A Romantic Weekend in Florence

Of all the cities of art in Italy, Florence retains a special place in the heart of those who have been there. It is surely the merit of the great quantity of works of art present in the city and in the museums (The Uffizi Gallery above all).

This is also due to the well-known Tuscan good nature, which is contagious and genuine at the same time. It is definitely worthwhile to take a glimpse at the alleys of the city, a joy for those who are passionate about photography. Florence is the most suitable city for planning a romantic weekend getaway. Moreover, doing it during the autumn season is a beautiful time to do so with ease.

Keep in mind also that for the weekend of October 12 and 13, there will be markets in the city and surroundings. It is an excellent opportunity to visit the city with the idea of shopping and visiting the stalls of the artisans on display. The markets in Piazza Ciompi are held every Saturday, with different proposals. Usually the first Saturday of the month is dedicated to craftsmen such as inlayers, weavers, and silver artists.

The second Saturday of the month, instead, sees the presence of Creative Factory, with creative workshops dedicated to children and reuse of everyday objects. The third and fourth Saturdays close respectively with a review of flowers and books and a Flea Market dedicated to comics, records, and vintage objects.

After visiting the markets and stocking up on precious goods (even if only nostalgically), the time has come to go back to the main streets of the city and be amazed by the enchanting views that only the city of Florence can offer. The Dome, which towers over the whole city and provides a spectacular view of the Tuscan capital. Another place to admire the city Florence from above is located across the river, in the Oltrarno district.

The Bellosguardo hill, which from its name already suggests the spectacle, gives a great thrill to all visitors especially at sunset, when even the Arno river turns purple like the clouds in the sky.

It wouldn’t be a true romantic weekend without a stop in the best trattorias in Florence. What you need, after a busy day on the streets of the city, is a candlelit dinner in some of the city’s most popular restaurants, where you can sample Florentine delicacies and sip on some excellent wine produced in the vineyards of the Tuscan countryside.

Here the choice is wide, depending on tastes, price range, and location. It should be noted, for those who do not have a budget, the panoramic restaurant on the 6th and top floor of the Westin Excelsior Hotel provides a 360-degree view over the whole city, illuminated like magic by the lights. Another extremely scenic place is the Caffè d’Oro on the Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, which allows you to have a table right in front of the Ponte Vecchio, to leave you and your partner speechless.

For those who love tradition, a view of Santo Spirito from Casalinga is a must, a real culinary institution of the city. The same goes for Mario, in San Lorenzo, that does not accept reservations and is only open for lunch. But when we talk about flavors and good food, Florence is definitely king of the trattorias.

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