Lisa Harvey is a Florence-based writer who has written travel guides about Italy for Time Out, AARP and more.
The 21 best Florence restaurants
There is nothing more romantic than a trip to Florence. It starts with its architecture (particularly the churches), which glimmer in the baking sun. Then there’s the enchanting old artwork in searingly beautiful galleries and museums. And then there’s the sky-high views over the whole of the city, where you can spot the Bell Tower and the Basilica. But then, there’s the food. This is food unlike anywhere else in Italy, in some seriously beautiful settings. We’re talking fine dining beneath flower-covered walls, dimly-lit restaurants covered in fairy lights, and seafood on a sun-drenched terrace. Oh, and the sandwiches. Don’t forget the sandwiches. Here are the best restaurants in Florence right now. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Florence🍦 The best gelato in Florence🏡 The best Airbnbs in Florence🏨 The best hotels in Florence This guide was recently updated by Italy-based writer Silvia Marchetti. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
The 21 best things to do in Florence
It’s true what they say: Florence really is the city of lurrve. And not just because it’s got a whole host of romantic things to do with your partner (or bestie), but because you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the city itself. Florence is one of those Italian cities with it all - from food and wine to the most epic attractions. So it's best to plan ahead to ensure you see its best bits. Firstly, it's well known that Florence is home to some of the best art around, from Renaissance pieces at the Uffizi to Michelangelo's marble at the Accademia. But peppered in between its most well-known sights are quaint cafés, food markets and brilliant restaurants for pasta, pizza and more. So, ready to fall in love with Florence, too? Here are 21 things to do in Florence that you can't miss. RECOMMENDED:🛍 A complete guide to shopping in Florence🍦 Here's where to eat the best gelato in Florence🏡 The best Airbnbs in Florence🏨 The best hotels in Florence Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.
The 17 best museums in Florence
When it comes to art in this Italian cultural capital, there are a few must-sees: Michalangelo’s David and the Uffizi, of course, but what most visitors don’t realize is how many of the best museums in Florence, and the best local art offerings, lie beyond popular choices. Many collections are tucked into Florentine corners that most people walk past without really noticing. Did you know that there is samurai armour on show around town? Or that you can gaze at personal artifacts from orphans that have shaped the city’s past? Or that some of the city’s top shopping destinations actually double as art displays? Grab a gelato, our list of best things to do in town and our rundown of the most awesome local museums and get ready to see Florence like never before. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in FlorenceRECOMMENDED: the best hotels in FlorenceRECOMMENDED: the best Airbnbs in Florence