When packing for a trip you usually have to consider many things, especially the kind of activities you are planning to do there. But when talking about Florence, a major destination for tourists, with countless artistic and architectural masterpieces to visit, this becomes essential.
If you’re planning a holiday to Florence, you probably know you will be all day out taking the most of the city. And you don’t have to forget to also take one day to visit the Tuscan countryside or the seaside town of the Cinque Terre. Being all day out it wouldn’t be funny to remember then that you have forgotten something important.
So here are some essential things you must remember when planning a trip to Florence:
Florence’s museums, palaces and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular sites in the city include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, the Accademia or the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. You’ll probably want to see all that and more and I’m glad to tell you Florence is a city made for walking, in fact it can be reached on foot, but many of their roads are narrow and cobblestoned so it becomes essential to bring good shoes. White running shoes, although comfortable, will make you stand out as a tourist, so it’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes. Avoid high heels for day time but bring a pair in case you plan to attend the theatre or opera or dine out at an upscale restaurant. In that case you will probably need a taxi to take you there…
In Florence, as in most of Italy, locals dress up for everything, even if they are just going to the market. So, if you don’t want to be pointed out as a lost tourist, forget about the baggy pants and T-shirts and pack more stylish clothes. There’s no need to bring your best clothing but pack fancier outfits than the ones you would think to take on a touristic trip.
Even if you’re visiting Florence on spring the weather can change quickly so bring a scarf for those unexpected spells. This will also be useful when visiting some churches where you must cover your shoulders to get in. In the winter the city is cold and the wind is biting, so pack a warm jacket, hat and gloves. In the summer, Florence is really hot so don’t hesitate and bring light and summery clothes.
Florence houses some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world, apart from all the Tuscany countryside which also deserves a visit, and photo opportunities are everywhere. So pack your camera and if it uses rechargeable batteries be sure to pack a converter for your battery charger. Also bring a good memory stick as I can promise you will go mad taking photos.
If you visit Florence in summer remember it’s really really hot, so don’t forget the sunscreen and put some everyday. You won’t like to get burnt and suffer for the rest of your holidays. Take some after-sun too. And in summer it’s also very important to bring bug spray as mosquitoes are everywhere and you can be literally eaten by them if you don’t take care.
If you like shopping I would also recommend that you to bring an extra bag since you will go mad with all the nice things you can buy there.