I remember the first time we visited Florence on a road trip through western Europe. It was very much an unplanned and unexpected visit at the time as we followed the roads from Pisa through Tuscany, with our final destination being the small landlocked country of San Marina. At the time we were following road signs to a place called “Firenze”, a name completely new to us, but passing through we found it to be one of the most beautiful cities we have ever come across.
So, turns out, “Firenze” is Italian for “Florence”. And having had a sneak peek of the city, we were now desperate to get back. We booked a hotel in Florence Italy, a sight in itself with inexpensive, luxurious accommodation near the city centre, and were back for a proper visit.
Florence is a city with a tradition of artistry and craftsmanship, as well as a travel-friendly atmosphere that includes the availability of hotels in Florence, Italy; the Tuscany capital is a heaven for tourists.
For many travellers, Florence is a destination that sits at the top of their bucket list. It has a small-town vibe, but a structure and history that can put even some of the biggest cities in the world to shame. The city has a mesmerizing view, offers an abundance of activities to keep travellers busy, as well as a great many eateries and food stalls for gastronomical indulgence.
So, let’s find out why you should visit Florence at the first opportunity from below.
The Incredible View
Whether you look from your hotel window, or travel to the Piazzale Michelangelo, or outside the city walls, your eyes would be awe-struck with the mesmerizing view of the city of Florence. It’s doesn’t matter what time of the day you are looking at it; you would be forever in love with the sights.
Florence is blessed with an abundance of Medieval architecture. Its crown jewel is obviously the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its sky engulfing dome and the intricate works of white, red and green marbles. Other architectural attractions include Basilica di Santa Croce, Basilica di San Lorenzo, etc. For a change, take a walk over the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and the most photographed bridge in Florence with shops and houses built on top of it, like in the medieval tradition.
Grand Museums with Art Masterpieces
The city is the home for the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most renowned art galleries in the world with its rich collection of historical art pieces that include the works of artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, and so many others. The Galleria dell’Accademia, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Pitti Palace are some of the other museums to visit in Florence.
Fantastic Foods and Souvenir Shops
The San Lorenzo Market is the go-to destination to taste the brilliant street foods available in Florence. From kinds of pasta to pizzas, bread to pastries, coffees, and gelatos – everything items here are freshly prepared. The streets surrounding the market are also great for inexpensive souvenirs shopping.
If you want to buy some designer products, just take a walk along the Palazzo Vecchio and the Piazza Della Signoria. Along with famous brands, these streets are also filled with boutique artisan shops selling unique gifts.
Great Accommodation Options
Florence has no shortage of brilliant accommodation, available in every budget and preference. Just near the city centre, you can find a 4-star hotel in Florence; a converted Byzantine tower with an incredible view. Other accommodation facilities may not be as strategically located but still would have enough to provide you with some comfort.