Bologna, Italy

Most Instagrammable Spots In Bologna, Italy

In the heart of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, to the north of Florence is Italy’s food capital, Bologna. This beautiful city is rich in history, art, food, stunning churches, music and much more. It is also home to the oldest university in the world “University of Bologna”. But that’s not all. Ever wondered where the famous Bologney and Ragu sauce were created? Well you guessed it right, it was here in Bologna, Italy.



Despite all this, it still remains one of the most underrated cities in Italy. Often neglected by tourists on the usual route to Venice – Florence- Rome, Bologna definitely deserves more. I will recommend staying at-least a night if not more, here.

Still not convinced? Well, check out these amazing the most Instagram worthy spots in Bologna, Italy. I am sure you will be packing your bags soon ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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  • Le Due Torri

Just like Pisa, Bologna also has leaning towers. More commonly known as the leaning towers of Asinelli and Garisenda, they have become a symbol of this city. Although shorter tower, Garisenda is not open for the public to climb, you can get to the top of the Asinelli tower for a small price of โ‚ฌ3.

PS. its quite the climb ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜Œ…498 steps….. But views at the end made it all worthwhile.

  • Piazza Maggiore

This is the city’s main square. Once you are in the square, have a gelato, get your smartphone or a camera out and you are all set. Many opportunities for stunning Instagram pictures here. San Petronio Cathedral (Bologna’s largest cathedral) is here, click some pictures with beautiful Neptune Fountain. It’s here where you will have the city’s best ‘people watching opportunity’.

Piazza Maggiore Bologna
  • porticos

Porticos mean covered sidewalks. You will find them all over the city. Just to give you an idea, only considering the city center, they are 38km long. Porticos of Bologna are the next candidate for becoming UNESCO world heritage. Nothing could speak more of bologna then the beautiful pictures of these sidewalks. For a perfect Instagram shot, try capturing them at dusk.

Sidewalks or covered walkways in Bologna



  • Gelato

Bologna has one of the best gelatos in Italy. Moreover, there also is a ‘gelato museum’ here. Any trip will be incomplete without getting a delectable Gelato shot, giving something to your Instagram followers to drool on haha๐Ÿ˜œ

Gelato
  • Finestrella Di Via Piella

This is Bologna’s little Venice. Fun fact; Bologna has 60km canals. Once you are in the area, walk along via piella, you will reach the famous small window looking down onto the Canale delle Moline. ( In case it’s closed just push the window and you will be welcomed by stunning views of canale moline. )

 Canale delle Moline, Bologna

Right opposite the window is another great spot to capture a picturesque scene of glittering water and ancient walls.

Finestrella Di Via Piella
  • San Luca Church

San Luca church is located southwest of the city center, sited above 300m on a forested hill, overlooking the city. The prettiest thing about this church is that it changes colors depending on the time and light of the day. To get the best shots, I will recommend going just before the sunset, when everything starts turning into shades of Pink.

San Luca Church , Bologna

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Things To Do In Rome : Ultimate Travel Guide

Travel Guide To Rome : How To Travel Rome, Italy When You Are Alone & On A Budget

Rome, is many people’s favourite destination and after visiting it I can totally understand why. It’s a city which surprised me the most. When one thinks of Rome, one would immediately imagine world famous colosseum, magnificent pantheon and roman forum. Well these are the main highlights but this city is way more than that. In this travel guide I have included some of the famous best things to do in Rome and also few alternate things which most tourist miss.

Capital of Italy is a true blend of modern and historic era. Walking in Rome is like walking in an open museum where every building, street and sculpture speaks history. Its one of a kind city and should definitely be on every traveler’s bucket list. Moreover, its among the top recommended destinations for solo travellers. You will feel welcomed and its very easy to get around. Food is excellent and plenty of great sights to see.

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Travel Guide Include; Things to do In Rome, Where to Stay, food, travel and some tips on saving money

Rome is a major city so you can expect it to be little expensive. But don’t worry it is still possible to do it on budget. Keep on reading and I will tell you how.

