Florence – History, art, architecture and exquisite cuisine

Florence means art and history, exquisite cuisine and architecture. Located in Tuscany region, well known for wine and amazing landscapes, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

For many years, I kept Florence on my short list of travel destinations. After deciding to go for a summer holiday in Elba, the island of amazing beaches, Florence was a natural choice for visiting.

In all my journeys I simply enjoy walking. I fell like I’m blending with the place itself. I have crossed Ponte Vecchio and slowly walked to the Uffizi galleries and then on to Piazza del Duomo. Florence’s charm enchanted me you with every step.

Aerial view of Ponte Vecchio
Aerial view of Ponte Vecchio

Some interesting facts about Florence:

  • Amerigo Vespucci was born here in 1451.
  • It is the first paved city in Europe since 1339
  • Florence is where Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the piano, at the beginning of the 18th century
  • In 1921 Gucci Guci created the Gucci brand

While I was traveling Florence, one of the main landmarks I have spotted was Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore located in Piazza Duomo. It is the third largest church in the world and it was the largest one when it was completed in 15th century. After eating some lovely antipasti paired with a glass of Brunello di Montalcino, I dared to climb the tower of the cathedral. The way up was easier then expected but once I have reached the top, a wonderful view landed in front of my eyes.

Near Piazza del Duomo I have found several cozy restaurants, wine and souvenir shops. But the handmade ice cream made me truly happy and I consider it one of the greatest human discoveries.

Italian antipasti
An extravaganza of tastes

Eating in Florence is an unforgettable experience. Dining in some amazing places like Trattoria Alfredo or Cantinetta Delle Terme took me through the Italian cuisine. As a result, I have quickly discovered why italian food is so appreciated.

But Florence is not just about art and history, exquisite cuisine and architecture. Florence is a vivid city, one of the most beautiful places to experience “La dolce vita”.