3 DAYS IN FLORENCE

 

Florence is a fabulous city- very easy to navigate your way around and you can virtually walk everywhere on foot. There’s plenty to see and do so we've put together Linen The Dream's ideal three day tour of this city which we believe is the best way to make the most out of your time. 

Here are our top suggestions for food, shopping, drinking and of course sight seeing. We've got a fair bit of walking in store for you so best to wear your walking shoes. Enjoy!

 

Accommodation

Monna Lisa Hotel – This is a 4 star hotel, which is very centrally located,  just a couple of blocks away from the Duomo. It’s beautifully decorated with a garden courtyard that some of the rooms look onto.  This is also a great spot to enjoy an afternoon or evening aperitif! The Hotel also offers single rooms for cheaper rates if you happen to be travelling on your own. 

Monna Lisa Hotel

Borgo Pinti, 27, 50121

http://www.monnalisa.it

Apartments Florence- We stayed in a one bedroom apartment about a 5 minute walk form the Duomo, which was a brilliant location. We were greeted on arrival and given a list of recommendations so we couldn’t fault Apartments Florence. They offer a large range of apartments throughout Florence- all of which are different sizes and for the most part are reasonably priced.

Apartments Florence

www.apartmentsflorence.it/ 

Gallery Hotel Art – A very good friend of ours recently stayed in this hotel and raved about it. It’s part of the Lungarno Collection, which is the same as the Hotel Continentale we mention for rooftop drinks later on. This is at the slightly more expensive end of the scale but it’s location is second to none, right near the Ponte Vecchio.

Gallery Hotel Art

Vicolo dell'Oro, 5, 50123

https://www.lungarnocollection.com/gallery-hotel-art 

Four Seasons Hotel - Need we say more! There’s nothing like saving the best until last and in this case, the Four Season Hotel takes the cake. This is an incredible Hotel with expansive grounds slightly on the other side of the Arno River. It’s certainly worth popping your head in the door and enjoying a drink in their gardens if you can’t find the means to stay here.

For Seasons Hotel Florence

Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121

https://www.fourseasons.com/florence/

 

Day 1

Morning/Afternoon

We find that a great way to get a feel for a city is to do a walking tour. It gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with a local and get a better understanding of a particular culture and way of life.  We often like to book a walking tour when we first arrive in a city. Aventure Bellissime offer a variety of different walking tours in Florence and other parts of Italy, so keep them in mind.

We did Aventure Bellissime's ‘Skip the Line’ tour, which covers some of the highlights including seeing Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. On top of this, your guide will walk you through some of the oldest streets in the city and explain the history and the origins of the city’s architecture. We enjoyed every minute of this walking tour and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Walking tour- 'Skip the Line' Florence and David 3hrs 

Aventure Bellissime- www.tours-italy.com 

This tour finishes at Galleria dell’Accademia, which is perfect because we have just the place for you to enjoy a coffee or light lunch!

Lunch: La Menagere- this is a café/homewares store and florist. There’s a lot of Linen The Dream inspo here so take a good look around. It's highly likely that you'll make a purchase here and it won't just be food! 

La Menagere

Via Dè Ginori, 8/R

http://www.lamenagere.it

 

For a bit of local culture and if you’re passionate about art, Palazzo Strozzi always has some really interesting exhibitions. Big names show their work at this museum and its also housed in a beautiful old Palace, which makes this experience very special.

Palazzo Strozzi

Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123

https://www.palazzostrozzi.org/?lang=en

 

Onto the next activity- if you’ve got the energy, it’s time to hit the shops! Via Roma is one of the main shopping strips and its right amongst the action with the Duomo just around the corner.

Apart from the big designer brands that feature heavily on Via Roma (no complaints here), a must see shop is LUISAVIAROMA. Nothing in this store is cheap but it has a mixture of brands and a variety of streetwear and formal wear for men and women.

LUISAVIAROMA

Via Roma, 19/21/r

 

Evening

Drinks:  It doesn’t matter what time it is, in Italy, it’s always time for a glass of Tuscan wine. We love to check out local wine bars. Who doesn’t? It’s the perfect way to try a variety of wines and mix and mingle with the locals. 

One of our Florence favourites is Antiche Dogane- we stumbled across this wine bar/bottle shop on the way back to our apartment one night. It’s only small and very quiet but this means you can always grab the table out the front! Just ask the bar man for their latest recommendation and you can't go wrong. 

Antiche Dogane

Piazza Sant’Elisabetta, 2

Dinner: For the best pizza in Florence, you have to head to a small eatery called Gusta Pizza in the Santo Spirito area, which is on the other side of the Arno river. There’s nothing fancy about this pizzeria which is almost what makes it so good. Paper on the tables gives you the chance to resort back to your childhood days of endless drawing and colouring in. But there’s no doubt that their pizzas melt in your mouth. You’ll regret it if you don’t the make time to eat here.  Even more of a bonus is the fact that it's dead cheap! 

Gusta Pizza

Via Maggio, 46/red



Day 2  

Morning/Afternoon

First stop, The Duomo! Also known as The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, it’s the main Church of Florence and has to be seen to be believed. You can wander around the Piazza del Duomo to take this magnificent looking Church in but we also encourage to get tickets to see the inside. As usual, it’s highly recommended to purchase these in advance to avoid long queues but it’s well worth it. You can even climb to the top of the cupola and see the city from 40 metres above ground. 

