Day 1 – Mercato Centrale, Galleria dell’Academia
Florence surprisingly became one of my favorite cities in Europe. There is so much to explore and to learn about the history of this city that fascinated me. Food there is also incredible, and that is how I recommend you to start your Florence experience. Check out the Mercato Centrale for the best Linguine alla Carbonara you will ever have. If you are not so much into pasta they have many other options of food available there. While the second floor of this market is a food court/Eataly type of place, the ground floor is a normal market where you will find handmade crafts of all types.
After exploring the Mercato Centrale, head to the Galleria dell’Accademia where you will see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the worldwide known sculpture of David and much more. Buy tickets in advance as they might sell out. Tickets cost €12 and kids are free.
Enjoy walking through the streets of Florence city center. There is a beautiful carousel for kids and tons of gelaterias where you can soak in the atmosphere of this amazing city.
Day 2 – Free Walking Tour, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo,
I recommend starting your day doing a Free Walking Tour to learn a little bit about the history of Florence. I had no idea this city had such a glorious past and vital importance for the western world.
Explore a different side of the streets of Florence. Near the river, the iconic Ponte Vecchio is a very interesting place to see and be mesmerized by the dozens of jewelries alongside.
Head then to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset. It is a steep hill with difficult stroller access. There is also a bus that takes you there. No matter how you will make it, just be there before sunset and you will not regret the effort once you get to see the majestic views from up there.
*If you decide to eat before or after the sunset you got to try a panini at All’Antico Vinaio. It has won several awards for best street food in Tuscany. Simply delicious.
Day 3 – Uffizi Gallery Museum, Florence Cathedral
Start your day by checking out the Uffizi Gallery Museum. It is the most visited museum in Florence and completely worth the €12 investment. When you are done, reserve some time to go inside the magnificent Florence Cathedral, find yourself in awe while admiring each detail of this architectural landmark.
Be very careful not to fall into one of the many ‘tourist trap restaurants’ all over the most touristic points of the city. If you want to try the most typical dish from Florence (believe me, you will!) have a Bistecca Fiorentina (T-bone steak done Italian way) in the Fuoco Matto Restaurant. The food is superb and they have a whole room filled with toys for kids to play while you have the best steak of your trip. They also have a kids menu for the little ones.