The Ponte Vecchio. While the...
The Ponte Vecchio. While the bridge is beautiful and worth seeing (take a look at my picture above), it is surrounded by tourist shops and booths that detract from the overall beauty of the city. Walk by it, take a look, but don't spend too much time there.
In Piazza Santo Spirito down...
In Piazza Santo Spirito down via Santo Agostino there is a market held each Thursday morning and there are many good clothing bargains.
If you ever go to any of the back street market places just be careful to bargain with the sellers and not to accept their first asking price. Often they will drop prices.
The biggest waste of money I...
The biggest waste of money I encountered was the Santa Maria Novella museum. Almost everything is being renovated now so I paid my entry fee and saw almost nothing. I would skip this unless you can confirm at entry that renovations are completed.
Italian Men are always trying...
Italian Men are always trying to charm you, so be forewarned. :) Especially if you sit down on the steps of the Duomo.
Be careful with the gypsies, especially in the buses and trains. Usually they have their children with them, and they tend to send the kid over to anybody in particular to distract them while the mother slyly gets anything of value.
Also:Make sure you don't get ripped off in those stores or in the Piazza Mercato. Always bargain in the Mercato for whatever reason. I even bargained for a better percentage rate when I exchanged my money!
Florence is the PLACE for...
Florence is the PLACE for bargaining;
but don't be fooled....while negotiating, walk away from the vendor. They will most likely go after you (ours did, with a bicycle!) and give you a lower price.
and REMEMBER: start with a really LOW price and work your way up to the price you were willing to spend anyhow!
good luck, and good shopping! :)
Upon our arrival in...
Upon our arrival in Florence we were warned of possible robbers or bandits. The children are the most used by a group of three persons and they jump towards you carrying a newspaper to cover for a small child that will try to get your wallet or purse. I almost fell for one of this child but my son inmediately noticed him and he hit him so hard that he dissapeared.
Also when going to discount stores fight the prices and you will get discounts. Especially on leather articles.
The most dramatic sculpture at...
The most dramatic sculpture at the Ufizzi are the articles OUTSIDE the Ufizzi. There were 3+ hour long lines to get in, and once in, much Madonna & Child art, and old man sculptures (ie, busts of old men, not young beefy war gods or anything). If you miss the Ufizzi, take pics outside, and you'll have the best dramatic pieces from the whole place.
If you are here to shop this is not the place to do it. They are SO overpriced because it is strictly for the tourists.
Ponte Vecchio Shops. I was...
Ponte Vecchio Shops. I was told by some locals that the jewelery sold here is too expensive and that there are other places in Florence that offer equivalent jewels at better prices.
Watch out for paying to much...
Watch out for paying to much for your drinks at Piazza della Signorina. The terrace with the best prices here is 'David'. The others are worse priced. Also at Piazza Repubblica you will pay too much.
The Huge lines at some of the...
The Huge lines at some of the museums. The museums themselves are definately worth seeing and are definately Not tourist traps. Just be patient and be prepared to wait, It really is worth it!
When you overlook at the scene...
When you overlook at the scene of country side at the top of the mountain in the national park, you will get a good feeling... ...
Don't bother buying a ticket...
Don't bother buying a ticket to see the Crypt underneath the Duomo. It is not worth the price of admission. Instead climb to the top of the Duomo or the tower for some great views of the city.