The Duomo and Boboli Gardens.
The Duomo, and Boboli Gardens. The Ostello (hostel) on the edge of town is excellent, better than most $100 per night hotels. Otherwise, it's noisy and smoggy in town. Mopeds everywhere, like raging mosquitoes. Once you get over your smog headache, it's a lot of fun. Very Very Very touristy.
Remember that the area where...
Remember that the area where you’re situated in a bar generally determines how much you will be charged: It’s cheapest if you stand at the counter, a bit more expensive when sitting at a table and at its dearest when you sit outside!
Stibbert is one of the most eccentric museum in Florence. Federico Stibbert was a collector who lived in Florence during the 19th century. He kept an original collection of arms and armor, from Japan and all over Europe, toghether with clothing, dolls, furniture, porcelains. The Museum is very interesting for children. Choose to go there in a sunny day: you can also enjoy the park which is one of the nicest garden in town.
Firenze's Campo di Marte train station
Some trains going through Firenze don't stop at the main station Firenze Santa Maria Novella [Firenze S.M.N.], but rather at Firenze Campo di Marte.
For example, many overnight trains to/from places like Sicily, Vienna, Munich, Nice, Geneva, Zurich, and Paris stop at Firenze Campo di Marte instead of Firenze S.M.N..
Also, some fast day trains to/from Roma, Venezia, Trieste, Milano, Genova, and other places to/from Firenze stop at Firenze Campo di Marte instead of Firenze S.M.N.
Don't let this discourage you from taking one of these trains to/from Firenze.
Trains go between Firenze S.M.N. and Firenze Campo di Marte about every 15 minutes, even early in the morning or late in the evening. And, the journey takes only about 8 minutes.
Also, bus#12 stops in front of the Firenze Campo di Marte station and goes to Firenze S.M.N.
Upper right corner of map shows Bus#12 route at Firenze Campo di Marte
[tip created 1/07, modified 1/09]
Don't Forget to Try the Gelato
Gelato, Italy's ice cream. There are gelaterias or gelato shops all over Florence. It seems like there is at least one per city block. A trip to Italy would not be complete without sampling all the different flavors of gelato.