Florence is one of Italy's most beautiful, and most famous, cities [which is why I’m adding Florence to my wish list]. Known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city is overflowing with arts and culture to explore. And even if paintings and architecture aren't for you, you're sure to enjoy the food and drink on offer. Summer is the best place to visit, when the weather is warm and sunny. But you can go at any time of year and enjoy everything the city has to offer. Do all the tourist activities or mingle with the locals as you explore Florence, from its colorful past to its lively present.
See Some Art
Since it's where the Renaissance began, you can't leave Florence without seeing some art. You'll find some stunning and memorable works in the city's museums and galleries. Head to the Uffizi Gallery for some of the best Renaissance artworks available to see. The collection is enormous, so it would take you a long time to see all of it. Instead, choose the rooms that interest you most. If you want some guidance, you can go on a group tour to learn more about the paintings. Or, if you're more of a solitary person, take an audio tour with a headset instead.
Enjoy the Food
Wherever you go in Italy, you have to enjoy the food on offer. When you're in Florence, the one thing you have to try is a Florentine steak. These huge steaks are a challenge, perfect for anyone who wants to show off their ability to polish off a lot of red meat. But don't worry if you're not a meat-eater, because there are always pasta and fish dishes on offer too. Food tours in Florence are an excellent way to explore the cuisine around the city. Sometimes it's a good idea to have a helping hand to show you around.
Enjoy the Drink Too
If food isn't your thing but drinking is, you can explore Florence through alcohol. Firstly, there's the wine, which you can enjoy in bars and restaurants, as well as buying some to take home. You can also experience the Italian tradition of aperitivo. The after-work drink is enjoyed by Italians everywhere. Sit down with a cocktail or perhaps a glass or prosecco and some bar snacks or small plates of food. Aperitivo might just turn into dinner if you hang around long enough.
Just walking around the city is a great way to experience it without spending any money. You can see some of the stunning architecture on display, some of it many centuries old. Of course, you can go inside some of the buildings too. Remember to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo. This imposing cathedral is a must for anyone who loves architecture, as well as history and culture. You can get in for free, but it's a small cost to get into the dome.
You're sure to love the beautiful city of Florence, whether you enjoy art or food. However you choose to experience the city, don't miss it on a visit to Italy.