When it comes to taking a trip to Italy, Florence is one of those cities that always makes its way into the conversation, and quite rightly! The northern Italian city is more beautiful than Milan, has more to see than Rome and has better food than Venice, so why not take a trip to this attractive Italian city? Well, here you’ll find out why the city is worth checking out.
More beautiful than Milan
Milan may have some of Italy’s best nightlife and culture, but its architecture, like that of most Italian cities, simply cannot rival the architecture of Florence.
Florence boasts one of the best architectural wonders of Europe in the Dome that sits atop of its Cathedral. The dome, designed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi, was when the dome was to be built, to be the largest constructed in the country to that date, so nobody had any idea how to go about building such a heavy piece of architecture. Well, Brunelleschi did and the fact that he managed to complete the dome is a miracle that tourists and locals continue to appreciate.
Other beautiful parts of the city away from the Dome include the River Arno, which passes underneath some of Italy’s most impressive bridges and also the Piazzale Michelangelo which offers a breathtaking postcard-perfect view of the whole city.
More Things to See than Rome
Yes, Rome is home to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican City, but Florence has some star attractions of its own, and perhaps even more things worth seeing than the capital.
The city boasts two of Europe’s top museums in the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. Between them you’ll find some of the best work of artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Giotto.
There is a lot more to see in Florence than just museums, however, with the Vasari Corridor and Ponte Vecchio two of the city’s must-sees. Add to that the fact that a trip to Pisa is easy to organise and you’ll be struggling to fit everything into your trip.
Better Food than Venice
Explore Florence’s buildings by day, discover its cuisine by night! Florence has typical Italian dishes to try on just about every street. If you spend some time in a few of the city’s many restaurants, you’ll quickly see that the cuisine is even better than that of many of its neighbours. Naples may be unrivalled for top pizza, but Florence is certainly a close second.
And if you check out some of the city’s markets you could even buy some ingredients and try some cooking for yourself if staying at a self-catering apartment. You’ll be able to see how your Italian cooking skills measure up to those of the local chefs after a long day of sightseeing. Oh-Florence offer a range of self-catering apartments if you’re interested in doing just that and you’ll even find that they have nice digs right by the city’s biggest attractions, such as the Oh-Florence apartments found close to the famous Cathedral.
So next time you’re planning an Italian holiday, make sure Florence is up there as one of your options. You’ll be sure to have a great time!