There is so much going on in Florence, Italy. You could spend months exploring the city (as I did, when I lived there for a year). But, if we’re being realistic, most people don’t have the opportunity to move to Italy for a year to work and explore. So, if you can only carve out a weekend, I have a substantial list of things that you could do in 72 hours in Florence.
That list could be ridiculously long and I’ve written posts about where to get the best food and my favorite things to do in the city, I’ve even written a love letter to Florence. But, I hadn’t written anything about what to do during a short visit. So continue reading for a guide of some top restaurants, gelato shops, museums, tours, and more. Hopefully this guide will help you plan your 72 hours in Florence with ease!
72 Hours In Florence
*When I say 72 hours in Florence, I just mean that you have a full three days in the city. I suggest flying in the day before and flying out the day after.*
Getting To Florence
So, before you start deciding what to do while you’re visiting Florence, you may be wondering how to get there. And there are actually several options. Flying into Pisa and then taking the bus from there (it’s about an hour) is probably the cheapest way. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can fly directly into the Florence Airport. Another option is to take the train from Rome. Each one is good for different budgets, so make sure to do some research and see what makes the most sense for you.
On your first full day in Florence, you’re actually going to be exploring the Tuscan countryside. And a great way to do that is by taking the 500 Vintage Tours and Chianti Roads tour that is offered by My Tours. It’s a great way to see Tuscany and taste delicious wine. You’ll hop on a mini bus from Florence and head towards Siena where you’ll meet your car. You can choose from a vintage Fiat 500 or a Vespa for the day. We went with the Fiat 500 and had a blast driving around the winding roads of Chianti.
The tour lasts most of the day and includes lunch at a winery. During the day you’ll stop in several Tuscan villages along the way. The price starts from 85 pounds per person and drivers must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid drivers license.
When you return back to Florence, it’s going to be time for dinner! Head to La Spada for a traditional Florentine meal. You can order a delicious Bisteca Fiorentina, which is a typical dish in the region. It’s a massive steak usually served with roast potatoes. Share it between two people and make sure to wash it down with some Chianti.
On Day 2 you’re going to wake up early again and take a tour with The Roman Guy. We took the Florence Walking Tour with Statue of David and Duomo and it was so worth it. Even as someone who lived in Florence for nearly a year, I felt that I learned so much on this tour. Plus, the great thing about it is that it’s usually a small group (ours was just us and another couple) and you can really ask the questions you want throughout it. The tour costs 59.95 pounds each and includes entry into the Academy. Without this walking tour, you may have to wait for a few hours just to enter the Academy to see the David!
After your walking tour concludes, it’s time to grab some lunch! A delicious panini spot is Pane Toscana. My favorite one to order is the Pisano which is made up of pecorino cheese, wild boar salami, and blueberry jam on the freshest bread.
When you’re done with your lunch, take a stroll around the city center. One of the best things to do in Florence is to get lost, and I think that you should use your afternoon to do just that. Stop for a gelato at Geletaria de Neri before heading to the shop to pick up a bottle of wine.
Grab that bottle of wine and head up to Piazzale Michaelangelo to watch the sunset. Arrive early for the best seat in the house and watch as the sunsets behind Florence and the city lights up.
Afterwards, head back into town and grab dinner at La Giostra. Pro tip: make sure you request to sit in the main dining room when making your reservation. It’s a lot nicer and the ambiance is more romantic in there. Start with the burrata along with the complimentary appetizer and prosecco. Order a bottle of Chianti or Brunello, depending on your budget. I suggest splitting two entrees between two people – one of the steaks and the pear ravioli. Finish it off with dessert!
On Day 3 you’ll be visiting the Duomo. Buy your tickets online to save time (I also suggest purchasing this ticket on your first day as it’s valid for 72 hours and if you have time you can explore the baptistery or the Duomo) and then head to the bell tower for the best view of the city. I enjoy this one more than the Duomo because you can actually see the Duomo in it!
