It’s been a few years since we’ve been to Florence in winter but looking at the pictures really brings back fond memories. We travelled there by car because we planned to stay on in hills around Florence. Our choice was a small B&B, surrounded by olive trees and a beautiful view. It’s always high season in Florence, so to book in advance is well recommended. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, be sure to check out the beautiful Tuscan area – it’s so worth a trip! You can visit here for travel arrangements.
As we stayed in Scandicci, which is about 8 km out into the hills, we always took the bus to the city center. This was convenient and we didn’t have to worry about parking spots & tickets.
Once you’re in the center, the best way is to simply start walking. You can walk along the Arno river where you’ll end up at Ponte Vecchio bridge. It’s one of the great landmarks of Florence and the oldest segmental arch bridge in the world.
The Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiori is also a landmark which shouldn’t be missed; it’s the largest Christian Cathedral in the world, with a dome that rises 107 meters into the sky. There are also (of course) many museums in Florence; Uffizi is probably the most famous one. I’d really suggest pre-booking for most of the museums because there are queues constantly.
Sights in Florence are abundant, one would need weeks to see them all. But beside of all the antique sights there are various markets, flea-markets and craft-markets that will keep you very busy strolling through Florence. Not to forget all the little food stores with all the Italian delicatessen, some of them with an adjoining restaurant. Just wander the small alleys and you will find your favorite Florence spot for sure.