3 Nights in Florence, Italy

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Kirsten Johansson

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  • Food & Wine

  • Arts & Culture

  • Florence

  • Italy

  • Relaxation

  • Sightseeing

  • Local Food

Aerial views of an Italian town and countryside.
Curator’s statement

Florence is one of those cities I keep coming back to because it really has it all— art, history and culture. The Tuscan wine county is a stone throws away and the day trips to smaller medieval cities are endless. Plus, it is an incredibly walkable city. Florence has something for everyone and is a must-visit on a trip to Italy.

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Savoy Palace

Polished hotel with luxe rooms and suites offering views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Portrait Firenze

Portrait is an incredibly personal place where discerning travelers find the exclusivity they relish.

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Hotel Brunelleschi

Set in a restored Byzantine tower, this elegant features luxe rooms and two high-end restaurants in Florence.

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Day 1: Arrive in Florence

A brown  colored historic building in Florence

You can easily reach Florence a number of ways: by train, plane or car. Once you arrive, walking will generally be your primary mode of transportation. Spend your first day in Florence familiarizing yourself with the city and taking in the sights such as the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, or join in on a walking tour to get a more in depth explanation about the history of the city. After you have had your fill of exploring, grab an aperitivo somewhere with a view before heading to dinner at La Giostra.

Day 2: Cooking class

narrow busy city street with people shopping

You can't leave Italy without learning how to make some homemade pasta. Find a small group class with a local for the best experience, such as the Cook with Love class. Not only will you come home with a new appreciation for Italian food, you will also have a new batch of recipes under your belt to try when you return home. After returning from the cooking class, stroll around Florence and keep an eye out for a wine window (the one at Babae is generally open.) Make sure you saved a little room for dinner— Florentine Steak is on the menu! Head to Buca Lapi or Buca Mario for a very authentic experience.

Day 3: Wine tasting

outdoor restaurant with white umbrellas, potted green plants and wood tables behind cream building with green shutters

No trip to Florence is complete without visiting the Tuscan countryside. I recommend taking a small group wine tour with Wine and Italy to get the most out of this experience. With this tour, you will visit three vineyards and learn about what makes wine in Tuscany so special. In addition, you will enjoy a home-made lunch at the second vineyard. You'll leave with a new appreciation for Tuscan wines (and perhaps a few bottles to bring home). Finish the day out with dinner at Osteria Il Gatto e La Volpe.

Day 4: Leaving Florence

duomo building in sunset over Florence

Spend the morning doing any of the activities you haven't been able to fit in yet, such as visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo or climbing to the top of Brunelleschi's dome in the Duomo. Alternatively, you can spend the morning shopping for the leather or silver goods that Florence is famous for. When you're done, walk or take a quick taxi to the train station to head to your next destination.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out Fora Travel Advisor Jennifer Schwartz's guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics in and around Rome.

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