Florence travel agent tips

Staff member: Jess and Amanda // Trip date: Nov 2018

Next up on our Grand Tour of Italy was the romantic city of Florence! Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of those classic cities where history, art and culture collide and sweep you off your feet. We arrived late afternoon after a short train ride from Bologna and after checking in, made our first mission to find pizza and wine!

The following morning we were up early and made our way to the iconic Duomo di Firenze which is the eye-catching cathedral that pretty much acts as the centre of the city. We were there early enough to get a few snaps without too many people milling about. Afterwards we spotted a very cute café just to the side of the Duomo and decided it was definitely coffee time. Don Nino was a sweet little café and they had the BEST chocolate croissants! It was the perfect way to pep us up for the rest of the day.

We wandered the cobblestone streets of Florence, did a bit of window shopping on Ponte Vecchio and took as many snaps as we could! Florence is one of those cities that you could just wander and still feel completely satisfied as if you’d done a whole day of sightseeing. That afternoon we had a gelato and pizza making class which was delicious but made us realise we should leave the cooking to the professionals!

The following morning we were up early again with one mission – to climb to the top of the Duomo Bell Tower. Thankfully being winter, the line wasn’t very long so we didn’t have to wait long. 414 steps later and we were at the top, looking out at the stunning, red-roofed sea of houses that made of Florence. It was such a beautiful sight that was definitely worth the early wake up!

That afternoon it was time to say arrivederci to Florence and buongiorno to Naples! The train ride was our longest yet at just over 3 hours. We were so thankful to be travelling in Business Class where we could recline our seats and completely relax as we sped south to Naples. Train travel is quickly becoming my favorite way to get places!

Must know info

  • Two nights in Florence is a good starting point but be careful because once you’re there, you’ll wish you stayed longer!
  • Firenze Santa Maria Novella is Florence’s train station. It’s easy to navigate and has luggage storage if you can only be in Florence for a couple of hours!
  • For a gastronomic goldmine, head to Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo. Here you can also pick up delicious goodies to take back home that are just a bit different from the usual souvenirs.
  • If your client likes stunning views, recommend that they make a reservation to climb the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo. While entrance to the Bell Tower requires no reservation, the Duomo only has limited availability so reserve early to not miss out!

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