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“If I had a thousand lifetimes, I’d live them all in Italy!”
Ohhh Italy! Where shall I start? I have an endless love affair with Italy. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that it’s got a big place in my heart. My family and I used to travel to Italy at least once a year, and it was always my all time favourite holiday. Since I was a child I have been to Italy at least 1-2 times a year, and I will do everything in my power to keep it that way – also when I have a family of my own.
I love the people, the romance, the rich history, the architecture and of course the weather. When I was little girl and everyone always asked you “what do you want to do when you grow up”, my answer was always “I am going to live in Italy, marry an Italian man, have 4 children and work as a clothing designer”. Haha! I dreamed of that for many years..
Now I live in rainy England, and I’ve found myself a wonderful English man – BUT I wouldn’t want it any other way. I couldn’t be happier, but I still love thinking back of that dream I had when I was a child!
Fergus and I got invited to Florence by Palazzo Antellesi Apartments, which is some stunning luxury apartments located in the heart of Florence looking out on the gorgeous Santa Croce. It was the most unique and wonderful place we could ever had stayed – and there’s not one second of doubt that next time we go to Florence, that’s where we are going to stay. It’s super central, with stunning views and everything is just outside your doorstep. We love to explore a big city by foot, and that’s why this place was so great.
The interior is unique with lots of history and they have done a great job keeping it authentic, which I am all about. When you go to Italy I want to stay a place that stays true to it’s Italian roots, and Palazzo Antellesi Apartments does that to perfection!
We stayed for about 4 days which was perfect for us! It was right before Christmas where we had to be apart for 2-3 weeks, so I loved having this time just him and I to explore Florence and to relax.
Every morning when we woke up we walked to the same café for a croissant and proper Italian coffee. The place is called: Caffe Rivoire – it’s proper Italian and a little pricy but we still loved it. We haven’t tried the food here, but we can highly recommend the coffee, chocolates and the croissants! Yummy
The café was just a short 4 minutes walk from our apartment, and the perfect place for people watching overlooking Piazza della Signoria square.
5 places worth visiting when you go to Florence:
1. Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset – we biked here with my family last summer with a super funny guide, and it was quite a magical view you had from here. Overlooking all of Florence!
2. The Uffizi museum – a must visit when going to Florence. The art will leave you speechless! We went here on the last day, and I adored it. From the Uffizi you’ll also get a beautiful view looking over Florence AND when you come out of the museum, you’ll see two long queues – it’s the most popular sandwich place in Florence, and a must try! Fergus and I regret not going here every day. They are big and SO worth the queue.
3. Walk across Ponte Vecchio. It is a charming medieval bridge over the Arno River. It is famous for it’s history and is noted for its shops built along it. Butchers initially occupied the shops but now it has become the jewellery district. It’s right in the middle of town and is now full of art dealers, jewellery and souvenir shops.
4. Of course the Duomo – a MUST see! It always leave me breathtaking.
5. Accademia Gallery. This is where you will find the famous David statue. The statue is made by Michelangelo and an absolute must-see when in Florence.