Florence in spring must be one of the lovliest places to visit in Europe, the roses blooming along with ancient art, the pavement cafes busy, the lines in front of the museums long. After a morning looking at works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Artemisia (yes, there is a female artist as well) your head, your mind, your heart will need some fresh air. At least my vital parts did.
It was time for a fresh walk, and I headed up to Piazzale Michelangelo, one of Karen’s favourite Florence piazzas, from where the view of Florence’s rooftops is magnificent.
In the back corner of Piazzale Michelangelo, just behind a gelato stall, there is a path leading down to The Iris Garden which is open now a few weeks during spring. Hundreds, thousands of irises set between silver grey olive trees, charming paths, and always the view of Florence’s rooftops.
One hour or two in this garden, may be with a book, what about A Room With a View, and I am sure you are ready for more art……or may be a gelato first? Florence claim to have the best gelato in Italy, but then most Italian places claims the same I think :-)
Are you interested in a cheap, friendly, charming place, right in the middle of the city? Why don’t you do like I am doing this week, stay at Hotel Scoti. You can find the best price for Florence hotels with HotelsCombined which quickly searches the databases of more than 30 accommodation suppliers. Read Karen’s Tips for what to do and see in Florence for ideas for your Florence city break.