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.
Good to Know Before:
- My biggest advice is to pre-purchase ALL tickets to the museums and churches. The early access is worth it.
- The city is completely walkable. Pick up a pair or checkout this list for 10 comfortable and stylish shoes to travel in.
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!).