Shopping in Florence
Wander around stalls proffering a colourful array of fresh produce, hand-painted crockery and aromatic spices at Santo Spirito Organic Market. Treat yourself to a beautiful pair of bespoke leather shoes from Francesco da Firenze, or fabulously fragrant beauty products from the renowned Officina de’ Tornabuoni, serving customers since 1843.
Take a stroll along the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, stopping to browse in its shops and take in the medieval Torre dei Mannelli. Climb up to the Brunelleschi-designed dome of the stunning Florence Duomo for spectacular panoramic views. Or escape the city bustle for the beautiful rustic retreat of Fiesole.
Florence boasts not one, but two internationally-renowned art galleries. At the Uffizi, over 50 rooms are filled with perhaps the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art from such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto and more. Marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic masterpiece, David, among other treasured artworks at the Accademia.
Food in Florence
Mingle with the locals while sipping cool Chianti and feasting on rustic Tuscan cuisine at the popular Al Tranvai. Or tuck into hearty homemade pasta and sample the flavours of southern Italy at Caffè Italiano Sud. Stroll through olive groves to La Beppa Fioraia, where mouth-watering meat dishes await.
Sway to Latin rhythms under the stars at the open-air nightclub in Central Park. Or head to café-cum-bar Oibò, and groove to the latest dance sounds while sipping cocktails with the young crowd. If opera music is more to your taste, take in a performance at the Teatro Comunale.