If you go to Italy and don’t put on at least 3 kilograms you’re not doing it right. At least that’s what I tell myself anyway.
First on my very short Italian agenda was Florence. What a beautiful city! What Florence lacks in size it more than makes up for in it’s history, architecture and of course, gelato. I love a city where I don’t feel the need to run around and look at every tourist site but rather I can have a casual stroll at a leisurely pace and take it all in in my own time. This is exactly what made Florence such a delight! Well, this and the food of course.
I wandered around and marvelled at the beautiful churches, cathedrals and basilicas (Florence has quite a few!). One that definitely struck a cord was The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (The Florence Cathedral) which was arguably the most beautiful building that I saw in the city.
So now let me talk to you about the food. I know that pizza and ice cream are readily available worldwide however there’s no better excuse to eat your body weight in carbs and gelato than being in Italy and that I did my friends, that I did. Florence being my first of three stops in Italy was the start of the beginning of the end for me. I ate like I had never eaten before. My stomach was a bottomless pit where I could seemly devour every last morsel of pizza, pasta and gelato that Italy had to offer. It was a magnificent time in my life. I look back on it fondly.
Ok melodramatics aside, Florence definitely delivered the goods in terms of food. Stroll through the streets and grab yourself some pizza in a quaint cafe and finish it off with gelato. Gelato is so different to ice cream. It’s truly incredible stuff and not even the fact that it was the middle of Winter stopped me. I was a woman on a pizza and gelato mission and nothing or no one could stop me.
Something I would highly recommend doing in Florence is walking across their many bridges. The Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River is a must see. The bridge is lined with shops and boasts beautiful views of Florence along the river.
Florence is also home to Pinocchio and you’ll be sure to find stores with sweet, hand-made wooden Pinocchio puppets and other wooden toys for children. Street art is also quite big here so be sure to look out for talented artists drawing with chalk on the pavement!
Have you ever been to Florence? What would you recommend checking out? Leave your advice in the comments below!
Until next time,