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Florence - Do they love their naked statues!

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A June 2004 trip to Florence by Carmen

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Quote: Florence was my second stop on a three-city tour of Italy. It was the most "cultured" of the three cities, with Brunelli's beautiful Duomo dominating the skyline.

Florence - Do they love their naked statues!

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Rubbing the Boar's Nose Photo, Florence, Italy
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The best part of Florence to me was the SHOPPING! Any decent guidebook will tell you that Florence is the place to buy Italian leather - and is it ever! I bought the most beautiful leather jacket with the help of the designer himself, all for way cheaper than I could've got such quality goods in the States. I also really enjoyed seeing Michelangelo's David, and it had nothing to do with him being naked. When you see the real thing, you look past that and marvel at how talented Michelangelo was. He always maintained he was a sculptor and not a painter (he hated commissions for him to paint) - and you can see that sculpting is what he loved when you see this statue....Read More

Adler Cavalieri

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Hotel | "Hotel Adler Cavalieri"

Adler Cavalieri Photo, Florence, Italy
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Everything in Florence is within walking distance of everything else, so when I tell you that the Adler Cavalieri was convenient, you have a way to judge. Since we arrived by train, it was especially convenient, only a few block’s walk from the train station. I can’t say that the area was the best in town – we heard rumors of drug deals close by, but I can say that I didn’t feel unsafe walking there. The hotel was rated four stars, but compared to the four-star we’d had in Venice, I wouldn’t rate them the same. The room was pretty – the ceiling was painted ornately, but it was just more plain than I was expecting. The bathroom was laid out funny...Read More

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Adler Cavalieri
VIA DELLA SCALA 40
Florence, Italy 50123
39-055-277-810

Florence Gelato

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General gelato learnings from Florence: 1. The more complicated the cone (chocolate-covered, nuts, etc.), the more you’re going to pay. Keep it simple, or get it in a cup. 2. Try different flavors, by simply asking for a taste. (Un assagio, per favore). However, don’t be a greedy American tourist. Use the taste test to decide between two flavors that have caught your eye, rather than getting a freebie. Bar Due Ponte We were walking from our hotel to the Ponte Vecchio when we passed by the Bar Due Ponte (bar of two bridges.) One of the servers was standing at the entrance and noticed our interest in the gelato counter. For the first time in Italy, I noticed some differ...Read More

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Florence Gelato
Throughout Florence
Florence, Italy

Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco

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Restaurant

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When talking with our Walking Tours of Florence guide, I mentioned that I really wanted to try the local specialty, Bisteca Fiorintina (Florentine Steak), but that I was concerned about my picky eater-ness and was afraid I’d spend a lot of money on a meal I didn’t like. You see, in Florence restaurants, the price of your steak is calculated by kilograms. And sometimes, unwittingly, you can order a HUGE steak and then pay out the nose for it. She understood my concerns, and recommended the Osteria Del Cinghialia Bianco (The White Boar). The best thing for any American tourist who isn’t used to waiting until 8 p.m. to start eating dinner is that it ope...Read More

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Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
Borgo San Iacopo, 43
Florence, Italy
055 215706

Cammillo

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Restaurant | "Cammillo Trattoria"

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The Cammillo Trattoria was a few doorsteps away from the a restaurant that had been recommended to us by our Walking Tours of Florence guide. We were trying to avoid another family that had been on our Beautiful Views of Florence tour (I have never met more spoiled, rich, world-revolves-around-me people in my life.) So instead of going to the Osteria Del Cinchiale Bianco on the first evening, we tried the Cammillo Trattoria instead, hoping to escape the annoying people. I had heard that Florence, in addition to its steak specialty, was quite good at fried chicken. That was an option on this particular menu, so I decided to try it. The menu listed it as fried chicken with mozzarella (p...Read More

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Cammillo
Borgo San Jacopo, 57r
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 055212427

