Florence Journals

Flying Visit to Florence

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A March 2008 trip to Florence by rufusni

Canto De Nelli Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: This was only a flying visit of a few days to the city -but it is a fabulous city

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Attraction | "So Much More than a Leaning Tower"

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy
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Having flown into the airport at Pisa the night before, we couldn't miss the famed leaning tower before we jumped on the train for a short journey to Florence. We arrived in good time before the hoards and most of the tour buses...so it wasn't too busy. There had been some discussion over whether to climb the tower or not, but we decided in the end not to bother, but it is easy enough to buy a ticket for a set time, as you have to go up in a group, and there are only a limited number available. The famed leaning tower does look quite spectacular – while its leaning status has gained it worldwide renown – it is a fabulous building even if it wasn’t leaning with its rounded Romanesque arches...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2010

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Campo del Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Canto De Nelli

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Hotel

Canto De Nelli Photo, Florence, Italy
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My stay at this B&B was a bit of a mixed bag. When we arrived there was no-one there, the contact phone number did not work, and we ended up sitting outside the door for two hours waiting, when in desperation we went to the tourist office, and managed to get in touch with the lady who runs the B&B. Once we managed to ring her, she appeared a few minutes later to let us in. Though this seems to have been a simple mix up, what impressed us less was that none of the rooms we had boked were ready for us - at nearly 7pm - they had not been cleaned from the previous guests nor made up ready for us.First thing to note is that the B&B is on the second floor and there is no lift, but qu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 18, 2008

Canto De Nelli
Via dell'Ariento 2
Florence
+39 055 215309

Santa Croce in Fossabanda

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Hotel

Santa Croce in Fossabanda Photo, Pisa, Italy
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We arrived in the early hours of the morning and were keen to get to bed quickly. We caught a taxi from the airport here, about 10 minutes drive, and checked-in very quickly. The location of the hotel is not the best, it is quite a walk into the city centre and the sights like the famed Leaning Tower. Not that such a walk is impossible, but it is more of a short stroll. It is a quiet residential area, so there are fewer restaurants, but this also means that you are away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, and so it is peaceful and restful. The hotel is in a converted monastery which gives an incredible atmosphere and shape to the hotel, with a huge central courtyard and tw...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2008

Santa Croce in Fossabanda
Piazza Santa Croce, 5
Pisa 56125
+39 050 970911

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

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Attraction | "Ponte Vecchio Bridge (Old Bridge)"

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) Photo, Florence, Italy
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The last surviving medieval bridge in Florence, has become somewhat of a tourist attraction and ultimately a tourist trap. The bridge is generally crowded and there are touts everywhere, despite attempts by the police to keep moving them on.The shops on the bridge are mainly jewellers catering for tourists. Early in its history the shops were occupied by butchers but then the Vasari Corridor was built to connect the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti in the 16th century which was added to the top of the bridge, the Medici Grand Dukes banned butchers from having shops here. Then goldsmiths moved on to the bridge and remain to this day. The bridge survived destruction from the Nazis even...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2008

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

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "Galleria degli Uffizi"

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This gallery is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates. Gradually many of the masterpieces of the Medici family came to be displayed here and was finally opened to the public in 1765This famed gallery is extremely busy in holiday season and there can be huge queues to get in. So first huge tip is to pre-buy your ticket which can avoid the very long queue to buy tickets. There are several different entrances depending on what type of ticket you have or not. There are three types - if you are here with a group, have a pre-bought ticket and then if you don't have tickets. If you have pre-bought ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2008

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