Anyone with an interest in art history will obviously love Florence, but there’s so much more to it than the galleries you read about (although, let’s face it, the Uffizi is impressive – when I visited there was some kind of US military official being given a private tour and even he looked interested).
When I visited back in June 2007, it was bloody boiling, and I spent most of the time trying to track down a cool beer and some shade, but it was ultimately an incredible few days. Here are the highlights, in embarrassingly grainy 2007-style photo quality.
Aside from what I snapped, the experiences you should tick off your to-do list in the city are:
- Wandering around the street markets and smelling the leather. Mmm… (sorry, vegetarians)
- Going into loads of random churches in the city centre and finding great art without following a guidebook
- Buying some shoes in one of the great shoe shops
- Nun spotting
- Visiting the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, where you can explore the work of the legendary Italian shoe designer, who studied anatomy
Florence is the kind of city you could definitely return to. There are so many museums and cool restaurants to visit, so you’ll always have more places to add to your agenda for next time. It’s also an easy flight from the UK and the people are really lovely, not minding when you embarrass yourself with broken Italian phrases. Ahem. Even if you don’t get to experience it in a heatwave, you’ll still think it’s hot.