Florence Travel Guide

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Florence Highlights

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    mariocibelli says…

     Endless renaissance art & architecture,great location, beautiful scenery 

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    Callavetta says…

     Like all must sees, it can be crawling with tourists. 

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    jorgec25 says…

     Forget the traffic annd enjoy the museums and buildings 

Florence Things to Do

  • Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

    The Duomo is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately compared to what occupied its spot before. A flight of stairs near the entrance leads down to the scavi of Santa Reparata; an early Christian/Medieval church which stood here from somewhere around the 4th century until the new cathedral was constructed over the top. The old basilica had in turn been built...

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  • Ponte Vecchio & Arno River

    Ponte Vecchio was a tremendous experience. The abundant amount of tourists serve as a reminder that you're on a piece of history that is very alluring. The archways are beatuiful featuring breath taking views of the north and south views of the majestic Arno's reach. The high end jewelry and pottery shops are captivating and awe inspiring. The...

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  • Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens

    This place had me cross-eyed after a couple of hours. The largest museum complex in Florence, Palazzo Pitti comprises at least five different galleries and two gardens. All of them are either in or around a sprawling, 15th-century palace built by Florentine banker Luca Pitti, and occupied successively and for varying lengths of time by members of...

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Florence Hotels

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Florence Restaurants

  • Good but somewhat disapointing

    Having fail to go to the suggested place for Fiorentina steak, the last day we were in Florence we settled for this restaurant that was suggested to us by a guy at the market.I can't say the food was bad, it was actually pretty good but I was kind of disappointed by our Fiorentina. Probably because I had a gigantic expectation build up, but I...

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  • Great find on the other side of the...

    This restaurant was recommended to me by a local friend, I was told it was one of the best option to have a good Fiorentina steak without spending an arm and a leg. Unfortunately they forgot to tell me I had to book it a day ahead as the owner explained me that they always try to get the perfect cut of meat for each steak hence they go get it only...

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  • Good Location AbovAverage Neighborhood...

    This restaurant is similar to many enighborhood placs that dit Florence but my wife and I thought it was a cut above. For one thing the decore was tasful and gave the place some personaality. The food was fine. You can get pizza and basic meals and good deserts. It is nothing fancy and perhaps a half step above similar places nearby but we liked...

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Florence Nightlife

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  • Space Electronic Night Club

    Space is definitely the nightclub to be at on a Saturday night. Abraham and Brian at First Class Promotions really know how to throw a party and this is the spot to be. Great people and amazing music make for an unforgettable night!! Tell them Tucci sent you. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmLfbtqCk2U Tucci Dress nice!

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  • The Yab

    My boyfriend and I went to the Yab nightclub after having a meal and some wine in a restaurant - we were in search of somewhere to have a few drinks and a dance. They gave us tickets and told us to go inside, at which point I was quite suprised as in the UK you have to pay to get into a club but thought it was a drinks voucher. I had one drink at...

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  • Central Park

    The club itself was fun-- good music and good people. I would have given it a ten out of ten, but as I was leaving, there was a rude awakening. The staff is TERRIBLE and only want to rip you off. Apparently, you need a receipt to leave without any trouble/without having to pay 50 Euro for no reason...They not only ridicule you when you confront...

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Florence Transportation

  • By Bus

    If you like to go to Siena or San Gimignano you have to take a bus at the SITA bus station. This is situated in via Santa Caterina da Siena; it is around 100 meters from Santa Maria Novella train station. There are various buses to Siena every day. The journey should takes one hour to one hour and half to get there. Ask for a "linea RAPIDA" bus....

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  • By Train

    The journey from Pisa to Florence by train is very short and quite comfortable.Trenitalia is a dependable service and the chair cars are very comfortable.You may book your tickets right before your journey at the railway station because there are several trains each day and you can select an hour convenient to you.

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  • By Car

    I live in Florence and I often have to take taxis because of my job and to get around the city, so if you don't feel like walking and you don't want to rely on the always-late-often-on-strike florentine public transports, I recommend you take a taxi. Florence has excellent taxi services. I find that taxi company 0554390 guarantees a quick service....

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Florence Shopping

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  • Leather

    Behind the cash desk of this wonderful local leather shop, you can find Michelangelo, the owner of the store. He's one of the most lovable and charming persons I met in my life. The moment you start a conversation with him, you just can't denie his charm. He really makes your day with his eternal smile and politeness. He's one of the few people in...

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  • San Lorenzo Market

    Just ten steps away from Nerbone Sandwich Shop, just around the corner is where you want to shop for truffles. They have both types, and many sizes to fit your budget. The worker, you see him in the photo, was quite helpful and tried to answer all my questions about his truffles. Truffles..... They are expensive, of course, but less that in a...

