Italy is known for a lot of different things; mainly for its charm, history, and of course, its beauty – Especially in Florence. Florence is a city that I can never get tired of and even though I have visited this city (now) 4 times, I still want to go back again and again. Earlier this week I got back from my most recent trip to Florence, Italy and I decided to wrap up the entire vacation for you in this blog post!
Traveling to Florence
My flight was from Varna, Bulgaria to Milan, Italy (Bergamo airport – which is about a 45-minute drive away from the center of Milan). I ended up choosing this flight even though it wasn’t direct because of how cheap it was. I believe I bought the roundtrip ticket for around 60lv (about $35). Since I have been to Italy plenty of times before, I was already familiar with the buses and trains there so I bought a 7 euro bus ticket to get from the Bergamo airport to Milan’s Central Station. Otherwise, a taxi would have cost me at least 100 euro.
From the Central Station in Milan, I bought my ticket to Florence. If you pick the fast train, you will get to Florence in about 2 hours; however, there are cheaper trains that just take longer. You can book tickets ahead of time too and you might score a better deal by booking online, but it is not always guaranteed. I have bought train tickets from the booths the same day anywhere from 7 euros to 30 euros.
Exploring in Florence
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in 2017 and visited 2 more times after that before this recent trip so that made getting around easier. I walked everywhere and it is something that I highly recommend simply because you get to see more on foot. Also, there are a lot of pedestrian-only streets and places that make it impossible to get by with a car. The Airbnb that I booked was about a 15-minute walk from the train station – making it roughly a 25-minute walk from the city center of Florence.
Since this recent trip to Florence was in June, it was extremely hot. I’m talking about 35 degrees Celsius (90 degrees F). This is also the time when there are a lot of tourists which made getting into museums tough – especially in the BEAMING sun. The large groups of people didn’t bother me as much as I thought simply because I was in Florence and no matter what I just have good vibes when I am there.
2 Full Days
My trip was fairly short – I had two full days in Florence and I definitely made the most of them. The duomo – the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore – was the center of my exploring. Not only do I have an insane amount of pictures of the duomo from each trip, but it is also one of my favorite things about Florence.
Florence is full of different piazzas (different from pizza…but I guess this is also true) and I explored many of them while I was there. Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Signoria, and even Piazza Michaelangelo for a panoramic view of Florence.
Food in Florence – A.K.A. Pizza, Pasta, and Wine
Literally, every meal that I consumed in Florence consisted of pizza or pasta. But, what better way to embrace the feel of Italy than by eating pizza and pasta? Wine as my beverage was also a must. Breakfast typically consisted of chocolate crepes or croissants – either plain, with honey or chocolate. There is something about the croissants in Italy that I absolutely love. They are not only flakey and buttery but just incredibly good!
Short Yet Much-Needed Trip
Like I said before, I only had 2 full days in Florence – 4 days overall, but the other 2 were mainly spent traveling. This recent trip to Florence, Italy was short, but one that I definitely needed. I am ALWAYS down for a trip to Italy and Florence is usually at the top of my list.
Have you ever been to Florence? What was your favorite part? Let me know!