Ok, so you only have 48 hours in Florence? 
A city that boasts art, culture, history, fashion, amazing food, trendy bars, wine shops at every single street corner? 
Ok. Don’t panic! We get you covered with this essential guide to making the most of your 2 days in Florence.
Time is the essence here and we encourage a well-balanced mix of the things we just mentioned above. Luckily, Florence is not as dispersive as other cities and nearly all of Florence best attractions are in the city center and within walking distance.
This 48 hours in Florence itinerary can be done on your own or in a group in a guided tour. Your choice. Feel free to visit at your own pace or do it in a group, meet people and hear from local expert guides.

Day 1 in Florence
Start with a MUST: Uffizi Gallery. Go here first and dedicate to it all the time it deserves. Of all, this is the one you shouldn’t rush.
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You wouldn’t cut short a visit to the Louvre or the MoMa, would you?
TIP: early birds should get in front of doors at 08:00 am ready for the opening as you would get an advantage over cruisers (they are on their way from the port and should reach there before 10:00 am) or fellow tourists from other cities.
Not a fan of early starts? Then make sure you get a skip the line ticket to Uffizi and save at least 1 hour. Time is the essence, remember?
The Uffizi, its 45 halls and the countless, inestimable art masterpieces from the likes of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Giotto and many others will probably keep you busy until lunchtime. So, our recommendation for your break is a visit to Mercato Centrale
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No further than 10 minutes walking away, Mercato Centrale is an excellent hub for a variety of local genuine products and exquisite dishes. It caters to everyone’s taste, it covers every corner of the Italian cuisine and you can get some great and very local products too, like Lampredotto. You can either buy and take away or you can choose from the many different restaurants and eateries. And there are even cooking classes if you fancy!
TIP: pick a bottle of top Tuscan red wine. We have a suggestion on where to drink that on Day 2
After lunch, walk the short distance to Santa Maria Novella to visit the stunning Basilica. Its mix of Gothic and Renaissance style, together with its inestimable art pieces (the Crucifix of Giotto just to name one), make a stop here compulsory. 
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Then, few more steps and you are in front of an icon of Florence, the Duomo. Budget some time to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome by Brunelleschi, as well as the Baptistry and Giotto’s Bell Tower nearby.
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If you don’t want to pay the ticket to climb the dome, but you are still keen on breathtaking views of the city, we have an excellent alternative on Day 2 (see below).
End the first of the two days with some quality shopping and be sure that there’s something for everyone. If you are after the high end of the market and you want to discover where it all started for super brands like Gucci and Fendi, then head to via de’ Tornabuoni or via dei Calzaiuoli. If you are after bargains and souvenirs, then the San Lorenzo market is your best bet. You can find some great leather products at very reasonable prices. Be aware that the market is closed on Sundays, so don’t miss out.
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Our recommendations for dinner: meat lovers head here >> Ristorante Perseus (San Marco area). For genuine down to earth Tuscan food try Trattoria Zà Zà (San Lorenzo area)

Day 2 in Florence

Start Day 2 in Piazza della Signoria (breakfast there, perhaps?). It will get crowded soon, so the earlier the better. But crowded or not, it is a must. Dedicate at least one hour to admire its jewels: Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune, The Loggia dei Lanzi and the Perseus With the Head of Medusa statue.
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In the same square there is a copy of super-famous Michelangelo’s statue David, but unless you want to settle for a reproduction we recommend you to walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia where you can admire the original. The incredible collections of paintings from the 14th to the 17th centuries more than justifies a visit here.
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Next on our list is another of Florence icons: Ponte Vecchio. This is home to Florence’s traditional craftsmen like jewelers and goldsmiths and a great place for pics.
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Cross the bridge to the other side of Florence and have lunch in the Oltrarno (literally the other side of the Arno river). It’s an area filled with local artisans, great restaurants, and lively bars.
Our recommendation for lunch: Trattoria 4 Leoni – Food here is simply superb.
After lunch, what’s better than a long walk in the green in what is undoubtedly Florence’s nicest park? Giardino Boboli is such an enchanting place and ‘park’ doesn’t really pay justice to its complex architecture of statues, fountains and immaculate gardens. An open-air museum is probably a better definition.
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Next door, Palazzo Pitti offers another great opportunity of soaking the priceless beauty of Florentine arts. Palazzo Pitti, the former residence of the city’s powerful rulers (Napoleon, amongst others) is the largest museum in Florence with an impressive complex of galleries.
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From there you can walk for about a mile among the many artisan shops to reach Piazzale Michelangelo. Remember that bottle of wine we mentioned before? What better place than here to enjoy a full view of the city and enjoy one of its best product? So, relax, enjoy the sunset and sip a glass of Chianti while you relive the best moments of your 2 days in Florence.
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Our recommendation for best Florence walking tour for young travelers: FLORENCE WALKING TOUR WITH APERITIVO At €22 and with great reviews is our pick for a great sightseeing tour of the city and its best attractions and a great occasion to mix with locals and fellow tourists. It’s an excellent deal with the drink and food buffet in one of Florence liveliest neighborhood

