March 5, 2015

Travel Diary - Florence in 2 days

Dreaming of evergreen landscapes with hints of yellow hues? Looking for a destination to awaken your senses? Have a sweet tooth and a wine lover? And most importantly do you love old buildings and visiting museums with exquisite paintings? Then look no further for your next vacation destination. Florence, Italy. Part 2 of my Italy series and this week I'm taking you to Florence. Florence during spring is beautiful. The landscapes are as green as it gets with yellow wildflowers, the colours are vibrant and the city is not too overcrowded with tourists.My time there was too brief (2 days), and I did not have the time to do all the things I wanted to do. Duomo was also closed when I visited, so I am pretty heartbroken I did not have the chance to see a panoramic view of Florence, or climb up those endless stairs. I have heard the view is breathtaking. A small tip for everyone when travelling- check hours of operation of the museums or any other galleries to ensure they are open when you are planning on visiting. All in all, I would love to go back to Tuscany and experience the culture more. But till then, if you are planning on visiting Florence and only have 2 days to spare, here are my suggestions for things to do...

10 Things to do in Florence in 2 days 

1. Explore Palazzo Vecchio
Visit super early in the morning and I'm talking 8:30am early. Line ups are insane. 
2. Eat Gelato, like everyday.
3. Climb up the 463 stairs of the Duomo to see a panoramic view of Florence.
4. Visit San Lorenzo Market - amazing leather goods are a great price.  
5.Walk along Arno River and cross Ponte Vecchio.
6. Take an afternoon stroll through the Boboli Gardens.
7. For all the fashionistas, visit the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo 
8. Michaelangelo who? Take a picture with David (replica) in Piazza della Signoria
9. If you love art, then you know "The Birth of Venus". Visit Uffizi Gallery for a close up of the famous painting and many more. 
10.Have an aperitif.

Stay tuned for part 3 next week with Italy's most romantic destination.


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