Florence Journals

A Day and a Half in Florence

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A November 2008 trip to Florence by manlalakbay

Galleria dellAccademia Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: A quick weekend get-away in one of the best cultural experiences in Italy
Grom gelato Photo, Florence, Italy
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While we were talking to the manager/owner of Dany House, we asked him about a gelato place which he would recommend for us to try. He pointed to the attraction spot of Duomo and told us that around that area was a great place to try. He forgot the name but said it was definitely a must-try.So off we went after our trip to the Academia to see the Duomo. After we finished taking photos around the area, we went in search of that gelato place and found one named Grom.We figured it was Grom that Lorenzo meant regarding great Italian gelato. The small corner shop was filled with people. Despite the cold weather, people seem to be enjoying their treat.There were many...Read More

Uffizi Gallery

Attraction | "Wear Comfortable Shoes! Because It's a Must See"

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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It's crazy to wear new shoes when going to a museum! Something I learned when I entered the Uffizi museum. The main attraction of the place was the Botticeli paintings of "The Birth of Venus" and "Spring." But once again the museum boasts of the many talented Italian artists of the Renaissance and Medieval periods. The corridors to the galleries were also lined with different marble sculptures depicting Roman gods, mythical figures and religious characters. The experience of going through the entire museum was actually quite overwhelming. With three floors of artworks, the ten euros entrance fee we paid for was definitely worth it. Especially when we finally got to the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2008

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

Piazza della Signoria

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Attraction | "The Outdoor Museum of Piazza della Signoria"

Piazza della Signoria Photo, Florence, Italy
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For those who may not have the time to go around the many museums of Florence, or for those who prefer not to spend their euros with galleries but still want some exposure to Firenze art, Piazza della Signoria is the best place to go.The plaza is littered with many marble sculptures from the time of the Renaissance. The sculptures depict many of the Roman gods. The unclothed sculpture show how the Romans celebrate the human body, as the human body or deities are rendered perfectly and proportionately.The most eyecatching of all the scultpures is Poseidon fountain. Around the god are water nymphs, sea creatures and horses. In mythology is was actually the water g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2009

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

Galleria dell'Accademia

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Attraction | "Home of David"

Galleria dell'Accademia Photo, Florence, Italy
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When in Florence, one of the definite things to do is see Michaelangelo's David in the Academia. That is definitely what we did after we finally had our lunch -- to search for the Academia.We finally found it and had around two hours left to go around the Museum. We were greeted by numerous paintings from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Most of the paintings depicted Bible stories, especially about Jesus and Mary.But of course, the highlight of the entire Musuem was the majestic sculpture of David. When I finally saw it, I could not help but feel overwhelmed by the idea that something I have only seen in books and movies finally comes to 'life' right in front of me. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2008

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

Dany House

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Hotel | "Dany House - Homey"

Dany House Photo, Florence, Italy
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It was actually quite funny to be greeted by a Japanese caretaker in Florence. I thought we were in Twilight Zone! But after the initial shock, Tomo was actually a warm and funny dude. There were 14 of us and we were split in three different rooms. The hostel is actually just a floor in a building, with four different rooms. Majority of us stayed in the room for eight, while the rest were spread in two rooms.For 14 euros a night, we can't really be totally picky about our accommodations. The blankets and beds were comfortable enough and warm enough for the chilly November nights. Unfortunately, we don't think the heater was really working. There was also just one bathro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2008

Dany House
Via Bolognese, 8
Florence 50139
346 175 8807