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  • Outlet Mall

    I think that both the Mall and Barberino Designer Outlet deserve to be visited since the shops you find are different. The Mall is located in Leccio, about 20 km south of Florence heading to Valdarno-Arezzo. Here you can find several famous fashion outlets such as Prada, Gucci, Armani Jeans, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Tod's and...

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Florence Local Customs

  • amazing - the Medici collection

    Anna Medici, the last Medici died in 1743 - and bequeathed the vast collection of Medici's throughout the 300 years before her, to the city of Florence.

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  • The city of arts and culture

    Uffizi Gallery was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de'Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates. The cortile (internal ourtyard) is long and narrow and open to the Arno River at irs far end through a Doric screen that articulates the space wthout blocking it.The Gallery collection contains works of the world most prominent...

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  • Just couldn't resist

    "Golden view" is famous piano bar situated in Via Dei Bardi, Oltrarno, just a few metres from Ponte Vecchio. Besides fine espresso and sorted wines it offers fine snacks based on a seafood. This on the picture is window shop of the "Golden view's" kitchen, which overlooking Via Dei Bardi. I just couldn't resist not to take this picture when passing...

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Florence Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    Pickpockets are fewer in Florence than in Rome and Naples but they are here. Gypsy kids are pretty obvious but tourists miss the real pros who look just like everyone else. Actually, the drunks and drug addicts who accummulate outside SMN at night have no interest in tourists, but there are pickpockets in any crowded art of the station and near and...

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  • Shopping

    I don't really know what happened; my Italian isn't good enough, and the shopkeeper couldn't/wouldn't speak English. But is was a most unpleasant experience, and possibly worth relating as a warning. I had purchased a pack of 100 cigarettes (a present) from a small 'Tabacchi' (on Via Cavour, very near Piazza S. Marco). Paid cash, got change, no...

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  • Traffic

    Everywhere! Lots of people, surrounding buildings, mixing with spread statues, filling your photos. I was there in winter, so... I may imagine what happens in summer. It's "forbidden" to make a picture without a multitude of heads and backs.

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Florence Tourist Traps

  • The Accademia

    The Academia is really a second rate museum; other than Michelangelo's David, it really does not have a lot to offer. There are rooms of sculpture (really plaster casts), some Florentine icons, some musical instruments, including a number of pieces by the famed Cremona instrument makers, like Stradivarius. The statue of David is really the only...

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  • Uffizi Gallery

    Many will consider the Uffizi one of the greatest art galleries in the world. I personally would suggest it is the most over-rated art gallery in the world. Give me the Tate, the Met or the Alte Pinakothek any day.The Uffizi, not surprisingly contains Italian religious art. In my view, this has got to be some of the most boring art in the world. I...

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  • Sit down Cafe's around Uffizi and Ponte...

    Sat down with wife and ordered two soft drinks, 11 euros, fly men, avoid. go into a shop and buy a can instead for 1-2 euros. sit down on a bench and drink it. Don't go to Florence, whole city is geared up towards fleecing tourists from the tourist tax you pay when checking into your hotel, to the extremely expensive museum admission fees to the...

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Florence What to Pack

  • General Packing Tips

    We went on July and it was very hot about 32 degrees, so all on our luggage was summer cloth, confortable shoes because you will walk a lot. If you go on winter well take all jumper, trousers, hats, etc is very very cold. Viajamos en Julio en pleno verano y hacía mucha calor sobre 32 grados, así ke toda la ropa de verano que echamos a veces no era...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    Use ultra comfortable shoes. The ancient city center has the pavement to match it. All very beautifull and authentic...but the pavement could be a true hell to walk in. Everything is so uneven. Its a killer for your feet and legs. Its almost comparable to cross country hiking. And everything here is by foot. After planning everything out...your...

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  • Arms must be covered in Churches

    Florence is a city you can take a suitcase to. The route from the train station to the Duomo area is all sidewalk, with a little cobblestoned areas, but easily travelled. Plus, it is walking distance. If you intend to visit the Duomo, or other churches while visiting, bring a shawl with which to cover your bare arms and shoulders. Or, better still,...

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Florence Off The Beaten Path

  • Pratolino Park and Villa Demidoff

    To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in Tuscany . This square was dedicated to the Russian noble Nikolaj Demidoff (1773 – 1828). The Italians converted his Russian first name to the familiar...

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  • San't Orsola monastry -Vaclav Pisvejc...

    This building near the San Lorenzo market used to be a nuns monastery. It was founded during 1309. It was converted in a Tobaccos Manufactory in the 1800 and was used that way until the middle of 1900. It has been abandoned ever since. A few year ago the Czech artist Vaclav Pisvejc decided to cover with dollar notes the perimeter of the building to...

