What I did:
Free Walking Tour-
As I have mentioned in previous posts, free walking tours are great ways to see a city. The walking tour in Florence explored the Medici family, the origins of Pinocchio, and filming locations for movies such as Inferno.
Michelangelo’s David is one of the most famous statues in the world. It is located in the Galleria dell’Accademia. It is a very impressive piece of artwork, and a must for any art history buffs.
Pisa is only one hour from Florence by train. It is worth the train ride to see the iconic leaning tower.
Where I ate and drank:
Trattoria i Due G-
I had a traditional Florentine steak at Trattoria i Due G. It was a nice, cozy local restaurant right around the corner from the hostel I was staying in. It is also located close to the train station.
Trattoria Za Za-
In most cities in the world, Trattoria Za Za would be highly above average. However, because the quality level of food is so high in Florence, it is only slightly above average. That being said, it still serves very good food for decent prices.
The Oil Shoppe-
The Oil Shoppe is an excellent sandwich place. The prices are very inexpensive, and the sandwiches are very tasty.
All'antico Vinaio is one of the best sandwich shops I have ever been to. I would highly recommend stopping by when visiting Florence. Sometimes there may be a line, but that is just because the quality is so good that everyone wants some.
Il Tartufo (Mercato Centrale)-
Located in the Mercato Centrale, Il Tartufo is an excellent place to go for truffle lovers. They even had the world's largest truffle on display, complete with a certificate from the Guinness World Records organization (and on sale for the bargain price of $330,300.00). Unlike other places that make truffle pasta by just adding a truffle extract olive oil blend to the pasta, Il Tartufo adds freshly shaved truffle on top of the pasta.
Amorino is a good gelato place that shapes the gelato into flowers on top of the cone.
Where I stayed:
Hostel Archi Rossi-
I stayed at Hostel Archi Rossi, which was well located and very close to the Santa Maria Novella train station. Their breakfast buffet was better than I have seen at just about any hostel I have stayed at.
How I got around:
I used the train to and from Florence. I also used the train to visit Pisa. Florence is a very walkable city, so I walked to get around while in Florence.
My favorite thing:
My favorite thing about Florence is the food. The food I had in Florence was excellent.
My least favorite thing:
Florence is located in the center of the country, so it is a couple hours from the beautiful Italian coastline. Also, although a major city in its own right, Florence feels relatively small and does not have quite as much to offer as some other major European cities such as Barcelona, London, or Rome.
For next time:
Next time I would like to try more of the Florentine food and see more of the art in the city.
My name is Billy. I am a personal trainer and teacher. I love traveling, and wanted to share some of my experiences. I hope to inspire you to see, taste, and experience more of the world. Feel free to take some of my recommendations for your own travels. I also blog about health and fitness at CustomizeMyWorkout.com/blog