Both Hayley and I had visited Florence in the past, and that was exactly why we had to revisit it during our world tour. We both remember how magical it was when we first visited Florence, so how did our most recent trip hold up?
In a word: fantastic!
Truth be told we could spend our whole adventure in Florence, but we knew we had to keep it limited – so we created a week itinerary for Florence and made our best go of it. We soon realized how short a week really is.
We ended up taking the night train from Vienna to Florence, and while it may have been exhausting to get wishy-washy sleep all night, having the first morning to explore Florence unimpeded by hoards of people felt worth it.
So how’d we spend our time in Florence? With a lot of pizza, gelato, and fine art. That’s how we’ll break it down here.
So whenever we have pizza back home it reminds Hayley of Florentine pizza. Every. Single. Time. So we decided to eat as much pizza as our budget allowed… and then a little more.
On our first day we went to an outdoor restaurant our host recommended: Finisterrae (which means “end of the world”)
The food was delicious, and not because it was our first Florentine meal – it was just top notch food.
Our next adventure with pizza was at the Yellow Bar:
How was the pizza? Better than the day before!
The pizza is so flavorful – I (Scott) couldn’t believe how I’ve never tasted anything like it before. Florentine pizza seems to have the same ingredients but tastes unlike anything else I’ve ever tasted. Phenomenal!
The third round of pizza was over at Santarpia.
This pizza felt like we had the fanciest setting but probably tasted like the best pizza we’ve ever had. Our pizza experience in Florence has been a rising star all week long, and this pizza stop was near the tippy top.
For our final pizza experience we went… back to Yellow Bar! It’s true, the pizza was so fantastic we just had to go back. We thought about trying a different restaurant but in the end we didn’t want to risk a busted meal. We decided to go for a solid experience and go right back to what we knew worked.
For our second go around, we order ravioli, pizza, and a calzone.
If you haven’t had gelato here’s a primer. It’s the best ice cream you’ve ever had. It’s a creamier, more flavorful version of most ice cream we’ve had back home.
Our first experience was at Gelateria Gelatissimi.
So very good – especially since we hadn’t had Italian gelato for at least 8 years. But as we’d soon find out, it wasn’t the best of the best.
Our next gelato experience was the very next day after Yellow Bar. We decided to walk off our guts by strolling across the Ponte Vecchio and seeing Hayley’s old apartment and the nearby gelotaria down the block.
This was the best gelato I (Scott) has ever had. Creamier than the day before and the flavors I got (dark chocolate and salted caramel) were the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
Quick aside, we also stopped by Hayley’s old apartment from 2008.
The final time we enjoyed gelato was after our second visit to Yellow Bar. This time we visited My Sugar, winner of best gelato in Florence in 2017.
This time the gelato was a little more like soft serve but still incredibly flavorful.
Hopefully you haven’t gotten too hungry and stopped reading, because we have arrived at the art. While in Florence we made a few different stops: Galleria dell’Accademia, Galileo’s Museum, and the Bargello, to name a few.
Armor at the Bargello
Florence is a world class city in the best way. It is your premiere option in Europe for the best pizza, gelato, and art in the world. In short, book your next vacation here. We’re already planning our next trip back. So with all that said, it should be no surprise we gave Florence…
So there’s our week itinerary for Florence, Italy! Have you been? Do you love it? Hate it? What did we miss about it? Let us know in the comments below.