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Behind the relatively uninspiring-looking facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence are the chapels dedicated to one of the city’s most famous families – the Medici. The chapels are beautiful, and they feature the sculptural and architectural work of Michelangelo. The Medici Chapels in Florence are really a must-see for any art lover.
As any night owl knows, there’s nothing quite like a late-night snack to perk up one’s energy – particularly if that snack comes fresh out of the oven. In Florence, the best midnight snacks come from the secret night bakeries, but to sample the treats you’ve got to follow the rules.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that you don’t need a guide for eating something as straightforward as bread. But in Florence, if you’re diving into the bread basket at the restaurant without a little information beforehand, you’re likely to be surprised by what goes in your mouth. Here, then, is that little bit of information on how to eat bread in Florence.
When you’re waiting in line to get into the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, no doubt you’ll take notice of the statues in the niches lining the rectangular courtyard. You might recognize some of the names, while others may be unfamiliar – but what all of these statues have in common is that they represent some of Florence’s most famous sons.
What would you expect Easter to be like in Italy? You would probably think that in this predominantly Catholic nation the emphasis would be on church celebrations and not a bunny delivering chocolates. And, yes, Italians go to church during the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. But there are also giant, hollow chocolate eggs filled with toys and surprises. And in Florence, there’s an enormous wooden cart that explodes in a storm of fireworks. Easter in Florence is, therefore, the furthest thing from a traditional holiday celebration you can imagine.
Shopping is a popular pastime for travelers, particularly in Florence where high fashion surrounds and tempts us. Whether you’re looking for some Tuscan or Florentine souvenirs, some goodies to take on a picnic into the Chianti countryside, or a nice leather jacket – you can’t go wrong with a visit to the San Lorenzo Market in the historic center of Florence.
Eating your way through Italy is an admirable task, but when you get to Florence you might want to think twice before you order the local steak. The famous “bistecca alla fiorentina,” or Florentine steak, is a mammoth piece of meat that can easily feed 2-3 people – this isn’t something you want to order for a light lunch in between museum visits. You’re going to need help with this one.
Even if you have read about how large a painting is, there is nothing quite like stepping into a museum room and coming face to face with an image you’ve seen in art books for years – only now it could take up an entire wall in your home. This is the impact of walking into the Botticelli rooms at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. You are instantly faced with a room full of Botticelli’s most famous works, and they are life sized.