Florence Italy City Break {Blogger Recommendations}

Tuscany is one of the most popular European Destinations in Italy with Florence (Firenze) at its capital. It is home to the best gelato in the world and famous for renaissance art with incredible structures like the Duomo. During our recent Tuscany Adventures, we made a point of adding Florence to the itinerary. Our hope was to find all the best kept secrets in Florence as well as the main tourist attractions.

Florence Italy - city guide

Our Tuscany adventures had started a few days before, we flew in Pisa airport and rode a train to Carrara. It would be in the Ortonovo region of Casano where we would find our accommodation thanks to Casale Amati. Our itinerary was one that needed to be adjusted to account for the distance between Casano and Florence. But fear not, there is a good bus and train system to get you into Pisa before advancing to Florence. The entire journey takes just under 2 hours and costs a little over 18 euros per person.

Related: How-to spend a day in Pisa and whereto stay

FLORENCE ITALY – THE PERFECT ITINERARY FOR FIRST-TIMERS

All of us on the trip had never been to Florence before so we were all a little eager if not too much. We left Casano at the crack of dawn to make it into Florence for 10 in the morning. Using the Rome2Rio app, it was easy to navigate our way around the Tuscany region and catch the right buses and train. If you’re heading to Florence for the first time, here are some things to note;

  • The most popular tourist attractions – Duomo is only a short walk from the train station.
  • Tourist office is just outside the train station
  • Public transport is very frequent and accessible
  • To make most of your visit, grab the hop on hop off bus around the city
  • Check out the various alleyways close to the Duomo for the best gelato
  • Be careful of pocket pickers, its a popular city and therefore a playing ground for thieves.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business of exploring Florence Italy. I must iterate that Florence can be quite an expensive city and often can leave a dent in your budget. But fret not, there are a lot of things one can do for free in Florence.

Florence, Italy City Break

Regular readers know I am a sucker for a good city break, often I can be found neck down scouring for deals. It’s not uncommon for me to score really cheap flights to loads of European Destinations. Once I do I often head onto Pinterest to search for things to do in that city and write down an itinerary. The city break to Florence was no exception, we looked at what we wanted to see during our visit. Here is a couple of places we managed to explore whilst in Florence, Italy.

  • Piazzale Liberta
  • Donatello
  • Piazzale Becaria
  • Michelangelo
  • Piazzale Gallileo
  • Fiesole
  • The Cathedral Of Santa Maria del Fiore

Whilst the weather was not the most friendly, we were dressed warmly enough, after all it was still winter. But I appreciate not everyone would have chance to explore all of Florence which is fine. It just means you have to return and explore this incredible Tuscany capital a little more.

Recommended by Bloggers – Florence

Ever since I became a blogger, I have found myself trusting fellow bloggers more and often ask for their opinion. In preparation for sharing this article, I decided to crowd-source with my fellow bloggers. I wanted to know what they loved about Florence and plays they would recommend visiting. I got a missed bag of recommendations which I really loved as variety is a spice of life.

  • Anna of Anna International blog recommends Piazzale Michelangelo up above the city just before sunset. Having lived in the city of Florence, she used to take her friends to Piazzale Michelangelo for the sunset. She says ‘we would grab a beer from the truck on the left hand side of the Piazza and watch the sun go down from the steps there (much better view of the sunset from the left side). The sunsets are usually spectacular and the city looks amazing as it gets dark, because only the three main buildings which stand high above the streets (Duomo, Santa Croce church and Palazzo Vecchio) and along the River Arno are really lit up, the rest of the city looks dark. Then wander down the hill into the Oltrarno for an aperitivo. Perfect end to a day of exploring‘. She has written all about her Top Eating Experiences and where to grab the best Gelato.
  • Jess of Enjoy the Adventure recommends shares how she ‘loved the views from Piazzale Michelangelo, I mean who doesnt? She also mentioned how she ‘stopped at the Garden of Cascine which was really beautiful, a good place to relax.’ She has written a lovely account of where to go in Florence for a weekend, love it.
  • Fran of Get Jaunty has been a couple of times to Florence and recommends seeing Michaelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. It really is a stunning piece of artwork and a brilliant bit of Italian history. She has written about what to do in Florence, such a great read.
  • Joanna of the World In my Pocket recommends a cooking class in Florence, I mean I love so so yes please. Most of us love Italian foods and would be awesome to learn how to cook some of them outside Pasta.
  • Amanda of the International Foodie also opted to recommends incredible foods you can enjoy in Florence. I love that she has covered those of us on a budget as well and give some yummy options.

Florence Italy - city guide

Recommended by Bloggers – Florence Alternatives;

Florence is an incredible city to visit, but if you’re on a budget or fancy something different, we have you covered. There are times when I too want to escape the busyness of the big cities for much quieter ones. These lovely bloggers have shared alternation recommendations to Florence.

  • Gemma of Fat Frocks recommends heading to Lucca for a break from the crowds in Florence. Easy to reach by train, sipping cocktails on the terrace of Caffetteria San Colombano. Hire a bike to cycle along the historic city walls are a great way to spend the day. Check out her post on Lucca, Italy.
  • Hannah of Last Stop Lunar echos the cries of many a budget traveler and opted for Pisa instead of Florence. She admits ‘I enjoyed the views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo but that’s all I did really. There’s lots of shopping which is great when you have spending money, but not great for a budget traveller like myself.’
  • Joy of Pinkoddy recommends skipping Florence for the glorious city of Siena. Her favourite part is the church where Catherine’s head is kept. Read all about her history of Siena post for more inspiration.

