Take the fast train from Rome and you can arrive in Florence in just over an hour, ideal for a weekend away or even an energetic day trip. As the birthplace of the Renaissance the city is packed with art, architecture and historic monuments to admire but is compact enough to retain its easygoing charm, and most sights can be reached on foot.
The Uffizi Gallery houses one of the world’s largest and most prestigious art collections, while the Galleria dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s David, the consummate example of marble sculpture and an iconic symbol of beauty, strength and of Florence itself. While you should consider advance booking for museums, you can’t miss the ornate cathedral in Piazza del Duomo or indeed Ponte Vecchio and its artisanal shops.
You won’t discover all of Florence’s treasures in just one visit so a return trip is a must, but here’s what’s going on only in March.
The deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte is hosting an immersive multimedia exhibition dedicated to the works of Gustav Klimt. With over 700 images projected on room encompassing displays, 3D reconstructions of 20th century Vienna and interactive displays, this is an exhibition with a difference.
Until April 2nd
Piazza di Santo Stefano, 5
Entry fee €15, reduced €10
Pitti Taste Food Festival
If you’ve got a fondness for food, Florence already offers many delicious local delicacies to try. Check out bistecca alla fiorentina, ribollita and pappa al pomodoro for starters. If, like me, stuffing your face is the entire reason for taking a trip, try out the Taste Florence Food Festival. Situated in Stazione Leopolda, the fair features over 300 companies peddling their artisanal products from Florence and around Italy.
Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5
Before switching to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 Florence celebrated New Year’s Day on 25 March to coincide with the Christian holiday of the Annunciation. Now, this occasion is marked with a medieval morning parade starting at Palazzo Vecchio and a host of activities at Piazza SS Annunziata. Enjoy a food market from 9am-5pm and an evening concert from 9pm til late.
Piazza della Signoria