Top 5 Experiences in Florence

If you are in Italy, there are many reasons to ensure that Florence makes an appearance. It is a beautiful city, the architecture is intricate, the city is walkable, the sunsets are incredible and you can eat gelato to your heart’s desire.

What more can you want?

Here are the top 5 experiences to have whilst in Florence.

1. Sunset From Above

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The sunsets in Florence are beautiful especially because of the way the sun frames the city and the river (or rather the city frames the sun).

If you get the right kind of day, the colours in the sky are so intense and almost paint the city golden.

My favourite vantage point was the Belvedere Terrace at the Villa Bardini.

It is atop a hill so you can see the city below you as well as the river.

For a moment, it truly does seem like the river flows gold.

Make sure you get up to the terrace in good time as it can get a bit crowded.

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2. Churches

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There are quite a few churches that are worth a visit whilst you are in Florence, especially as the city was in the heart of the Renaissance.

Just as much as the architecture will astound you, the art within the churches are also incredible.

Possibly the two most famous churches which should be on your priority list are the the Santa Maria Novella (Architecture tip: have a look at how the facade is almost a mask to the back/rest of the church) and the Duomo (which you really can’t miss – especially due to it’s shear size).

That being said, there are plenty of other churches to explore as well – each with its own history and style.

3. Gelato

Florence is the birthplace of gelato, therefore you might as well eat your weight in it.

Make the most of your time in gelato motherland – I know I did.

There are so many gelaterias you could try out.

Festival del Gelato is a popular one due to the amount of flavours that they have.

If you are looking for something a bit more artisanal and organic, try out My Sugar Firenze. They even have some vegan options.

4. Ponte Vecchio

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The Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest bridges in the city, and has had a colourful history.

Without giving away too much, go for a walk along the bridge (perhaps as a part of a walking tour of the city).

 Inasmuch as the bridge is a transition from point A to point B, there are a lot of reasons it is much more than that.

5. Street Art Treasure Hunt

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As you walk through the streets of Florence (you really should spend some time exploring the city by foot – you will never know what you will find!), keep an eye out for the street signs.

You may just find that they each have their own personality.

Maybe even make a game out of it – the person who finds the most number of unique street signs wins (some gelato or a spritz would make an excellent reward).

These street signs speak very much of the creative and unique Florentine culture.

 

Aside from the site-seeing and gelato-eating, remember to also take a step back and enjoy the city without being in a rush to get from one site to another.

Find an Italian restaurant, enjoy some delicious food and watch the city and the people at a slower pace as well.

 

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