When studying abroad, the standard weekend plan involves traveling. Whether that be outside your city, or outside the country, it always seems to be the default answer when asked “what are we doing this weekend?”. Well, I’m here to tell you Florence can be just as beautiful and exciting as any trip and gives you a weekend to just relax and see where your day takes you. Not sure what to do or where to start? I have some suggestions!
1. Explore the tourist attractions of Florence:
Now that you actually live in the city and between classes and other trips, sometimes its easy to forget the popular must-see things right under our noses. It’s definitely worth it just pretending to be a tourist for a weekend and visiting places like the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia, The Pitti Palace and it’s adjoining Giardino di Boboli. For me, a personal must is Piazzale Michelangelo at both day and night, and don’t forget to stop by Giardino delle Rose on your way up!
For all my girls (and guys who like to shop) I got u! Shopping in Florence is absolutely amazing. Start in the area around Piazza della Repubblica where you’ll find your classic American stores like Zara and H&M and then head down Via degli Strozzi and Via de’ Tornabuoni where you’ll find all your designer stores including Gucci (there’s also a Gucci Museum not too far), Louis Vuitton, Prada and much more.
3. Food and Wine Tour:
Restaurants in Florence are like no other. Though it’s easy to find great ones on your own, food and wine tours can expose you to some great local options that tend to go unnoticed by tourists. These tours are best enjoyed in groups, as eating is a very social activity in Italy, so grab a group of friends and go try some of Florence’s authentic and amazing eats!