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Florence, the enchanting capital of Italy's Tuscany region, is a city that exudes timeless elegance and artistic charm. From its historic architecture to its rich cultural heritage, Florence offers a perfect blend of old-world allure and modern sophistication. If you're planning a visit to this captivating city, here's a mini guide to help you embrace the Florentine spirit including all our favourite spots to visit.
What to wear
We say channel the city’s classic and refined style, tailored pieces and fitted shirts in cool neutrals shades to match the charm of the Catherdral.
Use artful accessories to add a touch of luxury, a cross-body bag and a statement scarf.
Take some cultural inspiration from Florence’s rich heritage, intricate lace detailing and delicate embroidery reminiscent of the city’s artistic past.
A pair of Merida Pants from Apiece Apart in chic camel with a simple fitted tee or a Kj’s Sabina Top with the Bellerose Shone bag will fit the bill beautifully.
What to see
If you are new to Florence, we say head to the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Del Fiore, also known as the Florence Cathedral, is an architectural marvel that dominates the city's skyline. Its intricate facade, stunning dome, and breath-taking interior make it a symbol of Florence's artistic and cultural legacy.
Just in front of the Cathedral is Piazza San Giovanni, a historical crossroads that embodies the heart and soul of the city. It's a gathering place for both locals and visitors, offering a sense of connection to Florence's rich heritage.
From here head to Piazza della Signoria to marvel at the vast statue and sculptures.
The piazza is adorned with impressive sculptures, including a replica of Michelangelo's David – perhaps most symbolic of Florence’s heritage and history. The square's vibrant energy, surrounded by historic buildings, invites you to soak in Florence's artistic legacy.
You won’t miss the Fontane Del Nettuno, a magnificent fountain depicting the sea god Neptune, adds a touch of mythological allure to the heart of Florence and the perfect backdrop to enter the Uffizi, housing an extraordinary collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, the gallery is a journey through time and creativity that's truly awe-inspiring.
A short walk to the Ponte Vecchio medieval stone bridge spans the Arno River, and its historic charm is adorned with an array of jewellery shops that twinkle in the sunlight. As you walk across, take a moment to admire the stunning views of the river and the city's architecture.
Lastly walk to the tranquil the Santa Maria Novella complex. Its stunning church and adjoining cloisters are adorned with intricate frescoes and elegant architecture. The serene atmosphere and beautifully maintained gardens offer a peaceful escape from the city's bustling streets.
Where to eat. We loved:
Coffee – La Menagerie in the pretty San Lorenzo area has stunning high ceilings and interior and great coffee.
Gelato – Gelateria Perche No. simply the best gelato
Snack – Mercato Centrale - an enticing market with food stalls galore.
Dinner – Natalino. This restaurant has been around since the 1880s. Locals recommend the steak. It is within walking distance of the Ponte Vecchio,
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