Local Favorite: Bistecca alla FiorentinaFlorence's most famous dish is Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large T-bone steak grilled over fire. The steak is seasoned with lemon, salt and pepper, and roasted chestnuts that add flavor, with the finished product weighing anywhere between two and eight pounds. Bistecca alla Fiorentina should be pink and bloody on the inside for flavor, so know what you are getting into before ordering it. Do not ask for the steak to be well-done as you will offend the chef; Bistecca alla Fiorentina is made just one way. The steak's origins are lost to history but it is believed the dish is as old as Florence itself.
Some of the best things to do in Florence
Uffizi Palace and Gallery
If there is one must-see destination in Florence, it is the Uffizi Palace and Gallery. The Uffizi is a museum for everyone, even if strolling through art galleries isn’t one’s favorite activity.
Its collection is breathtaking, and the building itself is a work of art. The Uffizi is home to paintings by many of the biggest names of the past, including Raphael, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio.
Many travelers believe Paris’ Louvre to be the best museum in the world, but a trip to the Uffizi will change anyone’s mind.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo rise above Florence in an impressive fashion and dominate the city’s skyline.
Visitors can tour the complex and view the Duomo’s cathedral, museum, and bell tower. The museum is small but holds some of the world’s greatest art treasures. You’re not likely to see any feature on Florence that doesn’t show this iconic landmark, so you should make the time to visit the place during your visit.
Travelers tired of looking at paintings and statues can visit the Piaggio Museum for a different type of art. The museum is dedicated to Vespa, maker of the world’s most stylish motor scooters.
The museum is located in Pontedera, just 38 miles to the east of Florence. Travelers can enjoy a day trip to the museum via a 45-minute train ride to Pontedera and experience the regularly updated venue.
Vespa lovers will find examples of every model the company has ever made. Situated next to the Vespa factory, the museum offers visitors a lesson in Vespa’s role throughout history.
Mugello Circuit Puresport Experience
With Mugello Circuit just 23 miles away, Florence is a perfect base for travelers who prefer motorsports over the arts.
Mugello is the annual host of MotoGP’s Italian Grand Prix. Motorcycle enthusiasts can experience one of the most prominent races at Mugello every summer. Car enthusiasts, on the other hand, can find the Pursesport experience at the Mugello Circuit. Drivers can select from an assortment of sports cars, including the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and more.
Although Mugello doesn’t usually host F1 races, it is owned by Scuderia Ferrari. The Italian team regularly uses the track for F1 testing, and travelers may catch a glimpse of Ferrari’s top drivers while visiting.
Tuscany Outdoor Trails
The hills and countryside that surround Florence are gorgeous. Much of the countryside is untouched, and the parts that are farmed have been made into beautiful olive and grape growing centers.
There are a lot of hiking trails around Florence with varying degrees of difficulty. Whether travelers are looking for a leisurely walk with astonishing views or trail running paths for an unforgettable workout, they will find the perfect natural excursion in Florence.
Outdoors companies offer guided hiking tours, but travelers wanting more of a casual outing can plan their own. Due to the varying difficulty of trails, travelers should do their research before embarking on their own.
Known around the world as a premier location to enjoy Renaissance art, the Galleria dell'Academia is a must-visit for any art connoisseur. The many galleries in the museum are home to some of the most iconic works of that time, such as the famous Statue of David by Michelangelo. Much of Italy's culture is steeped in its art, making this a visit you can't skip.
Toscana SUP on the Arno River
Stuck between wanting to explore the city on foot or by water? Try both! Experience the fun of stand-up paddle boarding while exploring the city, gaining a different perspective on the sights. The tours take you along the Arno River, allowing you to see all the sights in Florence while getting a workout and gaining a new skill.
Located in the bustling heart of Florence, the buzz of this indoor market is not to be missed. While local businesses sell their goods to visitors, foodies can indulge in the local cuisine and stock up on snacks or fresh produce. The market is also great for purchasing gifts for the whole family, giving them something unique to cherish.
This stunning palace dates back centuries and now serves as a physical and metaphorical hub for the city. Acting as the city's council buildings since the 1300s, the Palazzo is the center of life in Florence. The interior of the building is stunning, featuring beautiful architecture, sculptures, and intricate roof frescos.
La Specola Wax Museum
Founded in the 1700s, La Specola houses some of the most well-kept, anatomically correct wax statues in the world. The figures are so well crafted that they are eerie to view.
Many of the wax figures are female and posed in romantic positions. It is a strange museum but well worth visiting thanks to being ‘off the beaten path’ compared to the city’s most-visited galleries.