This is the Ponte Vecchio, you...
This is the Ponte Vecchio, you can walk through it, with its many shops, or walk inside of it, through the Uffizi Gallery, or you could cross by the river in a gondola, although it isn't as popular as Venice, they're still some around the Arno River.
Great Jewish walking tour of Florence
In 2010 we were living in Florence for one month. We learned about a local tour guide, Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld, who specializes in Jewish walking tours. We spent many hours with her exploring major piazzas and little known, historic side streets. Giovanna, who is also a historian, explained the Jewish history in Florence i.e. where and how the Jewish community lived and how their lives and fortunes changed over the centuries. We did a special tour of the magnificent Synagogue of Florence. The picture shows myself, my wife Patty and Giovanna who in the middle. If you have not guessed we are standing in front of the amazing synagogue, a magnificent Moorish style building which was completed in 1882.
Giovanna herself presents a varied background. She is a Florentine, a historian, professional 'historical' architect and walking tour guide who as we noted specializes in Jewish walks. She is fluent in English and is a very warm, friendly person. She greatly added to our enjoyment of Florence and we give her tour two big thumbs up. We were so please that we filmed a short video clip of Giovanna for Youtube.
You can see the Youtube video at:
Shp with all your senses
A big building, combining industrial architecture with a hint of art noveau, the market halls of Florence are heaven for all those who hate supermarkets and the sight of plastic wrapped food. Here, shopping means an experience for all your senses - watching the merchants and their customers, smelling, listening, tasting, chatting while you shop. On a Saturday morning it will be cramped with Florentinian housewifes preparing for the Sunday menu, but no tourist should leave without getting some culinary souvenir to bring back just a taste of Italy there are dozens of stalls, if you have an apartment where yiu can do some cooking during your stay in Florence, you can buy fruit, vegetables and meat or poulty, otherwise you might stick to classics like pasta, wine, olive oil, dried herbs, dried mushrooms or tomatoes, parma ham and cheese. The selsection is huge and the prices are much better that in delicatessen shops. this really depends on the article you buy, but expect to pay considerably less than at specialty food stores at home
To and From Siena and Florence
If you are going to and from Florence and Siena, the quickest most convenient way is the SITA bus. The Siena bus station is at Piazza Gramsci near the Jolly Hotel (unless that location has been changed) and in Florience it is across from the train station, Santa Maria Novella.
Make sure you get on the bus that does not stop at every little village. That would be a scenic ride, but takes twice the time. Look for the RAPIDA
Buy drinks, free food!
OK, don't get any funny ideas. This coffeeshop does sell food in the menu as well but when you order drinks (coffee, wine, beer, etc) you can take some complimentary snacks laid out on the counter e.g antipasta, pasta, etc. Just don't go overboard! This is a good way of saving some Euros, especially when you're hungry.
A local Florentine brought us to this place and it is a great place for a drink & socialising. Its location in central Florence makes it great for you to rest your weary feet after a day of walking around or shopping or both! The coffee is fabulous here!