Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I hope every one’s week is off to an awesome start! So if you have been following along on my Italy trip recap you know we are on city number three, Florence! If you missed the first two you can check out my recap of Venice and Cinque Terre here! Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is a big city, but full of Renaissance history and art! I just love that is was a fun mix of old and new with some cool hip bars and restaurants. Lets dive right in!
On our way from Cinque Terre to Florence we made a quick pit stop to Pisa, because lets be honest you can’t go to Italy without seeing the leaning tower! And when I say quick we literally walked off the train took some pictures and then left. Other than the tower and pretty buildings around it Pisa isn’t too exciting and we wanted to spend as much time as possible in Florence!
After settling into our Airbnb and a quick gelato break we headed over to the Accademia Museum to get our art on! Again, I am going to stress to buy your tickets online ahead of time to skip the lines! It was amazing seeing art that dated all the way back the the 13th century! Although the main attraction in the Accademia is the statue of David by Michelangelo. Honestly I never realized how huge this statue was and the detail is just crazy! Especially how it still looks this perfect being over 500 years old!
After exploring all the renaissance art we headed over to Mercato Centrale for some lunch, which is a large market that has shops, restaurants, bars you name it! We got truffle risotto that was to die for! Next, we went and explored the town and grabbed some drinks at the cutest bar/caffe called La Menagere. They had a good selection of craft beer and cocktails and the inside was seriously decorated sooo pretty! After some drinks we headed back to our airbnb to freshen up before dinner at Pensavo Peggio. We actually stumbled upon this restaurant because the original place we were going to was booked for the night and it happened to be amazing! I got the wild boar ragu, which is a regional specialty to Tuscany and it was so yummy! After dinner we headed over for some more brews (it’s vacation remember) at Brewdog. They had such an awesome selection of craft beer and the atmosphere was super cool!
Only in Italy do your beer flights come in small wine glasses ;)
On our walk back to our airbnb we stopped by the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) for some pictures without a ton of tourists. Seriously the Duomo was my favorite building in all of Italy. The detail was just unreal and it is HUGE! All of the sculptures and the different layers of marble is just stunning and to think they did all of this without modern machinery!
On day two we woke up early and headed to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most amazing morning view of Florence! It is a bit of a hike, but the view is definitely worth it!
After taking in the gorgeous views we headed over to Boboli Gardens and checked out the Pitti Palace.
Honestly, if you are pressed for time in Florence I wouldn’t put this on your must do list. The grounds were really pretty, but it is huge and spread apart so it is a lot of walking and extremely hot if you go in the Summer like we did!
After the gardens we walked back into town over the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which has a ton of shops, and headed to the Uffizi Gallery for round two of Renaissance art. Getting to see art from the greats like Leonardo di Vinci, Botticelli, Raffael, and Michelangelo definitely makes the Uffizi a must!
Birth of Venus
Every ceiling was a work of art as well!
Laocoon and His Sons
After the gallery we grabbed a quick snack and then headed back to the room to recoup before a very big dinner at I’ Tuscani 3. Our dinner at I’ Tuscani was definitely a huge highlight for Florence! Griffin’s number one goal when going to Florence was to get a big Florentine steak and it definitely did not disappoint! They have a set price that include a large steak for two, vegetables, and a carafe of wine. Or for a little extra you can get an appetizer, which we did and I highly recommend! It was the most amazing assortment of meats, cheese, and sauces! Then the steak came which was pretty much mind blowing!
My man don’t play when it comes to his steak ;p
Also, our waiters were soooo much fun and kept the wine flowing and the grappa shots going! They definitely know how to party! It was a fun and yummy night to say the least and the perfect last night in Florence! <3