Things to do in Italy
I traveled to Florence, Italy in July 2017. After spending 4 days in Portugal, consuming more custard tarts than the human body should, my mouth salivated at the thought of devouring every Italian delicacy and every glass (and bottle) of wine I could get my hands on.
Highly recommended! ✓ Not for me... ✗
PLACES to VISIT:
Florence Cathedral (Duomo) • Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore ✓
This building - along with Giotti's Bell Tower - is so beautifully designed and absolutely mesmerizing! Though incredible to gawk at from the ground, I also highly recommend admiring them from high up.
Grab some delightful gelato or a bottle of wine and enjoy the view!
The Boboli Gardens • Giardino di Boboli ✗
€5 to see some big-ass hedges...
Not sure why but it was the first time that I actually felt lonely as a solo traveler.
La Santissima Annunziata ✓
This has become my all-time favourite church!
The interior is breath-taking and I couldn't help walking around with my jaw dropped the whole time. It was stunning and peaceful.
THINGS to DO:
See a sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo ✓
It was unbelievably crowded, and trudging up countless stairs after dinner and a few glasses of wine was probably not the best idea. However, witnessing such a glorious sunset was definitely worth the walk! Someone was playing the guitar and I overheard someone say, 'It feels like a peace-rally', and he was right.
Peace, love and a Peroni!
Rub the nose of the bronze boar • Fontana del Porcellino
A statue that you touch in the hopes of returning to Florence.
I rubbed the boar's nose hard, excited to return to this beautiful city again!
THINGS to SEE:
Michelangelo's David ✓
I could not take my eyes off him...
There are many copies dotted around Florence but the original is so breath-taking and impressively huge that I would say that David, the David, is worth your time and money!
The countless jewelers on the bridge didn't interest me as much as the bridge itself. It’s quite interesting to look at: colourful and picturesque. It's very different to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Hungary, but both are appealing in their own way!
Street signs by Clet ✓
French artist, Clet, has countless altered street signs around the city. They are a quirky part of Florence and I absolutely loved exploring the city to find them!
THINGS to EAT:
So far, I can safely and happily say that Italy has the best food and wine that I have ever had. If you want to know more I’ve written a whole post of the top 6 things to eat in Italy!
THINGS to DRINK:
Wine • Vino ✓
I worked at a Spanish restaurant before I went to Italy, so I was biased towards Tempranillo grapes and fruity wines from Rioja. However, I found myself wanting a crisp, refreshing and slightly sweet beverage to enjoy under the warm summer sun. I decided to explore Italy’s fine whites like Pinot Grigio, Asti, and Prosecco.
I had a very pleasant experience eating and drinking alone at Signorvino until the table next to me eventually joined the fun and kindly supplied a bottle of wine!
My friend said that it was great.
We’re not friends anymore because I don’t like liars.
Okay, slight exaggeration but words cannot describe how much I hated Limoncello...
It was overwhelming and unpleasant and I left the bar leaving the glass full.
Aperol Spritz ✗
I finished it but I didn't enjoy it that much.
Maybe the bartender put too much Aperol in it. Maybe I just don't like it.
Bellini & Rossini ✓
A Bellini is a cocktail of peach purée and prosecco. I have to say, both the Bellini and the Rossini (with strawberry purée) at Ringo Bar are unbelievable!
Yes, I didn't just drink alcohol in Italy!
I had a single espresso and a panini at a cosy café called Cucciolo Bar Pasticceria before I headed for the airport. I also picked up some tasty pastries for the journey!
As someone who travels for food, alcohol, and pretty things, Florence ticks all my boxes!
I hope you got a few ideas or at least are now more excited to pay this lovely city a visit!
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