Florence City Guide (Part 1)

Florence, Italy - The Duomo

The Duomo

One of the most central and touristy point of attraction in Florence is undeniably the Duomo.

I love the fact that the area is completely “pedonale”. A lot of Florence can only be visited by foot as cars are prohibited from the central area. In that sense, it is so very different from Paris and it’s contributing to creating that special atmosphere of turmoil and timelessness. Horses can walk right by your side!

If you’re in the area, grab yourself a refreshing smoothie and enjoy the view! You can have smoothies or freshly squeezed juices kind of everywhere in Florence but I really enjoyed these, located by the Duomo’s side.

I haven’t climbed to the top of the Duomo as there’s always a massive waiting line and well, it’s about 450 steps so maybe another time! But if you still want to see Florence from above, I suggest having a drink at the top floor of the Rinascente or going to the place mentioned below.

Florence, Italy - The Duomo
Florence, Italy - The Duomo
Florence, Italy - Smoothies at The Duomo
Florence, Italy - Smoothies at The Duomo
Florence, Italy - Smoothies at The Duomo

Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence, Italy - Piazzale Michelangelo

This is a superb point of view to admire Florence’s magnificent landscape. From there you can lay eyes on the Ponte Vecchio, The Duomo, The Campanile de Giotto, The Piazza della Signoria, everything that is so unique to the city. It’s super crowded but well worth waiting for the sun to set. Florence during the golden hour is simply gorgeous.

Florence, Italy - Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence, Italy - Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence, Italy - Piazzale Michelangelo

All’Antico Vinaio

Florence, Italy - All' Antico Vinaio

If you fancy grabbing a sandwich for lunch because you’re exploring and don’t have time to sit down for a proper lunch, I suggest you go to All’ Antico Vinaio. Their sandwiches are super savoury and tasty. There were a lot of options with truffle which is one of the local specialities but as I don’t like truffle (I mean, I just can’t with the smell), the guy making the sandwich suggested that we try this one: bresaola, scarmorza, courgette + dried tomato mixture and green leaves (I don’t remember if it was spinach or just salad). Delish.

There’s a fairly important waiting line in the street but All’ Antico Vinaio can be found on both sides of the streets, the front doors are facing each other.

Via dei Neri, 74/R
50100 Firenze, Italy


Flower Market

Held every Thursday until 4pm, the flower market that’s right under the archway of the Plazza della Republica. It doesn’t look like much, but if you like flowers and plant, you’ll find the place absolutely charming in this attire.

I even came back home with a cute plant for the pink blush planter that was waiting patiently to find a friend. You’ll see it eventually in my bedroom tour!

Florence, Italy - Flower Market
Florence, Italy - Flower Market

If you like plants, be sure to check the following part of this little guide, as I’ll be posting photos from the Botanical Garden. It’s coming up soon!


Have you ever been to Florence? What's your favorite spot?