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visiting Florance

by mohammad58

Dear VT friends,

My wife and I are going to travel to Florance for 2 days beginning of February. I know that there are many many places to visit in Florance, but as they will be there just for 2 days, would you please advise us some must see places or rank them? We are interested in historic places and monuments, as well as museums,...

I know that predicting the weather is impossible, but I want to know roughly the weather at that time, is there raining a lot?

Thanks in advance.

Re: visiting Florance

by leics

Florence climate tables here:

It won't be very warm, and it may rain but, as you say, no-one can accurately predict the weather. Take clothes you can layer, warm waterproof coat, umbrella and sensible shoes (Florence is very walkable). Hat, scarf and gloves are a good idea too.

As for must-sees (in no particular order):

the Duomo, Baptistery and Camapanile
all the other ancient churches dotted about Florence (many with wonderful art inside)
the Ponte Vecchio
the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
the Medici chapels and palaces
the Uffizi and Accademia galleries (best to book tickets in advance on line, to avoid the queues...try
the Medieval streets of the Bargello area
San Miniato al Monte, up on the hill with wonderful views of Florence
Fiesole, a short bus ride away, Etruscan ruins and superb views of florence

Look at the VT pages about Florence (use the searchbox top right of this page). All are written by VT locals and visitors (including me) and will give you information/tips/ideas about what to see and do.

Enjoy your visit...Florence is a lovely city.

Re: visiting Florance

by Donna_in_India

Hi - Florence is a great walking city and you will still be able to see alot in 2 days. I would recommend the following:

Basilica di Sante Croce
Duomo, Camapanile (climb the dome or bell tower if the weather is nice)
Museo Dell’Opera DelDuomo
Medici Chapels
Palazzo Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza San Lorenzo

Get a map before you go so you can plan out your days to maximize your time. Enjoy Florence - it's a beautiful city! Happy Travels!

Re: visiting Florance

by jsd-uk

We visited Florence at the end of October last year (half term) and it was extremely wet so hope you have much nicer weather! The view from the Dome of the Duomo is spectaluar and well worth the 400 and something steps to the top. My husband and son also went up the campanile. If you have a spare half hour in the morning the Mercato Centrale is worth a look around with all the local produce (my son and I took refuge from a thunderstom in the Mercato and thoroughly enjoyed looking around). Have a good time. JD

Re: visiting Florance

by nicolaitan

The Museo San Marco is located between the Duomo and the Accademia and has the largest collection of sacred art in Florence including the amazing works of Beato Angelico and also -- the rooms with original artifacts occupied by the heretic priest Savanarola. This museum must be one of the most undervisited sites in the world.

Re: visiting Florance

by ABQ_Hugh

I suggest getting advanced tickets to see the Uffizi and Accademia museums. We did this a few years ago [can't remember which website, sorry, but I think many different websites can sell a google search]. This can save lots of time waiting in line...even in February! Weather will probably be cold and maybe rainy, but don't let that dissuade you. Have a GREAT trip!

Travel Tips for Florence

Florence Tip

by KristinaLMF

Its been so long since I've been to Italy so I don't remember all the specifics of where to go, but I do remember that Florence was my favorite place in Italy. Maybe it was becuase the history and the beautiful buildings.

In Florence - The city...

by spartan

In Florence - The city information office, open from 8:30 to 7, is at Via Cavour 1/r (next to Palazzo Medici-Riccardi), tel. 055/290-832. Another municipal information office is next to the train station (tel. 055/212245; closed after 2 PM in winter). There is another information office near Piazza della Signoria, at Chiasso dei Baroncelli 17/r (tel. 055/230-2124).

The APT (tourist office) is just off Piazza Beccaria (Via Manzoni 16, tel. 055/234-6284). It is open Monday-Saturday 8:30-1:30.

AT HOME - Contact the Italian Government Travel Office at 630 5th Avenue, Suite 1565, New York, NY 10111, tel. 212/245-4822, fax 212/586-9249; 500 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, tel. 312/644-0990, fax 312/644-3019; 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90025, tel. 310/820-0098, fax 310/820-6357; 1 Place Ville Marie, Montréal, Québec H3B 3M9, tel. 514/866-7667; 1 Princes St., London W1R 8AY, tel. 020/7408-1254.

Brunelleschi's tomb

by leics

Brunelleschi was the architect, from 1423 to 1436, of the wonderful dome of the Duomo.

It is still the largest masonry dome in the world.

But unless you know a lot about him (or are on a guided tour) you may well miss his tomb inside Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo).

In fact, his unobtrusive and simple marble graveslab had been entirely forgotten until archaeological excavations revealed it in 1972. Very few people are actually buried in the Duomo so this was a great honour for him......but to see the tomb nowadays you'll have to go down the steps to the giftshop inside the basilica, and peer at it through an iron grille.

Train to Florence from Rome

by longsanborn

You can take the daily train from Rome to Florence. Florence is Tuscany's rail hub, with connections to all the region's major cities. To get to Florence from Rome, you can take the Pendolino (4x daily, 1+3/4 hr.; make sure it's going to Santa Maria Novella station! Must reserve tickets ahead), an EC or IC train (24 daily, just under 2 hr.), or an interregionale (seven daily, around 3 hr.).

Most trains roll into the Stazione Santa Maria Novella, which you'll often see abbreviated as S.M.N. The station is on the NW edge of the city's historic center, 10-minute from the Duomo and 15-minute from Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi.

The ticketing room (Salone Biglietti) is located through the central doors at the train station; at sportelli (windows) from 9.00 to 18.00 hours, you can buy ordinary unreserved train tickets. The automatic ticket machines have taken some pressure off the ticket windows, but still attract long lines (when they aren't out of order). Around the corner from the ticket windows is a smaller room where you can buy international tickets (window 7), make reservations for high-speed and overnight trains (windows 1-4), or pay for a spot on the Pendolino/ETR express to Milan, Bologna, or Rome (window 5).

Exit out to the left coming off the tracks and you'll find many bus lines as well as stairs down to the underground pedestrian underpass which leads directly to Piazza dell'Unità Italiana and saves you from the traffic of the station's piazza.

Note that some trains stop at the outlying Stazione Campo di Marte or Stazione Rifredi, both of which are worth avoiding. Although there's 24-hour bus service between these satellite stations and S.M.N., departures aren't always frequent and taxi service is erratic and expensive.

Remember: If you're leaving Florence on the train, stamp your ticket in the yellow box at the start of the track before getting on the train.

Best Pizza in Florence

by Bella_Citta about Osteria Caffe Italiano

Ok, it's true that Florence isn't the best city in Italy for pizza, but you'll find Caffe Italiano to be one of the true exceptions. Locals (even those that originate from the south) will tell you this is the most authentic neapolitan pizza in town. The pizza maker himself is from Naples.
For the pizzeria (which is a separate room from the restaurant) you don't need a reservation. Be forewarned that they only offer two flavors: Margarita (plain with cheese) and neapolitan (anchovies). Don't be discouraged by this, trust me they are the best!
An individual pizza (about 12 inches in diameter) and a soft drink or beer costs about $10.
Great atmosphere, elegant surroundings. Incidentally the restaurant side is fabulous but more expensive. End your meal with an espresso - they sell their own brand of coffee here, it's great.


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