Our recommendation for a day tour visiting not only Florence but Siena and the Chianti regionFLORENCE, SIENA AND CHIANTI IN ONE DAY TOUR A full day where you can achieve the most comprehensive Tuscany experience: visit Florence best attractions, together with wine tasting in the Chianti region and trip to beautiful Siena.

Colosseum: done! Vatican: visited! Ok then it’s time for a well deserved break and another authentic Italian tradition: pizza!

We’ve selected for you Rome’s five best pizza places. All authentic places, enjoyed by visitors and locals, courtesy of our friends from www.puntarellarossa.it

Creativity is what it’s all about. But also highly prized ingredients and skilled hands kneading the dough. From your simple Margherita to more original and gourmet offerings, making pizza is an art (it’s no wonder growing numbers of chefs are queuing up to learn the tricks of the trade). Here are five spots in Rome where you can sample deep pan or thin and crispy pizza, whether it’s traditional fare you’re after or something new. Italy is the birthplace of the pizza, so it’s recommended that you visit at least one of these resturants. However, there are so many places to visit in Rome that some evening you may not have the time or energy to go out to eat in the evening. The Slice app exists so that you can order pizza to wherever to are staying and avoid having to eat out all the time!

 

I think of dieting, then I eat pizza.

 

AREA: OLD TOWN

EMMA

One of the city’s best places to eat authentic Roman thin and crispy pizza, in a large, scenic restaurant. Emma was opened in May 2014 by Francesco Roscino, whose CV boasts a spell at Romeo Chef&Baker. We recommend the following pizzas: Zibella e bufala, with Pomilia tomatoes, Paestum buffalo mozzarella made using raw milk and Zibello Pio Tosini culatello (€14); F.lli Salvo, with Casa Barone Piennolo tomatoes, rolled Cinta Senese pancetta, Caciocavallo Podolico cheese and organic Agnoni olive oil (€12). The menu also includes pizzas created using the ‘flour tower’ method, with dough made from a mixture of organic soft wheat produced at Iaquone, organic white spelt from Molino Vecchino and organic shaved buckwheat. There is also a pizza topped with Terre Roma mozzarella, rapini and mortadella-flavoured Brittany scallops (€15). There’s no shortage of bruschetta – made with Lariano wholemeal bread from Roscioli – kamut bread crostini and deep-fried delicacies. They include the Supplì al telefono, made with Carnaroli rice and three-month white cow parmesan (€2.50). But Emma is not just a pizzeria. There’s also an à la carte menu with top-class dishes. We like Eggs Bartholomew, a poached egg with melted parmesan and asparagus tips (€10), a Neapolitan macaroni omelette (€8), vegetarian spaghetti alla carbonara (€13), meatball stew (€13) and a sour cherry and apricot tart (€6).

Emma pizzeria, Via Monte della Farina 28/29. Tel. 06.64760475. Website. Open seven days a week from 12:30 to 15:30 and 19:30 to 23:45.

