Florence is a beautiful Italian city in the heart of Tuscany, known for its rich history, artistic legacy, and stunning architecture. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo called it home, this bustling city boasts numerous museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks. An ever-popular destination for art and history enthusiasts from around the world, this city’s delicious cuisine, fine wines, and picturesque landscapes also attract travelers seeking a taste of authentic Italian culture. Read on for our top 5 things to do, drink, and dine on while visiting Bella Firenze:

Top 5 Things to See:

The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

1. The Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

One of the most iconic buildings in Florence, it features a stunning dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and an ornate façade covered in marble. Climbing to the top of its dome provides panoramic views of the city, and is worth the effort.

2. The Uffizi Gallery

This world-renowned museum houses an impressive collection of art from the Renaissance era, including works by famous artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. The gallery, which is housed in a beautiful palace that was once used as offices by the Medici family, is a must-see for art enthusiasts.

3. The Ponte Vecchio

This historic bridge is one of the oldest and most famous in Florence. It spans the Arno River and is lined with jewelry shops and other merchants, and while standing on it, has many picturesque views along its banks.

4. The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, or Gallery of the Academy of Florence

The Galleria is an art museum best known as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David. A top tourist destination, it’s recommended to book tickets in advance to avoid long lines. (Insider tip – You can skip the long lines to see the David with your expert local guide on our Tuscany & Cinque Terre tour)

5. The Boboli Gardens

These beautiful gardens are located behind the Pitti Palace and offer a peaceful escape from the bustling city. They feature manicured lawns, fountains, and sculptures, as well as stunning views of Florence, making it a perfect place to take a stroll or have a picnic.

Top 5 Places to Eat:

Travelers dining together in Florence, Italy

1. Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco

This cozy restaurant is known for its Tuscan cuisine, particularly its wild boar dishes. Located inside of a 13th-century tower in the historic center of Florence, it offers a warm and romantic atmosphere.

2. La Giostra

This restaurant has a charming ambiance under 16th-century brick vaults and is known for its traditional Tuscan meat dishes. It’s owned by the Habsburg-Lorraine family, who have a long history in Florence, and features an impressive wine list.

3. Il Latini

This family-run restaurant has been a staple of Florence’s dining scene for over 100 years. It’s known for its delicious meat dishes, which are cooked over an open fire, and its welcoming atmosphere. (Insider tip – enjoy dining here on our Tuscany and Cinque Terre trip)

4. Trattoria Sostanza

This rustic trattoria is well-known for its Florentine steak and butter chicken. A quaint venue, it’s popular among locals and tourists for over 150 years.

5. Caffè dell’Oro

This elegant restaurant is located on the banks of the Arno River and offers stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio. It serves contemporary Italian cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, and has an extensive wine list.

Top 5 Things to Drink:

Drink an Aperol Spritz when in Florence, Italy

1. Espresso

This strong and aromatic coffee is a staple in Italian culture, and Florence is no exception. You can find espresso in almost any café or bar in the city for a nice pick-me-up throughout the day. Want to enjoy an espresso like a local? Stand at the bar, order your coffee, drink it quickly, and move on with your day.

2. Chianti wine

Chianti is a robust red wine that comes from the Chianti region of Tuscany, which is just south of Florence. It is made primarily from Sangiovese grapes and has a medium-bodied taste with a hint of spice. You can find Chianti wine in many restaurants and bars in Florence, and it’s the perfect drink to accompany a delicious Italian meal. (Insider tip – you’ll get plenty to sip and sample on our Tuscany & Cinque Terre walking tour and our Tuscany culinary tour)

3. Negroni

The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail that was invented in Florence in the early 20th century. It is made with equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, and is served over ice with an orange peel garnish. The drink is bitter and strong, making it perfect for sipping on a warm evening in Florence.

4. Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz is refreshing and fizzy, making it the perfect aperitivo, or happy hour drink. It’s made with Aperol, Prosecco, and a splash of soda water. The drink is light, sweet, and has a hint of bitterness from the Aperol. Salute!

5. Hot Chocolate

Florentine hot chocolate is not your typical hot chocolate. It’s thick, rich, and almost like a pudding. It’s made with high-quality cocoa powder, sugar, and milk, and it’s a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. You can find hot chocolate in many cafes and pastry shops in Florence.

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