Thursday, 8 February 2018

Florence, beautiful Florence - or Firenze - is probably one of the best cities I have ever visited. Not only is it beautiful and full of culture, art and history, literally every corner you turn brings you to another spectacular find. It feels safe and compact and magical. I spent the whole time walking around imaging that I was an extra in A Room With A View.

Where did we stay?
We stayed at B&B Galileo 2000.

How long did we stay for?
2 nights. We were there in the lead up to Easter weekend.

What did we do?
We had a lot to do and see in Florence in quite a short time.

We walked to all the sights: Il Duomo, Michelangelo's David, Ponte Vecchio.

On the first morning we got up really early to beat to queues and visited the Uffuzi gallery. Pre-book this if you can.

In the afternoon we walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you get a picture perfect view of the Florence. We stopped just beyond here for a drink, with the best view!! We continued up to San Miniato al Monte before heading back via Giardino della rose (rose garden). If you get a chance to do this, it will be worth it! It's beautiful. The following photo isn't mine, but I think it captures the rose garden perfectly.

We spent the final morning visiting Medici Riccardi Palace. It has gorgeous gardens and the most beautiful interiors.

Food and Drink?
To be honest - I can't remember the name or location of either of the restaurants we went to in the evening. I do remember one had a mural on the wall (see below.) However, I do know what I had to eat both nights: Pizza with mushrooms, black olives, ham, artichokes and lots of cheese. Oh. My. Goodness. Incredible.

If Florence is on your list, but you can't quite make it there yet, why not watch Medici: Masters of Florence - a drama about the Medici family.

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