Florence is one of my favorite city. Before Covid-19, I was visiting this beautiful city constantly. From Rome It takes only 1 hour 30 minutes with train.
In 2020 and 2021 I visited only Turkey to see my family. This year, I started to travel again and Florence was my first stop. This year I already have been in Florence three times. First time in April, second and third time in May.
I went to Florence by car with my friend. It takes three hours to drive from Rome to Florence. We didn’t stay there, It was a day trip. Our three trips Florence were amazing. When I went to in April, the city was not crowded but last week was very crowded and weather was very hot.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance also birthplace of my favorite writer Dante Alighieri.
In my past visits, I was preparing program to visit museums and exhibitions. This year, I didn’t visit any museums and exhibitions. I wandered around and discovered delicious foods with my friend.
The majority of Florentine dishes are based on meat. Bistecca alla Fiorentina or Florentine steak is one of the popular dishes. I tried it on one of my previous visits.
This time I wanted to try something different and I tried pici with tomato sauce. Pici is a Tuscon pasta. It is similar to spaghetti but wider version. It is very delicious and I highly recommend to try it.
I also discovered lovely trattoria to eat pizza. The trattoria’s name is Dante and it decorated with Dante and Beatrice which is an amazing atmosphere for Dante Alighieri lovers.
It is located in a few steps from Arno river. They have wood fired pizza and fresh ingredients.
I love gelato so much and I completed my three Florence trips with a delicious gelato. I discovered three gelateria shops. I don’t remember the place and the name of the first gelateria shop because my friend took me there.
When I went to Florence second time, I went to My Sugar Gelato. I discovered this amazing gelateria shop on Instagram. It is located five minutes from the Duomo and I highly recommend you to try.
Last week, I went to Gelateria Dei Neri. It is one of the most popular gelateria in Florence. It has delicious gelatos but I think its dark chocolate flavor is the best.
After eating a lot of delicious food, you can do some exercise by walking up to Piazzale Michelangelo. It is a perfect place t see Florence from above and take amazing photos.