How To Reach Rome ?
  • Flyโœˆ๏ธ; There are two airports, Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) which is 30kms from the main city and Ciampino, 15kms from the centre. Former is the main international airport. Latter also have few international and many domestic flights. You can either take an express train from the airport to the centre (termini), should cost โ‚ฌ14. Better option is FL1 local train for โ‚ฌ8 or buses, will take little longer but cost half the price (โ‚ฌ5.8 to โ‚ฌ6.9) .
  • Train๐Ÿš†; Main railway station is Roma termini. It has connectivity to almost all major cities in Europe. Once you are in the station, you can either take a metro ( lineA and B ) or a bus from piazza dei cinquecento which is right outside the termini station.
  • Bus๐ŸšŒ; There are many bus stations but main one is Tiburtina and most of the buses terminate here. Getting around from tiburtina to the centre is easy. Termini is just 3km away. You can either walk or take a cab. There is also an underground subway, fare โ‚ฌ2.
How To Get Around In Rome ?

Rome is a big metropolitan city but getting around is quite easy and convenient, thanks to the excellent public transport. Though most of the main attractions are clustered within a traffic free zone, and are best explored on foot but few sights like Vatican and Appian way are located little far off .

Advice; Avoid local taxis as they are expensive. There is Uber but only Uber Black in Italy which is high end and pricey. You can try FreeNow for relatively lower fare.

If you are on a budget, well even if you are not, I will advice using public transport in Rome. Its very cheap and connects every corner of the city. Tip; tickets are interchangeable i.e. same ticket could be used for metros and buses within the time validity.

  • Buses ; They run 24 hours a day, 100 minutes ticket is for โ‚ฌ1.50. Or get a 24/48/72 hours for โ‚ฌ7/12.5/18.
  • Metros ; There are two lines, A and B which runs throughout the city. First metro leaves at 5:30am and last at 11:30pm.
  • Trams and Trains are also available. Advice; You need to purchase a ticket before you board the train, metro, tram or a bus. They can be bought from tobacco stores, or vending machines at most of the stations. Don’t forget to validate them once you have boarded, or be prepared to pay a hefty fine of โ‚ฌ40 – โ‚ฌ150๐Ÿ™ˆ.
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Where To Stay In Rome ?

Probably the funnest thing I did in Rome was exploring its cool and distinct neighbourhoods. If you want to escape the usual tourist traps, experience Rome like a local, but still be close to the centre, these are incredible neighbourhoods to stay at.

  • Monti ; Its roughly 10 minutes walk from the colosseum, extremely safe and a trendy neighbourhood. It has vintage vibe to it which could be seen in local restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Its where funky, artistic and ‘cool’ crowd hang out lol. Narrow cobbled streets and building are just adorable. Has plenty of budget hostels and hotels. You can also find many airbnb options here .

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  • Pigento ; I will describe this as Brooklyn of Rome. Formerly it was a working class neighbourhood but now known as a hipster area. Has a bohemian vibe which is reflected in bars, restaurants and architecture.
  • Ostiense ; Situated in the south, this neighbourhood is rich in art, culture and cuisine. Has modern yet old vibe to it. Definitely worth the stroll even if you are not staying here.
  • Trastevere ; Located on the other side of the river, away from the chaos of city centre, is the coolest and my absolute favourite neighbourhood of Rome. Two reasons, during the day its quite, laid back giving one a perfect opportunity to wander around and photograph beautiful medieval colourful streets but as the sun goes down, everything comes alive. Atmosphere in bars and restaurants is electric. If you want to try best authentic Italian pizza and local craft beer, look no further.

There are tons of budget hostels here, I stayed at Hostel Trastevere and loved it. It was clean, staff was extremely friendly, rooms were spacious. Great Value for money.

Best Time To Visit

High season months are from May to mid September when temperature is at peak, and hoards of tourists are in the centre. Probably not the best time as prices on food and accommodation will be at top and you will have to stand in long lines for almost all attractions. August is the worst month, most locals leave the city, thus I will suggest avoiding August.

