Florence Journals

A Few Days in Florence

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A June 2007 trip to Florence by Travelny2

Michelangelo Square/Piazzale Michelangelo Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Florence is one of the most fun cities in Europe and could arguably have the best food.

Hotel Veneto

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Hotel

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When we got off of the train in Florence there were about a dozen people asking us if we needed a hotel. We ignored all the advice we had heard that you are not supposed to accept an offer from one of these people and went with one of the guys who spoke good English and was very friendly. The decision turned out to be just fine. He worked for Hotel Veneto which is a 2-3 star hotel about a 10 minute walk from the train station. The walk would not have been bad had it not been about 90 degrees out with 100% humidity in mid afternoon...that made it a little rough. He took us to the reception area in the main building and a woman gave us a triple room for about 100euro a night which was about $1...Read More

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Hotel Veneto
Via Santa Reparata 33
Florence, Italy

Giostra

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Restaurant | "Giostra (La)"

Giostra Photo, Florence, Italy
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This is arguably the best meal I have ever had in my life. Considering that this place is ranked among the top restaurants in all of Europe (they have the framed ranking on their wall) it is really not that expensive. The head chef/owner is quite a charater and personally comes to each table at least once throughout your dinner. He served as our somellier and spend at least 5 minutes explaining our wine selection to us, decanting it and the serving. The walls are covered with pictures of him and his satisfied clientele and includes at least a hundred pictures of him and celebrities who have dined at the restaurant.Compimentary water and bread are not the standard here. They bring you a free ...Read More

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Giostra
Borgo Pinti, 12r
Florence, Italy
+39 (055) 241-341

The Oil Shoppe Florence

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Restaurant | "The Oil Shoppe"

The Oil Shoppe Florence Photo, Florence, Italy
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To quote my friend who told me about The Oil Shoppe "I have dreams about this place". The place is fairly well known among the study abroad crowd and offers a very cheap and extremely delicious lunch. I was almost reluctant to post this out of desire to help keep this place off the beaten path and stop it from becoming a tourist zoo. What saves this place from having a huge line is that almost no one knows about it. It is fairly difficult to find and despite our frined trying to give us directions we had to ask about a dozen local before we even found someone that had heard of the place.To get there from the Duomo, head down Via dell' Orilio away from the Duomo for a couple of blocks. You wi...Read More

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The Oil Shoppe Florence
Via S. Egidio 22R
Florence, Italy
39 055 2001092

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo)

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Attraction | "Duomo"

Santa Maria del Fiore & Baptistery (Il Duomo) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Going to the top of the Duomo is one of the highlights of visiting Florence and definately something that you should do while you are relatively young. We are in our early 20's and were sweating by the time we got to the top. I would not recommend this climb for the elderly or anyone that is really out of shape. Entry to gain access to the top of the Duomo is on the north side of the large cathedral, just look for the LONG line, you can't miss it. The line probably took about 45 minutes when we were there which didn't seem too bad. There are a ton of cafes surrounding the Duomo so one of us just left the line for 10 minutes and grabbed some waters and gelato for everybody and came back which...Read More

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

Michelangelo Square/Piazzale Michelangelo

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Attraction | "Piazza Michelangelo"

Michelangelo Square/Piazzale Michelangelo Photo, Florence, Italy
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Piazza Michelangelo offers one of the best view of the city of Florence. The Piazza is slightly removed from the main part of the city so if you are crunched for time it might make sense to take a cab. We had a dinner reservation and were trying to make it there in time for sunset so it was actually the one time we utilized a mode of public transportation in Florence other than walking but it is definately nearby enough to walk if you feel like it. From the Ponte Vecchio bridge walk east along the Arno River along Lungarno Torrigiani. The street name will change a couple of times but just stay along the riverbank until you see signs on your right. You have to walk up a fairly large hill to get to the ...Read More

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Michelangelo Square/Piazzale Michelangelo
Oltrarno District
Florence, Italy 50100