AREA: PORTUENSE

LA FUCINA

Some people refer to it as the Tiffany’s of Rome’s pizzerias, with prices no laughing matter, consistently upwards of €20. But Edoardo Papa’s La Fucina is more than just a pizzeria, thanks to its selection of ingredients, quality dough, the restaurant’s atmosphere and its professional staff. They use stone-milled whole wheat flour from certified Italian organic farms. It takes at least 24 hours for the dough to rise and they explain that the amount of yeast used “is tiny, in order to obtain a dough that makes the pizza crunchy, almost biscuit-like, so light that we’d describe it as a cloud.” They don’t offer fried delicacies or bruschetta, focusing solely on pizzas, which are served one at a time and already sliced. The menu features a few traditional pizzas: the Margherita with tomato pulp and Barlotti PDO buffalo mozzarella from Campania (€14) and the Marinara with Cetara anchovy fillets. But why settle for something simple when you can be daring and go for the Fucina? Be tempted by the wild Alaska smoked salmon pizza (€24), the one topped with Bottarga di Cabras and Formaggio di Fossa with an organic pumpkin and broccolini purée (€24), Bronte slow food pistachios, mushrooms and artisanal mortadella (€24), or diced pears in Barolo wine reduced with Fontina d’Alpeggio (€22). Our personal favourite is the S.M. Margherita with rum-soaked tomato pulp and Piennolo Vesuviano Casa Barone cherry tomatoes cooked in Trinidad rum and Barlotti PDO raw buffalo mozzarella (€18). If you expect it to taste heavily of alcohol, you’re mistaken; it’s just a faint scent of paradise gently taking over your taste buds between mouthfuls of soft, bubbly Neapolitan-style pizza, with not too much crust.

La Fucina, Via Giuseppe Lunati 25/31. Tel. 06.5593368. Website. Open from 19:45 to 23:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

AREA: MONTEVERDE

LA GATTA MANGIONA

At La Gatta Mangiona they have been carefully producing pizzas and excellent fried delicacies since 1999. But their menu has grown and the restaurant is now charmingly austere, light years away from your run-of-the-mill pizzeria with rude waiters and neon lights. Get started with some appetisers. Flans, Scamorza al coccio, bruschetta, salmon, cured meats and cheeses. They also serve several dishes from the kitchen, including spelt penne with ratatouille (€12) and beef tartar (€18). But people head to La Gatta for their range of pizzas. They offer traditional fare (Marinara, Romana and Margherita), as well as a modern take on classic tomato-based pizzas, which include the Saporita with buffalo mozzarella, capers and anchovies (€11). They also offer the Calabrese with Caciocavallo Silano, ‘Nduja and sundried tomatoes (€13). Their white pizzas include one topped with stracchino and speck (€10.50). The Marzolina is also excellent, with Caciocavallo, sautéed artichokes and artisanal Pancetta Piacentina (€15).

La Gatta Mangiona, Via Ozanam 30-32 Tel. 06.5346702 Website. Open every night from 19:45-23:30.

AREA: PINCIANO

PRO LOCO PINCIANO

Pro Loco Pinciano is jointly run by Gastore Pierini, Fiorentina Ceres and Vincenzo Mancino. A pizzeria with an open kitchen – just a stone’s throw from Piazza Fiume – it opened on 31 October 2014 offering the famous gastronomic delicacies of Mancino’s previous restaurants in Centocelle.

Cheeses and cold meats rule here and that’s immediately obvious when you enter and are met by a long counter with a vast selection of strictly local products.

They also make excellent pizzas (the dough is really soft) and have a varied menu. There is indoor seating for 50 people with a further 20 seats in a small outside area.You could start with panzanella (bread and tomato salad) with Amaseno buffalo mozzarella stracciata and Itri olive oil (€10), supplizio alla romana (fried cheese-stuffed rice balls, €3), battered salt cod (€5) or cheese and pepper chips (€4).

Pizzas range from the Margherita (€7) to the Margherita Fumè (with smoked Bassiano ham), the Conciata (San Vittore conciato cheese and pumpkin) and the Gaeta (tomato, Gaeta anchovies and mozzarella). There’s a choice of soft and crunchy focaccias: mortadella and Roman artichoke, Fiocco della Tuscia cheese and baby broccoli, locally produced ham and red apple, or just plain and simple rosemary.

Their mixed platter of Lazio meats and cheeses (€16) is superb. Choose how mature you want your cheese when you place your order.They also offer craft beer on tap: a pint of Atlas or Turbacci costs €5.

Pro Loco Pinciano, Via Bergamo 18, Rome. Tel. 06.8414136. Website. Open every day from 11:00 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 24:00.

