Love is always in the air in Florence. Maybe because there’s no shortage of romantic things to do here. From watching the golden sunsets on the river Arno, and strolling in the Bardini gardens to stealing a kiss in a hidden square. Florence might very well be one of Italy’s top spots for falling in love. So get ready for a little romance in the Renaissance city.
Romantic things to do in Florence
Sunsets on the river Arno
Florence is quintessentially romantic, with the kind of views that make the heart melt. Walking along the Lungarno at sunset, while the sun bathes the Ponte Vecchio in gold, or even on a winter early morning when the fog caresses the buildings along the lungarni. This is one of the top romantic things to do in Florence. The best spot to admire the Ponte Vecchio is from Ponte Santa Trinita, so if you’re thinking of a proposal, this might be just the right spot.
Soak in the view from Piazzale Michelangelo
Sit on the stairs of Piazzale Michelangelo and you’ll see Florence spread out below you, embraced by the light and surrounding hills. It has to be the most romantic views in Florence. Young Florentines pick this spot for their first kiss, so why not follow their example? Perfect for any time of day, but at sunset it’s just unbeatable.
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Bring a flower to Dante’s muse Beatrice
A very special (if platonic) love affair, was the one between the Italian poet Dante Alighieri and Beatrice, the woman he fell in love with when he was a child. His passion for her inspired him to write the “Divine Comedy” and even if they never exchanged a kiss, his heart was hers forever. In the tiny church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi there’s a plaque dedicated to the memory of Beatrice, and many modern lovers bring a flower or make a wish.
Take a stroll in the Villa Bardini gardens
Walk around the garden at Villa Bardini for a bit of old-world charm and some great views of the city. Less known (and crowded) than the Boboli Garden, this beautiful green area is set on the side of the hill in the Oltrarno. As you walk up, through ancient stairs and stone statues, flowery pergolas and green walkways, you see the city opening up in front of your eyes. Quiet, atmospheric and enticing. A must for every romantic soul.
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Dinner with a breathtaking Ponte Vecchio view
Signorvino Restaurant is an excellent spot for anyone who wants a special view along with their meal. The Ponte Vecchio is a few steps (and sighs) away, and if you can tear your eyes away from this romantic vista, they have a great wine list too. In the Summer you can sit in the terrace overlooking the Old Bridge. If you want to make someone weak in the knees, book a table here.
A walk, and a kiss, in Piazza della Signoria at night
We love Piazza Signoria, and it gets even better at night, when the crowds thin out and this handsome Florentine square is left alone with its beautiful statues and ancient buildings. Sit quietly or stroll around basking in the romantic atmosphere. Could this be the perfect spot for a kiss?
Best Rooftop bar in town
Enjoy a cocktail on the Hotel Westin Excelsior’s roof terrace bar, the SE-STO. Dim lights, lounge ambience and a breathtaking view of Florence and the surrounding hills. For a relaxing aperitivo in a classy spot there’s no better place. Location and service are outstanding, and the view is to die for.
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Take a trip to Fiesole
Fiesole is a lovely small town on the hills overlooking Florence. Surrounded by green and villas, it’s a quiet and quaint spot. The main square has a few cafes and restaurants and from here you have more great views of Florence. Leave the crowds behind, hop on a bus (it takes roughly 30 minutes to get to Fiesole) and enjoy the peace and the view. The journey itself is quite scenic, and definitely worthwhile.
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