Florence Guide for the Ordinary Traveler

Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me.

I fell in love with Florence the first second I layed eyes on the city. There’s just something magical about it. The gorgeous architecture, the amazing food, the gardens and museums that you just don’t want to leave… Time for some recommendations of the city, time for a guide to Florence!

Where to stay

We stayed at the Hotel Croce di Malta which is a hotel I’d definitely recommend. It’s right in the city center, has a lovely ambiance, a sunny pool and the best rooftop terrace you’ll find in the city.

City highlights

  • Florence’s most obvious highlight is the Duomo, or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Make sure to stop by and marvel at the beautiful façade
  • Spend an afternoon watching art in the Galleria degli Uffizi
  • See Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Learn the history of the Ponte Vecchio

Don’t miss

  • Pet Il Porcelino on his nose for good luck!
  • Walk along the Arno
  • Spend an afternoon in the Boboli gardens
  • Visit the free statue gallery Loggia Dei Lanzi

Tips and tricks

  • A lot of museums and galleries in Florence are closed on Mondays
  • Make sure to bring enough water if you’re visiting in high summer
  • Also, don’t visit in high summer, rather visit the city in the spring or autumn
  • Flights to and from Florence are quite expensive. You can save some money by flying to/from Pisa or Bologna

Must eat

  • Eat pizza at Oggi or Osteria dei Centopoveri
  • ALL THE GELATO
  • Have lunch at La Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy the beautiful view over the city
  • Il cavallin at the Piazza de la Vecchio

The traveling bookworm

  • Matteo Strukul – Medici (historical fiction)
  • Jenna Evans Welch – Love & Gelato (young adult)
  • Dante – Divine Comedy (literature)
  • Dino Buzzati – The bears’ famous invasion of Sicily (children’s literature)

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