Florence Italy - city guide

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33 Comments

  1. Cardiff Mummy Says
    March 23, 2018 / 10:20 pm

    Loved reading this as we are going to Tuscany later this year for a family holiday and plan to visit both Florence and Pisa. Looks so beautiful. So excited for our trip now!

  2. Louise Smith
    March 21, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve never been to Florence before, but it looks incredible! I really need to start travelling more this year 🙂

    Louise x

  3. Crystal Gareau
    March 21, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Italy looks like a stunning place to visit. This was a fab travel guide.

  4. March 20, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Oh I’d love to watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo. I love Gemma’s idea of cycling round Lucca and especially the sipping cocktails bit. It’s definitely on my travel wishlist

  5. KGR
    March 19, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    I’m loving Anna’s recommendation of visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo and watching the sunset over the city, it sounds so romantic!

  6. Leigh Travers
    March 19, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    I’m looking at heading to Italy in a few weeks but hadn’t considered Florence – it’s definitely on my list now though!

  7. March 19, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I am glad to hear that, thanks for stopping by and glad this post was helpful

  8. March 19, 2018 / 6:53 am

    I would absolutely love to go there one day! The architecture is just stunning! Thanks for this fab guide!

    • March 19, 2018 / 7:31 am

      It truly is incredible a must visit indeed. We were in awe of the incredible architecture. Thanks for stopping by

  9. March 19, 2018 / 2:04 am

    One of the places that I’d love to visit is Florence. We never had a chance to go there when we went to Italy a couple of years ago. I really appreciate this guide!

    • March 19, 2018 / 7:31 am

      Thanks AnnMarie, I hope next time you guys get a moment to visit Florence as it is an incredible city

  10. March 18, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I’m going to Florence in April – these are all such great tips, can’t wait to see all the places you recommended!

    • March 19, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Oooh I am so jealous already love, make sure to share your thoughts on the city and definitely drop us a link so we can check out your article

  11. Lindsay Mone
    March 18, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I love this city!! Such great tips- makes me want to return!!

  12. Jann Mitchell
    March 17, 2018 / 4:08 am

    This looks like such an amazing trip! I have always wanted to travel to Italy.

  13. Cyn Gagen
    March 17, 2018 / 1:51 am

    Italy is high on my must travel list. There is so much of it I want to see and Florence sounds amazing.

  14. Shannon Graham
    March 16, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I am going to Rome very soon. Hopefully I can find an excursion to Florence while I am at it!

  15. March 16, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I’ve never been to Italy, and Florence sounds like an incredible place to visit. Thanks for sharing your favorite spots!

  16. Vyjay Rao
    March 16, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Florence is easily one of the prettiest cities we have ever visited. It is our favourite city. Our best place in the city was the Uffizi gallery which we really loved. This is a nice guide for first time visitors to Florence.

  17. March 16, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Oh how I would love to visit Florence one day. The architecture, the food, the culture, the people…it all sounds so incredibly beautiful!

  18. Pam
    March 16, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Florence. I hope I can visit one day and see it.

  19. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
    March 16, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    What a beautfiul city! I would love to visit at some point. It looks so amazing, and like there would be tons to see and do. Great little guide!

  20. chubskulit
    March 16, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I really want to go visit Italy, hopefully soon. Rome will be my first stop then I’d like to see Florence next! Oh how fun would that be!

  21. March 16, 2018 / 9:43 am

    We go to Europe every year and tour as much as we can. Florence will always be among my favorites, along with Paris! I think this is a great guide for people planning to go there. So many things to love about this place!

  22. Heather Castillo
    March 16, 2018 / 4:08 am

    I hope I’m able to visit Italy one day. I’ve heard so many great things about it.

  23. March 16, 2018 / 3:01 am

    What a gorgeous city! Italy has so many amazing cities to explore, it is on my wish list of places to visit. I love all of the architecture and history here.

  24. March 15, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    I just imagine if I were there my head would spin I would be so amazed! It’s just so surreal – the architecture! Wish I could go – thank you for sort of taking me there today!

  25. Rachel Akers
    March 15, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Someday I fully intend to see all the sights and eat my way through Italy. There are so many things I want to see there.

  26. March 15, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I’d want to go to all of these places. What a pretty area. I’d mostly go to Italy to eat though. I love pasta and pizza.

  27. Ashley @irishred02
    March 15, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Italy looks amazing and beautiful. I would love to visit their one day, it is on my bucket list.

  28. Tomi_C
    March 15, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Florence is on my travel bucket list. I love that there are so many public transportation options. Thanks so much for including reviews from some others who have visited Florence before.

  29. Jeanette
    March 15, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Florence! It would be a dream come true to visit there! It looks like it would not disappoint once I can afford to go! It looks beautiful!

  30. Candy Kage
    March 15, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    There are so many wonderful cities to visit while in Italy. I would have to go back several times to take in everything I want to see and do in Florence and the entire country.

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