Last week, I had the chance to return to Florence after first visiting with my family over four years ago. And do you know what I loved most about it? The fact that nothing had changed! Except, happily, for the weather!
When I last visited, it was early March and with the cold temperatures, I had to be bundled up everywhere we went. But visiting in the summery month of June was indescribably more pleasant! Far more tourists, to be sure, but that downside was absolutely worth it when every meal could be enjoyed outside and all of the sites could be taken in without freezing!
Due to the warm weather, I decided this breezy pink ombre dress would be perfect for a day spent exploring outside. And I was right! If you’re traveling abroad during the summer, I can’t recommend packing plenty of day dresses enough… they’re so much easier, lighter and more comfortable than jeans. Plus, there’s just something whimsical and feminine about wearing a dress throughout an old, romantic city!
When I asked for Florence recommendations last week, so many of you responded with amazing, long, incredibly well thought out ideas and I am so thankful for them! Today, I thought I’d share 3 things I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting Florence! There are endless things to do, see and eat in Florence, but since I was only there for a couple of days I thought I’d share just a few things that aren’t to be missed!
Where to Stay – Airbnb! Instead of dishing out the big bucks for a hotel in Florence, you’ll get a lot more room and a much better location for a much lower price! I stayed in an apartment right above the Prada store on the very square the Duomo is located on. It was magical!
Where to Eat – Coquinarious! For most meals, I’d pull up Tripadvisor to find something good and nearby, but this was the one restaurant so many of you recommended, so I made reservations beforehand! Andrew and I went with two of our friends, and we all could NOT believe how incredible it was! We all tried the cheese and pear raviolini (still dreaming about it), the burrata raviolotti with onions and pistachio (the dish I ordered!) and the wild boar pasta. To this day, this is the best meal I’ve ever had in Italy!
What to Do – There are endless things to do in Florence, but my favorite by far was enjoying the sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo! Oh friends… please go do this. The walk to the top is quite the workout, so the second time we visited we opted for a cab. (Much easier!) The view from this gorgeous spot shows the river, the duomo, and all of Florence laid out in the distance. Get there before sunset to snag a spot on the steps, and wait until after the sun literally sets for the most beautiful sky you’ve ever seen! (We saw a lot of people leave once the sun actually set, but the gorgeous colors happen 5-15 minutes after the sun goes down! Here are a couple of images from one evening spent there…
Sigh. Wishing every evening looked like this!
Thanks again to each of you who took the time to send Florence recommendations! If you haven’t been, I hope you add it to the top of your wanderlust list!
Love from Texas,