Nov 04

First Time Florence, Italy – 6 Tips

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How to get there.

Any itinerary to Italy should include Florence, which is located in the Tuscany region of Italy. Yup, that Tuscany.

Florence is only a quick train ride from Rome. Trains to Rome take you to Rome’s Termini station, which is also the budget guesthouse area of Rome (in Rome they’re called BnBs but they’re not the American concept of BnB, they’re basically shared apartments).

– A lot of European airlines fly to Florence meaning you won’t typically need to travel via Rome or elsewhere in Italy if you just want a weekend in Florence.

– Since there are lots of air options you can into Rome/Milan/Vienna and out of Florence or vice versa. Easyjet fly to nearby Pisa, and you probably wanted to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa anyway.

Where to stay

Hands down the BEST way to see Europe is to get an apartment and have a “live like a local” experience like our travel blogging friends the Lazy Travelers.

What to eat.

Each region of Italy has it’s own cuisine. Many people we know have been a bit disappointed with Tuscan specialities (including my parents who were not fans). However, all the general Italian favorites of gelato (!), cappuccino, and chocolate are still great in cosmopolitan Florence.

Pizza is associated with Italy’s more gritty cities Naples and Rome rather than Florence, but you can still find good pizza in Florence.

Try to make room for several servings of gelato each day. It’s really that good. Gelato in Italy usually comes with the option of a giant dollop of whipped cream on top. It’s highly recommended that you say yes to this option!

What to do.

Jenna Francisco is a Florence expert and she has a giant list of 30 Florence must-dos on her blog. Each entry has a great picture. I will defer to her rather than reinvent the wheel here.

The city centre of Florence is very small. You’ll easily be able to see it in a couple of days. The Uffizi Gallery (one of the most famous museums in the world ), the Accademia Gallery (where you can see Michelangelo’s David), and the Duomo (the central catherdral) are the standard things everyone does, but for good reason. Don’t miss them.

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You might want to hire a car and do some exploration of some of the little Tuscan towns surrounding Florence. The nearby Umbria region is an equally good, if not better, idea for a roadtrip. Try to stay in an Agritourismo at least once during your trip.

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