Florence Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Florence

  • 1. Daytrip - Fiesole

    The open top buses in Florence have two lines, A and B. A does the center and the real tourist tops in Florence. However with the same 20 Euro ticket you can go on line B. This goes out of florence to...

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  • 2. Architecture

    The Medici were a wealthy banker family that ruled Florence in the 1400-1700s. Much of the town, its buildings, and art have their symbols some place in them letting you know that they were the...

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  • 3. Local Life

    The original Adventures of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi, who was from Florence. The story of the little wooden puppet carved by Geppetto is set in a little Italian village. The little puppet...

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  • 4. Oltrano District

    In the early Middle Ages it was very much the fashion in parts of Europe (but never the UK) to build towers or tower houses as a very obvious display of your wealth and power. You can see such towers...

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  • 5. Food & Drink

    "Accidental Tourist" is a club or co-op that operates casual, friendly excursions from Florence. By being a club (you pay a 10 euro membership fee) they avoid higher rates because they don't have...

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  • 6. Piazzale Michelangelo

    The castle of Florence is located near the Piazzale Michelangelo, a much visited place. But, sadly, I didn’t saw many people climbing the extra meters and go up to the castle. The views are very...

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  • 7. Shopping

    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...

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  • 8. Daytrips - Other

    The Bustling Spa Town of Montecatini Terme lies 50 kilometers west of Florence and a 55 minute drive via van or tour bus and is one of the day trip options from Florence. The town is a popular spa...

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  • 9. Daytrip - Siena

    We decided to take a day trip to Siena. It was an easy bus ride and pleasant trip through the countryside. When we got off the bus we weren't sure how to get to the Campo. Next to the bus stop was a...

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  • 10. City Gates - Porta

    Porta del Prato is situated in Piazzale il Prato where, in the medieval times of Florence, used to be the weekly livestock fair. It is one of the oldest gates to the town built in 1285 at the same...

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  • 11. Daytrip - Chianti

    Located as close as only 30kms south of Florence is the magical Chianti region of Tuscany. This famous region is home to a large chunk of Tuscany's wine production, and its stunning countryside is...

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  • 12. Boboli Gardens

    The Capucci museum is housed on the top floors of the Villa Bardini, which is set in beautiful grounds recently reopened to the public after extensive restoration work. Roberto Capucci’s is a...

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  • 13. Piazza - Squares

    If I were to pick my favorite spot in Florence, this would be it - Piazza della SS Annunziata in the San Marco area. Unlike Piazza della Repubblica which thrives on the tourist trade, this charming...

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  • 14. Walking

    Avoid the crowd at the Duomo and San Lorenzo, they're nothing compared to the unremarkable, everyday beauty of Florence that is everywhere. My advice is to spend a day walking around Florence instead...

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  • 15. Daytrip - Lucca

    Lucca is a beautiful town located 85 km. west of Florence. It was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini; the famous music composer. His house is open to visitors. This town is surrounded by defence...

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  • 16. Bridges

    Close to the hustle and bustle of the city, but still far enough to relax. When the river is low, it is possible to enter the southern bank of the river and find a spot to relax. To enter the river...

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  • 17. Daytrip - Pisa

    Although Florence is a fabulous city and there is loads to see and do there, if you fancy a day trip, why not visit Pisa! Pisa is a gorgeous town, famous for its Leaning Tower of course, but it has...

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  • 18. Palazzi - Palaces

    Oltrarno (across the river Arno) is colloquial name for other side of Florence where Palazzo Pitti or San Miniato is situated. The district of San Niccolo is dominated by a huge complex of Palazzo...

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  • 19. San Miniato al Monte

    .................and you may, as I did, hear the Olivetan monks' plainsong. As I sat on the steps of the crypt (which hold the remains of S. Miniatus, martyred around 250 CE) listening to them I...

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  • 20. Sculpture

    Garibaldi is obviously one of the most famous figures in modern Italian history, and it is thanks to his work in unifying the country that so many people today speak what is essentially the language...

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  • 21. Casa di Dante

    Fans of the Il Sommo Poeta (The Supreme Poet) Dante Alighieri would be pleased to know that the Florentine and Italian authorities have "reconstructed" his birthplace for what could be a potential...

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  • 22. Chiesi - Churches

    Santo Stefano al Ponte was constructed in the 11th and 12th century in a Romanesque style with a polychome marble facade. In the 14th century, however, the exterior was renovated and its the upper...

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  • 23. Casa Guidi - Browning's Home

    In the historical center of Florence in the 200, between the church of S. Martino and the Public square Dei Donati, rose the houses of the Alighieri. In the first years of the 1900's, the Common of...

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  • 24. San Jacopo Sopr'arno

    The church of San Jacopo sopr'Arno, situated on the southern bank of the river Arno, was built in the 10th and 11th century in a Romanesque style. From 1542 the church had been run by Franciscans of...

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  • 25. Parks

    if you fancy a little respite from the bustling streets of florence, head for the the parco delle cascine near the piazza vittorio veneto, you'll find the most fantastic open-air swimming pool. great...

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