From Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th March 2019, we visited the beautiful city Florence for a short R&R moment. We stayed at the Hilton Florence Metropole and this is our travel diary.
After catching the ItaliaRail from Rome, we arrived in the afternoon, checked in to our hotel and caught the shuttle bus back out to the city centre to eat at Trattoria Dall'Oste for a 1.2kg t-bone steak. You can see our feast HERE 🥩
The next day, we headed back out to explore the city. We walked around the Piazza del Duomo where the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore stands (HERE). After opting out of entering the cathedral, due to the long queue time, we headed for the Mercato Centrale Firenze indoor market hall to eat a delicious beef panini. All our eating adventures can be found HERE.
We were still in a sedated state, thanks to our food coma we acquired from the meaty feast and this panini, so we slowly headed towards Ponte Alla Carraia and walked along the river, eating gelato. You can see the famous Ponte Vecchio in the distance.
We saw some locals climbing a wall to this concrete spot in the middle of the river, so we followed suit. We spent a peaceful 30 mins observing nature and talking about life. Afterwards, we tried to climb back up and I realised I was too unfit and heavy to lift myself over the wall. Mick had a great time laughing at me from the top of the wall.
We started making our way towards the Galleria dell'Accademia (HERE) and explored nearby streets. At this point, we stopped by a cafe and sculled a bottle of white wine, because why not 😜, and then headed towards Antica Porchetteria Granieri for a delicious porchetta panini.
We headed for Ponte Vecchio for a mini photoshoot. This bridge is famous for their medieval stone design and market area.
In the evening, we had dinner at Fishing Lab Alle Murate (HERE) and then utilised our hotel's pool with some relaxing spa time.
The next day, we slept in, checked out and headed towards Venice on the ItaliaRail. Overall, we loved Florence. There was a huge variety in food (compared to the tourist trap Rome), and it had a calming vibe. We would definitely visit again.
Thanks for reading! Ciao.