Florence Journals

Three days in Florence

An October 1994 trip to Florence by superpurd

Quote: Spent three days in Florence as part of a three month European tour. Hit all the top tourist spots and did a lot of wandering around including a day trip to Pisa

Three days in Florence

Overview

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Duomo, Michaelangelo's David, our visit to Pisa and the leaning tower and other interesting buildings there, The Pitti Palace and the surrounding gardens. The ice cream which may be the best in the world!

Quick Tips:

Piazza la Michaelangelo has a great view. It is about a mile walk from downtown, mostly uphill, hence the great view. We were there in early October, and the weather was still warm enough for shirtsleeves.

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking is the only way to see Florence. The main areas are fairly compact and can be easily toured by foot. Many of the streets are narrow and not designed in a grid.

La Scaletta

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Hotel | "Pensione La Scaletta"

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This appears to be a building that at one time was something other than a hotel. There is no order to the design of the buildings or the rooms. We had a huge "suite" with a large bedroom, a bathroom and a room in-between that didn't seem to serve any real purpose. Continental breakfast is included and was served at your convenience in a room that seated about 20 people. There was a selection of toast, buns, juice, tea, coffee, jams and cheeses. They also had a dinner option available if you gave them a day's notice. All the staff were very friendly and spoke English. Our trip was 6 years ago and they have sent us a Christmas card every year. I am sure I could find the address or phone number if someon...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

La Scaletta
Via Guicciardini 13
Florence, Italy
(055) 283 028

Galleria dell'Accademia

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Attraction | "Galleria del'Accademia (David)"

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This of course is the home of Michaelangelo's David. Our line up to get in took approximately an hour and 15 minutes. During our 3 days in Florence the lineup was constant, so bring a snack and be prepared to wait. There was a similar lineup at the Uffizi Gallery. When you first enter you go through a long gallery of sculptures, some by Michaelangelo and some by others. When you come around a corner and first see David, it is quite breathtaking. There is a glass shield around part of the sculpture to prevent damange as apparently someone threw acid at it once. One of the four versions of the Pieta is also on display there. (Another at the Vatican) In our opinion it is worth the lineup. We als...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Galleria dell'Accademia
Via Ricasoli 60
Florence, Italy
055 238 8609

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Attraction | "Day trip to Pisa and the leaning tower"

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Pisa is about an hour by train from Florence. Nice scenery on route. The conductor gave us a guide to another city named Lucca, and said it was a nice place to visit if we had time. The tower is an awesome site, you wonder how it is standing. There is also a Cathedral and Baptistry there, both worth touring. Construction of the tower was started in 1174, completed in 1350. Galileo used the tower for gravity tests. You couldn't climb the tower, but you could go up to the balcony level of the baptistry for a different look at the tower and Cathedral. We had lunch at Ristorante Antonietto as it was recommended in our guide book. To get there figure out where the top of the tower would be if it f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Campo del Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)

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Attraction | "Pitti Palace"

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The Pitti Palace is a former residence of rulers of the area. May date back to Medici family as there are Medici family portraits on display. There is also artwork on display by Raphael, Rubens, Titian and Tintoretto. The rooms we toured were elaborate, especially the ceilings. Lots of gold, chandeliers, painted ceilings etc. Adjoining the Palace are the Boboli Gardens which are also available to tour as part of the same ticket. There are some structures in the gardens where from the rooftops you can get a great view of the area. Price is about $7 per person

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)
Piazza Pitti, 1
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 0552388614