Central Hostel Florence

Via Faenza 46r (red), Firenze, Florence, 50123, Italy
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Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by travlbee

Are photography allowed in these places? What is the best time to go in these 2 places during weekdays? Any recommendations for a taste of good gelato/ sweets/ pastries around this area? Are these 2 places far from Ponte Vecchio if you are to walk to Ponte Vecchio? Are there clean public toilets around the area? How much usually do you pay? Thank you very much.

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by leics

Florence is very walkable: neithe of the two places you mention are far from the Ponte Vecchio (the Uffizi is more-or-less next door, S. Croce about 10 - 15 mins max).

Vivoli has some of the best gelati I've tasted. It's tiny, and tucked away in a small alleyway in the Bargello, but well worth seeking out. http://www.vivoli.it/vivoli-en.html

All gelati in Florence (and Italy) are scrummy, but they are over-priced near the Ponte Vecchio, imo.........best to find somewhere a bit off the main tourist routes.

As for public toilets, they do exist and are clean (you have to pay, but not much........can't remember exactly). The Florence map from the tourist information offices shows them, or you can look here for a list/map:

http://www.comune.firenze.it/servizi_pubblici/turismo/menu4_inglese.html

(the site is a bit slow though).

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by leics

You cannot take photos in the Uffizi, and I suspect you won't be able to in S. Croce (definitely not with a flash anyway).

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by goga4444

Uffizzi gallery didn't allow photographing 2 years ago,entrance fee was 6,5 euros. And for Santa Croce I don't know since it was closed for visitors. They close it early... maybe around 4 or 5pm. Don't forget to visit Academy.
Have a great time in Italy.
Goga

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by Redang

Yes, in Santa Croce you can take pics; at least, I did, and nobody told me anything.

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by madamx

Santa Croce allows photos with no flash. No photos are allowed at the Uffizi, but you may take photos of the great view of the Ponte Vecchio on the second floor. Just follow the crowds to find the location.

The best gelato in Florence is Vivoli, and trust me, we tried them all. The further you get from the tourist areas, the lower the prices. Remember, many places do not make their own gelato, so the prices will be cheaper as well. There are some great gelato places situated around the Accademia as well.
There is also a very good gelato place with reasonable prices just past the Uffizi before you hit the Ponte Vecchio. Around the Piazza della Signoria there are waffle shops that sell ice cream on top of a waffle with sauce mm mm good.

There are good, clean washrooms at the Uffizi, so I would make it a point to stop there for a pit stop before proceeding. I found in Italy, there are ladies posted at some restrooms. You just need to throw a few coins in, less than a Euro. Have fun! Florence is wonderful.

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by travlbee

Thank you all.

Re: Santa Croce and Uffizzi etc

by MissThing606

there is a fantastic chocolate and gelato shop a few minutes' walk from Santa Croce. they make everything in the shop. It's in my tip here:

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/82dae/24e41/4/

Travel Tips for Florence

Visit Ponte Vecchio, the...

by mjmarble

Visit Ponte Vecchio, the bridge which in many ways represents Florence. It is lined with gold shops where you can find all manner of things. Michelle bought a cross at a very decent price. Its a great place for pictures, especially around evening time. Much to our amuzement, we had a band of Hari Krishnas (I know I spelled it wrong - how would you spell it?), who came dancing across the bridge adding much flavor to our quiet evening. I guess this was the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII when some Germans refused to bomb it and stop the advancing allies.

Demidoff Monument

by Tolik

To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in Tuscany . This square was dedicated to the Russian noble Nikolaj Demidoff (1773 – 1828). The Italians converted his Russian first name to the familiar Nicolo. Count Demidoff had been ambassador in Florence in the years 1820 - 1828 and lived in the palazzo Serristori (16th C) at the side of the square; during that years Demidoff was a great benefactor for the city and financed several school and assistance institutes. In 1870 the heirs of Demidoff donated to the City of Florence the marble monument (a work by Lorenzo Bartolini) portraying Nicolo as benefactor, with children and allegorical figures of the virtues around. In origin the cast iron and glass covering was not present: it was added in 1911,when the sculpture proved to have been damaged by weather inclemency.

Several generations of the Demidoff family lived in Tuscany, an independent state at the time. Anatoli Demidoff (1813 – 1870), the Count’s son, lived nearby, at 54, Via San Niccolo. He married Princess Mathilde Bonaparte and became 1st Prince of Principality of San Donato. This small Principality was located in what is now greater Florence and included the Villa Pratolino, originally a Medici Palatial Estate. Though the original villa had been lost, what was left of the estate and grounds were preserved today thanks to Prince Paul (1839 – 1885), 2nd Prince of San Donato.

But let’s go back to the Piazza Demidoff . At the rear corners of the Demidoff garden are still to be seen two perfectly maintained small shelters which were used by the gardeners as the tool stores. Many of them were built in the gardens and squares of Florence at the beginning of 20th C, but they were all demolished in later periods: those in Piazza Demidoff are the only two survived until now.

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Vino Italiano - Where to get wine???

by mariocibelli about The Supermarket!

There are several medium and large supermarkets near the center of Florence where you can get great gourmet items for yourself or gifts. Most notably WINE. This is where locals buy there wine, so why not you? Great selection and prices that will make you faint when you compare them to your home country!

Here are a couple of supermarkets:

1.Esselunga
Ponte alla Vittoria / Via Pisana
2. Esselunga
Via Massacio (near Piazza Liberta)
3. Standa - open till 2100 and on Sunday!
Via Pietrapiana (in front of post office, near Teatro Verdi) Wine, wine and more wine. For Americans you can get cheap Cuban rum and smuggle it home in your carry-on. You can also get great cheeses, many of which will easily keep for 24+ hours. If you are from a country that doensn't like our cheese coming in - get the one packaged in the airsealed bag so the food police don't get wind of it. In addition, there are loads of sauces and pastas that you can only find in fancy-shmancy restaurants outside of Italy. Fill up your bag while you have the chance!!!

All supermarkets take credit cards and have cashpoints (ATMs) as well.

Train: very easy, Florence is...

by lichinga

Train: very easy, Florence is on the main line between North and South of
Italy. You have direct trains to/from Torino, Milano, Venezia, Bologna, Roma,
Napoli adn, of copurse, the international trains. The Italian railways server
gives updated information about shedules at: http://orario.fs-on- ine.com/fsbinx/fsqueryx?lang=it.
Air: less easy, but feasible. There's a small airport in Florence, which was
supposed to be a military and tourist flight place, but .... Pisa has a larger
airport with several connections (80 km away, very easy train link), so Florence
"HAD to" have its own - yes, the same way things went on during the
Middle Age!

12 Euro Gelato?!

by kcochran111 about Festival del Gelato

An unlucky friend got caught in Piazza Signoria with a craving for gelato. The lovely woman behind the bar handed him his cone and pronounced "twelve euro." No, my friend hadn't heard wrong...

Don't let this happen to you! Instead, head to Piazza Repubblica. One block up you'll find "Festival del Gelato", the best gelateria in all of Florence. And, a good-sized cone will only cost 2-3 euro! Any flavor is delicious. Mela Verde is a new favorite, as are their "lower fat" yogurt flavors.

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