I have all my favorite things to do, places to eat and where we stayed in Florence Italy.
On our trip through Italy, we started in Rome, went on to Cinque Terre and our next stop was Florence Italy. We didn’t spend a ton of time in Florence and we were sick the majority of the time. However, the food was UNREAL and I loved every single meal we ate there. There’s not a ton to do here compared to the other cities but if you love shopping, this is the place for you. Florence Italy is covered with high end shopping plazas so if you are eyeing some italian leather shoes, you’ll want to come here. Here’s what we did during our stay in Florence Italy.
Florence Italy Restaurants
Osteria dell Olio
I think this is the best restaurant I had in Italy! I had the Spaghetti Arrabiata and it’s to die for. I could tell the chef put a lot of thought into the sauce because of the intense depth and flavor. Since coming home from Italy, I have dreams about it and that’s all I ever want to eat. Before you go, know that there is a service charge of $2-3 a person but I think it’s 100% worth the fee.
La Carraria Gelato
I could cry thinking about this. Florence Italy was SO good to us! I got the Chocolate Orange Gelato and the Chocolate Mousse gelato. Hands down the best gelato/ice cream/dessert/anything I’ve ever had! We tried to go back later that evening to eat it twice in one day but they CLOSED one hour early! Their Google listing doesn’t have accurate hours so keep that in mind before going but it’s worth the risk.
Ristorante Pizzeria il Pinolo
We loved eating here so much we went here two days in a row. Their pasta is seriously UNREAL! Plus, their pricing is very reasonable with how much food you get. It’s a little bit of a walk outside of downtown but it’s totally worth it.
Lindt Chocolate Store
While waiting in line at the Duomo, we eyed a Lindt chocolate store across the street. We decided to explore while my parents waited in line and we couldn’t have been happier! They make fresh croissants and stuff them full of chocolate. I know there are Lindt stores all around the world so definitely go to the next one you come across wherever you are.
Pizzeria a Taglio
This pizza place is right next to the Duomo as well! It’s nothing fancy but you can get pizza by the slice for a great deal. The people that work there are awesome and there’s tons of different flavors you can choose from in their window.
Things to Do
I knew that the David was in Florence Italy but I never realized how big it is. It’s inside a museum a couple streets away from the Duomo. It’s amazing to see since there are no visible mistakes so it’s technically a “perfect” sculpture. Along the hallway leading up to it, there’s all of Michelangelo’s sculptures lining the walls showing the process behind his iconic sculptures.
This is the most iconic building in Florence Italy. You can climb all the way to the top and get a view of the entire city. We didn’t reserve a ticket before going and the line was too long. If you want to go, reserve a ticket online before making the trip out there.
Florence Italy Hotels
We stayed at the Goldoni hotel in Florence Italy. It’s a cool hotel in the heart of the city. It’s all on one floor of an apartment building which is weird but works. I think we liked the bed here the most but the bathroom was a little weird. It looked like someone had hung onto the shower railing and it was half falling off the wall. However, my parents bathroom was much nicer Overall, this place had a great breakfast and the staff was AMAZING! If you are making a trip to Florence Italy, it’s definitely a hotel to look into.
We had the best time in Florence Italy and I can’t wait until we make a trip back, especially for all the food! Have you ever been? What is your favorite part? Let me know in the comments!