AREA: TRASTEVERE

BIR&FUD

The new-look Bir&Fud re-opened on 7 April 2014, just seven years after it was first established. This Trastevere restaurant has been substantially renovated and now offers as many as 36 draught beers, while Gabriele Bonci continues to oversee the pizza side of the business. The latest feature is a rotating oven, which makes it easier to handle batches of pizzas.

You can choose from all the usual favourites as well as a host of luxury offerings suitable for what is mostly a young, tourist clientele. We’d recommend the Porco Pistacchio, an open-faced calzone with mortadella, fresh buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and pistachio pesto (€15), or the Trifolata, with aubergines, sautéed mushrooms, fresh buffalo mozzarella, parmesan cheese and basil (€12), to name but two.

Bir&Fud, Via Benedetta 23, Rome. Tel. 06.5894016. Website. Open 17:30 to 2:00, Monday to Wednesday and 11:00 to 2:00 Thursday to Sunday.

The Puntarella Rossa’s blog has picked a selection of seven bars and pubs that combine football with good beer, tasty burgers and typical Roman food.

There’s something for everyone, from the historic centre to working-class areas such as Ostiense and Testaccio, the student bars of San Lorenzo and even the gastropubs of northern Rome.

There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.

Hopside – Ostiense

At Hopside, a bar in the lively Ostiense area, you can take in the match from the comfort of your seat while sipping on a delicious blond beer. As well as a massive selection of craft beers from Italy and abroad (with 12 taps and two cask ales), Hopside has a range of street food and burgers for you to enjoy. Simply choose how big a burger you want (in ounces), then build the rest of it up with your preferred ingredients. As well as serving beer, Hopside also have a micro-brewery on site where expert brewers and rookies alike make their own golden nectar. Don’t forget to book to be sure of a spot with a good view of the TV.

Hopside, Via Francesco Negri, 39/41, Rome.
Tel. 06/69313081
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 – 02:00, Saturday to Sunday 15:00 – 02:00

Officine XN – San Lorenzo

In San Lorenzo, in a secluded street away from the hubbub of the area, lies Officine XN, a pub with a wide variety of live music acts and sport nights. The huge HD screens make it a great place to watch the match, and if hunger strikes while you’re there then Officine XN serves some of the best meatballs in Rome. Choose from traditional meat, vegetarian or vegan, all served with tasty sauces ranging from the typically Roman alla gricia (with guanciale and pecorino cheese) and all’amatriciana (like alla gricia but with tomato) to more adventurous options such as honey and walnut, rocket pesto and much more (in the evenings you can pick up four meatballs and a drink for €7). Order a salad or side of chips to complete your meal from between €3.50 and €5. Drinks include wines, spirits, craft beers from Italy and abroad and even cocktails. All the drinks you would be drinking at a stag do in Bratislava are also available here.

Officine XN, Via Dei Dalmati 15, Rome.
Website
Tel. 380 791 5394

Four Green Fields – Prati

Situated in the Prati area of Rome, Four Green Fields is a long-running gastropub that’s been open since 1980. Spread over two floors, it seats 180 people and has 12 television screens for you to take in the game. You can’t get by on football alone, of course, so Four Green Fields provides good beer (such as Guinness) and food ranging from traditional Roman fare like pasta alla gricia (guanciale, pecorino cheese and truffle) to international dishes such as their Hungarian beef goulash with boiled potatoes or Irish chicken breast cooked in cider and served with pumpkin puree and cauliflower gratin. You don’t have to eat, so arrive early as there are no reservations – it’s a case of “the early bird catches the worm” at Four Green Fields.

Four Green Fields, Via Costantino Morin 38, Rome.
Website
Tel. 06 372 5091

Biretta Wine and Food – Prati

Staying in Prati for the moment, Birretta Wine and Food is an informal, bright bar with a huge selection of craft beers (around 100 to be precise) and 20 types of hamburger, all of which are prepared fresh to order. Try the Biretta Wine and Food Burger with rare roast beef, caramelised onions, guacamole, cheddar and a black poppy seed bun (€13.50) or the broccoli burger with sour cream and twice-cooked broccoli in Greek pitta bread (€8.90). Most importantly, after (or before) you’ve eaten, settle in and watch Roma play on one of the two 42-inch televisions in the external room. Booking recommended.