Rather I will recommend going in late September to mid December or mid January to early March as these are low season months. Which means less tourist, better rate on accommodation and airfare. Although it will be little chilly but winter isn’t so harsh in Rome like northern Europe .

Advice; Most of the museums are closed on Monday and Vatican museum on Sunday. Weekends attract maximum crowd and I would prefer to avoid it. Tuesdays to Fridays are the best period to explore the city with thin crowd.

How Many Days Do You Need ?

Ideally I will recommend 3 full days and 4 nights including jet lag and travel time. All the main attractions like colosseum, pantheon, roman forum, trevi fountain and few others could be covered in 1 or 1.5 days. One day you should keep for Vatican city and other Rome’s neighbourhoods. If you have an extra day you can visit beautiful Appian valley or even better, spend a day biking around this gorgeous stoned ancient road.(we will get into that later)

What To Eat ? ( Vegan/Vegetarian Guide)

Italian food is not just mouthwatering but very diverse. This means most of the regular restaurants will have one or two vegetarian dishes if not more or they would adjust regular dishes according to your dietary needs. I had no difficulty finding good delicious vegetarian food in Rome. Also because of growing trend, plenty plant based restaurants have opened in the city. Here are few of my favourites;

  • Ops! ; Located near the centre, it is a buffet style vegan restaurant. Coolest thing is you pay as your plate weigh, โ‚ฌ2.60 per 100 g. They also have tempting selection of cakes, try the chocolate one, heavenly !!!
  • Madre Terra; For good gluten free pizza and other dishes go here. On every Wednesday they have PizzaParty day where you can get a big 8 slice pizza for โ‚ฌ10 and lucky for me, I happened to be there on that day.
  • Come il Latte ; This is one of my favourite gelato shop in Rome, very close to termini station. They have gluten free options as well. PS. don’t be shy from trying many flavours. I had persimmon, little unusual but surprisingly delicious.
  • Giolitti ; This is the oldest gelato shop in Rome. Located near Pantheon. Its one of the most famous gelato shops, even Barack Obama have eaten here haha. Although gelato is delicious but you will need to wait in a long que. Its worth it at the end haha !
  • Antica Osteria Rugantino; Easily among my top dinner places in Rome mainly due to the vibe of the place and food off-course. I had pasta in red sauce with some grilled vegetables on side and roasted potatoes. If you don’t mind splurging a little for good ambience and delicious food, try Rugantino.
  • Vega Food; For all my desi readers, if you are craving for quick Indian snack at a decent price go to Vega. They also serve dosa with chutney ( for a south Indian food lover like myself, nothing could have been better haha)

Advice; Eating out every meal can be little heavy on budget. Rome is not very cheap when it comes to dinning. Cooking few meals in hostels will be more sensible and also will provide a good opportunity to meet fellow travellers.

Best Things To Do In Rome

Now our food, accommodation, and transit is sorted, lets get into real deal : Things to do in Rome

  • Colosseum

It won’t be wrong to call it a symbol of Rome. A must visit when in Rome. It’s the largest Amphitheatre in the world and one of the most prominent world’s historic monument.

It was built in 80AD and today is among the Seven Wonders of the modern world. You can’t visit Rome without a visit to Colosseum.

Colosseum in Rome

More than 6 million tourists visit Colosseum every year and in order to avoid the long lines which can take several hours, I will advice to buy the tickets online. A combined ticket will give you access to Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum. You can buy them here.

  • Roman Forum

Roman Forum was ancient Rome’s main square. Today home to many historical ruins.Another must see when in Rome. I will say going to Rome without walking through Roman forum is like visiting Florence without going to Duomo or Paris without Eiffel tower.

There is so much history here that you can easily spend few hours strolling through temples and other ruins.

  • Pantheon

Located between Trevi Fountain and Plaza Navona, this Italian masterpiece was built in 126AD and even today is very well preserved. Entrance is free. The ambience outside the building is very lively, filled with tourists, locals and street artists.

