One of our favorite places in the world is Florence. If you choose your honeymoon in Florence you will find delicious food, stunning architecture and a romantic honeymoon experience. There is something very special about the Italian culture, wandering hand in hand down historic streets, dining with amazing food and wine and just being in a place where love is embedded in its very existence.
Florence is one of the most important art cities in the world as it was the heart of the Italian Renaissance. Some of the world’s most well-known artists walked these streets and there is evidence of them everywhere. Here, you will find some of the world’s best art galleries including , and the Galleria Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David.
The Uffizi Gallery
Home to some of the most important art pieces in the world by artists such as Da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli and Michelangelo, just to name a few. Overflowing with spectacular Renaissance art, this is the perfect place to lose yourselves surrounded by all things beautiful. The Uffizi Gallery is a must see!
Gallerina dell’ Accademia
You will catch your glimpse of the archetypal Renaissance man, Michelangelo’s iconic statue of David, at the Gallerina dell’ Accademia. Bypass the very unromantic long ticket lines by investing in a three-day Firenze Pass. To have the best museum experience during peak summer travel times, go early or go late, but never mid-day.
Things to do and places to see:
Prepare to be awed by the remarkable Duomo. Spectacularly set in the heart of the city, this astonishing feat of architecture is sure to have you in speechless and out of breath. Climb the twisting staircase to the top of the bell tower, to be exact 414 steps later, and you will arrive for a picture-perfect moment.
The Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”)
In medieval times, butchers once occupied the shops along the sides, but fast forward to the present era and the tenants are jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers. You can browse the gleaming jewelry shops and goldsmiths’ workshops for love tokens and souvenirs, while being serenaded by street musicians.
Home of the powerful Medici family, is a vast, mainly Renaissance palace. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio. You’ll be astounded at the art inside but even more so by the elaborate and enormous Boboli Gardens outside. Make sure to make it to the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Florence’s terra-cotta rooftop skyline as well as the hills of Tuscany.
The Arno River
What could be more romantic than an evening stroll along the river that flows through the heart of Florence?
A Day trip drinking wine in Tuscany
Hands down one of your best day on your honeymoon in Florence will be to experience a wine tour in Tuscany. Look for personal tour guides like Rebecca’s associates and leave the driving to an expert and enjoy the ride and the wine.
Walk up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset… It’s breathtaking to look over the city of Florence and just take it all in.
Florence is not that big of a town. There are so many side streets and places to get lost, make memories and enjoy your time as newlyweds.
On the stroll back to your hotel, on your honeymoon in Florence, be sure to stop and share a cone of Florence’s most indulgent treat: gelato. Vivoli is unimpressive from the outside, but don’t be fooled, this little gem is home to the ultimate in ice-cream. You’ll find it tucked away just off the Via Guiseppe Verdi on Via dell’isola delle Stinche. It’s probably best to sample a few more parlours just to be sure… which brings us to our next topic… Food!
There is something so magical about dining alfresco on the beautiful brick filled streets that are filled with endless options of handmade pasta and wine. Restaurants in Florence are found in some of the most idyllic settings. Choose a trattoria and dine on rustic Tuscan dishes – Fiorentina steak or the heart-warming white bean soup, ribollita.
Piazza del Mercato Centrale
This is one of the best places to visit as a foodie. There is a food court upstairs that offers a vast variety of food and Eatly (based in New York City) has even taken their model for their flagship store.
Dine in style.
The list is long for the places to dine as you really cannot go wrong in Florence. But the one that makes it to the top of our list is Enoteca Pinchiorro. This Michelin three-star restaurant is the only three star in Florence and one of only six in Italy. Many of the signature dishes of the restaurants are creative and offer delicious twists on old Tuscan favorites. Make sure you book a couple months in advance as you will not be able to just walk right in… The planning is well worth it!!
Some Important Things Before You Go on your Honeymoon in Florence:
Flight Time: 10 hours from NYC
Travel Months: April-June
Entry requirements: Valid Passport
Pick Pockets: The city is safe for wandering into the evening, though of course, you should take normal precautions from pickpockets as you would in any heavily tourist city.