vrijdag 3 juli 2015

TRAVEL: Florence

As you probably know by now I've been to Florence to attend the Firenze4Ever party from Luisa via Roma. Kevin and I stayed two days and in today's blogpost I will show you what to see, do and eat in Florence. We booked our plane ticket on the booking.com website, we flew with Ryanair. Booking.com is a very easy website and offers the best prices.

We arrived on Sunday morning at Pisa airport. Florence has its own airport as well but not many flights from Belgium are arriving there. At Pisa Airport you can arrange a bus ticket, the bus ride to Florence took about an hour. From the train station in Florence you can take a cab or bus to your hotel.

We stayed at hotel Il Granduca. This hotel is situated in the midclass price range and was definitely worth every penny (or euro). We were welcomed by the charming receptionist with some free drinks. The hotel is a bit outdated but clean and cosy which is very important for me. We got a nice room with our own small garden. The rooms were very clean as well, perfect wifi and airco.
The receptionist from this hotel is the number one reason why you should go there. She helped us out with arranging taxis,... We also got a free breakfast and the city centre was only a 15 minutes' walk on foot.

This was my second time in Florence and I absolutely love the city. It's so gorgeous and upon arrival you immediately feel like you're transported to another time. Although so many tourists pass through the city each day, it's so clean. Of course Italian food is another reason why I love going to Florence.

Tavernette del Battistero

Right after having arrived at the hotel, Kevin and I hit the city centre. But first we had lunch on a side street of the Duomo. The pizza's in Italy are to die for. They are not even comparable to freezed pizza's you buy in your local store. The pizza in Florence are freshly made with the most delicious ingredients. A lot of people asked me whether eating in Florence is expensive but it's not all. Most meals are about 8 or 10 euro which is the same price you would pay overhere.

The Duomo

From basically every point in the city, the Duomo is visible. So how you can you not be drawn to this building!? I definitely love the design on front which is neo gothic. This is quite unusual for cathedrals. The Duomo is literally the centre of the city so you will pass by it a dozen times while you are in Florence.

Hardrock Café

Each time I'm going abroad, eating at the local Hardrock café is a must. The vibe is always amazing at these restaurants. We started the evening with a cocktail, the list of cocktails to choose from is endless. Afterwards I ate a spicy hamburger and some onion rings. If you still have some room left, which you probably won't btw, there are still some delicious desserts to choose from.


Shopping in Florence isn't exactly cheap. Sure they offer H&M and Zara as well but most stores are either Italian brands from the mid class price range such as Liu Jo or luxurious designer stores. You can't leave without a Gucci item since the brand was founded in Florence.
La Rinascente, a huge shopping mall, is also a must-go although the range is remarkably smaller than the shop in Milan. While you are at La Rinascente, make sure you go all the way to the roof where you can have drinks with the most amazing view over Florence.

Magnum Store

For over a year I have been dreaming about eating a personalised Magnum and finally the Magnum Store in Florence made my dream come true. The store is located on the Piazza del Duomo.

Climb the cupola

As mentioned before, I visited Florence last year as well. I wanted to climb the cupola from the Duomo so badly but it was so hot that day and the queue seemed endless. So this time around climbing the cupola was a must-do.  You can buy a ticket at the ticket shop on Piazza del Duomo, which is € 10. With this ticket you can climb the Bell tower as well and visit the Baptistery, which I did last year. I went very early to avoid long queues and I'm glad I did the extra effort of getting up early. It saves you a lot of time later on and I enjoyed the view so much.

Caffé Donnini 1894

Situated on Piazza della Republica, Caffé Donnini is perfectly located for a nice lunch with a view. The terrace is semi-covered which gives you some relief from the sun. The pizza was freshly made and once again super delicious.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous bridges in the world covered with shops which sell very exclusive jewellery. The stores remind me kind of Harry Potter which is super cute. All day long this bridge is extremely crowded but if you want a nice view on Ponte Vecchio, walk down next to the river up until the next bridge. This will give you a gorgeous view on the outside of the shops.

Farina 00

Farina 00 was very close to our hotel and again a great place to eat. I looked up this restaurant on Foursquare and so far Foursquare hasn't disappointed me yet with their suggestions. The menu is rather small and the kitchen offers a lot of daily menus. Again I opted for pizza and cheesecake as dessert, which was to die for. 

Q: Did you enjoy reading this? Have you ever been to Florence? Which is your must-see?

26 opmerkingen:

  1. Wat een super leuk artikel... Dat je al die namen nog wist waar we gegeten hadden!!

    1. Haha, ik heb alles opgezocht op Google maps omdat ik de locaties nog wist 😂

  2. OMG! Hoe zalig! Wat een prachtige foto's allemaal, lijkt me een fantastische trip! Een vriendin van me liep er stage voor een halfjaar, en alle foto's die ik voorbij zag komen, wauw zeg. Echt een prachtige stad! Ik wil er ook heel graag nog eens heen.
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    1. Firenze is zo authentiek en op elke hoek heb je leuke plaatjes!

  3. The photos are incredibly cool!
    Have a great week end!
    Natallia Jolliet

  4. OMG dat eten ziet er zo YUMMY uit!

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  5. Wow, this is a great travel diary! Thank you for sharing this! :)

    Have a nice day! :)


  6. Wat een geweldige reis! Florence is zoo mooi. Ik ben er vroeger wel eens geweest. Ik moet ook echt nog een keer die Magnum proberen. Ik krijg elke keer water in mijn mond als ik de foto's zie.

  7. The pizza looks delicious you made my mouth water, love this post<3 thanks for sharing hope you have a great time
    follow for follow:)


  8. Aww i love your photos and the food looks amazing!


  9. Wonderful photos!
    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase

  10. Super toffe foto's Karen! Ik was er vorige zomer ook nog. Die Magnum steekt mijn ogen toch wel het hardst uit... Die zelfgemaakte zijn nog zó veel beter dan de originele ;-) awesome. X

  11. I've never been to Florence before, but I really want to go there! I heard a lot of things about this place from my friends.
    xx, Flora

  12. Oh zalig! :D Nu wil ik ook terug! :D
    Zag er gewoon een super tof tripje uit...

    M. - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

  13. Firenze is echt een superstad! Als ik nog eens naar Italië ga, ga ik zeker nog eens terug!