  • Trevi Fountain

A Hollywood’s royalty, possibly the most famous fountain in the world is Trevi Fountain. It attracts thousands of tourists through the day. The myth is if you throw one coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome. Two, you will fall in love with an attractive Italian and three, you will marry a person you meet there. Whether or not you believe in it, its a fun little way to test your luck haha.

Tip; If you want to avoid the crowd and get a perfect click for your instagram, consider visiting between 3am -5am. I didn’t have the energy to wake up that early but hey you do you. How many times will you come to Rome after all?

trevi fountain
  • Piazza Di Spagna And Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna which means square of Spain (as Spain embassy is located in the square). It sits below 135 Spanish steps and is one of the most renowned piazza of Rome.

Spanish steps Rome

Once you are in the centre its impossible to miss it.

  • St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica

It is a magnificent grand square located in Vatican city just outside St. Peter’s Basilica. Can hold upto 3,00,000 people at a time. Its huge. Two sides of the square are surrounded by 284 columns top of which sits impressive statutes of 145 saints. Art is mesmerising.

Vatican city

Tip; Don’t forget to get a picture at Rome and Vatican border. How many people can say they have been to two countries at once?

St. Peters Basilica is the largest church in the world and probably the most iconic landmarks in Vatican. Entrance to the church is free but to get stunning views of Vatican, I will suggest visiting St. Peter’s dome. You can either take stairs (โ‚ฌ8) or an elevator for โ‚ฌ10.

st peters dome vatican city
  • Sistine Chapel

If you know a little about art and history, you must have heard of Michelangelo. Well sistine Chapel is a jaw dropping masterpiece by Michelangelo and you must visit this once in your lifetime. More than a chapel itself its the ceiling which grabs every visitors attention.

In order to avoid waiting for hours in long lines, consider skip the line ticket.

sistine chapel vatican city

If you plan on visiting Vatican Museum as well, I will suggest buying a combine ticket for both.

Other Things To Do In Rome
  • Appian Way

Looking take a break from hustle bustle of the main city and away from the usual crowds? I will suggest spending half a day biking around the Appian way. It was strategically the most important road in ancient Rome, connecting Rome to southern Italy. The road was mainly used for transferring military supplies from and to Rome.

It is 10miles long, situated outside the city, but its connected well with public transport. You will find many locals coming here for picnics and bike rides. There is one small cafe from where you can rent a bike, โ‚ฌ4 for an hour and โ‚ฌ7 for two hours. Or get a guided tour.

  • Hamam ( Traditional Turkish Bath )

Well yes Turkish bath in Rome. Sounds ironic but this has been part of roman culture since ages and quite popular among the locals. What could be a better way to pamper yourself after all the walking you probably will do? A perfect way to end your wonderful trip if you ask me. There are many options to choose from. I went to AcquaMadre. It was very relaxing and good value for money.

Somebody very well said โ€œRome was a poem pressed into service as a city.โ€

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Florence Italy

2 Days In Florence, Italy ; How To Visit Florence On a Budget | Travel Guide

Touted to be the birthplace of Renaissance, Florence, Italy is exploded with culture, monuments, museums and renaissance art. Its the capital of Italy’s tuscan region and among my top 10 recommended destinations for solo travellers in Europe.

For number of reasons; a) City’s artistic and architectural heritage. It was also ranked as the “most beautiful city in the world” by Forbes magazine. b) It is located in the centre of Italy thus has a great connectivity to the entire tuscan region and rest of the country, making it a perfect base for short day trips in gorgeous Tuscany. c) Its extremely safe like most of the Europe but also millions of tourists visit Florence,Italy thus you won’t feel like an outsider. d) Though Florence is not as cheap as other places like Prague but its not too harsh on budget either. Its definitely more affordable than Rome or Venice.

