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florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by mformilano

Hi all,
1.i will be travelling to florence next week.Can anyone give me suggestions to how to best utilize my time in the evenings ,want to make maximum utilization of my time while in firenze...when do the shopping places close in the evenings
2. whta is the best time during the day to visit fiesole...and is the walk to fiesole worth the effort or we should take the bus?

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by leics

O, take the bus to's only a short journey and you can always walk back down to Florence if you want to.

I'd go late morning/early afternoon, I think. Depends on the weather,'ll be lovely if it's a nice day, lots of places to wander round, but if it'd grey and rainy you won't want to stay too long. Mind you, the latter sort of day is an excellent excuse for having a hot (real) chocolate with lashings of cream before your return to Florence!

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by royalempress

I would definitely take the bus (Bus 7) as Fiesole is up a steep hill and would be a long walk. When you get to the town there is a nice restaurant, right in the town square, that has a great view of Florence. Don't miss the Roman Ruins and museum when you are visiting Fiesole. The museum is located right next to the bus stop. When you visit Fiesole it would be best to not be there during the rest period in the afternoon.


Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by leics

The 'rest period' might be actually a good time to do your general wandering around, if the weather is reasonable.

As I recall, shops close around 7pm (as does S. Lorenzo market) although this will depend on what shops and where, and may differ in the winter months. Spend your evenings enjoying some good food and wine (I'm sure VT has some good tips on the Florence pages).

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by Beausoleil

Keep in mind it gets dark pretty early in February.

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by Beausoleil

Sorry for the bat-brained answer. Don't know how February got into my mind. Days in November will be longer, of course, but still shorter than summer visits. Check on sunset time and plan accordingly.

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by leics

Think November and February daylight hours won't actually be that much different (in fact, Feb is likely to be slightly longer than Nov), so you're not really bat-brained!


Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by Beausoleil

Thanks, leics. I needed that. LOL

Re: florence during night... /best time of day for fiesole

by leics

And lots more about both Fiesole and Florence on the VT pages for each, obviously!

Travel Tips for Florence

Logge del Mercato Nuovo


Is a basic structure on a square ground plan built by del Tasso, at the behest of Grand Duke Ferdinando.
A characteristic market of typically Florentine craft objects, straw and leather is held here

Convento di San Marco

by Willettsworld

Just north of the Duomo lies this lovely 13th century convent. It was enlarged in 1437 when Dominican monks from nearby Fiesole moved here at the invitation of Cosimo il Vecchio. The cloisters and cells are decorated with remarkable frescoes (c. 1438-45) by Florentine painter and Dominican friar Fra Angelico.

As well as the cloisters and cells, the convent has a museum with art collections etc.

Convent open: 7am-noon, 4-8pm daily
Museum open: 8:15am-1:50pm daily
Address: Piazza di San Marco looks like Leather....

by sue_stone about San Lorenzo Market

There is a large leather market in the San Lorenzo area of Florence, located 5 -10 mins walk from the Duomo.

Here you can browse through stall after stall of handbags, leather jackets, belts etc and other clothing and gifts.

I have been to the market a few times and it has always been really crowded - so please keep your belongings close to you! Leather goods of course....well I think they are all leather....though some items are sooooo cheap compared to the "proper" shops.

My sister had fallen in love with a leather jacket in a shop that was a few hundred euros. Then she saw an "identical" jacket at the market for around 80 euros - sold!!!

No one back home needs to know anymore than "this is the jacket I bought in Florence"!!

Handbags were good too....I was tempted but a lack of spare room in my suitcase held me back!! Alot cheaper than the shops - just be careful of the quality you are buying.

The "EuroStar" brought me here...

by Laura_Mexico

I arrived there by train, arrived to Santa Maria Novella train station on the EuroStar, a very fast and comfortable train that makes the trip between Rome and Florence in only 1 1/2 hour. Watch out, because on Fridays and Sundays you have to book your seat on this train, otherwise you have to pay an extra charge even if there are free seats and the reservation isn't necessary (absurd but real).

The Perfect Atmosphere

by cpiers47 about Trattoria Anita

Trattoria Anita is the place that the Florentines take you for a "real Italian" dinner. The back room is tiny and dimly lit, the walls are lined with wine bottles for your selection. The menu is extensive and inexpensive. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we could get 2 courses for the price of one at another restaurant. The wait staff is friendly and helpful and the more you enjoy the food, the more they enjoy having you there. Everything we tried was excellent. This is where we finally took the plunge and tried bistecca fiorentina - and loved it! I'd also highly recommend the Ravioli with Tomato Sauce. It sounds plain but is the best ravioli I've ever had.


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