When were away we always like to cram in as much as possible and if that means we aren't too far from another city we always try to visit it.  So whilst in Italy Florence was only a two hour journey from Venice so it seemed a shame not to visit it. We booked prior to our trip as I think it's way more expensive if you don't. It ended up costing £80per person for a return ticket + a city tour; not too bad really. The train we travelled on was high speed and the seats were really comfy. It was lovely to see some of the Italian countryside on our way down; so many rolling hills and lakes. So anyway! We arrived at around 9am so a pretty early start to the day! We spent the majority of our time on and off the tour buses there as we wanted to see as much as possible in the little time we had. The hop on hop off city bus was a great way to get around, it meant we didn't have to do loads of walking around to get to certain view points as it was BOILING! I actually felt like I was going to melt. On this particular day it reached 38 degrees at its hottest point! Even though the temperature hadn't changed too much from Venice I think the canal water must make it cooler, with Florence it was more of a city so it seemed to just absorb heat. The air con on the bus was welcomed! It had plug in headphones where you could listen to a tour guide tell you facts about the city. Two of our favourite highlights were seeing the Michael Angelo view point; this gave you almost 360 degree views of the city, it was stunning! And secondly the bus tour into the hills, Florence was a lot more green than Venice so it's countryside views are not to be missed! Florence also has lots of shops to offer, it reminded me of Rome in parts, except nicer. There main square's (close to the Duomo) restaurants tend to be really over priced and not amazing quality so we tried to stay further back into the little winding side streets. We found the most amazing little gelato shop that cooled us down perfectly. We both opted pened for cookie and banana, so refreshing! The Duomo was really stunning to see, it's definitely one of my favourite buildings in the world, the detail in it was outstanding! Overall we really liked Florence, not as much as Venice but I think they are really hard to compare as they're totally different!

(To see our Venice post click here or our trip to Murano and Burano here)
Have you been to Florence before? If so let me know in the comments!


  1. Florence is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately I have never been there. It's on my travel list for so long. I love its beautiful buildings and streets. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  2. I went interrailing around northern Italy with my sister in June and Florence was on our list. What a beautiful place. If you ever go back you need to go back to piaza Michelangelo in the evening; a massive crowd gathers to watch the sunset over Florence, it's amazing, bottle of wine, live music, such nice vibes 😍 xx

  3. i love florence. i walked all the way up to piazzale michelangelo doing an hour way around the city that was so nice. it was april though...i could never do that in summer...i know how hot and humid florence can be. btw i'm in love with the first picture, with the man at the window..it's a beautiful representation of everyday life<3

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