Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Honeymoon Diaries | Florence


Following on from Pisa (travel diary here) we hopped on the train to Florence, which took about an hour. We had three nights in Florence and I absolutely fell in love with the place. Here's a little (LOL as if it's going to be little and not a million words long) round up of everything we got up to:

Where we stayed | We stayed at The Machiavelli Palace, which I'm not going to link because I wouldn't really recommend you stay there. The pictures on the site looked amazing, but in reality it was rather old and tired. It was clean and it had a lovely roof terrace, plus it was close to everything so there wasn't really anything wrong with it, but it was expensive for something that just wasn't that great.

What we did | We arrived in Florence after almost a full day in Pisa so our first night we just went for food and crashed out, although we did accidentally stumble across the Duomo just as the sun was going down and stood around marvelling at its beauty for a bit. I also took a picture of a couple that I was super proud of, but just as I was saying to Nick 'maybe I should offer to give it to them' I realised I was stood in the way of their actual photographer that they were doing a shoot with. LOLs. Anyway, the next day we started good and proper with the touristing and this is what we did:

Piazza del Duomo | The exterior cladding on the Duomo and the surrounding buildings in the square is just beautiful and we found ourselves constantly gazing up at them as we wandered round the piazza. We bought a ticket that would let us in all the buildings, although because we hadn't pre-booked a time slot we weren't able to go up to the top of the dome. We did however start the day with a trip up the bell tower, which is a lot of steps, but made for a very fine morning view. I'm not sure if there's much difference between climbing up the bell tower and the dome, but we got such a good view from the bell tower I didn't feel like we missed out. The actual cathedral is free, which results in long queues and I actually found that both the cathedral and the baptistry were much prettier from the outside than in. We queued for an hour to get in the cathedral and were extremely underwhelmed. The highlight of the piazza for me, bar the beautiful buildings, was actually the museum which houses a lot of the original statues and doors from the cathedral.





The Uffizi Gallery | We hadn't pre-booked for here either, which was fine because we went for opening and got in straight away. The gallery is HUGE and if you're into art, you'll definitely be into this place. Aside from the art, the building itself is absolutely beautiful and you get some gorgeous views of the canal from it too. Nick was chuffed because he got to see some Caravaggios in the flesh and I was chuffed because it reminded me of when we used to have gallery dates in London and he'd attempt to teach me about art.

Boboli Gardens | These gardens are on a lot of must-do lists on Florence so obviously we visited them. They were extremely pretty to stroll around, as well as being a good place to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I have to say I was slightly underwhelmed though, possibly just because it was SO hot on the day we visited that we were so fixated on keeping hydrated and in the shade that we maybe didn't appreciate them enough.

Ponte Vecchio | This bridge is absolutely gorgeous to look at and very interesting to walk along; it's lined with jewellery shops (Nick said he'd buy me some honeymoon jewellery from there until we went and looked in a window at the prices lols) and there's something just so gloriously Italian about it. Nick found it exciting because it's apparently in Assasin's Creed and proceeded to watch an Assasin's Creed guide to Florence when we were back in our hotel. I proceeded to wonder who I had actually married and why...






Piazalle Michelangelo | Let me just warn you right now, it's bloomin' tiring walking up to this place, but the view is worth it. It's apparently the best place to get a view of Florence; we went in the evening so we didn't have to slog up the hill in the sun and it had such a great atmosphere. There are groups of people just sitting having fun, buskers singing awful covers of Bon Jovi and just a more chilled out vibe than the rest of the city.

Galleria dell'Accademia | We almost didn't visit this gallery, but decided that when in Florence, you should go and see Michelangelo's David. I'm not really into statues (not a sentence I ever thought I'd write on this blog) and I wasn't expecting much, but it is actually very impressive.  



Where we ate | Oh my gosh guys, the food in Florence was just all so amazing I'm not sure I can even describe it. We tried to eat something different every night and generally looked at Trip Advisor to find good places. Top tip: if you don't mind eating a bit earlier than usual, some restaurants offer discounts if you book via Trip Advisor before a certain time.

La Cantinetta Osteria con Cucina | This was a little traditional Italian restaurant down a side street close to the Duomo. It didn't have a huge menu, which in my book is always quite a good thing because I am the most indecisive person ever, and I think it was very much a quality over quantity place when it came to both the menu and the food (although I certainly left feeling very full). We both decided to have pasta and it was absolutely delicious, nicely washed down with the tastiest red wine I have ever had. It was definitely an excellent place to go for the first meal out of our honeymoon.

Gelateria Edoardo | Cherie told me I must go here so we obeyed and had the most delicious ice creams of our lives. I had dark chocolate and some mango and ginger sorbet and just writing that made me drool a little. It's right next to the Duomo so the view while you eat ain't half bad either.

Trattoria Za-Za | This place was recommended to me by someone on Instagram and as it was super close to our hotel we decided to give it a try on our second night. It was a bit more touristy and commercial than the first place we went, but the food was equally delicious, there was lots of choice and I had the nicest rosemary potatoes ever. (Have you noticed yet that a lot of things on our honeymoon were the nicest ever?) There was also a covered area outside, which meant we could sit in the shade rather than inside which we had to do in a few other places because the sun was SO HOT.

Chianineria Trattoria dall'oste | For our last night in Florence we decided we wanted an Italian platter, which was actually classed as a starter here. This was definitely one of my favourite food nights because this starter platter was huge (to the point that we couldn't even finish it between us), absolutely delicious and also super cheap because we got a Trip Advisor discount on what was essentially just a starter. Winning. The restaurant itself was close to the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio and is obviously quite popular because even though we went early it was almost full.

And that's it...if you made it to the end well done! There's so much to see and do in Florence and it was absolutely beautiful so I'd definitely recommend it. Have you ever been?

Amy x


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8 comments

  1. Your pictures from here are so amazing Amy! Are you going to print them off and make an album? x

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie! Oooh I hadn't actually thought of that, I might do some sort of collage for the wall or something :) xx

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  2. Oh wow, it's just so beautiful isn't it! I went a few years ago (in all honesty, worryingly it was probably about 10 years ago now!) - I loved the buildings, I'd never seen anything like them!

    LOVE that you got in the way of someones photo shoot! That's the kind of thing I'd do!

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    1. Haha it was so embarrassing! It's just gorgeous isn't it xx

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  3. What gorgeous pictures! Florence is such a wonderful city and I'm glad that you got to do all those amazing things!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thank you lovely! It's a stunning place isn't it xx

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  4. So proud I'm spreading the gospel of Eduardo! Hahaha honestly the best I've had so far... omg I trekked up Piazza Michangelo but was too tired to walk down so we took the bus back down, best decision ever lol.

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    1. Haha honestly it was amazing! And going up was definitely the hard part for me haha! xx

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