10 Reasons to Visit Florence, Italy

Chelsea Barbee  ·  4 / 7 / 2018

Florence, Italy is the largest city in Tuscany, and with that comes all of the best culture and food the region has to offer. If you’re considering a trip to Florence, look no further than these top 10 reasons we think you should book that trip today.

 

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1/ The Duomo

The Duomo is the main attraction for most visitors of Florence, and for good reason. It is an ancient, ornate church in the center of the city. Touring around the Duomo is the perfect way to spend an early morning. If you’re up for a challenge, take the stairs and climb to the top! The view is breathtaking and truly unique to Florence.

 

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2/ Florence Traditional Food

This almost goes without saying, but the food in Florence is out of this world delicious. To make the most out of your dining experiences, I would recommend venturing a bit outside of the city center in order to enjoy the most authentic food in the city.

 

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3/ The Wine

Florence is located right in the midst of Tuscany and is surrounded by grape-growing vineyards. My top recommendation would be to order yourself a glass of the locally loved Chianti. It is a bold, red wine that captures the essence of the Tuscan grapes.

 

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4/ The Proximity to Tuscan Wine Country

If you need a break from the city, take a quick bus ride to one of the surrounding small, Tuscan towns. Chianti is a great option for a short trip outside of the city. You can relax in a vineyard surrounded by rolling hills and snack on homemade bread dipped in locally made olive oil. Seeing a small Tuscan town is a must.

 

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5/ The Gelato

How could one possibly go to Florence without indulging in some gelato? You can practically find a shop selling gelato on every street corner. Take a seat, close your eyes, and truly embrace the fact that you’re eating gelato in Italy. Best feeling ever.

 

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6/ The Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are a short walk from the city center. No matter the time of year, you can wander the gardens and admire the beautiful flowers, trees, and views. Feel free to cozy up on one of the many grassy hills in the garden and take a quick, sun-soaked nap under the trees.

 

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7/ Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale will make your foodie dreams come true! This market has artisan bread, locally made olive oils, and numerous stalls where you can indulge in all of the delicious, Italian food that your heart desires. Mercato Centrale is a must-visit when in Florence.

 

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8/ Michelangelo’s David

The David statue is worth paying a visit to. It embodies the Renaissance era in Italy and showcases one of the most important and influential pieces from that time. Make sure to get there early, as the line to see this magnificent statue can grow quite long as the day goes on.

 

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9/ Walk along the Arno River

Walk along the Arno River to truly embrace the feeling of spending time in Florence. You can enjoy every angle of the classic views that the bustling Tuscan city has to offer. Stop in one of the many cafes that line the river and sip on a creamy cappuccino for a quick coffee break.

 

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10/ Take in the Relaxed, Happy Italian Culture

Italian culture is entirely family and food oriented and by experiencing this type of culture, we all can learn some important lessons. Go off the beaten path to a mom and pop restaurant for dinner one night. More than likely there will be locals in there and you will witness how the traditional Italian family unit happily comes together over food. While you’re in Florence, make sure to carve out these types of moments to truly take in the heartfelt culture.

There you have it - ten reasons Florence is a must-visit city. Indulge in delicious food, drink local wine, and experience the cozy Italian culture that is admired all around the world. Book your trip today!

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