On the train to Florence, I started a conversation with the woman sitting across from me. She got me in touch with her friend who gave me a list of the best local restaurants and bars in Florence.
Our first stop in Florence was a speakeasy called "Rasputin." Historically, Rasputin was the equivalent to Chanakya in India. He was a deep, mysterious man who heavily influenced the Tsar Nicholas II. The bar reflected his personality. Mysteriously lit, old-fashioned design, sharp service, and cocktails that left us curious. I loved it!
Florence might as well be the Renaissance capital of Italy. We witnessed this at the Bargello and Uffizi. Bargello (once a prison) had earlier works of Michelangelo (like "Bacchus") that aren't as popular as his later ones, but boasts the artist's incredible potential in his 20s.
For me, Florence is a place for romantics. Days spent staring at paintings with your fingers entangled with your lover's, and nights spent drinking house wine with pizza.