A city filled with plenty of ristorantes, trattorias, osterias, and pizzerias alike, Florence is the ultimate destination for foodies. I came to Florence with the hopes to experience the city like a local, spending minimal time in museums, and simply enjoying the heartbeat of the city. There was an energy in the city that I had never experienced before — unlike Paris, London, or Barcelona. It was fast-paced yet slow, historic yet modern, and incredibly charming with friendly people. Florence is truly a city that has it all, and one to add to the list when visiting Italy.

With a bit of sight-seeing, and plenty of food, checkout my weekend guide to Florence.

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Where to Stay in Florence

  • The Hotel Bernini Palace: A true highlight of Florence, you are within footsteps of just about everything. The luxurious stay inside of a 15th-century palace provides a historic and elegant stay. Read my full review on Hotel Bernini Palace here.

Where to Eat in Florence

  • La Menagere: Whether you go for coffee, or stop by the bistro for lunch, or try their tasting menu at dinner, all is a sure bet as the food is phenomenal and the space by far the best in Florence.
  • Fishing Lab: An incredible take on street food centered around seafood, and well priced. So good I ate here twice.
  • Ditta Artigianale: This coffee shop was our favorite to stop by daily for espresso.
  • Cucina Artigianale: If you read my story on my first bites in Italy, you’ll know I am speaking about this place. Both a pizzeria and a ristorante, this place is incredible.
  • Rooftop bar at the Hotel Continentale for drinks and a view
  • Caffe Cibreo: A charming spot to grab a coffee.
  • Trattoria Sostanza and Trattoria Giovanni: Both great options for classic Tuscan cuisine.
  • Bar Soul Kitchen: A great spot for a glass of wine and small dishes.
  • Toscania: Both a ristorante and pizzeria, this is a great choice for pasta or pizza.
  • Il Coccolo: I stumbled upon this gem on a side street and it serves a favorite dish called coccolo which is fried bread with burrata and speck.
  • Mercato Centrale: Your one stop shop for produce, small food stalls, and a sampling of food from all over Italy.
  • Grom: My favorite gelato, ever.

What to do in Florence

  • Checkout the city, just walk around and enjoy. The earlier in the morning the best.
  • My favorite tour was the terraces tour of the Duomo. You got to skip the lines to see inside, and explore the terraces along the rooftop. Absolutely worth it — get your tickets here.
  • See the Basilican di Santa Maria Novella.
  • Shop from one of the oldest pharmacies and perfumeries at the gorgeous Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica.
  • See the Biblioteca di Scienze.
  • Shop Italian products at the lovely Pegna Drogheria.
  • Catch the sunset from Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo Piazalle, or the Rose Garden.
  • See Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery (pre-purchase tickets!).

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  1. I love La Menagere and the Mercato… both are such awesome spaces with no shortage of delicious food. I’ve always wanted to go to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Continentale too!

  2. I just came back from a backpacking trip to Italy and Florence was definitely a highlight of my trip. The view of the city from the Michelangelo Piazalle is just breathtaking!

  3. Mandira Adhikari Reply

    i just came back from Italy 2 weeks back and just loved Firenze! My fav was Michelangelo Piazza and looking at the Arno river!www.docdivatraveller.com

  4. Mandira Adhikari Reply

    i just came back from Italy 2 weeks back and just loved Firenze! My fav was Michelangelo Piazza and looking at the Arno river!www.docdivatraveller.com

  5. –Just wanted you to know that I’ve followed your IG for years and had this page bookmarked. I finally went to Italy this past month and we had a blast, thanks in part to your recommendations. Keep up the great traveling, writing, & photos! I love love LOVED it there, Florence and Rome were just incredible and leave me at a loss for words but we ate all the food and drank all the drinks.

    Take care!


    • Jessica Wright Reply

      Hey Jay! This message means the world, i’m so happy to hear you guys had a great time!!!

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