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24 Hours in Florence, AL

You’ve probably heard of the city Florence in Italy, but you likely didn’t know the United States has its own Florence right in the state of Alabama. It’s actually named after the city in Italy and was given the name by the Italian engineer that surveyed the land, Ferdinand Sannoner.

Florence AL is located in the northwestern corner of Alabama by the Tennessee border. It’s actually situated right along the Tennessee River on the north side of the water. It’s the county seat of Lauderdale County and is a very historic place to visit.

Today, the city is home to over 40,000 citizens, making it the 11th-largest city in the state of Alabama. It has beautiful architecture, a lot of nature, and even the oldest state college in Alabama -- North Alabama University.

If you were planning on taking a trip to Florence AL this year -- either alone, with friends, or with family -- we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of your visit. Below, we’ll discuss some of our favorite places to eat in Florence AL and some of our top things to do in Florence AL.

Let’s get started!

Places to Eat in Florence AL

Anytime you visit a southern state, it’s imperative to get a taste of what the city has to offer -- literally. You’ll find some of the best food in the South and it’ll have you crawling back to the city for more at some point in your life.

To help you out, here’s our top-three favorite places to eat in Florence AL:

  1. River Bottom Grille - one of the best dockside restaurants Florence has to offer, River Bottom Grille is known for their Southern-inspired seafood and cocktails.
  2. Odette - this rustic-chic bistro is known for their New American style food, but combines flavors from the South and rest of the globe for a unique menu.
  3. Ricatoni’s Italian Grill - who doesn’t love Italian food? Ricatoni’s is one of the best in Florence and known for their eggplant parmigiana and lasagna.

Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, Italian, or American food, Florence has it all. Try one of the restaurants listed above or search for your own favorite restaurant. There’s plenty to choose from and you can’t go wrong at most of them!

Things to Do in Florence AL

Now that you have a full stomach and are full of energy, it’s time to burn that energy with some fun things to do in Florence AL. Don’t worry, we have you covered with that as well.

Let’s take a look at our top-three things to do in Florence AL this year:

  1. Alabama Renaissance Fair - held annually at Wilson Park in downtown Florence, this event is a one-of-a-kind renaissance fair you have to visit at least once.
  2. Rosenbaum House - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this house is a Usonian concept and the only FLW house located in Alabama.
  3. McFarland Park - if you’re interested in fishing, lake activities, camp sites, and more outdoor fun in Florence AL, check out McFarland Park. It’s located near River Bottom Grille!

There’s so much to do in Florence, you’ll have to do your own exploring to truly discover what the city has to offer. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or just want a cool place to visit that you haven’t been to yet, Florence is ready to welcome you.

We hope you enjoy your trip and don’t forget to check our blog for more vacation ideas around the South. You can never get bored when exploring in some of the nation’s most historic sites, so start planning your trip today!

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