Galleria dell'Accademia

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Galleria dell'Accademia Photo, Florence, Italy
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Probably the best pre-travel decision we made was to purchase our tickets to the Accadmia Gallery in advance. The drawback was that we had to be at a specific place at a specific time (we got our tickets for 9 a.m. on a Tuesday, as the gallery is closed on Mondays). The benefit far outweighed the drawback when we arrived and saw the lines. There were two lines. One for people with tickets, one for people without. Yes, even with ticket reservations, we had to wait in line – but it was filled mostly with groups so it moved quickly. The line for those without reservations crawled by at a snail’s pace. The advance purchase ended up being around 18 €, including the fees. Otherwise, the entrance is 12.5€ ...Read More

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

Sarti Manuela

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Attraction | "Sarti Leather Goods"

Sarti Manuela Photo, Florence, Italy
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On my way out of the Accademia, a leather jacket in a store window caught my eye. I had heard tell that Florence was THE place for Italian leather, and I just wanted to live in a fantasy world for a bit, so we walked inside. Big mistake for my credit card, but I got the best leather jacket ever! The name of the shop is Sarti, and the staff is willing to help you pick out a size and style. I found a black leather jacket with a white collar and white piping trim, for a total cost of about 240 €. Still way cheaper than you could find such quality in the states, plus, 40 € of that was duty free, if I took the time to fill out the paperwork and get my customs stamp at the airport (purchases over...Read More

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Sarti Manuela
Via Ricasoli, 77
Florence, Italy

L'Antica Cantina del Chianti

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Attraction | "L’Antica Cantina del Chianti"

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After a visit to the Duomo, we passed by this wine shop on the Piazza Duomo and stopped in for a while. I wanted to get some wine to take home as a gift for some friends, and also to get a bit for myself. The staff spoke reasonable English (almost everyone in Florence would rather practice their English, it seems) and allowed me to ask questions and learn a bit about Italian wine. I’m not much of a connoisseur, so I didn’t know that Chianti was a more dry, bitter wine, or that dessert wines were mostly white – so the young lady at the counter was very helpful in assisting me. She found out I liked more fruity wines, so she found a few with different price ranges so I wouldn’t embarrass myse...Read More

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L'Antica Cantina del Chianti
Piazza Duomo, 23 R
Florence, Italy
55 282489

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "Uffizi"

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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Knowing nothing about Renaissance art, I thought perhaps it would be a better idea to take a guided tour through the Uffizzi rather than just wander along myself and try to understand what I was looking at. I do want to note that Rick Steves has a good follow-along tour in his book, but I liked hearing more of the stories and having the more interactive look at the artwork. We booked the tour through Walking Tours of Florence, (we also booked Beautiful Views of Florence) for 45 €. The price included entrance to the museum and the guide. We chose the same guide that we’d had for the Beautiful Views tour, as she’d been very good. Plus, she was an art-history major who moved to Florence to stu...Read More

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Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

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Attraction | "Duomo, Campanile, and Baptistery"

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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You could climb up to the top of both the Duomo and the Tower to get good views of Florence, but we chose to only climb one and save our legs. We chose the 417 steps of the tower, since the view would include the Dome (versus climbing up the Dome, where the view would include the tower). And it was quite the climb. The good news, I suppose, is that every 100 steps or so there is a place to stop, rest your legs, and take in the view. The best view is from the tippy top, but at any level you could stop and go back down if you wanted. We were following some very energetic British teenagers, who kept count of the stairs for us, while their teacher decided to wait for them at the first level. T...Read More

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

Florence Tour

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Attraction | "Beautiful Views of Florence"

Florence Tour Photo, Florence, Italy
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We booked a tour through Walking Tours of Florence called the Beautiful Views tour. Essentially, it’s a walk from the tour offices just north of the PonteVecchio across the Arno River and up a very large hill to the Piazelle Michelangelo and then to San Minneato al Monte church. At each stop along the way, there are different panoramic views of the Florence skyline and the Tuscan countryside in the distance. I also understand it’s the best place to catch a sunset, and though we started our tour in the sunshine, by sunset the haze and clouds kept us from seeing the sky change colors. On the walk to the top of the hill, our guide would point out different types of architecture and historical...Read More

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Florence Tour

Florence, Italy