As far as countries go, Italy has to be one of my favourites. I’m not saying that because I have a serious gelato addiction (even though I totally do) but because it’s just beautiful. I could have got lost in its streets for hours and the history means there is always something different to look at and learn.
I’d heard big things about Florence, so was expecting it to blow my mind away. While I did have an incredible time, it wasn’t quite as brilliant as people had made it out to be. For some reason, it was like a large portion of the city was closed for Summer, which is bizarre but it didn’t stop us from making the most of it.
By us, I mean my friends and I. I’m glad I went with them but to be honest, I think Florence is far better suited as a romantic getaway. It’s such an idyllic city, filled with cute antique shops and little cafes where you could watch the world go by for hours. The bridges also make for perfect selfie spots while doubling as viewing platforms to watch the sunset. While I’m not one for huge PDAs, we certainly saw some from couples who’s got caught up in the moment.
One of the biggest let downs was the nightlife. We were told a club called Flo was the place to be and judging from the huge queue outside we were hopeful we’d found a good spot to spend the evening. After waiting in line for about an hour, we were granted entry and spent the evening trying to comprehend three things, 1) why were people recommending this place? 2) why are people willing to queue for so long? and 3) why were there so many men all wearing the same thing?
Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful venue. It just didn’t have much else going for it. Every other club we came across was closed for Summer or FULL of students but, give my friends and I a drink and we will find a way to have a good time. So despite our evenings feeling like we were in the middle of an under 18s club night we still managed to enjoy ourselves.
We spent the days eating gelato and wandering around the streets. Call me uncultured but I wasn’t too fussed about the museums. My friends managed to drag me around one but I would have rather been outside exploring rather than looking at pieces of art and what felt like the same sculpture over and over and over again.
There really are some beautiful sites to see and the buildings are unexpectedly breathtaking. One minute you’re walking through an almost alley-like street and then you’re in a piazza surrounded by magnificent architecture. I didn’t pay to go in any of the buildings because the queues were huge and according to my friends it wasn’t mind-blowing so I didn’t feel like I was missing out.
While this comes across as not an overly positive review, don’t let it put you off. I genuinely had an amazing time and would recommend visiting. I just feel that I had such high expectations because of the things people had told me and that’s probably my number one travel tip, go with no expectations and you will always be pleasantly surprised!
If you liked this post, check out my post on Rome.