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HOW TO REACH FLORENCE? WHERE TO STAY IN FLORENCE? BUDGET EATS (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) HOW TO GET AROUND IN FLORENCE? BEST TIME TO VISIT? HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED ? THINGS TO SEE ( DAY 1) THINGS TO SEE ( DAY 2) DAY TRIPS FROM FLORENCE

HOW TO REACH FLORENCE ?

  • Fly โœˆ๏ธ; Florence has one of the two busiest airports (known as FLR) in Tuscany region. Its located not very far from the city centre. Taxi fare should cost roughly around 22โ‚ฌ to downtown Florence. Better and cheaper option is a direct bus shuttle, it should take roughly 20 minutes and one way ticket is 6โ‚ฌ. (can be purchased inside the bus).

Tip; Instead of flying to Florence, look for flights for nearby airports like Pisa and Bologna for cheaper airfare. Both the towns are hardly one hour away from Florence and have good public transport connectivity.

  • Train ๐Ÿš†; Main train station is Santa Maria Novella Station. Its located walking distance from the centre. From here you can either take a tram (T1 & T2) or bus to your accommodation.
  • Bus ๐ŸšŒ; If you are coming to Florence by road, there are many bus companies like Flxibus, italo and many more to choose from. Main bus stop is SITA bus station and is located very close to Santa Novella train station.

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GETTING AROUND IN FLORENCE

Walking ; Like any other European city, Florence is best explored on Foot. Having said that in recent years, city has tremendously grown beyond tourist attractions and its sensible to use public transport if you are staying away from main tourist centre. Once in the centre walking is the best option. I will not advise using a car as centre is small, most roads are one way only, with limited parking.

Trams ; My preferred way. There are two lines T1 and T2. Connecting almost entire city. 90 minutes ticket cos 1.2โ‚ฌ.

Bus; City buses in Florence are managed by the ATAF. Although buses have reputation of running late but luckily I didn’t encounter that while my visit . 90 minutes ticket cos 1.2โ‚ฌ.

Remember; You can use the same ticket for buses and trams ( one ticket = within 90 minutes). Tickets can be bought at coffee shops, tobacco store, kiosks or the train station. Don’t forget to validate the tickets upon boarding.

BEST TIME TO VISIT FLORENCE

Well in terms of weather best time to visit is April, May, June, September and October. Weather is pleasant ( average temperature during the day is in 20s). But these are also peak tourist seasons. Comes with a cost of high prices on accommodation, food, and crowds.

I will suggest visiting between November to March. Not the best weather but you will get to experience Florence like a local rather than a tourist. This will help you in stretching your budget quite a lot and you can cover more of Tuscany at the same price you will rather have to pay in peak seasons.

I will avoid July and August, mainly due to gruelling summer heat.

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WHERE TO STAY IN FLORENCE ?

Florence is a small city packed with mouthwatering Italian food, cultural heritage, art galleries, museums and stunning architecture. One thing its not is Cheap. Finding the right accommodation specially if you are on a budget could be daunting. Don’t worry I got you !

As I mentioned its a very small city and all the main attraction are centred around Duomo within a circular ring and could be walked from one end to the other in 30 minutes.

  • Staying within the ring; If you are short on time and plan on visiting maximum tourist attractions, you can choose to stay within the centre of this renaissance city.
  • There are plenty of options. You can stay near Santa Maria Novella Station . Its 5 minutes walk from Duomo. An energetic neighbourhood with tons of bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. If you are staying near Duomo, you will be 5 minutes walk from Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio. So you see, it doesn’t really matter where you are staying within the circle. Though you will be in the centre but as you would guess, its expensive. I will recommend staying in San Marco neighbourhood if you are on budget. It a vibrant neighbourhood few minutes walk from the duomo, plus this borough has plenty of budget hotels and hostels.

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Staying outside the ring ; If you are looking for high residential area which is good on your wallet, I will suggest staying near Piazza Beccaria or Piazzale Michelangelo. Not only this will save you money but also you will get to experience the daily life of local Florentines.

