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Close to all the sights
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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Deciphering addresses in Florence
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.
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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Florence By Foot
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.
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.
A Little Footwork
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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Long wait for taxi at train station
You may want to walk from the train station to your hotel. The wait for a taxi at the stand looked to be about 45 minutes.
We elected to walk to the Grand Hotel Cavour. It ended up being a 20 minute walk and wasn't bad with luggage on wheels.
Don't try to cross the main intersection outside of the train station. Look for the stairs that will take you to a tunnel below the intersection.
Best way to explore Florence? By foot.
Yup, the best way to explore the city is by foot as all the main sights are within walking distance(Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria Degli Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Giardini Boboli). Walk the cobblestoned streets and soak in the atmosphere!
WALK around Florence!
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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The best way to get around is...
The best way to get around is on foot. Renting a car is silly. We tried to find a place to rent vespas (motorbikes) but were unsuccessful. If anyone knows where the one place in all of Florence to rent vespas is, please let me know!
Use what God gave you!
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
Best of Florence is walkable.
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.
Florence is definately a...
Florence is definately a walking city! The main attractions are pretty much in a compact area. There is beauty and history around every corner! Wear comfortable shoes ( or buy some there!) I would definately NOT wear sneakers! Florence is such an elegant city and sneakers would not fit in and scream out 'tourist'!
I came to Florence by train,...
I came to Florence by train, all the way from Prague. It was a nice ride, but be prepared for the speed of the trains to slow markedly as soon as you cross the border into Italy! The schedules are more like suggestions than fixed times.
Florence is easy to walk around. We used the Streetwise Florence map and were amazed to find that the streets were packed together, the map seemed to be printed 'actual size'! What we thought would be a five-minute walk was more like five steps!
We arrived by Train simply...
We arrived by Train simply because we purchased a Eurorail pass and traveled to multiple destinations. We arrived late in the evening and took a cab because we did not feel comfortable making our way through the streets with luggage. It ended up costing around 6 Euro's.
Once morning came we headed out the door. We walked everywhere from the Doumo to the Academy of Fine Arts. It is an easy city to navigate so don't feel shy about putting on a pair of comfortable shoes and hitting the pavment.
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