The birthplace of the Renaissance
Florence is often known as "The birthplace of the Renaissance". It is home to numerous churches, public buildings, and houses constructed with Romanesque or Gothic architecture. The construction of the famous Duomo marks the beginning of Renaissance architecture.
The most of the historic sights are located in the city centre within walking distance to the Duomo.
On the south side of the loggia del Mercato Nuovo is Tacca’s famous Boar (Il Porcelino) from 1639.
You can always see crowds of people round it, testing their luck. All you have to do is put a coin in the boar's mouth and let it fall into a hole under it. If the coin falls next to the boar, leave it there and try with another one.
Look at the many old buildings around the city and you'll see they are covered in all sorts of ironwork. Obviously, some of these are for tethering horses etc, but many were for all the draperies/ flags/ banners etc which were displayed both ordinarily and on special occasions. Easy to miss, but a sign that real people lived real lives in these places.
Entertainment On A Budget: The Buskers
Florence has some of the most talented musicians playing in the streets at night. I have enjoyed them immensely. Some of them are classically trained in their Eastern European countries, but are unable to get work there. Others just might be doing it to support their summer travels in Europe. I have bought a number of their CDs and I continue to enjoy them while bringing back wonderful memories of my time in Florence. You can often also find them playing during the day.
If you like 60s and 70s music you will enjoy Mercer and Peres you will often find them at the Uffizi at night.
A delicious meal for carnivores
Since our guide had recommended us, we ate in Nuti once. Our target was “Bistecca Alla Fiorentina” and we ordered one plate for every couple because we had been told that it was 500 gr of PURE meat! I was very excited about it, because I am a carnivore with appetite.
Although I had high expectations, bisteca did not disappoint me. It was juicy and incredibly delicious.
Additionally we ordered a vegetable soup. We wanted to try different plates as much as we could. All vegetable soups we tried were delicious. I recommend you Bistecca Alla Fiorentina yet I like over-cooked meat.