Things to do in Florence

Florence is a bubbling town whose numerous attractions make it overwhelming for visitors to narrow down to a specific list of ‘must-visit’ places. Whether you are a nature enthusiast looking for natural places to explore, or a shopaholic wondering where to get your daily fix of retail therapy, Florence is the place to be.

Marvel at the Renaissance Art that brings Uffizi Gallery to life in such a remarkably beautiful way. The gallery is expansive, so you may want to plan an early arrival. The entire collection is vast, so it is advisable to start off with the collections that interest you most. There are guided tours for those who would like a seamless vacation in Florence.

Art lovers will be serenaded by the sights and sounds of the numerous opera performances that fill the air. Stop over at St. Mark’s English Church or head on to the splendid Chiesa di Orsanmichele. After the performances, take time to saunter through the streets while marveling at the architectural wonders that tower to the city’s glorious skyline.

While at it, make sure you look out for the iconic Basilica di Santa Maria del Flore, the melting point of the city’s cultural history. While entry is free, there is a charge for going up to the imposing dome, for as long as you are not claustrophobic.

Families will enjoy a relaxing vacation with the kids at Tuscany. This family-friendly destination is both relaxing and romantic. Let the kids have fun at the many summer camps as you steal away a few intimate moments at the different museums.

Of all the things to do in Florence, one which stands out, and without which the trip is incomplete, is taking photographs at the numerous sites. Some of these photogenic locations include the streets replete with historical artifacts, the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge as well as the Piazzale Micheangelo. This is best identified as the city’s terrace, and therefore attracts tourists in their numbers.

Nature also welcomes visitors who would like to sample the city’s flora and fauna. Make your way to the Medicean Park of Pratolino and enjoy strolling through the manicured gardens for a perfect day out. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the world of wine tasting as you enjoy warm nights in Tuscany. Some of the greatest wines in the region include Bolgheri, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.

Other fun activities you can engage in when you visit Florence include pool diving in the city’s beautiful pools, visiting the popular Oblate Library as well as indulging in the city’s famous Gelato. For the latter, there are dozens of gelato shops where you can indulge your sweet tooth at one of the most popular stores: Gelateria dei Neri, Gelateria della Passera, Edoardo, Arà, Gelateria Perchè No!, La Carraia

The best time to visit Florence is the period between May and September. Not only is this period warm making it perfect to tour and explore the city, it is also the time when events and festivals are held. Indulging in the open air dining events is one of the most remarkable things to do in Florence. While the heat can be unforgiving, it is pleasant enough to enjoy the city’s attractions and you won’t be disappointed if you stay at the Westin Excelsior Hotel Florence.

Photo Credit - Maëlick

Photo Credit – Maëlick