|Piazza Michelangelo and La Loggia Restaurant|
Wow, Florence was amazing. I loved it! I’m starting off with this tourist must see. The views are incredible! But do get the bus there, it’s way too easy to get lost! Now La Loggia, it’s terrible for the price. I mean, completely ridiculously overpriced. Don’t eat there, but if you time it for sunset get yourself an 8 euro glass of Prosecco and sit there. It’s worth it. They had a couple singing tunes and a relaxed vibe. The sunset is just beautiful a top this hill and made me forget all about the bad service and expensive prices. I just read my book and enjoyed the setting after being very disgruntled upon arrival because I got incredibly lost.
|Statues at the Bargello Museum|
The Bargello Museum used to be an army barracks and prison. It is a stunning building and I loved it! Wasn’t too fussed about going to museums on this trip as most were really expensive with ginormous queues, but I kind of accidentally went to this one. By accidentally, I thought it was a free museum and when they asked for my ticket, I felt too embarrassed to leave, and so bought one, although from memory it was fairly inexpensive, 6 euros rings a bell. I am glad I went in, the pottery and knick knack rooms were interesting at first, especially the old jewellery (which was stunning) but did get a little same-y after a while. The statues, however, were incredible. I loved them! One of my favourites is definitely the crowned lion above and all the old deities. Worth a look in but not important.
Fiesole is a little bit out of Florence but easy to get to on the bus from San Marco and has incredible views! When I went up they even had a jazz band playing in the square. It had such a cute atmosphere and some nice looking places to eat. I didn’t eat as I was so tired and a little cranky. Really worth a visit!
|San Zanobi Column | Ponte Vecchio Bridge | San Marco | Close up on Ponte Vecchio Bridge|
I’m just obsessed with the architecture in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio bridge was just incredible to see. One of my favourite things to do was just wander around the city and look at all the old buildings.
|Cannoli | Best Gelato in the World | Gelato and a Huge Glass of Wine | Prosecco | Nutella Snack Pot|
Forget pizza and pasta, what the Florentines do best is the sweet stuff. The cannoli’s and wines and gelato and prosecco is just so amazing. The gelato from La Carraia is just so incredible. I had choc orange which was so rich and mousse-y and delicious, and tiramasu which was so light and fluffy and had the right amount of coffee flavour so that it was a hint and not the main flavour, it even had mini sponge fingers in it! As you can imagine I ate so much, but I figure that I was doing so much walking and on holiday that I sort of deserve it! And a nutella snack pot! With iced tea! It was so awesome.
|My Cooking Class Classmates | The Cooking School | Our Gelato | Pear and Balsamic Ravioli | Fettuccini|
Probably the most awesome part of my stay in Florence was doing a pasta making class! I had such a laugh and the chef made me feel really comfortable even though I was on my own. In my haste to scoff down the delicious food I forgot to take a picture of our mushroom dish! I really enjoyed it and met some lovely people. With my sister having a pasta machine I have no excuse to not re create the incredible ravioli!!!
|The Duomo | View From my Hostel | Duomo Again | Food Market Goodies | River Amo | Fake Statue of David|
I didn’t go into the Duomo because the queues were ridiculous but it was so beautiful on the outside. The hostel was really nice but a little far away from the centre, but really not that bad. Worth it being air conditioned and decent beds. The view was also really good!
One thing I absolutely recommend is the San Lorenzo markets, the food part is just amazing. You have to just get a little selection of food. I bought one thing from a bunch of different sellers and I enjoyed it all so much! Best artichokes I ever had.
I really enjoyed Florence and putting it on my revisit list! I loved it!
Thanks for reading!