where to stay:
Torre di Bellosguardo: Transport yourselves back in time to the Renaissance when you book a stay at this gorgeous property, built by the Medici’s. Bellosguardo provides a charming and elegant interlude and is a stark and infinitely better contrast to almost all other hotels which are modeled in the uniform and impersonal style of American hotels.The walls are covered in authentic frescos and the rooms are decorated in unique, hand carved wooden furniture. The perfect escape from a day exploring the city, only a 10 euro taxi to the Duomo. Soak up the romance of Florence, sleep in, and experience Italy in a unique manner when you stay at the Bellosguardo. Room prices begin at $209 USD/night. http://www.torrebellosguardo.com/
Il Guelfo Bianco: Opened in 1989 in a sixteenth-century ancient residence, Il GUelfo Bianco is a hotel full of charm, where age-old tradition is elaborated with loving restoration work, which brought to life the ancient fifteenth century structures and widespread use of contemporary paintings. A unique hotel, just steps from main attractions with large rooms, carved ceilings, great WiFi and fabulous staff. While you will be located close to the main attractions in Florence, this is a quite place to stay and you will not be disturbed from getting a good night’s rest at Il Guelfo. Room prices begin at $103 USD/night.
where to eat:
Osteria de' Benci: A great place to stop in for lunch after viewing some of the artwork Florence has to offer, the prices will make your wallet happy as well. Seriously some of the BEST pasta ever. Known for their drunken spaghetti but we recommend being a bit adventurous and trying the strawberry risotto, quite flavorful, savory, and filling The warm atmosphere created by the owner Marco Meneghini and the others who work there will consistently bring you back again to eat at Osteria de’ Benci.
I Due Fratellini - Although this sandwich shop in Florence may just appear to be a little window on the side of the street, it is much more than that. It’s a simple concept, order your sandwich at the window and eat right there on the street. You’ll blend in like a local in no time if you eat here enough. They even have a small wine rack to set your wine on while enjoying your sandwich. Top lunch spot.