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I've mentioned quite a few times that I wasn't blown away by Rome. G took me there for my birthday back in 2016 and whilst I enjoyed exploring the capital city, I had expected a totally different Italy. G wanted to make sure I experienced the Italy I had dreamt of and booked us a trip to Pisa, Florence, and Venice in April.

Well, in Florence all my Italian dreams came true. The capital city of Tuscany stole my heart from the moment we stepped off the train. 

tuscany city views of florence

capital city of tuscany

Florence may be fiery in colour but in comparison to Rome, the nature of the city is actually quite calm. Sure, we were still walking amongst hundreds of people and it was extremely busy when walking towards the famous Ponte Vecchio, but I did find that there were less beggars and street vendors to stop you in your path. Or perhaps I didn't notice them because I was too busy taking in my beautiful surroundings! 

The capital city of Tuscany is home to some amazing architecture, the most famous being Florence Cathedral. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen! If I could use the Duomo's patterns and colours in my living room, I most definitely would. I mean, just look at it...

famous buildings in florence

architecture florence

On the opposite side of the river, you'll find Giardino Bardini and Piazzale Michelangelo which both offer some of the best views of the city. I'd argue that the garden views are a little better than Piazzale Michelangelo but if you want to pick up some souvenirs, or grab an ice cream then the square is the ideal spot for you.

However, if you fancy trading the cobbled streets of the city centre for pretty flowers, tall trees, and mini streams, Giardino Bardini is the perfect place (and it's great for snapping your next Instagram pic too!).

gardens in florence

giardino bardini in florence

I absolutely ADORED Florence and wish we'd had at least one more day to explore it. If you want to explore the Tuscany region of Italy, I'd highly recommend visiting Florence, even if it's just to see the Duomo up close and personal - it really is a stunning building! 


Where we stayed

This hotel is on the opposite side of the river, so it's a good twenty minute walk in to the city centre but if you're not too fussed about walking or using public transport (and want to save a few pennies) I'd highly recommend this hotel. It is small and the rooms are basic but it's probably one of the friendliest hotels I've ever stayed in.

Where we ate

Le Vespe Cafe
Cute breakfast spot with good food and gorgeous smoothies!

La Piperna
This restaurant is just down the road from Hotel Ferrucci. It's a small restaurant with enclosed seating outside. The food is pretty good and it won't break the bank either!

famous bridge with shops in florence

blub street art

Have you ever been to Florence? What did you think of it? If you've been to Rome and Florence, which capital city did you prefer?