Florence - the recipe for excellence in Tuscany
Florence, Italy has the magical recipe for making Tuscany the key point of interest in Italy. As the renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany: Florence has some of Italy's best museums, beautiful cathedrals, interesting squares with elegant buildings and its historical centre is classified as a World Heritage Site.
With an abundance of art and creativity it is no wonder that the city has proven popular with those studying art. Many students from all over the world come to this picturesque city to learn about the pivotal figures, paintings, architecture and more that is essential to the history of art.
Our favourite day was walking up to Piazzale Michelangelo (better at sunset) and admiring the breathtaking views of the city beneath us. Beware when taking the steps going up as it is not for the faint-hearted, but well worth the footwork. After the morning excursion we walked our way down past the Palazzo Pitti (a palace built for the Pitti family in 1457) and into the Boboli Gardens. Whether looking for a green escape into the city or cooling down in the summer months, these gardens comprise the largest monumental green area in Florence. From within the gardens we came across entrances into the costume museum, porcelain museum and numerous architecture & cultural sculptures.
We envied the true genuine life of the Florentines as it is the perfect spot for Italian culinary traditions. A lot of love and fantasy gets cooked up in every Florentine restaurant, and it seems like everyone in the family seems to know how to cook. We ate at recommended restaurants from locals and had our desserts twice, first at the restaurant and second at La Carraia ice cream boutique. Gelato such as red almond, pistachio, chocolate chip vanilla and pink grape fruit were all tasted on our frequent midnight visits - all in the name of research of course. Blend in with the locals and have an artisan ice cream on the Carraia bridge while watching the sunset.
With all of the eye catching elements of the city, Florence can be well seen in five days. Take your time in this splendid city and learn a little bit of Italian - you never know how soon you will be back.