Florence City Guide (Part 2)

Florence, Italy - Vivoli

Hey there! I’ve recently noticed that I didn’t even write an introduction to my previous post and first part of my Florence guide. I’m so sorry for that and so ashamed! I was so focused on the content itself that I just… forgot. And proof-reading didn’t even help. That’s why I really want to introduce this one properly while also keeping it short.

So I went to Italy at the end of August. I only stayed a week in Florence and a day in Cinque Terre. I wrote about Florence once in the past, but it really was a shorter visit and I’ve seen much more of the city this time. I’m no travel guide but if you plan on visiting Florence in the future, I’m happy to share with you the places I came to explore and love!

Vivoli

You know how Italy is all about the gelatos right? Well, let me tell you a confession. I don’t really enjoy ice creams and never crave them. I’d always choose a crepe over an ice cream for instance. My family, however, quite the contrary. So when they were looking for an ice cream place, they stumbled upon Vivoli and were seriously amazed by the flavors. I didn’t have any but had a taste of the chocolate and can say indeed that it was excellent. Next time around, I was tempted by the vanilla and chocolate (yes, I’m boring like that!) and so I can 100% recommend Vivoli.

Florence, Italy - Vivoli
Florence, Italy - Vivoli

Via Isola delle Stinche 7r
50122, Florence, Italy


The Historical Center

On a quiet Saturday afternoon, we found ourselves wandering in the historical center of the city. Actually, it was right after eating that gelato if I recall well. We were looking for the synagogue which had the reputation of being spectacular. It was more than that. That temple is stunning and it is majestic. As for the Duomo, I’m seriously impressed with all the work that has been put into creating these beautiful buildings. We didn’t try to get inside as we weren’t properly dressed, but I’m sure it is as magnificent. In the area, there’s a quiet park (Piazza Massimo D’Azeglio) that I imagined would be pretty nice to sit on a bench with a good book.

Florence, Italy - Historical Centre
Florence, Italy - Historical Centre
Florence, Italy - Historical Centre
Florence, Italy - Synagogue
Florence, Italy - Synagogue

Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 6
50121 Firenze, Italy


Mercato Centrale

Now that’s a place we also got to twice in a week. So that means a great deal! The Mercato Centrale of Florence takes place over two floors. The ground floor is all about food supplies like you would find in any market (except you’ll find great specialities from Tuscany) and the first floor is exactly like a foot court, but oh-my-god the pizzas. Definitely one of the best I’ve ever had. The ingredients are not always cooked (depending on which pizza you ordered) which is pretty interesting. The crust is beyond perfect.

Florence, Italy - Mercato Centrale
Florence, Italy - Mercato Centrale
Florence, Italy - Mercato Centrale
Florence, Italy - Mercato Centrale

Via dell’Ariento
50123 Firenze, Italy


Ponte Santa Trinita

I like this bridge so much more that the Ponte Vecchio that I find too crowded and tacky. It’s actually a nice walk to just go down the bank of the Arno.

Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

Gucci Museum

Moving on to indoor spaces, the boutique from the Gucci Museum was also something. The place itself was so chic. It’s totally free to visit (not the museum itself though) and worth checking if you like beautiful books and fancy sitting down at the café.

Florence, Italy - Gucci Museum
Florence, Italy - Gucci Museum

Piazza della Signoria, 10
50122 Firenze, Italy


Top of the Rinascente

Remember when I mentioned one of Italy’s department stores La Rinascente in my previous post? Well, here is a peek at the city from above, once you’ve reached the top floor of the store. There’s a little terrace there from which you can admire the Duomo, the Piazza della Republica and a whole lot of roofs. There was even a couple that decided to take their wedding photos right there!

Florence, Italy - La Rinascente
Florence, Italy - La Rinascente
Florence, Italy - La Rinascente


That's all for today. See you next week with the third and last part of my trip!