Silvia Marchetti is a Rome-based freelance reporter. She writes about everything: monetary policy, one-euro homes, Sicilian islands and lost villages in Molise – but travel is her core business. For Time Out, Silvia has written about Florence and Milan. Silvia has also appeared in iNews, Newsweek and Fodor's Travel.
The 22 best things to do in Milan that are actually worth it
Magnificent, marvellous Milan. Milano has an intangible quality that cannot be faked, an undeniable sense of style that permeates almost every neighbourhood and flows through the veins of those from here. Beautiful buildings and hotels are everywhere, the food is a triumph. Shopping? Oh, baby, get ready to splash the cash and flash the plastic because Milan is where people go to be seen. Oh and make sure you don't miss out on its incredible Airbnbs if you need somewhere to stay, too. The best thing to do in Milan is to look your best and feel more stylish than ever before, but the city also packs in a fabulous number of more traditional tourist activities to sink your teeth into. Follow our guide and Da Vinci’s canals, and you’re in for a darling of a time. RECOMMENDATION: ⏱ How to spend the perfect weekend in Milan🍴 The best restaurants in Milan🛏 The best hotels in Milan 🏠 The best Airbnbs in Milan
The 21 best Florence restaurants
Food will be high on your list for a trip to Florence, and we can assure you it will not disappoint. This city is known for its meat dishes, from wild boar pappardelle to tripe sandwiches, but vegetarians can get stuck into truffle pastas and ribollita. The restaurants here are tucked away in little corners, with flower-covered walls and cellars strewn with fairy lights. These restaurants are something special, and our local writers have scoured every one of them. Read on for the best in Florence. 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 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.
Where to stay in Florence
The majestic Duomo, the dreamy Ponte Vecchio, the historic Uffizi Gallery… every one of Florence’s attractions lends the Tuscan capital its enduring magic. But while they’re all incredible places to visit, staying nearby isn’t always the best idea – especially if you want to avoid tourist crowds and sky-high rates on hotels and Airbnbs. Luckily, there are plenty of neighbourhoods in Florence that offer travellers a taste of the real Florentine lifestyle. Take your pick from the tavern-packed streets of San Frediano, the aperitivo kingdom of Sant’Ambrogio, the artsy San Niccolò, and the gardens of Boboli. Or, for an unplugged stay close to the historic center, there’s also Fiesole, a comune of Florence that offers spectacular views over the city and Tuscany’s trademark rolling hills. So, without further ado, these are Florence’s best neighbourhoods to live la dolce vita. RECOMMENDED: ⛲️ The best things to do in Florence🛌 The best hotels in Florence🍝 The best restaurants in Florence🏡 The best Airbnbs in Florence🍨 The best gelato in Florence🖼 The best museums in Florence Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.