Today I'm excited to share with you one of the most historic and beautiful towns in Italy: Florence! From the gorgeous red rooftops to the overflowing leather market, Florence, or as the locals say, Firenze, truly has a way of stealing your heart.
The architecture in Florence is just amazing! Santa Maria del Fiore, home to the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, is one of the most dazzling facades I've ever seen. It's intricately carved and covered in green and pink marble. When the evening light reflects on the marble, it's completely captivating. I could have stared at it forever. Pont Vecchio Bridge is known for it's little gold shops and is a fun spot to browse. I love to sit on the rooftop at La Terraza to soak in the Florentine skyline after my feet are sore from a long day of shopping.
The Florence food scene is not as amazing as Rome's, but there are still a few yummy items worth mentioning. We had great cocktails at Art Bar. They were fresh, inventive, beautiful and affordable! A food hall recently opened in the middle of the leather market, and it's a fun place to spend the night with friends munching on a variety of goodies. I got this amazing crostini plate, which featured 3 different kinds of truffles! Florence has amazing Paninis (my favorite are at All Antico Vinao & Bondi Focaccine) which aren't pictured here because I ate them too quickly. Florentine steak is famous but I found it overrated.
One of the most rewarding things to do in Florence is to climb all 463 steps to the top of the Duomo. It can get a bit stuffy, dizzying, and warm, especially in the summer heat, so I recommend dressing light! I wore a white romper (also love this one and this one) and cotton kimono from Forever 21. I wanted to be a bit covered, because we were in a church, but I also didn't want to overheat! My sandals are Ciao Bella (only available in black now, but similar here & here), and my bag is from Asos (similar). I'm also wearing a necklace by J.Crew and sunnies by Michael Kors.
Do you love Florence as much as I do? There is so much art and culture there and I left feeling very inspired. If you haven't been, do you want to go? Share your dreams with me :)