The Ultimate Guide to Florence

The Ultimate Guide to Florence

From the gelato, pizza, pasta, paninis, beautiful sights, clubs, shopping, and so much more, if you’re looking for somewhere to study abroad that encompasses everything I just name: Florence is your place. 

This past summer I spent 6 weeks eating all the Italian food I could, while spending countless hours in Brandy Melville, and traveling around the country every weekend. Here’s a very condensed version of a longer (five pages to be exact) guide of Florence from my eyes. 

1. Hike the Duomo: It’s 463 steps but SO worth it (and your work out for that day). This was my favorite view of Florence in the entire city…I made my cover photo a picture from here so you know it has to be good. 

2. Climb Piazzale Michelangelo for another amazing view of the city. It’s very popular to hike it with a bottle of wine and watch the sunset go down over the beautiful city. 

3. Tour the Gucci Museum. I went with my class, but it was my favorite museum on the trip and only 6 euro to get in. Definitely worth seeing! 

4. Sit on the triangles on the Santo Trinita Bridge. Bring a bottle of wine! We did this on the last night and it was an amazing way to end the trip.  

5. All Antico Vinaio: BY FAR THE BEST THING I ATE IN FLORENCE. Absolutely incredible and huge sandwich for only 5 euro! It’s so popular that there are two shops directly across the street from each other and there’s always a line at both. Well worth the wait. 

6. Gusta Pizza is the best pizza in Florence! Super cheap and so delicious. If they think you’re cute, they’ll shape your pizza into a heart. 

7. Osteria de Santo Spirito: By far my favorite restaurant in Florence! It’s located in the Santo Spirito square and has great prices and even better food. 

8. La Giostra: Expensive, but delicious food! Brad Pitt and Bruce Springstein ate here. They’re known for the pear ravioli, but every pasta dish on the menu looked appetizing.

9. Soul Kitchen: Super easy apertivo restaurant, which means you pay one price, which includes a drink and meal. It’s 8 euro here and the food (buffet style) was actually really good.

10. La Carraia: Definitely my favorite gelato! So good that they have two locations. The “cookies” flavor is the best.

11. Lions Fountain: My favorite bar! I went here every Monday night (they take American money on Monday nights). They give you a free shot when you order a beer. The walls and ceilings are covered in college t-shirts. 

12. Eby’s: Located next to Lions Fountain and known for their “Eby Shot”. The owner looked like Albert Einstein and uses fresh fruit, sugar, and coffee grinds to make a really cool and designed shot. Definitely do this! 

13. Twice: Very popular to go to on Tuesdays (Twice Tuesdays), but don’t let the no cover charge fool you because the drinks are not strong and very expensive. Good atmosphere and fun though!

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11 Places I Would Die To Visit

From New York City to Italy, I want to see all the places!

Travelling is something that I have always loved to do. I love experiencing new places and seeing how people in different cities operate. Whether it's only an hour away or 22 hours away, every place is different and it just amazes me.

I love finding seeing all the different places in each city from tourist attractions to just walking the street. There's no better way to explore a city than to walk the streets and find all the well-known food places in the city.

As much as I love traveling, I have only been to a handle full of places but there are so many other places that I want to go. So without further ado, here are a few of the places that I want to visit:

1. Nashville, Tennesse

I've always dreamed of going to Nashville. Its been one of the places I've always wanted to go to for many reasons. One is that I love country music, and Nashville is the home of country music. I also just love the city.

2. New York City, New York

Listen, I love New York with my whole heart. I've been there once and I've wanted to go back ever since. I want to go see as many Broadway musicals as I possibly can, go walk through Central Park, and, because I love "Gossip Girl," go see the upper east side and the Met Steps.

3. Boston, Massachusetts

I don't know why I've always wanted to go to Boston but here we are on this list. I want to go to the Boston Red Sox Stadium, try restaurants that are Boston specific, and all the fun Boston things you can do.

4. London, England

This has been on my list for years. It's one of those places I always say I want to go to because it's honestly one of my dream places to visit. From seeing Big Ben to just wondering the streets talking to locals, I can't wait to see it all in person.

5. Atlanta, Georgia

Obviously, I love big cities, so, of course, Atlanta had to be included in this list. Fox Theatre, MLK Museum, Coca-Cola Museum, and the CNN Center are just a few places I would love to go see. Not to mention nightlife in Atlanta is something that I need to see.

6. New Orleans, Louisana

New Orleans is one of the places I more recently wanted to go to. It looks like its a blast to go visit especially during Mardi Gras. Something just draws me to this city. Not to mention I'd love to try the food.

7. Los Angeles, California

Sunny California has been a place on my travel list for years. LA what a place to visit. I want to go do all the typical touristy spots and then some.

8. Ireland

So with Ireland, I have no clue where I want to visit I just know I want to go. The scenery looks so pretty and I would like to see it with my own eyes.

9. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is one of those staple places that I want to visit. Millenium Park and the Chicago Cubs stadium are only a couple of things that I know I want to go see there. I have a fascination with big cities.

10. Italy

Italy is like Ireland in the sense that I don't know where I want to visit in Italy but I know I want to go there. There are so many well-known cities in Italy that I wouldn't mind visiting. From Rome to Venice and everywhere in between, Italy is one of my dream places to visit.

11. Seattle, Washington

Seattle, the birthplace of coffee. I don't know why I want to go there but it deserves to be on this list. I'm not sure if the reason I want to go there so bad because Is because I want to see the scenery or the fact that Grey's Anatomy is based out of Seattle haha.

I can't wait to go see all of these places at some point in my life but I do hope it happens soon.

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You can easily store the portable mattress as most of the portable mattresses are of tri-fold. They won't utilize much space, so it is convenient to slide them into a closet.

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Do you travel a lot? Then portable mattress is the best option for you it helps you to sleep on your couch instead of someone’s. It is more worthy than a saggy couch. They are excellent for camping and won’t take a lot of space in a car. They are also available with handles for easy travel.

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