The city of Florence, the capital of Tuscan Region, is a city I must visit again as my visit was far too short lived. I am so grateful I was able to spend a whole day but I feel like I still have a lot to explore in the city. My first impression of Florence is the beautiful architecture and I love how it feels like you are in a toyland city, everything seems too pretty to be real. The visit to Florence was very hot and consisted of a lot of walking, in fact, we did 20,000 steps!
The prominent landmark which I first saw was the Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. It is the symbol of Florence and the exterior is stunning! It is not your traditional looking cathedral which is why I really loved it. Unfortunately, I could not enter as the queue was far too long and it is better to book. However, for when I visit again I know it is a must to visit inside the cathedral. Next to the cathedral is the Campanile di Giotto is the free standing clock tower that makes up the cathedral. The design and architecture are exactly the same to Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. You are also able to enter the clock tower and from the top see the stunning views of Florence.
Then I came towards The Ponte Vecchio which is the oldest bridge in the whole of Florence which is over the River Arno which runs through the city of Florence. The Ponte Vecchio is quite important as it survived during the World War II and was not destroyed by the Germans. Along the bridge, there are many gold and jewellery shops as well as souvenirs sellers. The bridge has a real sense of history and culture. I really liked the atmosphere on the bridge with people taking photos and just enjoying the views along the river.
Headed to Piazza della Repubblica which is one of the squares that is in the heart of the city. There are shops and restaurants here and is the social hub of the city. I thought to a small extent it reminded me a bit of Covent Garden plaza square with people hustling around and taking photos.
Lunch was eaten at the restaurant called Il Pizzaiuolo which I learnt about from reading Victoria from “In The Frow” her post on 5 reasons to visit Florence. She mentioned this restaurant that she had the urge to eat at and how Beyonce and Jay z had also eaten at this restaurant from their recent visits to Florence. This made me want to visit, no secret I am a Beyonce fan and if she has eaten in this restaurant then why shouldn’t I! I checked the menu online and told my friend Letizia about it and we were impressed with the menu and prices as it was very reasonable and affordable. The restaurant is hidden away from the main street and inside is very small and quaint and authentic. I had an amazing pasta dish Trofie pasta with green pesto and tomatoes which cost me €9.50! It was truly divine.
There was a relatively big crowd surrounding a special statue of a wild boar, yes a wild boar. It is called Fontana del Porcellino. Fountain of the piglet. You are supposed to put a coin into the boar’s gaping jaw so that the coin falls out of the jaw. Also, must rub the boar’s snout as by doing all of this signifies good luck and a return to Florence. Of course I did as followed as one, everyone needs a bit of luck in their lives and secondly, I want to return to Florence! So work your magic Porcellino!
From visiting Florence it is evident there is a lot to the city and it is easy to see why it is such a popular and desirable travel destination. It has everything, food, shopping and history. I really liked the architecture and the colours dotted around the city on buildings and walls. I wish I was able to eat more food there really…. I know I am thinking of my stomach but Italian cuisine is one of my favourites. Nevertheless, from my lucky coin and rubbing of the Porcellino I should be visiting Florence again so I will make sure that I will try out more!
It is definitely a place I will visit again and highly recommend to visit! Let me know in the comments below if you have visited Florence and what do you like about the city! Enjoy! xxx