Florence, Firenze, The Cradle of the Renaissance – these are the names given to one of Italy’s most elegant and historically significant cities.
Ornate Florence attracts tourists seeking out fine wine, sumptuous food, medieval architecture and some of history’s most famous masterpieces, and visitors always leave feeling inspired by its beauty!
Two days is plenty of time to experience a Florence ‘lite’ adventure, taking in the fine art, wondrous sites and enjoying some delightful Tuscan produce.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the amazing activities that await you in this most enchanting Tuscan town.
Marvel at some of the world’s most significant artworks
Florence served as the melting pot for the Italian Renaissance, a town where the likes of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli produced some of their most impressive works.
Luckily for us, many of these masterpieces are proudly on display in two of Florence’s most famous galleries: the Uffizi and the Accademia. Take your time to meander around the amazing Uffizi Gallery, where incredible, instantly recognisable works like Botticelli’s sublime The Birth of Venus dot the walls.
The Accademia is every bit as invigorating, if only a little smaller, but this just makes it easy to seek out the gallery’s most famous resident: a well-known man by the name of David.
Take in sweeping views of this beautiful city
Florence is a town that is no short of wonderful vantage points: from the towering heights of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore to the Giotto’s Campanile and the gorgeous Hotel Palazzo Guadagni.
But the most charming, and perhaps most breathtaking, spot to catch a panoramic view of Florence has to be that of the Piazzale Michelangelo, taking in sweeping views of the marvellous town.
Better yet – it’s completely free!
Enjoy mouth watering Tuscan produce
Tuscany is world famous for its fine wine and delicious food, with everything from Chianti to bistecca alla Fiorentina and torta di ceci all on the menus of stylish trattorias throughout town.
And let’s not kid ourselves, Italian food is pretty wonderful, so you can be sure that there will be a ristorante on almost every corner that will be serving up local favourites as well some of the more recognisable Italian dishes.
A Tuscan culinary experience must always, however, be enjoyed with local wine – it would be sacrilege otherwise!
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