HOW TO SPEND 48 HOURS IN FLORENCE | TRAVELING ITALY
Are you looking for the best way to tour Florence, Italy with not a lot of time to do it? In this post, I am telling WHERE TO STAY, WHERE TO EAT, WHAT TO DO, and WHERE TO DRINK if you plan to spend 48 hours in Florence. The city is known for its cultural vibe and is really coming into its own on the food scene. With high-end shopping, beautiful historical sites, wine tasting, rooftop bars, and amazing design elements, there is something for everyone! Curious what I packed? Check out my Let’s Go to Italy post!
How to Spend 48 Hours in Florence
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TRAVELING ITALY | FLORENCE: WHERE TO STAY
There are so many fabulous places to stay in Florence. And a lot people opt for an AirBNB. However, for us, we knew we would only be there for 2 days, so we wanted COMFORT, CONVENIENCE, an AMAZING VIEW, and STYLE. While doing our research, we ultimately kept going back to the hotels that are part of the Lungarno Collection, which is a group of luxury hotels across Rome and Florence that are owned by the Ferragamo family. Yes, THAT Ferragamo. “Leonardo Ferragamo, President of the Lungarno Collection, is paying homage to his extraordinary father, Salvatore Ferragamo, a genius in the art of shoemaking and a master of hospitality. Each member of the Lungarno Luxury Hotels Collection derives from creativity, craftsmanship, and passion, naturally reflecting genuine Florentine style and exquisite taste.”
SPLURGE: Portrait Firenze
Yall, this hotel is TO DIE FOR. With stunning design features, outstanding service, amazing views, and the comfiest bed you have ever slept in, we fell in love instantly. Upon check in, we were actually upgraded to the PENTHOUSE SUITE. We felt like we were in heaven! It had the most amazing private, rooftop terrace overlooking the Arno and Ponte Viccio. We spent many nights out there, people watching and taking in the beauty of Florence.
SAVE (sort of): The Continentale
We LOVED this hotel, especially their rooftop bar! The Continentale is super hip and romantic. It’s truly the place to see and be seen, frequented by fashionistas wanting to stay in the heart of Florence. I say this is a “save” option, because it is less expensive than the Portrait Firenze. However, it is still a very swanky, luxury 4-star hotel.
TRAVELING ITALY | FLORENCE: WHERE TO EAT
Right when we got into town, we headed straight to Mangia Pizza for a quick bite. People RAVED about this little spot! It was absolutely delish and oh-so Firenze.
FOODIE LUNCH: Il Santo Bevitore
More traditional Italian in one of the hippest parts of town. Break bread and enjoy ALL the wine in the buzzy dining room. We asked the waiter for his recs with both food and wine, and he was SPOT ON! This is a MUST VISIT!
FOODIE DINNER: Enoteca Pinnochiori
Yall, the experience at this restaurant was INCREDIBLE. As a Michelin 3 Star, get ready to drop some coin, but it is worth every single penny! From their website: “Every detail is scrupulously treated and every element, from glasses, to cutlery, to dishes, is the result of careful research carried out at the best and most innovative manufactories.”
HIP DINNER AND DRINKS: Gurdulu
We ended up only stopping by here for drinks but totally regret not eating here. The cocktails were AMAZING! The bartender spent so much time making our drinks focusing on every single detail. We sat outside on the patio outside, and it was truly magical! Highly recommend!
TRAVELING ITALY | FLORENCE: WHAT TO DO
SHOP TIL YOU DROP:
The shopping in Florence is INSANE. From ultra-cool consignment shops to high end boutiques, Florence literally has it all. If this is your first trip, either make a small list and visit those places or allow yourself to wander around the city, going in and out of different stores.
A MORNING OR AFTERNOON IN CHIANTI
BE THE TOURIST:
Visit The David, The Duomo (climb to the top), one of the many castles overlooking Florence
TRAVELING ITALY | FLORENCE: WHERE TO DRINK
Hip, swanky, see and be seen. We LOVED this buzzy spot, and the drinks were amazing. TIP: GO EARLY! It is right across the street from the Portrait Firenze.
ENOTECA PITTI GOLA E CANTINA:
This is HANDS DOWN the BEST wine bar in Firenze. Located near the historic Oltrarno quarter of Florence’s city center, they focus on small production, handcrafted Tuscan wines. And these guys know their shit. The best part? You can get some very old vintages that you could never taste anywhere else BY THE GLASS. Winos rejoice!
TRAVELING ITALY | FLORENCE: 48 HOUR ITINERARY
1pm: Arrive in the city; check in at The Portrait Firenze, where they will greet you with a glass of champagne. Yes, please!
2pm: Walk around the corner to Manzia to grab a slice of pizza and dine al fresco.
3pm: SHOP SHOP SHOP
6pm: Cocktails on the The La Terrazza Lounge at The Continentale
8pm: Dinner at Enoteca Pinnochiori
9am: Room service with a view
10am: Get your tourist on: The David, The Duomo, visit on of the beautiful castles, and just get LOST in the city!
1pm: Leisurely lunch at Il Santo Bevitore, get lost in the city!
4pm: Wine tasting at ENOTECA PITTI GOLA E CANTINA, al fresca. We LOVED this experience SO SO much! This is a great non-touristy, cultural, and fun way to waste the afternoon away. My hubby is a HUGE wine connoisseur, and this was one of the highlights of his trip!
6pm: Cocktail hour on your private, rooftop terrace (we LOVED this!!)
7pm: Dinner and Drinks at Gurdulu. This one is for you, foodies! HIGHLY recommend! After dinner, head to their patio to enjoy some of the best craft cocktails you will ever taste!
9am: Take a bath in the gorgeous tub, looking out over the Arno and the Ponte Viccio. Then settle in for room service on your private balcony.
11am: Travel to Chianti for wine tasting and lunch!