2 days in Florence

Florence, New

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and began as a medieval city many years before Christ. The city is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance.

We stayed at the hotel Poeta Dante (near the Basilica of Santa Croce). Since the city is flat and the main attractions are all close to each other, we walked everywhere. The car ended up staying in a public garage nearby the whole time.

We loved the visit to Palazzo Vecchio, full of its mysteries and secret passages. Here are some of the highlights of our stay in Florence.

Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as MichelangeloGalileoMachiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.

Adriane in front of the Basilica Santa Croce

Palazzo Gondi

Palazzo Gondi

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio, New Year
Piazza Della Signoria, New
View of Palazzo Vecchio from Piazza della Signoria
Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio, New Year
Salone dei Cinquecento
Palazzo Vecchio, New Year
Palazzo Vecchio, New Year
Palazzo Vecchio, New Year
Sala delle Carte Geografiche or Map Room – Palazzo Vecchio
View from the tower in Palazzo Vecchio
View of Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Republica

Piazza della Republica
Of course the Carousel was a must after a “boring” tour

Duomo di Firenzi

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo di Firenzi) or Florence Cathedral and Cupola del Brunelleschi
Battistero di San Giovanni and Duomo di Firenzi in the background
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Interior of Santa Maria Novella

Vasari Corridor and Ponte Vecchio

Corridor that connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Piti
The corridor connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Piti
Vasari Corridor on Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Arno River


The best gelato we during our trip was definitely in Florence.

Best gelato of the whole trip – Venchi District
Pinocchio in several shops – the creator of the character and writer Carlo Collodi was a native of Florence

Palazzo Piti

Grotta di Buontalenti
Best views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo

That was it in Florence – for other places in our tour through Italy in 2017, see: