! I was in awe the entire time and I truly was amazed by how people in the olden days had the capabilities of building such a beautiful church. They pay such great attention to details, I really was impressed how well it is kept!
Here’s a 19th-century piazza which offers the best view of the city. I mean, the view doesn’t get any better than this! That building sticking out right there is the Duomo di Firenze – the one which impressed me at a glance of it.
It takes awhile to get up to this piazza if you’re traveling by foot. It is literally an uphill battle which is easily conquered if you pace yourself and enjoy the walk. After all, it offers a pretty scenic view on the way to the top as well!
And here’s the famous Michelangelo statue which isn’t exactly the most impressive statue I’ve seen. The piazza has more to offer, the general vibe you get there is perfect for people who are looking for a spot to chill out.
PS: This is the best place to watch the sunset!
An enclosed passageway which is picturesque, earning Instagram-worthy shots even if it is not a tourist spot.
San Lorenzo Market
The most famous indoor/outdoor market in Florence – selling local art, leather goods and regional food. If you’re looking for leather goods, this is the place to be. After all, Italy is known for their leather goods! Be warned, the massive influx of foreigners has led to the selling of fake leather goods by foreign workers.
If you know a thing or two about how to spot authentic leather goods, here’s a round of applause! My personal advice is to buy them from locals. The foreign workers who are manning the store will more or less be able to converse in Italian, but their skin tone says it all (most of the time).
The first step is to look out for Italian stall owners! More often than not locals have a small shop elsewhere and it is usually walking distance from the stalls they set up over here. Speak to them a little bit more and ask for them to take you to their actual shop, that is one way of knowing you’re getting the real deal! After all, these shops have been around for ages and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to meet the hands and brains behind your goodies as well.
A beautiful sunset and view from Piazza Michelangelo. This is so perfect for couples, first dates or proposals even!
This quaint city has so much to offer and I am glad I made a stop in this city. I enjoyed the warmth of locals, I loved the laid-back lifestyle and I also definitely had heart-warming meals made for my soul.