After Paris and Rome, the next biggest cultural hot spot of the EU is definitely… Florence. This city that saw the ultimate Italian trio’s (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael) beginnings and how they inspired the whole Europe with their innovation and strike for perfection is obviously a must see. With the influence of the Medici family, Florence was the cultural center of the world during one of the most exciting period of humanity: Renaissance. They all say that as soon as you arrive in Florence, you will fall in love with it.
After arriving in the city, we automatically went to the Central Market to get a full delicious meal. It is packed with food courts of local Florence dishes and we had a blast choosing what we wanted to try the most.
Afterward, we went to walk around Florence. Do know that it is a small city and everything felt like they were at 20 minutes distance maximum. We hit the following spots:
- La Biblioteca Marucelliana
- Cappelle Medicee
- Basilica di San Lorenzo and Medici Churches
- La Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
- Opera Museum
- Piazza del Duomo
We bought the 15 euro pass that allowed us to visit the 5 attractions of the Duomol, including the Opera Museum where the real Doors of Paradise resides. This was a super fun experience as we got to learn about the history of the most beautiful church in Florence, the Florence Cathedral.
In the morning, we visited the Uffizi Gallery which is considered the second most visited art museum in Italy after the Vatican museum. This is where some of the most famous art pieces by Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Caravaggio live. Out of all the museums we got to visit in Europe, this is one of my favorites spots.
Afterward, we hit the attractions nearby, including:
- Piazza della Signoria
- Palazzo Vecchio Museum
- Arnolfo Tower of Palazzo Vecchio
- Ponte Vecchio
- Santa Spirito
- Santa Trinita
We ended the day by enjoying the sunset at the Piazzale Michealangelo.
On the third day, we visited the remaining attractions from our Duomol pass. This includes
- Baptistery of St-John
- Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore aka Florence Cathedral
- Crypt of Santa Reparata
- Bell Tower aka Giotto’s Campanile
Afterward, we went to two more churches.
- Santa Croce Church
- Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
The stay ended with a glorious Florence style meal with some T-bone steak.
Places We Didn’t Get to Visit
- Bargello National Museum
- Boboli Garden
- Academy Gallery (Michealangelo’s David)
- Pitti Palace
I think that at this point in our trip, we were just too tired to hit every palace and museums the city had to offer. Hence, we started to take it a bit easier and just enjoy the flow as it is. This allowed us to visit everything we wanted to see the most, without feeling obligated to stop at all the main attractions. Florence is a cultural icon and I would definitely want to come back one day to visit the rest of my must visit list.