Florence & Pisa: A perfect place for romance
Don’t get me wrong, I love backpacking the gritty locations on my own and doing the shit that only I want to do, but I enjoy the romantic city break too. Italy is my favourite country in Europe, I think that’s down to the food though. This was my third visit to Italy.
Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s historically considered the capital of art and culture and I can see why. Florence is only 30 minutes away from Pisa, there’s not a lot going on in Pisa so it’s not worth a holiday on itself but it is worth a day trip if you’re in Florence. In fact, we flew into Pisa and got a bus to Florence as it was cheaper (as crap airline Ryanair fly there). You can get a one-way train ticket between Florence and Pisa for €7.80.
We spent 3 nights in Florence and 1 night in Pisa as we were flying out of Pisa. It wasn’t all museums and trying to be cultural for us, we went to the little restaurants that are hard to find but are the gems of the city, we ate carbonara, we drank, we drank a lot, we eat a lot, we did the Duomo and saw the statue of David. But the highlight of the trip and one of the best things I’ve done is wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside.
We rented a little Fiat 500 and drove out to the countryside, enjoying some wine tasting at a beautiful winery, it was very romantic (the romance didn’t last don’t get me wrong, but it was romantic at the time). I still don’t know the difference between two glasses of red wine but at the time I felt like I was a little more cultured. The tour was only €18 and lasted about 2 hours, plus we got meats and chesses, on top of all the wine!
Here’s what you should do in Florence
See the David
The David is one of the most impressive sculptures in the world. I’m not going to hit you with a load of facts about it, it’s the Statue of David, if you’re in Florence, you go and see it.
Check out Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio
This is Florence’s most famous square in the heart of the historic centre.
Climb Il Duomo
One of Florence’s most popular sites is the Duomo (cathedral). It’s huge Gothic construction begun in 1296. At the top, you get the most panoramic view of Florence and the iconic red roofs and even the Tuscan countryside. Magnificent!
I only went here because I’ve read The Devine Comedy and I’m into my reading, if you’re clueless about Dante then you’ll probably find this quite boring.
Eat lots of pasta, better yet, learn to cook it
I ordered many carbonara and pasta dishes while I was there and I only wish I did a cooking course of something and learned to cook a pasta dish the Italian way. That would be very romantic wouldn’t it?
Visit the Piazzale Michelangelo
Head to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a great view of the city. It’s a good hike up a hill but the view of the city is absolutely stunning and it’s free. We had an argument during the walk up the hill. I think I left her behind while she was pissing around with her selfie stick.
Get a sandwich from All’Antico Vinaio
Seriously. This was top of my list, I researched this place on trip advisor and it did not disappoint. There could be a queue (because it’s that good) you’ll also enjoy some passionate Italians who like to flirt with other people’s girlfriends.
Eat gelato at Il Gilato Gourmet
Whenever we were arguing we would get some gelato. We had a lot of gelato.
Do wine tasting
Rent a car or get on a tour and find a winery that does wine tasting tours. You won’t regret it; the scenery itself is just worth it. If you’re ever going to do wine tasting then the Tuscan countryside is the place to do it!
Go to Pisa for the day
Get over to Pisa and climb the leaning tower. When in Rome right? You can watch everyone trying to pose for stupid photos with the tower. We tried it but I soon got annoyed about it and gave up. Stupid photo anyway.
I’ll end off with a cheesy quote.
“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” – Samuel Johnson
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