Get your weekend in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities off to a flying start with dinner at Osteria Santo Spirito. Located on the edge of the vibrant art district, this is one of Florence’s most authentic osterias with the most delicious truffle gnocci in Italy (and the world). After dinner, head to Pop Café in the quaint Santo Spirito Square for drinks in a laid-back boho atmosphere.
Wake up early and go for breakfast at Finisterrae at Piazza di Santa Croce. Here you can indulge on all sorts of sweet treats such as éclairs and cream puffs while enjoying incredible views of the beautiful Santa Croce church.
Spend the rest of your morning sightseeing! Start with the world renowned Uffizi Gallery next to the Piazza della Signoria, which hold works by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt to name a few. If you’re interested in astrology, head just around the corner to the Museo Galileo. If not, stroll along the river to the famous Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge lined with souvenir and jewellery shops.
Stop for lunch at All’Antico Vinaio, a sandwich shop selling the best paninis in Florence filled with traditional Florentine ingredients. Be prepared to wait in line though, as this place is extremely popular!
Walk off your Panini with a 463-step climb up the Duomo to the top of Brunelleschi’s Cupola where you’ll get an absolutely stunning view over the city. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset over Florence. The viewing platform at the top of Giotto’s Bell Tower also has a spectacular view over the city.
On your way back to your hotel, make sure to stop for gelato as your afternoon snack! Some fantastic gelaterias include La Carraia, which serves possibly the best gelato in Florence and is located just off the Ponte alla Carraia; Perché No, a local favourite since 1939; and Gelateria de’Neri, where you’ll find all sorts of inventive flavours!
Book a table at one of Florence’s many charming trattoria’s such as Osteria De’Benci near Santa Croce where you can feast on flavoursome authentic Tuscan dishes such as homemade spaghettis and grilled meats whilst sipping on wine from their fabulous wine list. Another lovely dinner option is La Casalinga, a traditional Tuscan restaurant popular among locals since 1963. This family-run restaurant serves hearty dishes such as tortellini, cannelloni and spaghetti carbonara, and is a cheap and unpretentious place to spend your evening. If you’re not ready for your Saturday night to end just yet, head to Se.sto on Arno for cocktails and panoramic views over Florence.
Start off your Sunday with a delicious breakfast at Cantinetta dei Verrazzano, a wonderful café has some great breakfast options, particularly their sweet, freshly baked pastries or the fragrant focaccia if you’re more of a savoury breakfaster.
After breakfast, stroll around the corner to one of the oldest buildings in Florence, the National Museum of Bargello, a former barracks and prison which has now been converted into an art museum.
For lunch, make your way over to the Mercato Centrale, a two-story covered food market where you’ll find all sorts of delicious fare from pizzas and paninis to gelato, fresh juices and chocolate tarts!
Spend the rest of your afternoon walking this off around the beautiful Giardino Badini or walk along the river to Piazzale Michelangelo where you’ll have a beautiful view of the sun setting over Florence; the perfect way to end your weekend!