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  • Bottega orafa Alessandro Dari

    I was walking from Torre San Lorenzo toward Ponte Vecchio and my curiosity was attracted by this jewelry shop. Turned out Master Alessandro Dari is not the usual jewelry guy.He is a maestro goldsmith, a pharmacist and a sculptor and he make sure his shop and workshop look very interesting giving it a touch of a alchemist cave.His collections are...

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Florence Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming pools

    There are various swimming pools in Florence which are very crowded during summer. Here is a link for the most popular ones. During winter pools work on a booked time slot basis.

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  • Firenze Marathon

    The Florence Marathon usually takes place at the end of November. People from all over the world come to Florence to enjoy a run which starts from the Piazzale Michelangelo going through the old part of the town and the Cascine park.

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  • Calcio Fiorentino

    Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or Ancient Florentine Football (sometimes called Costume Football) is an ancient game that is a combination of soccer, football, and boxing. It is one of the most brutal sporting events in the world. Once a way that soldiers prepared for war, it remains as a game for only the very tried and tested. Each team has 27...

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Florence Favorites

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  • How to avoid waiting in lines

    Would you like to see the David without any crowds? Would you want to visit the David and uffzi in 3 hours? We did it. It was one of the magical and surreal sights. Turning right and viewing the David for the first time. The whole place was empty.(The usual stewards were sitting near the walls and pillars out of sight) It was an amazing sight and...

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  • Cities Not to Miss Near Florence

    Siena is a well preserved Medieval town located 30 miles south of Florence. It is set on three hills. One of the main area in this town is piazza del Campo; a large scallop shaped square. It is divided in 9 segments representing the Concil of the Nine that ruled Medieval Siena. In piazza del Campo a historical bareback horse race called “Palio” is...

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  • Where to find Great Views

    Situated on the hilly patches of Tuscany and bisected by the polluted-but-pretty Arno River, there is no denying that Florence is heart-achingly scenic and romantic. One of the greatest (and cheapest) Florentine experience is to view the city from a good vantage point and revel in its dramatic setting and serene skyline. Tourists can do this from a...

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Top 10 Multi-Generational Destinations: Florence

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

In addition to being the center of Renaissance culture and one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Florence provides a compact, easily-walkable destination for families of all ages. One great thing about Florence is that even if some family members have already visited the city, there are always more things to see, and many of the city's masterpieces are just as thrilling on the second or third visit. Architectural landmarks include the Duomo, topped by Brunelleschi's dome, and the Bapistry, with its exquisite gold doors. No trip to Florence is complete with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria della Accademia, which houses Michaelangelo's David. VirtualTourist members suggest getting timed tickets for both of these museums in advance of your trip; otherwise, the line can be quite atrocious! Women of all ages will enjoy strolling the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge over the Arno River that is lined with gold jewelry shops, and VT members also noted that the Palazzo Medici and the Chapel of the Magi, though not a usual tour stop, is definitely worth the extra few Euros. For those who'd like to explore other Tuscan towns, Lucca, San Gimignano, and Siena are all picturesque and very different from the bustle of Florence.

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  • EugeneM's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    If you're in Florence this summer and want some cool ideas for ways to spend your evenings, check out FirenzEstate http://www.firenzestate.it/en/ - Jazz, pop, rock and classical concerts, opera, theater, dance parties, open-air movies, kids' activities... everything to make your Florentine nights as much fun as your Florentine days!

  • EugeneM's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    25 June, 2013
    IMPORTANT NEWS for visitors to the state museums of Florence (Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti Palace, Bargello, San Marco, etc.):

    The Polo Museale Fiorentino has announced that there'll be a strike of its museum staff on Friday, June 28 from 8:30 until 10:30am. According to the announcement, entrance to the museums during those hours may be limited at best. This is a eufemism for, GONE FISHIN'! If you have a reservation for any of the state museums for the morning of the 28th and don't want to miss seeing all the truly extraordinary things to see in them, my advice is to get there anyway and hope that either they've called off the strike (happens all the time), or that the strike is on but they're still letting in limited numbers of visitors, or that the strike is on and no one's getting in but at least you're near the front of the line of reserved ticket holders when they do open up the gates.

    It's events like this that invite us to turn lemons into limoncello. What would a visit to Italy be without the chance to participate in one of its most beloved rituals - the SCIOPERO!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jun 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Bravo, Eugene! And a SCIOPERO is something I'm intimately acquainted with from our last visit to Firenze!

      All the more reason to go eat some more gelato...

 
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