Florence is just about on everyone’s bucket list, mostly for its enticing renaissance architecture, incomparable food and historic artwork. Here’s a guide to spending 72 hours in this magical city for all types of travelers from foodies to fashionistas.
Where to Stay:
In the heart of Florence and a 3-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, Gallery Hotel Art is a 74-room boutique hotel owned by the Florentine fashion label Ferragamo and hosts regular contemporary art exhibitions. The exhibits at the Gallery Hotel Art offer a window into a contemporary world, and guests can view unique artwork from artists, such as Andy Warhol, David Lachapelle, Steven Klein and more. The beds are comfortable and each suite has a fantastic view of the city.
For travelers who appreciate a delicious breakfast before heading out to explore a new city, a buffet is available each morning on the main floor, featuring various pastries, fruit, eggs, vegetables and of course, coffee. The hotel offers a “Gourmet Getaway” package, which includes a two-night stay, free breakfast, daily Wi-Fi, welcome cocktails, and the choice of either a four-course Tuscan bistro dinner or an Italian sushi dinner with cocktails at The Fusion Bar & Restaurant.
Where to Eat:
For pizza lovers, Gusta Pizza is the place to be. They are known for creating heart shaped pizza, but keep visitors coming back with their fresh ingredients and casual atmosphere. It's jammed packed with locals and in-the-know travelers.
There's a gelato shop everywhere you look in Florence, but my favorite was La Strega Nocciola near the Duomo. The gelato is super smooth and creamy, with so many flavors to choose from. The hazelnut and pistachio flavors were delicious.
Where to Drink:
For breathtaking panoramic views of the city head to the glass-plated Se-Sto on Arno at the Westin Excelsior Florence for delicious aperitivos and cocktails. The outside of the restaurant is equipped with two large terraces one dedicated to the restaurant and one to the bar. Classic techniques are expertly executed, delivering elegant and essential dishes for foodies and culinary experts alike.
For a more laid-back pub experience, travelers can choose from a variety of craft beers at BrewDog Firenze, where there is a game room downstairs in the evenings. BrewDog Firenze has an impressive amount of cutting-edge craft offerings for visitors and locals alike, and also features an extensive menu of American-style diner dishes.
Have you been to Florence? What was the highlight of your trip?