After your climb you’ll probably have worked up an appetite. So that means it’s time to head over to Gusta Pizza. It’s on the other side of the Arno and it is some of the best pizza you’ll ever have! They only take cash so remember to grab some from the ATM ahead of time.
When you’re dong with lunch, wander over to the Pitti Palace. Here you can either purchase a ticket to go inside the palace, the Boboli Gardens, or both. I always choose the gardens, especially on a nice day. Wander around the grounds and even find yourself a spot of grass to soak up the sun from!
On your walk back to the other side of the Arno, wander over the Ponte Vecchio with a gelato in hand!
Later on, when it’s time for dinner, head to Coquinarius. The food was delicious there. I really enjoyed the mix of appetizers and then the pistachio ravioli.
I don’t really pack the days because everyone has different preferences on how much or little they want to do. I’m personally a fan of wandering through streets, so I like to fill most of my days doing that and stumbling upon hidden gems! There is always more time to fit other touristy things in like the Uffizi or a visit to Santa Croce.
I recently spent some time exploring Grenada in the Caribbean. It was one of those places that I had heard a little about, but not as much as other Caribbean islands. Growing up in the United States, I took a ton of holidays to the Caribbean because of how easy it was, but it consisted of the more well known and well-developed islands in the region. Much to my surprise, it was actually fairly easy to get to the Caribbean from the United Kingdom and getting around was simple too. And the ease of that makes it a top destination for Brits (it’s also part of the Commonwealth which helps too!)
The great thing about exploring Grenada is that you can split your time between exploring lush jungles and dramatic waterfalls and lounging on one of the many white sand beaches. You can dine at fancy restaurants or grab a bite to eat at one of the local hotspots scattered around the island. Basically what I’m trying to say is that there is something for everyone in Grenada. It’s a perfect location for families, couples, adventure travelers, backpackers, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to the gorgeous island of Grenada now!
Exploring Grenada In The Caribbean
There is literally so much to do on this stunning island. But, I was only there for four days so I just got a quick taste. And that quick taste has me itching to get back and explore even more!
How To Get There
If you’re flying from the UK, hop on a plane at Gatwick. You’ll fly from London to St. Lucia and then to Grenada with Virgin Atlantic. If you’re flying from the states, you’ll probably end up flying via Miami.
Where To Stay
There are a number of gorgeous properties on Grenada. Most of the properties are family owned and operated and give you a nice homey, local feel. If you’re interested in staying somewhere that has the best hospitality, then True Blue Bay Boutique Resort is your best bet. The property is great and has really comfortable rooms. There are two pools and a great little bar and deck area (which is also home to Street Food Wednesdays (something you can’t miss if you’re in Grenada during the week)).
Stay tuned for a new Kimpton and SilverSands to open in 2019//2020.
What To Do
Go For A Swim
The highlight of my trip to Grenada was snorkeling at the Underwater Sculpture Park. It’s actually one of my favorite things that I have ever done. We met up with Eco Dive to go for a morning snorkel. The guide was really awesome and knew so much about the park.
Several years ago, Jason deCaires Taylor created the first underwater sculpture park in the world. The whole point of it was to help restore the coral reef after a huge hurricane in the early 2000s. And it’s been working. Since 2006, more wildlife has come back into the area.
Take An Off Roading Jeep Tour
Anyone with an adventurous side will love spending the day off-roading and exploring the island with Sun Hunters Jeep Tours. We spent the entire day driving around the island checking out waterfalls, beautiful beaches, colorful towns, and more!
Taste Some Chocolate
You will find a ton of fresh chocolate while exploring Grenada. My favorite spot was Belmont Estate. We got to walk through the whole process of how chocolate is made and we got to taste some delicious blends afterward. I loved the dark chocolate with salted caramel flavor.
Sip on Some Rum
You really can’t go to a Caribbean island without spending an afternoon sipping on rum. And man did we do that. We enjoyed several rounds of rum punch as well as some locally crafted cocktails.
