10 Days in Rome and Florence: Where to Eat, Sleep, and Visit!
Welcome to Part 2 of our Italy series! If you missed Part 1, make sure to check it out here!
My husband and I took a huge honeymoon trip to Italy and it couldn’t have been more perfect! We spent 4 days in Rome and 5 days in Florence (plus a day or two travel time), eating up all the gelato and pizza we could get our hands on. I have to admit, though, I was so ready to come back to vegetables by the end of our trip. There was SO much pizza and pasta everywhere and we were sometimes hard-pressed to find even a good salad!
Honestly, though, despite the lack of veggies, if I had the chance to go back to Italy again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Let me just say: I fell in love with Florence.
Out of our 10 Days in Rome and Florence, Florence was by far my favorite part. Rome was a little overwhelming and super confusing. We definitely felt like tourists. In Florence, we were much more relaxed. The pace was more leisurely and we were able to slow down and just enjoy it all.
Where to Stay & How to Get There
We took the train from Roma Termini into the city of Florence. I used the GoEuro app to book our train tickets; it was definitely convenient. Instead of a hotel, we chose to stay at an AirBNB. Our host was incredibly gracious and so friendly! Most of the hotels in Florence were quite expensive, and I was so glad we chose an AirBNB instead. We had the whole apartment to ourselves. It was immaculate, very modern, and super comfortable! We weren’t in want for anything. We had a washer, which was a huge blessing since we sweat through so many of our clothes in Rome!
I cooked dinner one night at the AirBNB using fresh vegetables and grains from the local market. So delicious. We made coffee every morning and enjoyed it out on the balcony overlooking the city.
Our AirBNB was about a 15 minute walk into the city of Florence. We again did everything on foot, averaging 4-5 miles per day!
Our plane left from Roma Fiumicino airport, so we took the train from Florence back to Rome, then hopped a bus from Roma Termini station to the airport. Super easy!
Where to Eat! (Best Food Ever)
Okay, okay, my favorite part! Florence has amazing food!
We brunched a lot in Florence. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, and avocado toast at Ditta Artigianale, and brunch again the next day at Le Vespe Cafe. We actually loved Le Vespe Cafe so much, we went back a second time. Their pancakes were heavenly, especially smothered in their fresh maple syrup. Plus – matcha cappuccino.
We had some seriously epic pizza at Cucina Torcicoda. They only serve pizza for lunch, so we didn’t have a choice, but it certainly didn’t disappoint! We both had a Margherita style pizza, but ordered it with prosciutto (and burrata!). One thing I love about Italy: one pizza per person!
After brunch one afternoon, Josh and I headed to La Milkeria for fresh crepes. Um, seriously. Best crepes in my whole life. We had one stuffed with blueberry marmalade, and one stuffed with nutella and topped with fresh fruit. Naturally, I had to have another cappuccino!
Dinner the first night was at an organic restaurant called Floret, which is located above the boutique Luisa Via Roma. Our waitress was actually from Israel, had traveled the world on the Olympic Rowing Team, and finally settled in Italy. She had the BEST food recommendations for us! We enjoyed a hummus platter, wine, and a quinoa & burst cherry tomato salad. It was amazing.
Our other favorite pizza spot was at Simbiosi Organic Pizza. Not only was their pizza made organic, fresh, and seriously delicious, but we got to watch the chefs whip up 30+ pizzas for a party in under 30 minutes. It was incredible!
We came across this little juice bar called Shake Cafe on accident. Known for their juices, smoothies, and coffees, we almost walked right past it. But this little cafe offered so much more! They were about to close for the night, but we snuck in just time for a super healthy bowl loaded with chicken, grains, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, and a creamy tahini dressing.
Obviously, you can’t visit Italy and NOT have gelato! Our favorite gelateria was found just across the Arno River at Gelateria La Carraia. I had a combination of chocolate and “cookies” the first time, and the second time opted for strawberry cheesecake and chocolate (again). They were busy no matter the time of day, and for good reason!
Where to Visit!
Not only were we able to do those two things, but we also walked through Museo Galileo and the National Museum of Bargello. We walked along the Arno River, shopped around Via Roma, and walked through any cathedral we could find.
The Duomo climb was amazing, though. 463 steps to the top, Josh and I got a perfect view of the entire city of Florence. Simply breathtaking. The cathedral was absolutely beautiful as well. Halfway up the climb, we found ourselves on the inside of the cathedral at ceiling level, staring straight at the gorgeous artwork.
So that was it! 10 Days in Rome and Florence, Italy in a nutshell. Of course, I’d go back again! Next time, though, we plan to stay in Chianti wine country and spend several days on the Amalfi Coast! Trust me: we’re already saving for next time!
Have you been to Italy? I’d love to hear about it!