There are are many B&B options, hotels and hostels. You can also find good airbnb deals.

HOW MANY DAYS IN FLORENCE ?

Ideally I feel 2-3 days should be enough to explore Florence,Italy. Historic centre has lot to offer but its small and could be covered easily in 2 days time. I will suggest extra 3rd day for short day trips from Florence. There are plenty of options like Sienna, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre and other gorgeous Tuscan towns.

BUDGET FOOD OPTIONS (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)

Florence undoubtedly has some of the best food of Italy and of Tuscany region. From creamy gelato, to mouthwatering pasta and crusty pizza, list doesn’t end. Unfortunately because of growing tourist footfalls, many places are overpriced and are low in quality. After few bad experiences and some mind blowing ones, here are my suggestions for best value for money food in Florence;

  • Gelato ; You can’t think of Italy without a creamy delicious gelato right? I have tried few (probably more than I should have in 2 days lol) and still couldn’t get enough of them Haha ! My two favorites were Gelateria La Carraia (near Ponte alla Carraia) , and Rivareno ( their peanut butter ice cream is to die for). For Vegan gelato try at Perche No. They have a wonderful range vegan ice creams made of soy and rice milk.
best Gelato Florence
  • Pizza ; This one is easy. Lโ€™OV, l’Osteria vegetariana. Its located on the other side of the river. They have vegetarian version of original Tuscan dishes. A must vegan go to for Florence. Livio pizzeria napoletana is another great option for some authentic delicious pizza.
Best pizza in Florence, Italy
  • Pasta ; Il Vegetariano is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Florence with good Vegan options. Portions are generous and most dishes are less than โ‚ฌ10. Libreria Brac is located in Santa croce. Its more like a cafe. Try mix platter of pasta and risotto.
Pasta in Florence
  • Indian Food; To satisfy your desi cravings, there are plenty of go to in Florence. Al Noor, Gandhi restorante have good reviews ( I didn’t try but have good ratings). I went to Royal India and wasn’t disappointed.
indian food in florence

THINGS TO SEE IN FLORENCE ( DAY 1 )

Start your day with a cup of cappuccino at any cafe catches your eye ( literally at every corner of the city) . Now our caffeine intake is done let’s begin exploring Florence !

  • Take a ( free ) walking tour ; I have said it a thousands times but I love walking tours. I prefer to take them on first day of my trip as it gives me a brief idea about the city’s history, attractions and things one otherwise would miss. Because of enormous history attached to Florence, I don’t think there is a better way to begin your exploration than this.

Remember free tours are not really free. They work on tips, don’t forget to tip them well !

  • Piazza della repubblica ;

After you are done with your walking tour, probably already got a brief idea about the city and main attractions, now its time to begin seeing these sights at your own pace and enjoyment. Start with city’s main square. This also is home to a beautiful carrousel. Its surrounded with vibrant cafes, shops and restaurants.

PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA ;
  • Fontana del Porcellino

From piazza della head towards Fontana which is a bronze fountain of boar. The walk shines with luxury high end stores and is one of the busiest streets in Florence.

Porcellino in Italian means piglet. This unique bronze statue sits outside the colourful leather market, has a shiny nose, almost impossible to miss. Its believed if you rub the nose of the boar, you will come to Florence again.

Tip; There is a small water fountain near the boar. Get your bottles out, refill and get going.

FONTANA DEL PORCELLINO
  • Piazza Dela Signoria ;

Few meters away from Fontana is another gorgeous piazza call Piazza della Signoria. Its an L shape square and has historical significance to Florence’s political and cultural life.

It houses an open air museums (showcasing some breathtaking sculptures) , the prominent palazzo Vecchio and the fountain of Neptune. Adjacent to piazza is Uffizi gallery ( Italy’s top art museum and also our next stop).

PIAZZA DELA SIGNORIA
  • UFFIZI GALERY ;

Uffizi is a prominent 2 floor art gallery famous worldwide for outstading collection of paintings and sculptures by art legends like Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and many more. How much time do you need here? Well it depends on your personal inclination. I would say anywhere between 2-4 hours.

