I am lucky to have the most amazing opportunity of a lifetime: study abroad in Florence, Italy. Firenze (how to say Florence in Italian) is such an amazing beautiful place filled with so much culture, art history, shopping, and the best pasta, pizza, coffee, and gelato ever. While I believe you should spend a whole semester here, if you don’t have the change here is a perfect day in Firenze.
There are so many cafes, but Le Ménagere is one of my personal favorites. It is super cute inside and has amazing cappuccinos, chia lattes, and avocado toast
Inside of Le Ménagere
After breakfast, go walk around Florence. It is fairly small city that is easy and beautiful to explore by foot. Make sure you go the Piazza Del Duomo to see the Duomo with your own eyes and phone (it is very instagramable), Piazza della Republica, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, and walk along the Arno to see the Ponte Vecchio.
Piazza del Duomo
Arno and Ponte Vecchio
After you have checked out the sites, time for some (short) museums. Can’t go to Florence without seeing The David by Michelangelo in the Accademia and for a fun and trendy museum go to the Gucci Garden which for sure will get you tempted to buy something Gucci (TIP: this museum is free with a student ID).
The David @ The Accademia
Head over to Mercado Centrale (Central Market) which is basically a fancy food court and get the four cheese stuffed gnocchi in a sage and butter sauce or anything else in there because it is all delicious.
4 Cheese Stuffed Gnocchi at Central Market
Close to Mercado Centrale is the Leather Market which you cannot go to Florence without buying something leather, whether that be a purse, belt, and/or jacket (who says you can’t buy more than one). Shopping in general in Florence is amazing. Subdued is an Italian chain and has the best clothes and I swear Zara and H&M are substantially better here in Florence than they are in the states.
Work off your pasta and gelato diet by hiking up to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset for the best view of Florence.
You seriously can’t go wrong with Italian food. But my favorite restaurants for pasta and Florentine steak are either Aqua al 2 (get the pasta sampler and balsamic steak) or 4 Leoni (pear tortellini–a Florence specialty).
Aqua Al 2 Balsamic Steak
For pizza, I love Gusta Pizza and you can get their pizza in the shape of a heart because Florene has a pizza of your heart ;).
Lucky for me (or really dangerous–you decide) is the best gelato in Florence: La Strega Nocciola. I’m personally hooked on their lavender flavor.
Have a lollipop with your dragoon (beer) at Kikuya and/or go have a Wake Forest shot and sign your name on the Wake Forest t-shirt at Lion’s Fountain.