Streets and people on the streets offers many things to the tourist's eye. Some people are live-statues (I hate that job, but some might consider fun to watch the poor man or woman which is actually sweating under the bronze painted sheet), some are comics (alledgedly), some try to sell paintings, that are actually scanned pictures. You might find between those hoaxes some real painters, like the one in the picture. I would buy a hand-made picture of the dome from this man. I did not actually, but I will next time in Florence :))
Jump over bridgeside, sit on ledge- admire view!
Walk to the bridge just north of Ponte Vecchio (Ponte Santa Trinita), walk down it, look over at triangle pylons, jump down to them (only four feet drop). You'll have an amazing view of the Ponte Vecchio, or you'll have an amazing view of the Arno flowing off towards Pisa. Bring bottle of wine, highly recommended for sunset or just to chill at night. Great romantic spot, also just good for reading during afternoon. Rare private spot makes Florence feel like your own city.
Boscovivo is a fabulous shop located in the heart of Florence.
It sells Tuscan delicacies - everything from olive oils, truffles, mushrooms, jams, sauces and dressings, and of course a good selection of Tuscan wines.
It was conveniently located close to our hotel, and we were tempted in one day by the taste testing being offered.... We bought a huge bag of delicious Biscotti - which I took back to share with my workmates in London....and ended up eating most of myself as the were too good!
Also, we bought this small back of almonds covered in what looked like cocoa powder - Alex declared them the tastiest chocolate covered almonds he had ever had. Well, it isn't cheap, but they sell very nice quality goods.
Coming from Venice we found it...
Coming from Venice we found it very afordable to just upgrade our Eurorail Pass to the highspeed line which is the only way to travel when going any distance in Europe. My only regret was that Tuscany was just beautiful and we didn't have much time to admire it.
Everyone seemed to have scooters, but we walked.
Florence has a speciality:...
Florence has a speciality: restaurants offer all inclusive meals.
THe food isn't AMAZING, but you can eat very well for that price! That means you can get your Primi piatti, Secondi piatti(first and second course, usually pasta and then meat), wine, water and coffee all for one fixed price.