Post # 1
So we have finally decided on Florence, Italy for our honeymoon and have booked our trip. We will be there for 6 days. Has anyone else honeymooned in Italy, specifically Florence? Suggestions for things to see and do while there?
Post # 3
AHHH I loved Florence when I was there in college. We spent 5 days there. Definitely climb the steps of the Duomo and view the city from the top of the dome – breathtaking. Also, check out the Uffizi art gallery. And Vivoli’s is the best gelato in Italy, so make sure you find it and try their hazlenut. Yum. I’m jealous!
Post # 4
Florence is B-E-A-U-TIFUL! Be sure to see Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore….its absolutely breathtaking. If you and your hubby are into the nightclub scene you’re in luck!
tntrava44 is right, don’t go to Italy without getting gelato!
Post # 5
oo Florence is great! FI and I went there on vacation last year and it was awesome! Tourist books will tell you all the museums to do, etc, we visited the biggies. My favorite part was just walking around the city at night with him, especially the Ponte Vecchio. The leather school was cool to visit too although kind of expensive.
We climbed to the top of the bell tower (Giotto’s Campanile I think it was called) which was good because it has the Duomo in the view, so you can great great pics- whereas if you climb the Duomo, your pics are missing the most recognizable element of the Florence skyline. (Plus the bell tower has less steps)
Also, read up on good places to eat. We thought we’d walk into any restaurant and it would be amazing but it was sooo not like that. I avoided the obvious tourist spots (places with English on the menu), but even still, we had some really bad meals which sucked, since I am a foodie and all I wanted to do was eat! We found better restaurants in Oltrarno, Acqua Al Due was really good (but it is all study abroad kids and their families so it’s not authentic), and obviously gelato is amazing.
I’d also think about maybe taking a day trip into one of the small countryside towns like an hour outside to tour a winery or something. Have fun!!
Post # 6
I agree with what all of the PPs have said, and I completely forget to mention the outdoor markets. Definitely spend a few hours there…you can get all kinds of scarves, leather goods, jewelry, etc. for pretty inexpensive prices.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
We went to Italy for our honeymoon! I wrote a three part post starting in Rome – http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/04/07/lune-di-miele-in-italia-parte-una/. We spent the most time in Florence which was our favorite and took several day trips from there. Enjoy!
Post # 8
My FI and I are planning to go to Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice) for our honeymoon, and I can’t wait! I’m glad to hear that everyone has such wonderful things to say about their Italian honeymoons!
Post # 9
@marylandmel: I agree with all of the above, and eat gelato plus pizza! Do see the statue of david too, if you have time. Santa Croce is a pretty place too. The most important is going across the river to the top of San Miniato! The view of Florence from there is amazing!!! And San Miniato is beautiful as well.
Post # 10
Thank you all so much for the suggestions!
Post # 11
I LOVED Florence! We took a impromptu day trip to Florence from Rome. Of all the cities we visited it was the one city I really felt I could live there. I don’t know, I just loved the vibe there.
Don’t forget to go see David!!! A time saving tip, either get tickets before you get there or there’s a huge sign (that we totally missed! duh) that tells you two locations nearby you can get tickets and skip the long lines. 😉
I also highly recommend walking across the river to Piazza del Michelangelo. There’s another David there and offers you a breathtaking view of Florence. Well worth the climb.
There’s also a square in the center of the city with the clock tower that’s always used in movies! My husband was excited to see that. 😀 I think it’s near the Uffizi.
P.S. Some tips from my favorite budget travel blogs!
Post # 12
Florence is a great base for exploring Tuscany & the surrouding area! There is so much to see & do in the city itself (thumbs up to the people who suggested going to Giotto’s Campanile or Piazzale Michaelangelo for photos!), but it is perfectly situated to venture out to gorgeous Tuscan hill towns like Siena, San Gimignano or beautiful Umbrian towns like Assisi & Perugia. Also, if you want to say that you’ve seen the “real” David by Michaelangelo, go to the Accademia (the one in Piazza Signorina is a replica). Regardless of what sightseeing you do, though, please take a cue from everyone else & make sure to eat as much gelatto as possible. It’s divine!