Florence is commonly hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but why exactly should you make it your next city break? Beyond the stunning architecture of the city, there are countless things to see and do that ensure a trip to Florence should be at the very top of your bucket list. So, here are 3 reasons you should start planning your next city break to Florence right now.
To see the sights
A trip to Florence isn’t complete without a visit to all the popular tourist sights the city has to offer. The Uffizi Gallery (one of the world’s most famous art galleries) featuring works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, and Titian is a must-see, as is the picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge. However, if you’re looking to make your trip a little more unique, there are also plenty of places to see off the beaten track. Why not head up to the beautiful Bardini Gardens on the south bank of the River Arno? It’s slightly less popular than the nearby Iris and Baboli gardens yet still boast fantastic floral displays and statues, as well as panoramic views of the city. Choosing accommodation in the city centre will ensure you’re near all these incredible sights (and more). Why not take look at The Hotel Brunelleschi, a boutique hotel in Florence, set on the stunning Piazza Sant’Elisabetta?
One of the main reasons travelers from all over the world flock to Florence is to try out the local cuisine. From the world-famous gelato to the countless varieties of pasta on offer, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Visiting meat-eaters have to try out the Bistecca alla Fiorentina. It’s one of Florence’s most iconic dishes featuring a huge grilled T-bone steak seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked over chestnuts. More adventurous foodies might also want to pick up a Lampradetto. This dish has been served since medieval times and is made up of thin slices of tripe which have been boiled in tasty broth and seasoned. It’s most commonly served on a sandwich or on bagnato (bread which has been soaked in gravy). The most authentic Lampradetto can be found among Florence’s many food markets and stalls.
Festivals Of Food
Another extremely appealing aspect of the city is its numerous festivals and celebrations that take place throughout the year. Many tourists are drawn to the Gelato Festival Firenze which features some of Italy’s best gelato chefs putting on demonstrations and cooking up some delicious flavors for attendees. Another must-see takes place on June 24. The celebration, paying tribute to Saint John the Baptist — the patron saint of the city, sees crowds gather to watch an incredible parade from Piazza Santa Maria Novella to Piazza Santa Croce. Later on, a historic sports match known as the Calcio Storico takes place. It’s contested by teams from four different neighborhoods in the city and is a curious combination of football, rugby, and wrestling.