~Uffizi Galleries-If you go to just one museum, this is it. Home to many iconic pieces of art, including The Birth of Venus and The Spring by Botticelli. Pace yourself.
~Boboli Gardens-Away from the frenzy of the city, this beautiful outdoor space (behind the Pitti Palace) allows one to stroll and get lost amongst the expansive gorgeous gardens.
~Gallerie dell'Accademia di Fierenze-The gallery contains legendary sculptures, including the larger than life David by Michaelangelo.
~Firenzecard-If you plan to be in Florence for 72 hours and are interested in museums and sites, this pass is vital since it enables you to bypass the lines.
~San Miniato al Monte-Hike up the hill to this abbey for an unforgettable view of Florence. If you are lucky, you will hear the monks chant (see link for specific times).
~Cantinetta Antinori-Situated in a 15th century palazzo, we had a lovely late lunch here. We did not have a reservation, but we lucked out and got the last table before lunch service ended. Wonderful food, wine list and service.
~Il Mercato Centrale-Located close to the Accademia, we visited for lunch and enjoyed great food, wine and people watching.
~Trattoria del Orto-Not too far from The Boboli Gardens, this spot is a family run restaurant that is delightful and very reasonable.
~Osteria All'Antico Vinaio-This is the place to satisfy your cured meat cravings. Get a reservation so you don't have to wait in the long line. Their panini shop across the street is stellar.
In the coming week or so, the last segment of this post will cover the medieval town of Orvieto.