Florence : Day 2

Week-end in Florence, admiring the Ponte Vecchio

On our second day in Florence, we woke up to an equally bright & blue sky.

We had planned to have breakfast on our private garden, but the crispy air discouraged us. Nonetheless, after having had breakfast in the warmness of our suite, we sat outside with our guide to plan the day.

Private garden at Firenze Suite a luxury hotel in the centre of Florence

We wanted to begin the day with the Accademia Gallery, house of the Michelangelo’s David. We couldn’t booked the tickets on line as there were no availabilities, but we thought to try to go there anyway.

Florence, the ideal destination for a romantic getaway

When we arrived, the queue was already very long, so we left the Accademia Gallery for a next visit to Florence – anyway, they say one always has to leave something to see in every place to come back – & continued our way through the streets of Sant Ambrogio & Santa Croce neighborhoods.

Wandering the little streets of Florence

Wandering the little streets of Florence

It was a pleasure to wander the little streets as this part of the city is much less touristic.

Wandering the little streets of Florence

Wandering the little streets of Florence

We stumbled upon a textile market, full of designer clothes, but we didn’t found anything. Anyway, it’s always a good idea to have a look when you find this kind of market in Tuscany as there are many clothes factories nearby & the remaining stocks are often sold on street markets.

Week-end in Florence: exploring Florence markets

Sant Ambrogio market in Florence

We continued our way to Santa Croce church,

Wandering the little streets of Florence

where we arrived just in time for the Mass. At the same time we visited the church, which contains 2 frescos of Giotto.

Florence itinerary: Santa Croce Church

Florence itinerary: Santa Croce Church

Florence itinerary: Santa Croce Church

The square in front of the church is quite spectacular as well.

Florence itinerary: Santa Croce square

Florence itinerary: Santa Croce square

We crossed the river, marveling again in front of the Ponte Vecchio,

Florence itinerary: Arno river

Florence itinerary: a walk on the Arno river banks

Florence itinerary, the Ponte Vecchio

to arrive to the Boboli gardens, a beautiful Italian garden, that is home to a variety of sculpture from the XVI to the XVIII century.

Actually, we started our tour from the Bardini garden.

Week-end in Florence, the Bardini gardens

The view over Florence from the belvedere was something!

View over Florence from the Bardini gardens

View over Florence from the Bardini gardens

View over Florence from the Bardini gardens

Maybe even better than the view we enjoyed the day before from piazzale Michelangelo.

View over Florence from the Bardini gardens

We continued through Boboli gardens which were so beautiful!

Week-end in Florence, exploring the Boboli gardens

Week-end in Florence, exploring the Boboli gardens

Week-end in Florence, exploring the Boboli gardens

Week-end in Florence, exploring the Boboli gardens

The weather was quite exceptional for February & many locals were laying in the sun & having picnic in the grass.

Exploring Florence during a week-end

Exploring Florence during a week-end

Week-end in Florence, exploring the Boboli gardens

Boboli gardens end at palazzo Pitti, an imposing, amazing palace built in the XV century, that became the residence of the Medici family. As of today, it hosts several museum.

With the ticket for the gardens, you can also visit the silver museum & the costume gallery.

As for the silver museum, it allows you to wander in some of the most magnificent rooms of the palace…

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

And to admire exquisite jewelries.

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Silver Museum, Pitti Palace in Florence

After which, it was well past lunch time & tired hubby told me: “now we can go out for lunch, as we’re not interested in the costume gallery”…

Ahahah! We’re not interested in the costume gallery?? He should know me better by now…

Poor guy followed me around while I looked at every single piece of clothes in the costume gallery!

The collection consists of unique designer pieces belonged to important women in the fashion industry or celebrities.

Visiting the Costume gallery, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Costume gallery, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Costume gallery, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Costume gallery, Pitti Palace in Florence

Visiting the Costume gallery, Pitti Palace in Florence

It was when we went out of Palazzo Pitti that we could really appreciate its majesty…

Exploring Florence during a week-end

When I asked my aunt for some advice about Florence, she suggested the Trattoria 4 Leoni, a restaurant just 2 minutes from Palazzo Pitti.

Crossing little streets, there we went for lunch & it was more than delicious! As always, thank you aunty!

Wandering the little streets of Florence

Trattoria 4 Leoni, restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

Trattoria 4 Leoni sits in a very cute square & if you’re lucky with the weather you can eat outside.

Trattoria 4 Leoni, restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

& if it’s cold don’t worry, the restaurant inside is very nice as well!

Trattoria 4 Leoni, restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

Trattoria 4 Leoni, restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

In a corner of the square there’s a tiny ice-cream shop, where all the locals were queuing to get an ice-cream & then they would sit in the square to eat it, thus making the little square a very lively place.

Week-end in Florence, enjoying an ice-cream

We shared some toasts

Bruschette at Trattoria 4 Leoni, a restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

& then again had some pasta. I had tagliatelle with black cabbage pesto. You can find black cabbage only in Tuscany & you should really taste it as it’s too good!

Black cabbage pasta at Trattoria 4 Leoni, a restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

Hubby went for spaghetti with a sausage sauce.

