Tuscany Road Trip Day 1 – Florence
There is no better introduction to Tuscany than the Renaissance city of Florence. And especially experiencing Tuscany through road trip. When you arrive at the airport, pick up the keys for your car hire Florence inside the terminal building and take the short drive down into the city. It’s a short journey which shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes. With such a range of accommodation in Tuscany, it can be hard to know where to start. In the capital, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Mario’s. Housed in a charming 17th century former private home, the hotel is located along the beautiful Via Faenza and has plenty of parking for your car hire Florence. It’s located in the city’s heart making it the perfect base for exploring.
If this is your first time in Florence, you can’t miss the classics. Wander down through the old city to the Il Duomo di Firenze (the Dome of Florence in the Cathedral of Saint Mary) and climb the 463 steps to the rooftop to admire the spectacular view. Be prepared to queue if you want to see Michelangelo’s David, the 5-meter tall statue carved over 500 years ago. Finally, you’re not going to want to miss the Uffizi which houses one of the greatest collections of Renaissance art in the world including work by Botticelli.
Florence is not short on places to eat, and you’ll rarely walk for any more than a minute before spotting some tasty looking trattoria, but not all are made equal. Our tip is to avoid any of the restaurants which are filled with mostly tourists and look out for local joints. If you want to treat yourself to a Michelin star meal without breaking the bank, try Ora d’Aria. Expert Tuscan dishes like roasted pig with rabe, kale tortelli and an interesting snail ragu.