Achingly picturesque, bursting with culture and easy to explore on foot: Florence definitely ticks a lot of boxes as to what makes a truly memorable honeymoon destination. Fly direct, or transfer from nearby Pisa and stay in the centre of town for easy sightseeing access.
Take a Cooking Class
If you and your other half love to cook, be sure to reserve your spots in the ‘Taste Italy’ tour; a food market visit and all-day cooking class that’ll have you whipping up a three-course Tuscan feast. After picking up fresh ingredients at a quintessential Florentine market, you’ll retreat to a hillside farmhouse to learn from the pros. From the best bruschetta to homemade pasta secrets, it’s a delicious way to spend a day.
Visit a Designer Haven
Delve into the eclectic and creative world of iconic fashion house Gucci at Gucci Garden, a boutique meets museum meets osteria (that’s basically a wine bar). Set across two levels, it’s a fascinating insight into the brand, from the Guccification room which details the evolution of the famous “double G” motif, to the history of Gucci luggage. Also featuring standout outfits and accessories from the collections, along with design sketches and brand memorabilia, it’s an absolute must for fashion-loving couples.
After taking in the displays, divert by the boutiques to browse the exclusive Gucci Garden products or stop by the restaurant to lunch in their sumptuous, green dining room.
There’s a reason there’s almost always long queues trailing outside the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – it’s an architectural marvel. Book ahead to get access inside the church and up into the tower to see seriously impressive city vistas.
See a Literal Masterpiece
Of course, you simply cannot visit Florence without taking the time to see one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s most famous achievements; the statue of David. Towering at over five metres high, this deftly carved marble masterpiece holds a commanding presence in the Galleria dell’Accademia. Book well in advance to avoid long queues and make sure you take the time to admire the entire collection which spans sculptures, paintings and historic musical instruments.
Take in the Views
For epic views of the Florentine skyline, cross the Ponte Vecchio and make the – somewhat steep – climb up the hill to the Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s a favourite meeting point for locals and tourists alike. For the best photos, go at golden hour to see Florence bathed in a golden glow. Stunning.
All photos by Anika and Mitch Reynolds.
Try a Foodie Favourite
If you’re partial to a good steak, you must make it your mission to try Florence’s famous namesake steak during your visit. Known as bistecca alla Fiorentina, this traditional Tuscan dish is a porterhouse steak cooked on a wood fire and served rare. Ristorante la Spada, a rustic eatery tucked away on a side street prides itself on serving the perfect steak. Known for its rotisserie and grilled meats, the restaurant grills Florentine steaks on an oak and hornbeam wood fire, resulting in a rich flavour.
Ms Zebra: Florence is an incredible and romantic place! Anika has detailed some fabulous ideas on ways to spend your days in the Tuscan city.
About Anika Reynolds: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!