If you’re wondering if is still possible to have a genuine experiences in this beautiful city the answer is…definitely! Florence is a world-famous city, a treasure chest of art and beauty but also still an authentic city, where dialect is spoken and people firmly keep their traditions. Follow our tips about great things to do in Florence and enjoy it!
1 – Jump on a Segway!
Yes, it comes first because we suggest you to do it as first thing – ok, fine, after doing the check-in in your hotel – because it is the smartest way to get an introduction to the city. Why? Want to see the most important monuments, have fun, be in a small group, have a nice local guide, get lots of tips for the rest of your stay? Let’s jump aboard!
The local guide will tell you legends, show you videos, accompany you deep in the culture of the city and will give you a lot of tips about what to do, about where to go in the city, so that you’ll feel like locals for the rest of your stay! And, hey! We offer also a Segway Night Tour!
2 – Go shopping (and get lost) al mercato
A visit to a market is always a worldly experience, if you want to learn more about people and traditions, don’t rush and spend some time al mercato. Markets are also usually places where you can buy food at normal prices and very typical souvenires, is there something better than to receive a pack of Cantuccini (Tuscan cookies) and a bottle of Vinsanto?
The markets you can’t miss are two:
Mercato Centrale:This market, aka San Lorenzo market, is divided in two parts, one outside where you can find leather goods but also clothes and scarves and another one – our favourite – inside the big pavillion dating back to the end of the 19th century dedicated to…food! Here you’ll find the Tuscan, Florentine and Italian food culture at its best and you’ll be sorrounded by pasta, cheese, mushrooms, meat, fish, olives and will feel like you’re in heaven. There are some places where you can sit down and eat traditional dishes and also kiosks where you can buy some tipical street food. “The” florentine street food is the lampredotto (read what is it only after eating it). You’ve got it, we love this market, and now guess which is one of the stops of our delish Florence Food Tour? 😉
Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio: You can get here by a short walk from the Duomo. This daily market, away from the tourist crowd, is the oldest market in Florence – dates back to 1873 – and takes place in the square of the historical and still authentic district of Sant’Ambrogio. Spend a different morning, by buying fresh fruit direct from the farmers and stopping to try all the Florentine specialties. In case you still have space in your bellies, we suggest to have lunch in the Trattoria da Rocco, a small and cheap restaurant, very traditional.
3 – Feed the brain
And now feed the brain by visiting places, hidden but amazing away from the crowd.
Museo di Santo Stefano al Ponte: housed in a former monastery, just a few steps away from the Ponte Vecchio. In comparison with other museums, here you’ll find peace and quiet that will really let you admire the pieces of art, painted by famous Tuscan artists like Paolo Uccello, Masolino and nothing less than…Giotto!
Stibbert Museum: this hidden gem keeps a rich collection of ancient and recent armours from all over the world, you’ll be amazed by the variety of the collection and by the way the pieces are put on display.
San Francesco Monastery in Fiesole: on the top of a hill, not far away from the center of Fiesole, this quiet medieval monastery is our choice for a stunning, romantic view on the city and the river Arno.
4 – Go out and have an Aperitivo
Did you know that one of the most famous Italian cocktails, the Negroni, was born in Florence? Ok we know it is strong and not for everyone, but whether you like strong cocktails or soft drinks, once in Florence you must go out for an aperitivo!
A trendy spot is the Kitsch Deux, which offers a rich buffet to accompany your drink, a bustling atmosphere and good music.
If you are looking for something more quiet, then choose the Caffetteria delle Oblate, a cafè nestled on the top floor of a library, which offers a stunning view of the Duomo.
5 – The hip tip
More than a theatre and not just a restaurant, the Teatro del Sale is a unique experience. A reservation is needed, then when you’ll enter this place and take a seat – try not to be late in order to get a good spot – you’ll realize that no, there’s no menu here and the plates are straight out from the kitchen by the famous chef Fabio Picchi…when for instance the pasta is ready, you’ll stand up and queue near the kitchen waiting for your dish…rules are rules! But believe us, the food is great. After dessert, tables and chairs are moved in order to make space for the show! Everything is in Italian, but don’t worry, enjoyable for everyone :-).
Psst! Are you a family? A segway tour combines fun and information plus you’ll share an experience to remember!