Noelia Blas has been the last of us to visit this incredible city, and with, style too! Discover her tips and write them down for your next visit to the birthplace of renaissance art and architecture:

“After almost a year of not flying, this past June we had the chance to leave Spain for a few days and re-discover the always beautiful Florence. This was our third visit and it’s always one of our favourites. We appreciated the experience even more this time since we hadn’t travelled abroad in such a long time.

Florence welcomes the tourist and is very accesible for 3 to 4 day visits. It is easily walkable and well connected to the rest of the Tuscan region. Although it is not a large city, Florence concentrates many attractions in and around its historic centre.

Architecturally, it boasts some of the most beautiful buildings in Italy and, in general, you can breathe art wherever you go. You can’t miss out on, among other things, the Duomo and its Battistero di San Giovanni, the Campanile de Giotto, the Mercato Nuovo, the Piazza della Signoria, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Santa Croce church.

If you are looking for the best places to take “postcard” potos of the city, we always love to look for the light of sunset, or sunrise and go near the Ponte Vecchio and its little traditional jewellery stalls or walk to the Piazzale de Michelangelo, from where you can admire the best views of the city.

Also, if you have a little more time or it is not the first time you visit Florence, you cannot miss its museums. The Uffizi Gallery concentrates some of the best sculptural works in Italy and, of course, if you are a lover of classical art, you will not forget the first time you stand in front of Michelangelo’s David, which is housed in the Galleria dell' Accademia. On the last Sunday of every month you can enjoy them for free, although you should be prepared for long queues. Florence also offers the option to visit other places in the region that are easily connected by train, such as Pisa or Siena, and if you want to experience Tuscany from the inside, we recommend the Villa Lena hotel, a former artists' residence in the middle of the Italian countryside.

Between visits, don't forget that you're in Italy, a foodie's paradise. For us, the best plan is to take a walk by the river with a gelato di pistacchio in hand. The best in town are at 'La Carraia' and Via dei Neri, they are super creamy.

In Florence everyone enjoys an aperitivo as well, a kind of casual dinner where you can enjoy small dishes accompanied by a drink. Soul Kitchen is a good option if you fancy giving it a try. If you're looking for a more traditional lunch or dinner, we love to try the parpadelle at any of the trattorias in Santa Croce - they're delicious!

And the best way to end the day in Florence is to enjoy the views of its rooftops and towers at sunset. Hotel Calimala offers free entry to its rooftop in the heart of the city centre. You can order a prosecco and enjoy the 360-degree view of the city.

There are a thousand things to do in Florence and many ways to discover it, but our advice is to let yourself be carried away by its special atmosphere and get lost in its alleyways. There is sure to be a surprise waiting for you around every corner".

Noelia Blas