Il Duomo

Piazza del Duomo, 50122

If you now find you’ve got a craving for something sweet that means its gelato time! We recommend a gelato bar called Grom, just a few minutes from the Duomo. Nocciola Pistacchio happen to be Linen The Dream favs! 

Grom

Via del Campanile, 2

Next on the agenda is the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. It was the first great Basilica in Florence and is the city's principal Dominican church. It’s a beautiful structure and you can wander around the gardens while listening to an audio guide. This won’t take long but it’s definitely worth a visit. We’ve never had trouble walking straight into this Church, so no need to book tickets ahead of your visit unless you want to. 

Santa Maria Novella

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18

Lunch: Just around the corner from Santa Maria Novella is the Mercato Centrale- Florence’s covered food market. This is a great place to try local samples of cheese and cured meats until you decide to order something more substantial for lunch.

Mercato Centrale

Via dell'Ariento, 50123 

After this, have a wander around the outdoor stalls of the San Lorenzo leather market. There’s an endless supply of leather handbags, wallets, bracelets, belts- you name it! A great place to buy presents for any friends or family back home. 

 

Evening

Drinks: A great place to see Florence at sunset is the rooftop bar at the Hotel Continentale. It’s part of the Lugarno Collection of Hotels and offers exotic cocktails with tasty snacks. The hotel is situated right near the Ponte Vecchio so it also offers beautiful views along the Arno. We would recommend wearing your finest linen to ensure that you fit in with the very chic looking crowd that tend to hang out here. 

Hotel Continentale

Vicolo dell'Oro, 6r,

https://www.lungarnocollection.com/continentale-hotel

 

Dinner: For dinner, make your way to the Ponte Vecchio and cross over to the other side of the city, known as the Oltrarno- the area beyond the Arno River. Conde Nast Traveller recommended Trattoria Angiolino and it was an incredible meal. This restaurant has a very traditional Italian rustic feel to it serving mostly Tuscan dishes. The meatballs were out of this world as was the pasta! We definitely recommend this restaurant. 

Ristorante Trattoria Angiolino 

Via di Santo Spirito, 36 R

http://www.casatrattoria.com/ristorante-trattoria-angiolino/ 

On your way home, if you’re walking back over the Ponte Vecchio, there are usually lot’s of people- locals and tourists milling around and listening to music. This is quite a fun spot to just sit and watch for a few minutes.



Day 3

Morning/Afternoon

As usual, you need to beat the crowds if you want to avoid hours of queuing to see the renowned Uffizi Gallery. There’s certainly a lot to see here but if you can prioritise you’re favourite artists it won’t seem quite so overwhelming. A couple of hours should certainly be enough to see the major highlights of this gallery. We would definitely recommend that you book your tickets in advance as we did experience the 3hr wait ourselves and it wasn’t pretty!

Uffizi Gallery

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 

 

Foodie tour – if you’re a foodie, we’ve got the best couple of hours in store for you! Florence for Foodies offers a variety of different food related tours which take you to some of the best cafes and delis in Florence. Depending on which tour sounds like you, you might have to rearrange your day accordingly but this is a highly recommended activity!  You'll walk away knowing more about olive oil, prosecco, gelato and pastries than you imagined possible! 

http://florenceforfoodies.com 

 

Shopping - If you need to rack up your shopping miles, here are our favourite shops and shopping streets:  

La Rinascente (department store) - Piazza della Repubblica, 50123

Via del Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, Via del Corso- these streets flow on from the Duomo and have everything from high end brands to local designers and more middle of the road options.

Via di Tournabuoni- a very well- known shopping strip featuring all the major designer stores, including Ferragamo. And it just so happens that Florence is where Salvatorre Ferragamo started his Foundation! Good incentive to make a purchase perhaps?! 

Borgo San Jacopo, Via Santo Spirito and Borgo San Frediano – in the Oltrarno area on the otherside of the Arno, the stores you’ll find here are generally more artisanal. Lots of knick- knacks to be found here!

Mauro Volponi shoes- Via Orsammichele- this is a great leather shoe shop selling loafers for men and women in a variety of colours for pretty reasonable prices. 

 

Evening

If the shopping hasn’t drained all your energy, it’s now time to go for a big long walk. We will warn you, there are hills involved but an incredible view over the entire city is waiting for you. The Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views over Florence and it’s beautiful to see at either sunrise or sunset. The beauty of making it in time for sunset is that you can take a small bottle of wine with you and just sit and relax.

Dinner: Ill Caminetto Ristorante is a lovely restaurant right near the Duomo. It’s just off the Piazza del Duomo so it’s a great location but on a quiet street. Its charming feel makes for an enjoyable evening meal and if you can request a table out on the terrace during summer, even better.  

 Ill Caminetto Ristorante

Via dello Studio, 34/R

http://www.ilcaminettofirenze.it/en/



That's the way we at Linen The Dream like to spend our time in Florence! We hope you enjoy your stay there as as much as we did! 


 

 

 

 


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