September 16, 2017 Sima Aykin 6Comment

Hello, everyone!

I’m glad that it’s finally autumn!! When I hear the word “autumn”, I start dreaming about cozy nights with my blanket, watching my favorite tv series. -By the way, you can check my blog post about my favorite tv shows from here

In this post, I’ll mention my favorite places in Florence and recommend things to do when you’re there. I love traveling I hope Y’all like this post. Comment down below your favorite holiday spot!


My family and I went to Florence last year in November. Our trip was 5 days long and I can say that it’s enough for Florence. We also went to Pisa for one day because we wanted to see the Pisa Tower. Some people go to Italy for a week but they spend 1-2 days for a city which I found senseless because I think you should spend at least 4 days for a city if you want to discover it by walking through its streets.

Here are 8 things you have to do when you’re in Florence!

1.  Visit Uffizi Gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world. The Renaissance masterpieces that you’ll find are quite unique (I’m talking about paintings by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci).

2. Go to Cafe Gilli for the Afternoon Tea

It’s a famous Italian cafe you should definitely visit when you’re in Florence. Opened by the Gilli family in 1733, the cafe had moved around the city square a few times before it settled in its current location in Piazza della Repubblica. The place has long been a hangout for Florence’s creative glitterati and some of the USA’s most beloved Hollywood stars, a fact that the menu mentions several times.

I highly recommend tiramisu and the latte macchiato! I’m sure you’ll love them.

3. Visit Piazza della Signoria

The Piazza della Signoria has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century with the prominent Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the square. It was the scene of great triumphs, such as the return of the Medici in 1530 as well as the Bonfire of the Vanities. Sidewalk cafés line the pedestrian square, which is embellished with an impressive collection of statuary. 

  • I highly recommend the pizzerias around the square.

4. Watch The Sunset in Piazzale Michelangelo

Thanks to my family, I had a chance to see the perfect Florence view from Piazzale Michelangelo. I think it’s a must-see if you’d love to see the city from a perfect location. Head straight for the Piazzale Michelangelo, which overlooks the city from its perch in the hills above the Oltrarno. 

5. Boboli Gardens

Originally, these beautiful gardens belonged to the Boboli Family; it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the gates opened to the public. Today, Boboli Gardens (located in the Oltrarno) offers sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-trodden city center. 

Admission is 7 euros (around $7.70) per person, although entry fees are reduced if you visit after 4 p.m.

I‘m sure you’ll love the Boboli Gardens if you’re a nature lover!

6. Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)

After you headed to Oltrarno for a stroll through the Bóboli Gardens, it’s worth it to take some time to tour the Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) as well. This former Renaissance residence is now home to Florence’s most extensive grouping of museums.Other museums within the palace spotlight everything from historical fashion to household treasures once belonging to the Medici family.

If you’re interested in “The Medici Family”, you should check out this book that I’m reading at the moment.

7. Ponte Vecchio

Much like London’s Tower Bridge, the Ponte Vecchio was built to replace an earlier bridge. Once dominated by butchers and bakers, the original bridge was washed away during a flood in the early 14th century. Now it’s one of the most popular sites of the city. I’d love to recommend you an Italian restaurant that I’m in love with.

I’d also love to recommend you an Italian restaurant that I’m in love with. It’s so close to Palazzo Pitti so you can have lunch before you visit the palace! You should definitely try their wine, lasagna, and tiramisu.

8. Baptistry (Battistero)

The Battistero is the oldest building in the city. This ancient building is a must-do for any art lover. Designer Lorenzo Ghiberti’s delicate depictions of Christ and other religious symbols on these massive doors inspired awe in even the most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, whose praise of the doors earned them


Now I’ll share with you guys my own photos from my Florence trip!!

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