Lots of shopping opportunities
There are lots of shopping opportunities near the Duomo, and between it and Palazzo Vecchio. Many of these streets are pedestrian only. Here you will find stores that sell clothing, gifts, etc. and here you will also find great Italian restaurants and lots and lots of ice cream places. Florence is supposed to have the best ice cream in Italy.
If you're in the city during soccer (football) season and have some time to spare, going to see a game is one of the best ways to get a taste of the locals when they're at their most frenzied and energetic. I don't care too much for soccer, but I fully enjoyed watching and listening to the crowds cheer on their teams. One surprise for me - the opposing team's fans (the game I saw was Florence vs. Sienna) was kept in a locked, sectioned-off portion of the stadium throughout the game! The fans didn't seem to mind, it kept crowd violence from occurring, and it was definately a first for me in terms of what I've seen at professional sports events.
Mercato Centrale is a fabulous 19th century covered market.
You can come here to pick up ingredients for a cheap lunch, a meal or just a browse through the colourful fresh produce.
We were particularly intrigued by some of the items on offer in the meat section.....not the kind of things you see at Tesco!! The fruit and veg all looks delicious.
I got here by train. The...
I got here by train. The station Firenze SMN is located in the very centre of the city. It's very close to all the sites one must visit when in Florence (about 10 minutes walk to The Dome).
Florence is one of that cities that must be seen on foot. You can walk everywhere and admire the beautiful views without getting tired.
Our first food in Florence. My husband made better food choices than I did. We got there right before the kitchen closed at 3 but they were happy to serve us. I had a very good clams with linguine dish while my husband had an excellent swordfish carpaccio with fresh fennel and for my main I had a chicken breast with a green salad. The chicken was rather bland but I guess that's what I get for ordering a plain chicken breast! My husband had pasta with homemade ragu and it was delicious. The house red was also very good.