Its one of the most visited sites in Florence and thus I will recommend buying the tickets in advance. You can get them here if you like.

  • Ponte Vecchio bridge ;

It won’t be completely wrong to say that Ponte vecchio has become symbol of Florence. Well this and Duomo off course. Looking to get a perfect postcard image of Florence? Head towards Ponte vecchio bridge. Its not very far from Uffizi gallery.

Get a gelato on your way, wander around the streets and take a stroll maybe couple of strolls through this medieval stone arch bridge. Historically, butchers occupied the bridge but today you can finds many tenants of jewels, souvenirs and art dealers.

After crossing the bridge, you will reach other side of the river arno, which will lead you to our next stop, Boboli gardens.

Tip; If you are hungry and in mood for authentic true Napoli style pizza, go to Gusta Pizza. Very close by and justifies its name.

PONTE VECCHIO BRIDGE ;
  • Boboli gardens ;

Now your food soul is satisfied, its time for another Florence must see and the final stop for day one, the marvellous Boboli gardens. These vast green space became the model for many European courts. They have wonderful renaissance statues, sculptures, and outdoor museums. Perfect place to take a stroll, stretch your legs and soak in the beautiful tuscan sun.

Things to See In Florence ( Day 2 )

Start your second and final day little early, grab a quick breakfast and some delicious Italian caffe, as today we will be seeing two of the most famous Florence sights, The majestic Duomo and the David.

  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ( DUOMO )

More famously known as the duomo of Florence, this I feel is a must visit. You simply cannot miss this. Any trip to Florence,Italy is incomplete without visiting this iconic masterpiece.

Although the entrance to the cathedral is free but you will need a ‘Grande Museo del Duomo pass’ to visit other site that is the Bell Tower, climbing the Dome, the Baptistery and the museum. ( price ; โ‚ฌ 18 ). Official Website.

CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE ( DUOMO )

You can also buy separate tickets for the museum and climbing up the dome. The line for the cathedral and the dome can be really long and might take huge chunk of your day. Or buy skip the line tickets in advance. I will really recommend this.

Important ; You need to reserve your time slot for Brunelleschi’s Dome separately that is even after you have the tickets. As they allow fix number of visitors to climb the dome.

CATHEDRAL OF SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE ( DUOMO )
  • Galleria dellโ€™Accademia

Accademia Gallery is another must see in Florence,Italy . Its a prominent sculpture gallery with many masterpieces but the most famous is Michelangelo’s David statue. There are many replica’s of David but there is only one original, which is here. Again I will highly recommend buying the tickets in advance. It will be foolish not to ( you don’t want to stand in gruelling long lines). You can book them here.

  • Santa Croce Church

Adjacent to Duomo is another iconic cathedral, Santa Croce. With an ornate interior it has memorable domes of Galileo and Dante.

Tip; Want to escape the crowd and enjoy perfect views of the duomo? Well it’s possible. There is a small library call Oblate Library, very close to the Dome. Entrance to the library is free. It has a small cozy coffee shop on the second floor . Order a drink and have the dome completely to yourself !

  • Piazzale Michelangelo

Let’s end our trip on a high note. Piazzale Michelangelo is a public square located on the other side of the river Arno. It has stunning panoramic views of the city. I will advice going here for the sunset or sunrise. Atmosphere in the evening is very lively. You can find street musicians, artists, locals all coming together to enjoy breathtaking views of Florence skyline.

Carry some food, get a glass of wine and admire the stunning views of this wonderful city as the sun goes down. I can’t think of better way to end this perfect day !

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO, florence Italy

Popular day trips from Florence, Italy

Florence is located literally at the heart of Italy and the centre of Tuscany region, making it a perfect base for various day trips around the area. If you can which I absolutely recommend, plan an extra day or two for short trips from here. The region is so diverse and beautiful and it will be shame not to see it. You can find the details below ; 

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