Chill out around the San Lorenzo area
San Lorenzois the city's second most important church but also a great place to browse for bargains and people watch.
The San Lorenzo market fills the area around the Church of San Lorenzo. Many stalls sell mid-price leather jackets, shoes, ties, handbags, luggage, t-shirts and cheap clothing.
The competition for buyers means you may be able to haggle over prices, but be warned that stall holders are hard-nosed. I bought a small credit card size dark brown leather wallet for about €7.
It's great to be reminded where I got it from each time I use it!
Watch Fiorentina play football
Going to a football game in Florence for sure is a spectacular experience! The home crowd of Fiorentina is among the most colourful in Italy, and definately among those who most loves their club.
Even when Fiorentina went bancrupt back in the beginning of the 2000s, the spectators never let their club down. They had about 25 000 spectators at every game, while playing in the fourth division!?
Since a few years Fiorentina is back where they belong, in Serie A. And the owner family, Della Valle, has made sure to put as much money into the club that they can fight among the top teams in the league. With star players like Adrian Mutu, Christian Vieri and goalkeeper Sebastian Frey it's not a too huge problem that former hero Luca Toni left for Bayern Munich last summer.
As always now in Italy Fiorentina are playing at home every second weekend. Mostly on Sunday afternoon, but now and then also on saturday evening or Sunday evening. The best games to see are those against the other top clubs, like Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma.
With the new, much harder, rules in the italian football getting a ticket to a game is always a problem! Best option would be to ask at your hotel a few days before the match (as early as possible if it's a big game coming up) if they can help you out. You'll need your passport, as your name will be printed on the ticket, and then controlled against your passport when you enter the stadium.
The Curva Fiesole is the place where the most hardcore supporters, the ultras, stands. If you're not familiar with what is going on there, or where you should or shouldn't stand, that is not the place for you.
A first visit to Stadio Artemio Franchi would be in one of the two tribunes. Tickets quite much more expensive, but then you'll have your seat. And watching football in Italy isn't expensive, as in England for example.
For a good seat in the tribune you'll pay about 30-60 euro, maximum. A viola scarf could be nice to wear. If you're cheering for the away team, be neutral. Specially if you cheer for any of the big enemies, like Juventus, Roma or Milan, Inter.
Around the stadium you’ll be able to buy every kind of Fiorentina-souvenir that you’re looking for. Shirts, hats, scarves, flags and so on. In at least the Curva Fiesole you’ll be able to buy official souvenirs from and for the ultrasgroups. 5-6 euro for a scarve. 10 euro for a matchshirt. 10 euro for a flag.
Best way to explore Florence? By foot.
Yup, the best way to explore the city is by foot as all the main sights are within walking distance(Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria Degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Giardini Boboli). Walk the cobblestoned streets and soak in the atmosphere!
A wide range of special sandwiches (using high quality local ingredients) in a tiny one-room joint. Good local wines available by glass.
Nice management, you can appreciate the values of the Italian working class. Today I had salami piccante, pecorino, melanzane sottolio. For 3.5 euros.