Florence, a city that was once home to Dante Alghieri – at least until he was exiled. A city still home to Michelangelo’s David. And a city that could become your future home. As the capital of one of Italy’s most traditional regions, whose Tuscan dialect formed the basis of what we now recognise as the Italian language, Florence should be discovered in depth. The famous Duomo is just one more monument in this relic of the Renaissance where local life is characterised by schiacciata sandwiches and live jazz, with weekends spent rolling through the Tuscan hills. Your time here might just make for a very Divine Comedy.
Hop on the number 7 bus (buying your ticket in the tobacconist beforehand) and you’ll be here in just 19 minutes. The view over Florence is something you won’t forget, and one that you might just have to add to your (now very long) Instagram story.
This place is exactly what is says on the tin and is especially lovely on Sunday evenings, when the weekly live jams take place. Whether you’re in the crowd or up on the stage, there is plenty of music to enjoy at the Jazz Bar, and it deserves at least one evening’s worth of your time.
On the other side of the river, the streets of Oltrano are saturated with independent boutiques, bars and restaurants, making it an ideal quartiere for letting day fall into night.
Rrenowned for its schiacciata sandwiches. They're so delicious that there's usually a big queue. To avoid this, order your panino via Glovo – Italy’s answer to deliveroo – and feast next to the river Arno.
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As with the majority of small Italian cities, walking is often the best option as public transport within old parts of town is not great and cabs are usually quite expensive.
In Florence, the most popular bike rental service is called 'Mobike' and is very affordable.