Florence : Day 1

Firenze Cathedral

With an early flight from Paris, we arrived in Florence just in time for breakfast.

Mesmerized by the bright blue sky, we took a seat for a cappuccino al fresco, in front of the best view ever!

Coffee in front of Firenze Cathedral

Florence Cathedral is huge & magnificent. Its well-known dome, visible from almost everywhere in the city, was a technical prowess. Built by Brunelleschi in 1420, it was the biggest dome in the world & it’s still the biggest dome of masonry ever built.

We walked around the Cathedral to admire it from every possible corner.

Firenze Cathedral, Florence

Campanile Di Giotto, Florence

Firenze Cathedral, Florence

Having admired et length the Cathedral from the outside, it was time to discover the inside.

Firenze Cathedral, Florence

Firenze Cathedral, Florence

& in particular, the wonderful dome, which represents the Last Judgment.

The dome of Firenze Cathedral in Florence

The dome of Firenze Cathedral, Florence

We then moved to the Mercato Centrale – the main market in Florence.

We usually love markets, so we always try to visit one, plus on the first floor of the Mercato Centrale there are several restaurants, which was a good option for lunch. Not only we love to visit markets, but if we can also eat in markets it’s even better! 🙂

Florence central market

On the streets outside the market, there are several stalls selling clothes & accessories. Mainly leather products as the region of Florence is very well know for leather production.

Leather shops at Florence central market

Leather shops at Florence central market

Walking around you could smell the leather indeed.

Leather shops at Florence central market

Inside the market, you’ll find the food products.

Italian vegetables at Florence central market

Italian vegetables at Florence central market

Food stall at Florence central market

Wine shop at Florence central market

Food stall at Florence central market

Food stall at Florence central market

On the first floor you can taste the local specialties! We walked around, spying at what people were eating for inspiration…

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence central market

decided to have pasta (of course!) & before that vegetables’ tempura as appetizer.

Lunch at Florence central market

Lunch at Florence Central Market

It turned out to be a bad choice. The vegetables were good, but portion was big & eventually we felt heavy… instead of pasta we went for some fresh fruits!

We had a long walk, getting lost in the cute, narrow streets,

Wandering the streets of Florence

enjoying the incredible blue sky,

Wandering the streets of Florence

Wandering the streets of Florence

crossed the river,

Wandering the Arno banks in Florence

Wandering the Arno banks in Florence

while admiring the Ponte Vecchio,

View over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

& went up to piazzale Michelangelo, to enjoy the view over Florence.

View over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

View over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

View over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

View from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

We couldn’t get enough of the view, the blue sky & the warm sun.

Week-end in Florence

But we had booked the tickets for the Uffizi Gallery, so we eventually went down through a nice, blooming path,

2 days in Florence itinerary

& crossed the Ponte Vecchio to go to the Uffizi Gallery.

2 days in Florence

We really liked Ponte Vecchio, it’s so weird to have houses on a bridge.

We made our way through a crowd of tourists…

Strolling the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Strolling the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Jewelry shops are lined on both sides of the bridge & we marveled at precious watches, necklaces & earrings, before reaching the Uffizi museum.

Jewelry shops on Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Jewelry shop on Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Week-end in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most important museums in Italy and it hosts a rare collection particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.

2 days in Florence itinerary

2 days in Florence itinerary

2 days in Florence itinerary

The Uffizi Gallery is obviously full of tourists & it’s almost impossible to see the paintings in the most famous rooms.

We regretted not having taken a guide so that he could give us some explanations about the most well known pieces & show us a bit better around, as we felt a bit lost by ourselves. Also the visit itinerary is quite labyrinthine, so it really could be a good idea to have a guide.

2 days in Florence itinerary

2 days in Florence itinerary

Tired from a day of exploring, we walked back to our hotel, looking at the buildings turning pink under the sunset sky…

Week-end in Florence

Santa Croce church in Florence

We stayed at Firenze Suite, an elegant place, hidden in a little street in the very heart of Florence, which only have 7 rooms, all different & all with frescoed ceilings!

