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    walking near the cathedral
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    Again Ponte Vecchio.
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    Walking

    by roamer61 Written May 9, 2009

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    Though there are ample buses, the best way to get around Florence is by foot. Most of the major attractions are within walking distance of one another. And the compact size of the city actually makes walking quite enjoyable by the sites and numerous shops.

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    Walk

    by lina112 Written Sep 15, 2008

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    walking near the cathedral

    Florence is not a big city so you can go everywhere walking, only Piazzale Michelangelo is a bit far so if you don´t want to walk, go to Santa Maria Novella train station and take bus number 12 o 13, this is the only time that we used the bus to moved in Florence. Bus system is very good, in their stops you have all the information about timetables and more. To buy the ticket you have to do in kiosk, tobacco shops or in train station, inside bus they don´t sell tickets, so if you´re crafty and inspector doen´t catch you, you can going by bus without pay.

    Florencia no es una ciudad muy grande así que puedes ir andando a todas partes, lo mas lejos que hay es la plaza de michelangelo, sino quieres andar mucho puedes coger el autobus num 12 o 13 desde la estación de tren de Santa Maria Novella. El sistema de autobus urbano que tiene es muy bueno, en las paradas tienes toda la información sobre horarios. A la hora de comprar el billete lo tienes que hacer en los quioscos o estancos ya que en el autobus no te lo vende, si eres algo picara y no te pilla el revisor puedes subir en el sin tener que pagar.

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    WALK around Florence!

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 9, 2008

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    The best way to move around Florence is walking. The town is so small and its streets are so nice that you don't need the public transportation system (buses) to move around. Taxis are expensive (so I was told) and they're not necessary unless you are in a rush, are staying in a hotel very far away from downtown (unlikely, though) or have to carry a ton of luggage. So it's not worth it and all my touring around Florence was done by foot. Everything is very close there and you don't really need to ride a bus or a cab to get around the town.

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    Close to all the sights

    by Henrik_rrb Written Jan 8, 2008

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    Florence has a lot to offer for everyone, with a lot of sights, great nightlife and fantastic restaurants. The best way to explore all this it to walk around by foot. You'll be able to walk through the whole central parts of the city within 40-60 minutes, and it's not hard at all to find the right places.

    Start from the station Santa Maria Novella. From there you have 600 meters to go to Il Duomo. After having visited that you can take left, and you'll after just a few hundred meters be at the huge market place, Mercato Centrale, where you can buy about anything, but most of all clothes and souvenirs. Also around the market there are some very nice shops.

    When you're done with the shopping, and maybe also a quick lunch at ZaZa, you head back to Il Duomo. From there you can either walk straight forward, and you'll soon be at Santa Croce. Or to the right, where you'll find yourself in front of Ponte Vecchio after about 10 minutes walk. But only after passing by Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria before that.
    A walk on the side of the river Arno is always nice, even if the pavement is a bit too small for all the people who's passing by. During the evening you'll be able to see the sun go down over the river/houses, depending what time of the year you're there.

    Then just follow the river back, and after about 20 minutes you'll be back at the Santa Maria Novella. Maybe 40 minutes if you stop by somewhere for a beer.

    A great day in Florence, and also very cheap! Plus your condition will for sure get better! :)

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    Just walk and explore

    by vickss Written Oct 13, 2007

    Best way to get around Florence is on foot. Most of the major tourist destinations are walkable from city centre. The streets are mostly narrow and I guess there are bars on where automobile can go. One can get a cycle though but only if one wants to check out the periphery. Florence is a small city and best explored on foot.

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    No transportation needed!

    by aquatic Written Oct 4, 2007

    The streets of the florence is so tiny, I don't think you will get to the point of your interest faster by car than by foot. I walked everywhere around the Florence and think it is the best way to see more than in a guide book.

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    Florence By Foot

    by SullyBiz Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Florence is by far one of the most walkable cities I have ever been in. I had no problem getting everywhere I wanted to go by foot. But it is a lot of walking. I did most of the churches in one day. I walked to and through the the Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia for hours. I walked to the the Boboli Gardens where you can endlessly walk and explore. I walked through the market, to dinner, from the train station, and from bar to bar each night.

    You can absolutely walk everywhere. My friend took a cab home one night from the bar only to be charged 10 euro to be driven 2 streets away. Don't get tricked. And I felt very safe walking with my friends at night.

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    Deciphering addresses in Florence

    by skywalkerbeth Written Nov 12, 2006

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    Restaurant employees - note the red number

    Pay attention to the addresses you find in your guidebooks. In Italy, residential addresses will have black numbers, commercial addresses will have red ones (and, in guidebooks, will be written with an "r" after the number. You'll notice this in your guidebooks). This is good to know as you could find the exact same number for two different addresses on the same street - one black (residential) and one red (commercial). 15 (black) and 15 (red) are not the same address - but you can be sure the one with the red number will be a restaurant, shop, bar, etc.

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  • Walking is the best way to explore

    by beesaj Written Jul 18, 2005
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    Everything is within walking distance. This is what makes Exploring Florence so great is that the main hustle and bustle of town is separated from the touristy areas so you are not holding up the locals and the locals are much nicer in the touristy areas.

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    Use what God gave you!

    by stfan Written Dec 10, 2004

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    A piede like the italians say. Florence is a small city but there is so much to see. Why spend money on taxes when you can just walk. Believe me I lived there for two months and I walked everywhere. Got rid of some 4 kilo's :) Buses are frequent but boring and overgrowded

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    A Little Footwork

    by jlee008 Written Dec 6, 2004

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    View of Florence from Il Duomo

    Florence is the perfect city to explore on foot!! The main sites are quite close enough that walking is quite comfortable. The farthest walk that I took was probably the one to the Piazza Michaelangelo, but it probably wouldn't have felt that long if I hadn't attempted at the end of the day!!

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    Walk!

    by midgetmama Written Dec 6, 2004

    I bought a bus pass for Florence. What a waste of money! I took the bus from the train station to the Galleria dell'Accademia, and it took a whole two minutes to get there. I thought I would need it to get to my hotel when I was done at the museum, but nooooo. I never used it again. It was easy to walk to all the main sites, and if you're in decent shape you can walk anywhere in town.

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    Just Walk It

    by LostBoyPN Written Aug 27, 2004

    The City Center in Florence is so small that you can walk it with great ease. It's better that way, too, 'cause then you can take in all the visual sites.

    Just watch out for cars and scooters 'cause they come awfully close to hitting pedestrians.

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    Best of Florence is walkable.

    by jon_and_may Written Mar 17, 2004

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    Florence is a pretty condensed city. Most of the best attractions and sights are within a few blocks of each other. It's very easy to get across the major parts of town in a few minutes.

    With so many tourists around, paying for a cab or driving through the city is probably a waste. However, to get to Michelangelo's Terrace you will probably need to drive or take a cab. Biking will be difficult since it is uphill.

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    Accessible by foot...

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 20, 2003

    Although there's a lot of walking to do in order to see everything in Florence, you still should just walk. The attractions and the Duomo are within walking distance from the train station. If you take the bus, you will miss some nice architecture, stores, etc. along the way -- unless you're in a hurry to get to a particular location.

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