Florence is a beautiful and historic city in central Italy, known for its art, architecture, and cultural significance. I found this trip great not only for the emotions of a marathon can give, but for the fact of running in a open air museum where beauty is all around.
Here are some things to do in Florence that will make your trip unforgettable, before, during and after the race.
Visit the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous art museums in the world, housing a collection of masterpieces from Italian and European artists from the 13th to 18th centuries. You can find works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and many others.
Explore the Duomo
The Duomo is the most iconic landmark in Florence, with its magnificent dome visible from almost anywhere in the city. You can climb up to the top of the dome for a stunning panoramic view of the city. Also, don’t forget to visit the Baptistery and the Giotto’s Bell Tower while you’re there.
Take a stroll along the Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is a historic bridge over the Arno River, known for its shops and jewelry stores that line the bridge. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic walk or to watch the sunset over the river.
Visit the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
The Pitti Palace was once the residence of the Medici family, and now houses several museums and galleries. You can explore the Royal Apartments, the Palatine Gallery, and the Museum of Costume and Fashion, among other exhibitions. The Boboli Gardens are a vast park behind the palace, filled with fountains, statues, and beautiful flower gardens.
Try the local food and wine
Florence is famous for its delicious cuisine, from the traditional Tuscan steak “fiorentina”, a T-bone steak very tall, to be eaten with many vegetable sides, to the Florentine biscotti, and the Chianti wine (or other fantastic red wines, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano… your treat!). I may add some recommendations, but it is really difficult to be disappointed. Try to stay away from “tourist traps”, but the chances are quite low.
Take a food tour, visit local markets, or dine at one of the many traditional trattorias around the city. You won’t regret it!
Walk through the Oltrarno neighborhood
The Oltrarno is the less touristy part of Florence, located on the other side of the Arno River. It’s a charming neighborhood with narrow streets, artisan workshops, and local boutiques. Don’t miss the Santo Spirito square, where you can enjoy a drink or gelato at one of the outdoor cafés.
Visit the San Lorenzo Market
The San Lorenzo Market is a lively market in the heart of Florence, selling everything from leather goods to fresh produce. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs or to sample some local delicacies. I bought myself a nice leather souvenir and the quality / price ratio is quite high: if you want a memory of Florence, it can be a nice place to start. Pay a visit to the wild boar statue: touching his nose is a symbol of good luck.
Learn about the Renaissance at the Accademia Gallery
The Accademia Gallery is home to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David, as well as other Renaissance works of art. It’s a must-see for art lovers and history buffs.
In conclusion, Florence is a city with so much to offer, from its rich cultural heritage to its delicious cuisine and beautiful landmarks. Whether you’re interested in art, history, food, or just strolling through picturesque streets, Florence has something for everyone.
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