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Firenze Suite, a luxury hotel in Florence

By the time we arrived at the hotel, we were very much curious to discover our room – the room wasn’t ready when we arrived on the early morning.

They kindly upgraded us to a more spacious room, the Piccarda suite, shall we?

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Our site was beautiful, comfortable – bigger than our home in Paris ;)) – & opened on a private garden!

Plus, the frescos depicted shells, which was perfect for us who love the ocean so much 🙂

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the heart of Florence

Ready to go out again, we went to Trattoria da Benvenuto for dinner, a local trattoria opened in 1943.

Week-end in Florence

Restaurant Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

In a simple place they offer all the fundamentals of the Tuscan cuisine & everything is obviously homemade.

Restaurant Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

We shared a mix of appetizers.

Mixed appetizers at Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

& ordered the house red wine, which was also very good.

Local wine at Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

Dinner at Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

White shirt with black lace (it’s on sale!!)

& then, of course, it was finally time for some pasta! Bolognese for me,

Bolognese tagliatelle at Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

& pappardelle with wild boar – a typical Tuscan dish – for my mister.

pappardelle with wild boar at Trattoria Da Benvenuto in Florence

We finished our dinner with a shared tiramisù, which was delicious – & I usually don’t even particularly like tiramisu!

Tiramisù at Trattoria Da Benvenuto, Firenze

Happy & tired we walked back home, where we quickly fell asleep, feeling like princesses in our frescoed room…

Ok, I was feeling like a princess in my frescoed room, not sure about hubby though… 😉

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29 Comments

  1. Beautiful post. I didn’t get to see much of Florence when I went a few years back since all the museums seemed to be closed. Your hotel looked amazing! I may be looking that up, next time I am in Florence. The cathedral is beyond beautiful.

    1. Oh that’s a pity if all the museums were closed, but nevertheless Florence is a beautiful city even just to wander around 🙂 If you go back I suggest you to book in advance all the museums you wanna visit on Internet. As we couldn’t go to the Accademia Gallery as the queue was way too long!
      The hotel was really beautiful & quite, you should definitely check it for your next visit! You’ll tell me if you liked it! 🙂

  2. Florence is such a beautiful city! We stayed in a hotel right by the market so we ended up buying a lot of scarves haha. Those pasta dishes look amazing and are making me wish I was back in Florence right now. #citytripping

  3. What a great tour of Florence. I love this city and we saw many of the places you did but not in so much detail! We didn’t go inside the Duomo or the gallery. You’ve made me want to return immediately to rectify this! The Ponte Vecchio is fascinating, right!? So much gold hanging over that river 🙂 #citytripping

    1. Hi Claire, yep the Ponte Vecchio was my favorite thing I guess! 🙂 there are so many things in Florence it’s impossible to see everything in detail! One needs several trips! 😉

  4. Oh wow, really enjoyed seeing and reading about your trip. You’ve made me want to go back to Florence! What dreamy blue skies you had. I thought the cathedral was absolutely incredible, so unique looking. Thanks for sharing on #citytripping

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! 🙂 The blue sky was a dream especially in February! I was SO happy with the weather even more because in my everyday life in Paris I got used to a grey/white sky.. & the Cathedral was just amazing, so rich & decorated, it’s quite unique! 🙂

  5. Oh Umberta, your photos are fanastic, it really does make me long to return to Florence as I haven’t been there since 2010! Thank you for sharing your visit with us.

  6. Those blue skies are amazing – I love the shots of the cathedral but all the architecture looks glorious. It’s such a long time since I was in Florence and we only had a really short visit, I think we were lucky as I don’t remember the Uffizi being that busy. #citytripping

    1. Hi Cathy, the blue sky made everything even more stunning!! The Uffizi was very crowded, but then I guess every important museum in every touristic city is… 😉

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