After pondering some time I finally decided to make my own blog. It took me a certain period to bring the final decision, but now I’m here, exited and can’t wait to share my stories with you. I’m a true lover of traveling, so my posts will be about places I’ve visited, experiences and adventures that I had. Beside this, I’ll also try to make some good and useful stories from everyday life that might help you.
As a real fan of Italy, the first story is dedicated to the most beautiful place in Tuscany- Florence! After this you’ll probably put Florence as a destination on your bucket list.
After fifteen hours of traveling my boyfriend and I finally arrived to Florence. It took us so long because we were traveled from Serbia by bus. It was terribly exhausting, but worth it. After a short time I didn’t think about fatigue that I felt, just wanted to walk and look around this gorgeous place. It was late for visiting museums or cathedral so rest of the day passed in walks around the city center, eating delicious food and taking pics. If you want to pay less for accommodation and save more money for shopping one of options is to stay in place near Florence as we did, Montecantini Terme. This place has so many hotels for low prices. In Florence you come by train which goes each hour. Trains are good, comfortable and you arrive very fast.
The second day we were fresh, rested and ready to explore more. First of all, you should buy city map. Piazza della Signoria, also called Palazzo Vecchio with the replica of David, couple of open air sculptures are the city’s heart. Square is always full of people all day and we were using this place as an orientation.
If you want to visit cathedral, which I highly recommend, the best time is early in the morning when they open. The crowd is less and you’ll avoid boring wait in line.
The main church of Florence Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers ( Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is located in Piazza del Duomo. The cathedral exterior is impressive and look so powerful that make this place epic! The tickets are 15 euro and includes the dome, the bell tower, museums behind and underneath the church. The dome is higher than the tower, you have to climb 463 steps, because there is no elevator available. It’s definitive worth the climb, the view from there is in one word-breathtaking.
After this demanding activity it’s time for best Italian food-gelato!Everybody knows that Italy has best ice-cream. You can find confectionery (gelateria) almost in every street in center. There are so many flavors and portions are really big. My favorite flavors, which I recommend, are chocolato fondente (with dark chocolate), bacio (the word actually mean kiss and it’s mix of chocolate and chopped hazelnuts) and pistacchio.
The best place for enjoying this confection is by the river. The thing that make Florence recognizable is Ponte Vecchio, bridge over the Arno river.Beautiful architecture of old buildings on the bridge with interesting history make this place so popular. Time to mention river view and perfect place to snap pictures! Walking on the bridge you can see plenty shops of hand-made jewelry crafted by some of the finest gold merchant houses in the world. It’s pretty expensive and I didn’t buy anything but it was nice just to look around. I’m sorry that I didn’t have chance to enjoy in this view at night, under the city lights. I’ll next time!
After a small shopping time we were a little bit tired, but had only few hours left in the city. So many places and so little time! What to choose, Uffici, Pallazzo Pitti, Baboli Gardens… It’s hard decision, but we decided for Piazzale Michelangelo. It offers you a panoramic view of Florence. We walked from center, but you can go bu bus or car. I was on the move all day and had problem with shoes, so if you planning something like this I recommend to wear some comfortable shoes or bring with you one pair of sneakers. Coming here and watch the sunset is probably one of the most romantic things. While we were there it was very crowded, but probably as usual. Everybody wanted to stand by the fence and catch this view. For me it was little bit annoying, but we found the place and seat for a while.
And this was our last location of sightseeing Florence…One day isn’t enough to see everything that this marvelous place offers, but if you come here for just one day, try to visit this places, you want regret.
Do you like this post? Have you been in Florence? What’s your experience? I would be glad to hear your opinion and some nice advice for my next visit.