Florence is a beautiful historic city in Italy and is the capital of Tuscany. This region is dominated by rolling hills filled with world-class wineries and forests full of hidden truffles. The city of Florence is most famous for its collection of Renaissance art, especially the famous nude statue of ‘David’ by Michelangelo. The city itself is home to dozens of stunning art galleries, cathedrals, towers and gardens. It is a history lover’s dream. Florence and the entire region of Tuscany has pretty nice weather all year round. It does get a little chilly during the winter and typically experiences a rainy November.
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The city is split almost in half by the flowing river Arno. This river is 150 miles long and flows straight into the Tyrrhenian sea. There is a lot of adventure to be had while on vacation in Florence. The river Arno is filled with an array of activities from sailing down it in a Barchetto which is a Florentine gondola to going stand-up paddle boarding and even rafting. This city has it all and not to mention delicious Tuscan food and wine. There are plenty of wine tasting tours to go on. This city very closely rivals Venice for its romance factor, I mean, it may even overtake Venice as the lesser known city of love.
The city is fairly easy to get around, definitely not by car, trust me I did it and it was terrifying! The streets are narrow, mostly one way and there is very limited parking. If you are adamant to drive something, choose a vespa as they are much easier to navigate. Walking is one of the best ways to get around, hiring a bicycle and catching the local buses. There are taxis but they are very expensive. The best way to explore the Tuscan countryside from Florence would be to take a tour where they pick you up and drop you off in Florence itself. What will you get up to in this incredible city?
Kicking off our list of the best things to do in Florence for a romantic getaway is none other than going wine tasting. Tuscany is famous for its history, food and most of all, its wine. There are over 100 wineries in Tuscany and this delicious wine gets shipped all over the world. A Tuscan wine is red and has to be made up of at least 80% Sangiovese grape. If you have ever heard of the ‘Super Tuscan’ wine, well that is made by blending a few Sangiovese grapes with non-native grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
A Chianti Wine Tour will depart from Florence and take you to two wineries as well as to the historic town of San Gimignano. During this tour, you will get the opportunity to taste wine, gelato and dig into a Tuscan lunch. This family-friendly tour runs for 7 hours and is a must-do while in Florence for any wine lover. A vacation to Tuscany is not complete without a wine tour.
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What is more romantic than sharing an evening filled with great food and a show! Add this experience to your custom itinerary on the Tripio app right now. On the Tripio app, you can generate your own custom top 10 list based on your personal preferences, create a custom itinerary and even start adding to your own bucket list. Once you have booked your dinner and concert experience, your evening will kick off by meeting at Piazza della Signoria. From here you will be led to dinner to enjoy a three-course Tuscan set menu. Once you have enjoyed your dinner, you will be taken to Santo Stefano al Ponte Church for a concert consisting of traditional Neapolitan songs. This makes for a fabulous night out soaking up Tuscan culture right here in Florence!
Whether you are on a romantic getaway or not, one of the best things to do in Tuscany is traveling around on a vespa through the picturesque Tuscan countryside. A vespa is an Italian scooter. You must be at least 18 years old to drive the vespa and have a valid driver’s license. Children 6 years and older can ride as passengers with an adult while children under 6 can ride in the tuk-tuk. Your adventure begins in Florence where your tour guide will pick you up. The tour in total runs for 7.5 hours with 3 hours of driving the vespa. You will visit the beautiful historical town of San Gimignano and enjoy a 3-course Tuscan meal with wine.
Of course you will get the opportunity to taste some local wines, olive oil and balsamic vinegar too! Great for dipping some fresh bread into! What a fabulous experience to enjoy while in Florence.
This is the best spot in the whole city to get a great photo. Piazzale Michelangelo features a bronze replica of the famous nude David statue by Michelangelo. The replica was built in 1869 to signify Florence’s renewal as a leading Italian city. This beautiful 19th-century piazza offers incredible panoramic views over the city. It is especially beautiful at sunset. If you are walking up to the piazza, you will encounter a lot of steps. So if you are in a wheelchair, there are frequent buses and taxis that can take you straight to the piazza.
There is nothing that quite spells out romance like chocolate. I know when I travel that I love trying their local chocolate.
Cioccolateria Ballerini is a family run pastry shop that has been melting chocolate and hearts since 1936. They produce the finest confectionary and South American chocolate. With a selection of over 50 types of pralines, there is bound to be one to suit everyone. Get those romantic sparks flying again with chocolate, the world’s oldest aphrodisiac.
Cioccolateria Ballerini also serves a variety of pastries, cakes and even savory items like pizza.
If you dream of Venice because of the gondola rides, this city has something that rivals it. Florencetown offers a wonderful tour along the Arno river in a traditional Barchetto. A Barchetto is a traditional Florentine gondola. The Arno river flows for 150 miles right through the center of Florence from the Apennines all the way to the Ligurian Sea.
This beautiful ride will last for about 50 minutes and include a cool wine or soft drink. Florence really can rival Venice for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
What is more romantic than experiencing some relaxing treatments together with your partner. Travelling can be stressful, here at Tripio, we have made your next vacation as relaxing as possible. Why not head to a spa while in Italy. Relax Firenze offers a wide range of luxurious treatments from massages in chocolate, to wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and even a Himalayan salt room. You can opt to enjoy your treatments together with your partner in the couples suite. They also offer yoga classes as well if you feel like you would like some relaxing and rejuvenating exercise while on vacation. Having a couples massage is a great way to rekindle that intimate connection.
Tuscany is full of vineyards where they produce world famous wine but it is also the land of truffles or as the Italians call them ‘tartufo’. They are like subterranean mushrooms that grow underground, usually close to the roots of trees. On this truffle hunting tour, you will go out into the forest with a guide and truffle sniffing dogs. You will learn all about truffles and the euphoric effect they have on humans when used in cooking. Their aroma consists of chemicals that mimic pheromones, heightening humans’ sense of pleasure.
This is a unique and fascinating experience. Kids must be at least 8 years old to participate. The meeting place changes each time so be sure to check this on your booking. This tour involves two hours of trekking and digging alongside dogs.
The Rose Garden in central Florence is a beautiful, public green space that is home to over 1,200 plants with 400 different varieties of roses. The garden was established in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi. It features stunning rose terraces, a Japanese garden and a variety of sculptures. There is even an adorable café at the top of the hill. The view from this garden is breath-taking. The best part, it is completely free to visit.
On every art lover’s top 10 must see places at number 1 has to be the famous nude statue of David by Michelangelo. Accademia Gallery in Florence is famous for housing the nude Renaissance-era marble statue of David. Sculpted by the infamous Michelangelo in 1504 when the artist was only 26 years old. The Accademia Gallery features an array of sculptures however, of course, David is the most popular. For your best chance of getting a solo photograph with the nude David, you would need to enter the gallery about an hour before closing time.
Florence, Tuscany is bound to tick off many bucket lists. This romantic city is full of art, adventure and delicious Tuscan food. Start creating your perfect vacation right now by downloading the Tripio app. On the Tripio app, you can create a custom itinerary and generate a custom top 10 based on your personal preferences. We have done all the research for you and found all the best places in each destination so you can create the perfect vacation with your own personal custom itinerary.
-Gemma Winchester, Tripio Guru