This past weekend we took a day trip up to Florence. We hopped on one of the numerous high speed trains that shuttle people back and forth from Rome to Florence, which is only an hour and a half ride, so not too long. I took advantage of this time to catch up on my Italian on my favorite app, Duolingo. See more ways on how I study Italian here. Although Florence is quite a beautiful city, the non-stop rain and cold weather that we encountered made it difficult to fully take in the wonderful sights the city has to offer (check out video on my YouTube channel here or by clicking on the video below).
We received a good bit of recommendations on what to do in Florence from our well-traveled friends in Rome. Since it was our first time in Florence (and first time north of Rome overall!) we wouldn’t have known what were the good spots to check out had we not received recommendations.
As I mentioned earlier, the day started off pretty dreary with heavy rain, cloudy skies, and much colder temps than expected. When we first arrived that morning we made our way over to Il Duomo di Firenze. The church was beautiful, even on a cloudy day, as the exterior is an impressive display of marble with shades of pink and green scattered throughout.
For lunch we stopped by what seems to be the most famous sandwich shop in Florence, being that it was the only restaurant on the street with a long line outside the door. This place was also recommended to us so we figured it had to be good, right?
After lunch we made our way over to Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is most notably known as being one of the oldest bridges in Florence as well as its unique characteristics of having shops along the bridge. Most, if not all, of the shops on the bridge are jewelers. It was really beautiful and unique to see in person as I hadn’t seen anything like it before.
After making our way around, we stopped at a cute vegan cafe to kill some time before dinner and grabbed a couple glasses of vino rosso because #WhenInItaly, right? Dinner reservations were at 7:30, although the actual restaurant didn’t open until 8 pm. We had dinner at Trattoria Pallottino, which was recommended by our host here in Rome. This place is exceptionally small and it seems to be well liked by the locals so be sure to make a reservation otherwise there’s a chance you’ll be turned down at the door. I had heard raving reviews about the soup in Florence so I went with the Pappa al Pomodoro (tomato soup) and can say it was quite good, and at a really good price.
I would have to say my favorite part about Florence was getting to watch the street performers, aka musicians. On several occasions we ran into artists playing all kinds of string instruments, some solo and some in groups and I have to admit , the strings are my favorite type of classical music. I could listen to them all day.
We really enjoyed our time in Florence and we hope to be back soon, especially since it’s not too far from Rome. We also hope to make some more trips throughout Italy in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!!
All my love,