I am not normally a summer person, preferring the cool crisp air and golden colours of autumn. However, European summer might just be changing my mind. Perhaps its because I can actually spend more than 10 minutes out in the sun without getting sunburnt.
What We Saw
Accademia Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence, and for good reason! The museum has an incredible collection of statues, paintings and of course Michelangelo’s David. I was surprised by the variety of art and artefacts on display. We pre-booked our tickets, which meant that we were able to avoid spending hours lining up for tickets. I must admit we felt more than a little smug heading into the gallery while while others waiting in the blistering heat- is that terrible?
Santa Maria del Fiore is the third largest church in the world, and one of my favourites for far. The the climb to the top of the bell tower is long, but the views at the top are well worth it! Just make sure you are wearing good shoes as many of the steps are small and uneven.
Ponte Vecchio bridge is not the most exciting thing to see in Florence, however, you cannot go to Florence and not take a stroll down this bridge. It is filled with jewellery stores at which cameo rings, earnings and necklaces feature heavily. We spent several hours strolling along the bridge, having fun helping Lucy pick out the perfect cameo ring.
Mercato Nuovo is a covered market that once sold fine goods. Today, stalls mostly sell souvenirs. However, as the market is situated in the centre of the old town the surrounding neighbourhood is beautiful and well worth a look.
Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s best galleries. Unfortunately, we did not make it to this gallery due to a mix up with our tickets, however, it alone is a reason to visit Florence (well, it was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to Florence). I felt quiet heartbroken that we were unable to visit the gallery. Luckily stumbling across a cute little tea room quickly mended my broken spirit.
Where We Ate
All’ Acqua Al is a very cute restaurant with plates painted by customers lining the walls. Apparently, it is quiet popular in Florence to order from a tasting menu. This saves you from having to choose just one dish and allows you to devour a variety of pastas. However, being a vegetarian made it hard for me to do so. But I did have particularly excellent the spinach and ricotta cannelloni. I loved the vibe of this restaurant and the cute, hand painted plates our food arrived on.
Okay, I am just going to say it, Gelateria Vivaldi has the best gelato I have tried so far in Italy (believe me when I say I tried A LOT of gelato!) I cannot recommend this gelateria enough, and so close to our accommodation. The ricotta and fig gelato is simply delicious and there is a lovely lounge at the back, perfect for relaxing after a day spent gallery hopping.
La Via del Te is a cute little teahouse we stumbled upon after having missed out on the Uffizi Gallery. With teas such as Orange Beauty and Lady Strawberry, it is hard to resist! I even left with a tin of White Christmas tea that will be thoroughly enjoyed during the holiday season.
Il Santo is a great little wine bar that has delicious bar food. We also bought the most amazing bread from there!