Florence is perfectly located in Tuscany and can serve as a home base for travel all over the region. Although we were only there for six days, we wanted to get the best of it, so we rented a car and were able to visit, Sienna, Pisa, Montepulciano, and the beach town of Viareggio.
Italian food is one of my favourites and Florence did not disappoint. There were so many options and surprisingly, some of our best meals were in little street side cafes that were incredibly affordable. il Pizzaiuolo, Baldovino and Osteria de Benci topped our list.
and who could forget the Gelato…. There’s a spot every two steps, but if I had to pick one, Venchi, would have my heart.
In Florence there are a ton of museums hosting such famed pieces as Da Vinci’s, David, and Botticelli’s, Venus. Being there in the thick of summer – the height of North American tourist time – lines were almost unbearable until we discovered the Firenze Card which gets you into 50 different museums for around 50 Euro and you can skip all of the lines! Highly recommend.
If you’ve never travelled to Italy, I would recommend Rome first. Although I adored Florence and the surrounding area, there was quite a bit of travel involved and even more planning. This is so not to say that Florence is a skip, but it’s certainly a place to visit if you have quite a bit of time and can plan to get the most out of it.