What to do in Florence

If you're traveling to Florence for the first time, here is my personal list of must see places:

  1. Firstly unforgettable and unmissable is the striking Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore. It empowers the whole city with its history dating back to the 7th ad century but it was redesigned in the 15th century by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. It is the 4th largest Cathedral in the world after St Peter's Basilica, St Paul's and Milan Cathedral. The most important artistic works to be seen are by Paulo Uccello, Gorgio Vasari's frescos of the last judgement and by Federico Zuccari. Entrance is free but make sure to arrive early to skip the line or alternatively you could book a guided tour. 
     
  2. Just a short walk away from the Duomo, lies one of the world's greatest museums, the Uffizi. Hosting a marvelous array of globally recognized paintings including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Michelangelo's Tondo Doni which truly embodies the  height of Mannerism.
     
  3. I also suggest a visit to the Accademia - you can admire the first monumental statue since antiquity sculpted out of marble by Michelangelo. 
     
  4. One has to include a stroll over the old bridge known as Ponte Vecchio in their itinerary. It is famously occupied by many jewelry shops, butchers and authentic Florentine restaurants. Afterwards you will get to see the Piazza della Signoria also known as Palazzo Vecchio. It's a focal point of the history of the Florentine republic and still maintains its reputation as political hub of the city to this day. 
     
  5. Florence is also known for its vibrant nightlife especially for the happy hour traditions, aperitivo - drinks accompanied by wholesome snacks. You could visit cafes and fusion bars like Vicolo del'oro. Don't forget to visit the Daytime Bar Cafe owned by the famous designer Roberto. In this area the Negroni also gained its name in the 1920s. Nearby is also Le Volpi dell'uva - a wine bar specialized in the selection of Italian wines. They also serve delicious Panini - authentic sandwiches served with fresh local ingredients. If you want to indulge in Florence's finest cuisine then I suggest L'osteria di Giovanni, Buca Lapi, Ristorante Ora d'Aria, Il Latini the Golden View Open Bar and 5* rated Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco. Conveniently located nearby in Tuscany are also the fascinating historical towns of Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Carrara, Prato, San Gimignano, Chiusi - the ancient Etruscan capital of legendary King Por Senna.