The sounds of church bells are what awakens me on Sunday morning. Not at all a bad way to wake up and thankfully the first ones don’t strike until 8:45am, so I am not forced out of bed too early.If I stay in bed for another 15 minutes, the second reminder of Sunday sounds as the bells attempt to call me to church.I’m living in the Santo Spirito area of Firenze, so happy to have moved away from my first apartment by the Ponte Vecchio.My new place is only 25 Euros more a week and it’s more than worth it for its tranquility (one of the few places in Firenze where I’ve not heard the constant noise of Vespas, talking and metal rolling doors being lowered and raised).
Florence is to fashion as gelato is to Italy! Half the beauty of Florence is the aesthetic view of women and men in their trendiest clothes walking the streets. Florence houses some of the first prestigious designers; Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci. Historically Florence is regarded as Italy's first fashion home, and many elegant designer boutiques sit along Via de' Tornabuoni including: Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, Robert Cavalli and Chanel. Simply peering into their display windows is a treat for ones eyes as they are each uniquely beautiful.
All of Florence is beautiful, with its vibrant culture filling the streets. This city oozes art, style, class and history waits round every corner. It's also a very individual and quirky place where people are encouraged to be themselves, and this shows in many of the shops and bars around the city. Here are my top ten hidden gems. Places that not everyone knows about, and the fact they feel secret makes them even more special.
Florence is a big, wonderful place but how can you be certain you’re making the most of your time here? Have no fear – whether you are here on a short holiday or you’re in Florence for work or education, studentsVille is the place to get all your information!