Take A Sunset Cruise
Set sail on a sloop with Savvy Sailing (which is a traditional sailboat) and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. The boat is beautiful and is definitely Instagrammable, but the real treat will be spending some time with Danny, Christopher, and Walter.
Where To Eat
We dined at some pretty incredible places during our visit to Grenada. I actually don’t think I had a bad meal (and that’s including the night that I wasn’t that hungry and ate a plate of rice and some fried plantains).
As most of you know I once taught English in Thailand. It was a really crazy experience for me. I loved it and I hated it. The town I lived in, was incredible. The students I taught were amazing. But, I wasn’t the best teacher. Still being able to teach in Thailand was a huge opportunity for me.
Why You Should Teach In Thailand
Even though it seems like I was teaching English in Thailand a lifetime ago, people still ask me about it all of the time. And I can honestly say that despite the fact that I really didn’t enjoy the teaching part (I found it very stressful), everything else was amazing. And that includes the incredible 28 students I had in my Kindergarten class.
So, you may be wondering why you should teach in Thailand then… And my answer is quite simple: you will meet some of the kindest, most selfless people in the world. And you will see some of the most stunningly beautiful places in the entire world. Thailand is an incredibly magical place and it has so much to offer its visitors. From the food to the smiling people, to the mountainside, to the sea…Everything is wonderful there.
The Technical Stuff
So if you’re still reading and you’re wondering how to teach English in Thailand, I wrote a whole post about that. But, if you don’t have time to read that, look into some programs like CIEE. They took care of everything for me. I just applied and then once accepted they placed me at a school (with two of my friends that I went with). They took care of my visa and all of that. It was so simple!
Remember, I’m just one person. Just because I didn’t love teaching, doesn’t mean you won’t. In fact, you may be like some of the people I met there who end up staying for years and years because you love it so much! Either way, you’ll end up with a fantastic experience and be helping people along the way.
Until then, here is a video of my amazing time teaching!
Several years ago I traveled to Morocco. I went there when it wasn’t cool to go there (I say that with no disrespect, but let’s be honest, Instagram has played a huge roll in boosting tourism in the country). I went there when I didn’t really use my Instagram that much. In fact, I went there when I had less than 5000 followers.
I traveled to Morocco with my best friend Rachel. At the time we were working at a travel company in Florence, Italy. We took a long weekend and traveled to Marrakech. It was quite the adventure. We did pretty much no research at all. We just knew that we wanted to explore the city and then take a desert tour of the Sahara.
Why I Miss Spontaneous Travel
Morocco was the first spontaneous trip I ever went on. It was the first place I ever truly felt uncomfortable. And while I will admit that it’s not one of my favorite destinations, it still taught me a lot about myself.
Spontaneous travel is special. It allows you to really dig in deep and get out of your comfort level. And boy was I uncomfortable in Morocco.
The Bad Parts Of My Trip To Morocco
Anyone who ever tells you that their whole entire trip went off without a hitch is probably lying to you. Very rarely will you travel somewhere and everything is perfect. And when I traveled to Morocco, most of it was not perfect.
I was catcalled in the Medina. I was grabbed while trying to buy orange juice — A woman would not let go of my arm and proceeded to cover my hand in henna. She only let go when I finally gave into giving her some money. (Which is something I would never do now as an experienced traveler).
I was called a “bitch” for refusing help with directions. On our desert tour, my friend and I were left on the side of the road for a minute, thinking that we had been forgotten while stopping to use the bathroom.
The Good Parts of My Trip To Morocco
And with the bad, of course, comes the good. It wasn’t all bad. Rachel and I enjoyed delicious food during our time in Morocco. We met some pretty interesting people during our Sahara Desert tour. We wandered through the souks buying handmade goods to take home as souvenirs. And we figured out that we could both travel to places we weren’t necessarily the most comfortable being in.
So, my friend Rachel made this awesome video of our trip to Morocco. We visited Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, the Sahara Desert and more! It was full of adventures (and a lot of time in a van lol). Check it out and enjoy.
Morocco! - YouTube
This post was originally published on April 10, 2015/