Fun in Florence

Where to eat, stay and love in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy

Fun in Florence

Florence, the centre of the Italian Renaissance with its gothic Duomo and Michelangelo’s David is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Although Florence’s population is relatively small, roughly 370,000 inhabitants, it draws millions of visitors a year eager to experience its splendour. To set the tone for a Florentine furore, here are our suggestions of where to eat, stay and love.

Eat

For an authentic meal at a traditional family-run Italian restaurant, Trattoria Mario is simply one of the best you will experience. Located near the Mercato Centrale and only open for lunch, Trattoria Mario’s menu is based on Tuscan home cooking and family recipes which have changed very little over the years. No advance reservations are taken so arrive early and pull up a stool around a shared table at this raucous, hectic, brilliant trattoria.

www.trattoriamario.com

Stay

Set right in the heart of Florence, Firenze Number Nine is close to the Duomo, Medici Chapels, main train station and Ponte Vecchio. Renovated in 2012, the hotel has a full-service spa for you to indulge in a massage or any other treatments during your stay. Along with the majority of accommodation in Florence, it is not cheap to stay so close to the main tourist attractions, but is well worth the splurge.

www.firenzenumbernine.com

Love

Naturally, when visiting Florence you cannot miss the must-see sights of the Uffizi Gallery (one of the world’s greatest museums with its Renaissance artwork), the Duomo – the Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore and Michelangelo’s Statue of David to name a few.

For a truly memorable experience when visiting Florence, you do not need to be a lover of Italian opera to enjoy a performance in the beautiful and intimate setting of t St. Mark's Anglican Church. With works such as Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville or La Boehme performed by professional opera singers in full costume and accompanied by top virtuoso pianists.

www.concertoclassico.info

Have you visited Florence? Share your highlights from your trip.





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    MILA
    24th Oct 2015
    5:55am
    Florence is indeed a city that keeps on fascinating visitors - the whole region: Tuscany is better known and millions of visitors come yearly: not always a positive aspect for the locals (unfortunagtely). Italy, as it happens with many other countries round the world, offers so much as per its various regions and, it is worth to take time to see the country side . Of course, if time is limited well, Firenze/Florence as it with with Rome , the Vatican, Cinque Terre and a trip along the Amalfi coast are worth to inclkude. Always good to read before hand : eg Lonely planet or any travel guide as plenty of information and tips. Finally, worth taking a crash course in Italian = absolutely benefitial . Salute!
    MILA
    24th Oct 2015
    5:56am
    and ....forgot to mention Romantic VENEZIA!
    FrankC
    24th Oct 2015
    5:36pm
    MILA ..... how could you possibly forget beautiful romantic Venezia ??? An evening stroll from the Piazetta di San Marco along the lido to Vivaldi's old house and back again, and those beautiful lamps, what more can you want. And during the day, you can wander around and get lost,.....but it's no drama, you WILL find your way back, even if it is 130 metres from where you started. !! :)
    FrankC
    24th Oct 2015
    5:37pm
    Foe those that don't know, Venezia is Venice .
    Arisaid
    24th Oct 2015
    10:47pm
    The markets in Florence are excellent. Also take a trip on the local bus up to San Gimananio (hope I have spelt that right). A beautiful place and worth the ride. The local bus takes you through the lovely country side too. The Duomo of course is not to be missed, nor David. I had my breath taken away by David - so magnificent. Go up the hill to look over the city, a wonderful view. One cannot help but love Firenze!!
    Arisaid
    24th Oct 2015
    10:49pm
    Venice, Milan, Lake Como -- in fact the whole of Italy really. The gardens are magnificent, the shopping good and the food - top good to be true.


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