Favorite thing Watch the sunset from the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. The shops on the bridge have housed various businesses for hundreds of years. Now they are the place to shop for gold jewelry. There are so many choices it is mind boggling. As I looked out the window from one of the stores I noticed a rather large brown creature swimming in the river. I hoped that it was a muscrat or a beaver, but I realized when it made its way to the bank that it was the largest RAT I had ever seen. Observe the Arno from a safe distance.
Fondest memory Sitting on Ponte Vecchio in the evening listening to the buskers, watching the street artists and eating chocolate icecream! Each place we went to after Florence, we tried to find a 'Ponte Vecchio' - a special place we would end up at each evening. In Rome it was the Pantheon, in Naples the steps outside our hotel(!), in Siracuse the seafront and in Venice the bar near our hotel. Apart from the PAntheon (maybe) nothing could compare to Vecchio!
Favorite thing Just outside the Palazzo Vecchio, next to the Uffizi gallery, runs the Via dei Leoni, named after the lions housed in this street - mascots of the Medicis, they were previously housed in the Piazza della Signoria, but Cosimo I didn't like the smell & moved the stables here.
The photo shows the street from the Palazza Vechhio.
Favorite thing drive up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. You definitely won't regret it.
From here, you can see the finest views in all of Florence. Those with great stamina may even wish to walk/ stroll up to the top of the hill overlooking the River Arno. The Piazzale Michelangelo will then be a well deserved reward for you! For the art lovers amongst us, there's even a bronze copy of the real 'David' statue located in the center of the square!
Favorite thing Going to the top of the Duomo is definetely a great experience. For those who have the energy to walk some 400 steps (takes 15 minutes to get all the way to the top), I would greatly recommend it. The view from there gives you a beautiful scenery of the city.
Visiting the Uffizi Gallery (for those who love Renaissance Art)and the Boboli Gardens (for those who love nature), both are must see places. The Arno River is right in front of the Uffizi Gallery, where the view of the Ponte Vecchio can be seen.
Piazza della Signoria (which is right next to the Uffizi Gallery) contains the Palazzo Vecchio, which is also a very interesting place to go. It's like the 1500's and the 1600's coming alive right before your eyes.
Fondest memory My fondest memory of Florence would have to be walking through the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria at night. The temperature is great, (no higher than 65 F) in the summer, and everyone is out. Lots of restaurants are located throughout the enchanted city.
Favorite thing Here you can see the river Arno with its bridges. The first one is probably one of the most famous bridges in the world - Ponte Vecchio. I also liked the second one, Ponte Santa Trinita.
Favorite thing Another photograph taken on Piazzale Michelangelo. From there you can also see the Duomo, Campanile, and the area around there. Nice place, huh?
Favorite thing I expected Piazza di Santa Croce a busy square but when we got there (in the morning, but not early!) it was completely empty.
From the Piazza you can get a magnificent view to Santa Croce's facade.
Favorite thing The best place to view the skyline of Florence.
Get there by walking or take bus 12 or 13.
Fondest memory Warm sunny spring afternoon - very balmy!
Favorite thing From the Piazzale Michelangelo you also have a great view of the citywalls. And the surrounding green fields with the occasional cypress.