Birretta Wine and Food, Via Simone de Saint Bon 69-71, Rome.
Website
Tel. 331 486 8698

Contestaccio – Testaccio

If you’re in the Testaccio area, nip into Contestaccio – a renowned pub-restaurant with live music – to watch the Giallorossi play. Fans are kept happy with two projectors (which beam the match onto screens measuring three square metres) and five TVs ranging from 36 to 42 inches in size dotted around the main room. Meanwhile, in the summer, the owners set up a big screen in the external room. Burgers are the order of the day here, with vegetarian and vegan options on offer too (prices range from €9 to €12), while fresh-cooked French fries (€4) and homemade desserts are also available. Draught and bottled beers, cocktails, wines and spirits should keep your thirst quenched. It’s free to get in and you don’t have to eat, but make sure you book if you don’t want to spend all 90 minutes on your feet.

Contestaccio, Via di Monte Testaccio 65B, Rome.
Website
Tel. 0657289712

Jamboree Pub – Coppedè

Situated in Via Tagliamento, the Jamboree Pub’s wooden furnishings and soft lighting make it an ideal place for fans to watch Roma play. With three rooms, each with a screen for the match, the Jamboree Pub serves craft beer on tap, cocktails, spirits and an impressive selection of rums from around the world. If you get peckish, try some of the street food and Tex-Mex cooking on offer, but it’s fine just to drink and watch too.

Jamboree Pub, via Tagliamento 77, Rome.
Website
Tel. 06 45493387

Scholars Lounge – Historic Centre

Sports fans are more than welcome at the Scholars Lounge, an historic Irish pub slap bang in the centre of Rome, as the cheers audible halfway down the street are testament to. Enjoy watching the match on the big screen as you fill your boots with burgers, bagels (from €7 to €9.50), burritos (€9) and typical Irish dishes like beef in Guinness (€12.50) and baked potatoes (from €9 to €12). There are over 200 different beverages to choose from, including whiskeys and beers such as Guinness (€6). There’s plenty of space inside, but booking is recommended nonetheless.

Scholars Lounge, via del Plebiscito 101, Rome.
Website
Tel. 06 6920 2208

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Spritz is the king drink of the Venetian aperitifs, with a history going back several years and a birthplace contended between the cities of Venice and Padua.

At the end of the day, does it really matter where Spritz was worn, but where you can enjoy it alongside some tasty cicchetti just before either lunch or dinner, or whenever you are up to!

It’s hard to say no to a spritz and you don’t want to go to any place really and when you find the right one for you, it gets even harder say goodbye to it.

So, if you are ready to leave your gondola, your eyes are fully satisfied with Venice’s romantic sightseeing, then it’s time for a spritz break and we have selected some highly-recommended sports where you can fall in love with this drink.

Bars and churches never go out of business in Venice!

 

Osteria alla Bifora

A cute osteria with the right atmosphere and a spritz that is simply top quality. It will taste even better with the numerous cicchetti on the menu or the tasty cheese and cured meats boards. Where to find it: Campo Santa Margherita 2930.

 

El Borrachero

An excellent spritz goes along with excellent cicchetti. Definitely among this young crowd where it’s easy to feel like at home. The only risk: going back to your hotel borrachos! Where to find it: Dorso Duro 1078 | Fondamenta Toffetti Campo San Trovaso.

 

Taverna del Campiello Remer

A buffet-style aperitif very popular with Venetians. The happy hour is a must and the spritz is made with extraordinary care with a well calibrated mix of prosecco, soda and bitter. Where to find it: Cannaregio 5701 Campiello del Remer.

 

Cantina Vecia Carbonera

Considered to be a landmark for spritz lovers and one of youngers’ and students’ favorites in town, where the spritz is served religiously with a slice of lemon. Where to find it: Cannaregio 2329 Campo della Maddalena.

 

Osteria al Mercà

One of the most appreciated spot in the lagoon. Best to have it with the super-tasty homemade baccalà (salted cod) cicchetti or with mini soppressa ham panini. Likely to be crowded – and for a reason! Where to find it: San Polo 213.

 

Bacareto da Lele

Few steps away from the train station you will find this gem. A vist here is a must and the spritz is made ‘as it should be’. Same goes for the amazingly tasty cicchetti. The place is rather small and often crowded, but it really a worth a visit. Where to find it: Campo dei Tolentini 183.