It's really starting to feel like spring in the city! We struggled through the beginning-of-spring rain and now the clouds have parted, the birds are singing and the city is waking up! Florence is always beautiful but springtime in this renaissance city is particularly spectacular.
Everyone comes out of hiding and the piazzas fill up with more and more florentines out with friends for an aperitivo as the nights get warmer. It won't be long before it is so hot in this city that everyone retreats to the beach for the summer, but for these few weeks the city is alive! So soak up this beautiful weather and enjoy springtime in Florence!
The best way to enjoy the city is by biking. Whether you cruise around the city streets or head out out the city along the river for a serious workout, biking is the way to go.
The Cascine park is a great place to go, on bike or on foot. If you head west down the river and pass the American consulate you will eventually reach the Cascine park. While there are not many green spaces in the city, the Cascine is the Central Park of Florence and is definitely worth a visit. In addition to the sprawling green space that can be enjoyed by getting some exercise or with a leisurely picnic, there is usually something going on somewhere in the park. Each Tuesday morning there is a big market in the park that sells everything from food and clothes to furniture and trinkets. There are also stands which sell food and drinks throughout the park.
If you are looking to work up a bit of a sweat, you can pedal up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale is the most famous spot overlooking the city. Every see a beautiful postcard of the city of Florence? It was most likely taken from the Piazzale Michelangelo. You may sweat a little climbing up the hill, but the view is worth the work!
If you are really feeling adventurous, you can head East up the river and get outside of the city and explore! Following along the Arno river is the easiest and quickest way to escape the city for a little peace and quiet. If you are up for it, you can do about a 35km ride from Florence to Pontassieve and back.
Feeling inspired by this post but don't have a bike to start pedaling? Head to Tuscany Cycle to rent a bike for the day and get out and explore spring in Florence!