Today wraps the second week of me living like a Florentine and I can confidently say: “I LOVE it here!” While being here, I’ve had great food (I posted about it last week) and have visited some great places. I really want to share some things that I have done that have made me fall in love with this town. These are the top places that you MUST visit: The Duomo (cathedral and the top of the dome), the Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, and The Uffizi.
To begin, you must visit the most gorgeous building in the city, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. This building is right in the middle of town and you seriously cannot miss it! To enter the actual cathedral, all you need to do is wait in line until you are granted access into the cathedral. Beware that this wait can often take hours, so get to it as early as possible. If you wish to enter the actual Dome and climb it, you will need to purchase a ticket. The ticket is 20 euros and it grants you access to the Dome, Bell Tower, Crypt, Baptistery and Museum. I will also recommend to do this in the morning, so it is not as hot when you climb all 463 steps! Please wear comfortable shoes and stretch!! The NFL-style workout is absolutely worth it. As you climb, there is a small stop half-way up where you are able to see the interior paintings of the dome. Once you are all the way up, you can make your way into the open observatory, where you get the most gorgeous view of the city! I will let you all be awestruck by paintings when you enter, so no spoiling.
Second on that list, was to go to the Michelangelo Plaza. From there, you get the best sunset view of the city. It is located southeast of the Duomo and it took me about 30 minutes to walk there. This, much like the Duomo, requires a leg workout to get there. In the same manner, it is 100% worth it! Once you are up there, there are little restaurants and bars that you can sit and enjoy the rest of your evening.
Third on the list is to go to the Ponte Vecchio. I like going there in the evening and chat with some of my roommates. It is a fantastic place to enjoy the Arno River, a nice dinner, and some company. Lastly, you must go to the Uffizi. There is so much to see and it is truly breathtaking. Whether you appreciate art or not, it is a fantastic place to visit. The amount of detail that goes into each statue and painting is so incredible. Quick note: if you are staying in town for longer than a day, I would recommend buying the ticket for 38 euros. It allows you to enter the Uffizi, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. So far, I have yet to go into the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens, but I have no doubt that it will be amazing, too.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog and my next adventure! Go Bulls!!!