I travelled most recently to Florence with friends in the fall. We went for a long weekend (I was living in London at the time) and had a fantastic time. I’m a huge fan of traveling during the ‘off season’ to avoid crowds. That said, I’m not sure there technically is an off season for Florence, but it certainly didn’t feel crowded in mid-October. It’s certain to be one of the most visited cities in the world and we felt lucky to have minimal wait times for the museums. Our trip was focused mainly on seeing the sites and eating, really eating… of course it was!
Florence is quite small, certainly compared to Rome, Milan or Paris so it feels easy to get around and low stress. It really is more of a town. I’ll admit that it has a lot to offer and we didn’t see everything choosing to take a slower pace instead of pushing to see everything. I also had some great insider recommendations from a woman that has been living in Florence for at least 10 years… so a lot of our day was planned around our meals… I mean, why not?
Here’s what I packed:
TOPS: Cotton/wool blend sweater, long sleeve shirt, cashmere draped cardigan, button up
BOTTOMS: Favorite pair of stretchy jeans
SHOES: Flat boots and sneakers
OUTERWEAR: 2 scarfs, one puffer, grey cashmere jacket
BAGS: cross body bag, my travel tote.
What I wish I had packed:
I seriously wish I could find an alternative to my puffer as I’m not crazy about how it looks and I hate my hair rubbing on the polyester shell.
Like most places in Europe, there are an abundance of cobblestones so make sure to pack flat shoes even for the evening. If you are planning on doing it up – a wedge, especially if said wedge is ‘hidden’ will be your best friend. Trust me, I’ve almost twisted an ankle or two…. best be safe rather than sorry.
Other than the incredible art in Florence, here is my don’t miss list
Eating at the Central Market – I love a good food market and this one does not disappoint!
Coffee at Cafe Gilli
Walking up to the Piazzale Michelangelo
Eating a sandwich at All’antico Vinaio
Stroll the leather market + Find local artisans on Via di Santo Spirito
Go to the Aquazzura boutique on Lungarno Corsini – and get some great flats.
Gelato at Gelateria Dei Neri
Slow down. Enjoy the food, the wine, and the beauty of Florence.
Why not save for later?
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