Sunday, 29 April 2018

Weekend Getaway to Florence

lk Bennett tea dress, Florence travel guide

 Happy weekend everyone! I hope you are having a lovely  and cozy Sunday! 

If you are following me on Instagram you might have seen that I've spent the last couple of days in Florence and I'd love to share with you some of my hot spots with you! 

 Where to stay

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Maria Novella, located near the same-named Basilica, which is in walking distance to the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio without feeling too touristy! 

The hotel felt really luxurious but comfortable, with spacious rooms, beautiful marble bathrooms, gorgeous terrace overlooking the city and the breakfast offered something for everyone in a stunning setting! 

I would recommend to visit Florence during the spring or autumn month as the climate is much more bearable and you are more likely to get great deals on hotels and less queues outside the museums. 

What to do

There really is so much to do, see and eat in Florence! 

We stayed for three nights and set one day aside for doing as many tourist attractions and one day for just strolling around the city, admiring it's beautiful architecture and scouting for the best gelato in town. 

We went to the Uffizi Gallery, which has been on my 'to do list' for ages and thankfully the queues weren't too long but you have to plan at least 2 hours to queue for the entrance (otherwise reserve tickets in advance where you can jump the queue) and three hours to go through the museum - make sure to have a little snack and espresso break on their beautiful terrace! 

 Where to eat

We found some really lovely Osteria's on the square near our hotel (Santa Maria Novella Square) and we loved Osteria Cicalone so much so, that we went there two evenings in a row! 

They serve traditional tuscan food, have a great red house wine and the place is just charming - here are some of the delicious dishes we had! 

 For lunch we stopped at Mangia Pizza Firenze on our way to Ponte Vecchio and this was another great find! 

This little bistro specialises in ciabatta Fiorentina, which is a Tuscan version of pizza. They use a flatbread square instead of the traditional dough base, which makes the pizza more thin and beautifully crusty! 

What to wear

This dream of a tea dress was just perfect for our romantic getaway and I love the vintage feel, petal print and flattering front-tie detailing!

This dress will be great for any upcoming weddings, garden parties and I even would go that far and say: 'If you buy only one dress this season, make it this one - you won't regret it'!

I've picked up these leather sandals at the airport and have worn them throughout my stay in Florence as they were so comfy and worked with every outfit! 



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