Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of visiting arguably one of the most picturesque and romantic countries in the world: Italy. There was something special that made me fall in love with each of the cities I'd visited, from Rome to Venice and everything in between. But if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Florence.
Fun fact: Steeped in history, Florence and its stunning architecture and collections of art was the first city in Italy – and all of Europe, in fact – to have paved streets. I could walk the streets taking in the sights and the culture and never tire! There’s incredible food, shopping and sightseeing around every corner. It’s as if you can feel the history unfolding around you.
After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, I like to unwind at Hotel Lungarno. Nestled right near the Ponte Vecchio, Lungarno has stylish suites with incredible views of the city from either your room or one of its gourmet restaurants. It’s lavish without being stuffy. Truly a five-star stay!
Speaking of the Ponte Vecchio, you can’t go to Florence and not stop at one of the most iconic architectural structures in the area. Shops still line the bridge so that you can take in the beautiful scenery and stop for some local artisanal treasures along the way. I could dawdle along the Ponte Vecchio all day.
It’s difficult to capture the beauty and essence of Florence in just a few pictures and descriptions – you have to see it for yourself! I’m patiently waiting for my trip back to this glorious city – but I think I’d be perfectly content going anywhere in Italy.
Until then, Ciao!