Florence is the city that gave me clarity in my life and for that I’m eternally grateful. It’s the city that showed me what life is truly about and is the city that kick-started my passion for travel. Before visiting Florence, I was concerned about the irrelevance that surrounded me; stresses from work and working hard but for the wrong reasons. It became very clear, very fast that life….true life…..is about appreciating family, good friends, fantastic food & wine, and amazing conversation. Florence taught me a life lesson in less than 24 hours. Pretty incredible, right?
When I describe the “energy” of cities in my other posts, I don’t think I get the message across. It’s almost like an X Factor. Something that makes it so unbelievable and incredible that you would live there or return at the drop of a dime. Florence is that to me. There’s a special place in my heart that I have for this magical city and aside from the important life lesson it taught me, there is also so much to do.
So here’s where to start:
Piazza della Signoria – The most famous square in Florence and very busy one at that. Should you want to visit this historic area, I recommend visiting it first thing in the morning.
Il Duomo & Campanile – You really can’t miss this. This extraordinary cathedral spans across the middle of Florence. Climb the bell tower for unbelievable panoramic city views.
Baboli Garden – Once you cross Ponte Vecchio, you will be lead to this hillside park. It’s such a peaceful area in the middle of such a busy city.
Piazza Santa Croce – This square is worth the visit. It’s in front of the cathedral and pretty happening in the evening.
Shopping – You haven’t experienced true retail therapy until you visit Florence.
San Lorenzo Market – An experience in itself! If you’re looking for some good deals head towards this market. There are tons of street vendors and so much to buy!
Like I said before, Florence is more than a city…it’s an experience. The people, the food, the vibe is just something that can not be captured in words. My hope for everyone is that at some point in your life you visit this unbelievable city. I hope it changes your life the way it has mine.