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Florence will steal your heart!

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A May 1999 trip to Florence by Barb B

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: It's been said that "All roads lead to Rome"--but my favorite city is Florence. The streets are a little less crowded, the traffic a little less furious--whatever the reason--My heart belongs in Florence!

Florence will steal your heart!

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Florence Photo, Florence, Italy
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Many have said that 'All roads lead to Rome'--but my favorite city is Florence. A view of the Arno on a cloudy day from the Pointe Vecchio (Old Bridge), a taste of gelato from a vendor on a crowded street corner, the flowers in Boboli Gardens, the smile of two old women as they stroll arm in arm--Yes, My heart belongs in Florence!Quick Tips: Most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays. Stores and boutiques are generally are opened daily from 9:00 am to 1:00pm and from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Souveneir shops in tourist areas are opened all day during the main tourist season (May to October).Best Way To Get Around: Cabs and via foot are the best practical methods of transportation. Bu...Read More

Rivoire

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Restaurant

Rivoire Photo, Florence, Italy
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Rivoire is perhaps the best Cafe-Bar for people watching in all of Italy. Here, in what is by far the most striking square in Florence, you can watch people from the world over as they view the magnificant sculptures displayed in the Piazza della Signoria. You can enjoy a light snack, sandwich or cappuccino. Seating is available both indoors and outside. Prices are cheaper if you eat inside; however, the opportunity to watch such a parade of humanity is definitely worth the higher price. Chocolate seems to be the specialty of the house here, with fresh pastries with smooth chocolate filling, tiny squares of bitter-sweet chocolate wrapped in colored foil, rectangular butter cooki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2000

Rivoire
Piazza della Signoria, 5/r
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055214412

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)

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Attraction | "Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)"

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) Photo, Florence, Italy
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What a pleasure to escape the crowds and madness of Florence for a quiet stroll in the world-famous Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli). This 111 acre hillside park dates from 1550's and offers inviting walks and a magnificant view of Florence from its highpoint. Just a short walk across the Pointe Vecchio (Old Bridge) and you are there. A small admission fee (about $4 - US) gains admission to these lovely gardens. There are fountains, a grotto, an amphitheatre, an oblisk from Egypt and ponds and statuary abound. The manicured paths lead past beautiful marble statues of every imaginable size and shape. Swans skim the tranquil pond and a gorgeous young Italian couple kiss beneath the um...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2000

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)
Behind the Pitti Palace
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 (055) 2388786

Piazza della Signoria

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Attraction

Piazza della Signoria Photo, Florence, Italy
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The Piazza Della Signoria is one of the most striking squares in Florence. It is dominated by the Pallazzo Vecchio with its high fortress-like walls and giant tower. Here you will find a copy of Michelangelo's "David" (the original is now in the Galleria dell'Accademia) and the famous Neptune's Statue. This is also the site of the "bonfire of the vanities". Where, in 1497, the monk Savonarola persuaded his followers to throw all of their worldly goods into the fire. (Note--there is also a bronze plaque in the square to mark the spot where he was later executed!) This was once the city's principal palace when Florence was rising to power and greatness. The bold and lofty tower with its clock s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Piazza della Signoria
In Front of the Palazzo Vecchio
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

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Attraction | "The Duomo, Campanile and Baptistery"

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, (commonly known as the Duomo) is at the center of the Piazza del Duomo which also includes the Baptistery and Campanile. Since these 3 attractions are so close together, I will address them as one attraction. The cathedral (DUOMO) with it's magnificant dome has become a symbol of the city. It is the third largest church in the world, behind St. Peters in Rome and the Cathedral of Milan. It is truly a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and structural design. The Duomo's exterior facade of green and white marble forms intricate patterns and displays the ornate beauty of Florentine art. The exterior has an abundance of sculpted figures. As you walk aro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)
Piazza Del Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055294514

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

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Attraction | "The Ponte Vecchio"

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Florentines will tell you the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is the most beautiful and elegant bridge in all the world--I tend to agree! If not the most beautiful, at least the most romantic. The bridge crosses the Arno and links the Palazzo Pitti with the Uffizi. Today the Ponte Vecchio is lined with shops offering gorgeous luxury items -- Primarily gold and jewelry shops, but there are also some designer shops. Even if one is only window-shopping, it is definitely a wonderful walk. We were lucky enough to find a beautiful, silk Versace design tie for my husband at one of the shops along the way (and remarkably, we were even able to afford to buy it!). We stopped mid-way across th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2000

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Over the Arno River
Florence, Italy 50125