Weekend in Florence

By Megan Schulte, Study Abroad Ambassador

Megan SchulteOne of the most common comments that students make after studying abroad is that they wish they had been able to spend more time in each place that they traveled. The best way to battle this predicament is to make the most out of every weekend trip taken. To help, we are going to have a series where we detail how to make the most out of 48 hours in various European cities. This week, we are going to start with the Italian city of Florence.

Take time to unwind and explore the culinary wonders of the city. Florence is the epitome of Italian cuisine, and you could spend an entire day just eating its delicious food! This city offers many different opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Italian landscape through immaculate bridges, stunning views, and infamous architecture. Take a journey on the winding stone streets and enjoy getting lost in the wonder of the city.

How to Get There

  • Book cheaper flights by going into Bologna, Pisa, or Rome 

  • Trains from Rome to Florence

  • Bus for 3 euro from Pisa to Florence

Where to Stay

  • Airbnb offers a large amount of locations for Florence
  • You can get an apartment for 3 people in the heart of a city for a decent rate
  • The city offers many hostels and hotels located throughout the city


heart-shaped pizza What to Eat

  • Heart-shaped pizza from Gusta Pizza

  • Dante Panini from Antico Vinaio
  • 
Handmade fresh pasta from Mercato Centrale
  • 
Lavender gelato from La Strega Nocciola 


What to Do

  • Climb the Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • 
Visit David at the Academia 

  • Watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo 

  • Attend a make-your-own pizza cooking class 


What to See

  • Ponte Vecchio
  • 
Pizzale Michelangelo
  • 
Leather Market 

  • Mercato Centrale 


What to Know

  • Florence is a walkable city so public transportation isn’t critical 

  • Be cautious about your phone…do not leave in backpack or on the table

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