Lunch at Trattoria 4 Leoni, restaurant near Palazzo Pitti in Florence

Rested & fed, we could continue our walk. We crossed the river again,

Week-end in Florence, via Tornabuoni

Week-end in Florence, admiring the Ponte Vecchio

Old houses overlooking the river in Florence

Wandering Florence bridges

Week-end in Florence, admiring the Ponte Vecchio

to arrive in Tornabuoni street, an elegant street where all the luxury brands are.

Luxury shops in via Tornabuoni in Florence

Wandering via Tornabuoni in Florence

Shopping in via Tornabuoni in Florence

You’ll also find the Salvatore Ferragamo museum.

Ferragamo museum in via Tornabuoni in Florence

And good to know, all the boutiques in Florence are open on Sundays 😉

We came across a band playing music & they’re violins cover were quite exceptional.

Street musicians in via Tornabuoni in Florence

Press play on the below video to listen to them, you won’t regret it!

We passed through the Porcellino Market, mostly known because of the pig (porcellino) statue, you have to touch the nose of which if you want to come back to Florence.

Markets in Florence

Now we’re sure we will be back 🙂

Heads up looking at the beautiful buildings,

Walking around Florence

Wandering around Florence

we continued to piazza della Signoria, a beautiful square dominated by Palazzo Vecchio.

Palazzo Veccio in piazza della Signoria in Florence

2 days in Florence itinerary

We wandered around, an ice-cream in our hand,

Ice-cream in Florence

Ice-cream in Florence

2 days in Florence itinerary

2 days in Florence itinerary

& we went back to our hotel, to rest a bit before dinner.

The night before we spotted a restaurant which seemed really cute & there we went for dinner.

La Giostra is a wonderful restaurant, quite difficult to find as it’s in a little street & the door is quite hidden too. It’s like a good, little secret.

La Giostra, romantic restaurant in Florence

The ceilings are covered with hundreds of tiny lights, so that you’ll have the impression of eating under the stars, the rest of the place is lightened by candlelights & chairs are covered in sheep skin.

The place is utterly cozy & romantic!

La Giostra, romantic restaurant in Florence

The service is perfect & the food is quite exceptional too.

As soon as you arrive, you’re welcomed with a glass of prosecco & some nibbles.

La Giostra, romantic restaurant in Florence

La Giostra, romantic restaurant in Florence

Tuscany nibbles at La Giostra restaurant in Florence

We wanted to taste the Fiorentina, a local & huge – 1,5 kg – T-bon steak of exquisite meat!

Sorry for the bad light…

& for those of you who don’t eat meat…

Fiorentina at La Giostra restaurant in Florence

Fiorentina at La Giostra restaurant in Florence

We finished by sharing a Sacher, a chocolate cake with apricot jam – it’s more an Austrian specialty actually, but I really like it so I couldn’t resist ordering it! ;p

Dinner at La Giostra restaurant in Florence

We walked back home hand in hand, happy & grateful for another marvelous day in Florence. <3

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28 Comments

  1. Florence looks so good! The colorful houses and the amazing view for the city! I love your photos and how many you posted! It makes me feel like I am there

    1. Thanks Emily 🙂 Hope you’ll visit Italy soon then, it’s a beautiful countries, full of different things to see. I’ll give you advice when you’ll be in Europe 😉

  2. I went to Rome last year on my honeymoon and was entranced by the charms of Italy. Florence is most definitely next on my list. Your photos have made me want to make that a whole lot sooner!

  3. Florence looks so beautiful! Love the artwork, architecture, old-world charm, and of course, the food. The food looks amazing!

    1. Yes the food was something! & I’m Italian so I usually don’t pay much attention to Italian food, but in Florence really everything was delicious! 🙂

  4. You’re killing me. I knew I wanted to go to Florence now I really have to go. The costume gallery was great. You guys look like you are having an amazing time.

    1. Hi Gillian, hope you can visit Florence anytime soon then! I really enjoyed the costume gallery indeed, not sure I can say the same for hubby though 😉

  5. Love your photos! Florence looks so beautiful. It’s one of the few big Italian cities I haven’t made it to yet, but it’s firmly on my list! 🙂 #citytripping

    1. Hi Cathy, yep the costume gallery was really interesting! I could even have spent more time there if hubby wasn’t that hungry 😉 & that blue sky, I cannot believe how lucky we were!!! 🙂

  6. Florence looks so beautiful, that view from the gardens is breathtaking! I can never get enough of Italy, I’m hoping to visit Tuscany soon 🙂 #citytripping

    1. Hi Vlad, indeed we couldn’t have enough of the view from the gardens! 🙂 Hope you’ll get the chance to visit Tuscany soon, in addition to Florence it’s a very beautiful region!!

  7. The food looks delicious and I like the sound of the costume gallery too. We didn’t make it to the Accademia gallery either…still haven’t been back but we will. Your post has definitely refreshed my memory of the wonder of Florence #citytripping

    1. Hello Elizabeth, yep the food in Florence was really amazing! For next time, you can book the tickets online for the Accademia Gallery, so that you’ll surely be able to get in! 😉

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