Travelling to Florence in the evening meant that I woke up in the morning fully recovered and ready to spend the day exploring the sights. Flying into Pisa then getting a connecting bus to Florence meant a late arrival with time only for a wonder around to see The Duomo at night before heading to bed. My hotel was centrally located and within walking distance to most sites. I would recommend choosing a hotel situated close the The Duomo as most of the key attractions seem to be located near or around this point.
Going off season it was slightly quieter than peak season however that did not stop me from booking my tickets to The Uffizi in advance. This is recommended to avoid waiting in long lines to get in the one of the most popular museums in Florence. Knowing that I had my tickets pre booked meant that I could take the time to see the other sights on Florence on foot in and around the city. You cannot leave Florence without visiting the Uffizi as it houses one of the most famous paintings, The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. What made my trip to the museum even more interesting was spotting Selena Gomez and The Weekend on their much publicized date. Being a visitor to the city I couldn’t resist touching the Boar for good luck. They say once you touch it you will always come back to the city. Time will tell to see if this is true.
Shopping in Florence is two extremes. On one hand you have all of the famous Italian designers who all have flagship stores in the city and on the other hand alot of the stores are aimed at the tourist market. I spent my time window shopping in the high end stores as well as visiting the much famed Luisa Via Roma store whose website I have often visited over the years. The store is a treat for the eyes and is similar to Colette in Paris. My first day was centered around visiting The Uffizi museum and getting a general feel of the city. I finished the day with a traditional Florentine Steak meal in the evening with some Chianti. This is a typical Tuscan evening meal and I recommend to try it at least once during a stay in Florence. For my first evening meal in Florence we visited Giannino, Borgo S. Lorenzo, 33/37r, 50122 which came recommended from a friend who had previously worked in the city.