Florence Journals

Visits Off the Beaten Path in Florence

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

Forte di Belvedere Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Florence is a city rich in "must-see" visits, but there is much more to see that many tourists miss. Here are a few of the places that don't make all the guidebooks, but are worth a visit!

Forte di Belvedere

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Attraction | "Picnic at a Palace and a Fort"

Forte di Belvedere Photo, Florence, Italy
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Looking for a place to enjoy a lovely picnic outside of the city, then head up to the fort on the hill overlooking Florence. On the San Giorgio hill in the Oltrarno neighborhood of this historic city sits a lovely area that is free to visitors. Forte di Belvedere (also known as Forte di San Giorgio) was recently reopened for visits, and is a wonderful spot that a lot of tourists miss.Built in the 16th century, this fort was commissioned by the duke Ferdinando I, and served as an actual fortification against attacks. Having degraded in appearance for centuries, the fort went through a big renovation in the 1950s and is quite a unique place to see. Because of it's position on a hill, but sti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2009

Forte di Belvedere
Via St Leonardo
Florence, Italy

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

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Attraction | "Best Smelling Place in the City"

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella Photo, Florence, Italy
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Just a block away from the main train station in Florence, Italy is a wonderful gem of a place that reeks of history, magic, and a sense of timelessness. I use the words "reek" and "sense" very specifically, because to me it's one of the olfactory pleasures of the city. The "Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella" is more of a museum today than what we think of as a modern "pharmacy", but it's named from the adjoining church of Santa Maria Novella, and offers one of the most unique looks into the medicine and luxuries of centuries gone by.One of the oldest pharmacies in the world, the SMN Profumo was begun by the Dominican monks who began mixing herbal remedies here in 1381. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2009

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via della Scala 16
Florence, Italy
+39 055 4368315

Palazzo Strozzi

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Attraction | "An Artistic Palace"

Palazzo Strozzi Photo, Florence, Italy
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During our year of living in Florence, Italy, there was a lovely palace in the heart of town that I'd always make a point to walk through to see what was going on. The Palazzo Strozzi is a historical landmark in the city, and now serves as home to many unique art exhibitions throughout the year. There's also a wonderful cafe inside to enjoy a coffee or small lunch. Or as the front and back entrance link two of Florence's main streets in the center, it's a great place just to pass through on a stroll through town.Commissioned by Filippo Strozzi in 1489, this stunning palace was never completely finished although it served as a residence for some time. The exterior of the building immediate...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2009

Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi, 1
Florence, Italy 50122

Pescaia di Santa Rosa

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Attraction | "Stand in the Middle of the Arno River"

view of Pescaia di Santa Rosa from bridge Photo, Florence, Italy
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For a very unique experience during a visit to Florence, there is a somewhat strange place to go to see the city from below...from the center of the Arno River. Several times while we lived in Florence, I'd noticed this dam-type thing in the western end of the river. You don't really notice it as easily walking west towards the Cascine Park at the edge of the city, but once after visiting the park and walking back east along Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci (the large avenue running along with the Arno River), this dam was very noticeable and quite interesting.Come to find out, it's really a "spillway" called Pescaia di Santa Rosa, and is one of many along the River Arno (the other nearest is up ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2009

Odeon CineHall

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Attraction | "A Chic Cinematic Experience"

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Looking for a place to spend a somewhat "regular" date-night while you're in Florence? Maybe like dinner + a movie? Well, of course to the traveler, nothing is really "regular" in this stunning Renaissance town, but everything has a special Italian flair. First pick out one of the mouthwatering restaurants, enjoy a Tuscan meal over candlelight, and then head over to the beautiful Odeon Cinema.Just behind the famous Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the city center, is Piazza Strozzi where this lovely movie house resides. The first time I'd heard of it was through some fellow American expats, who said they love it because it plays not only the latest Italian movies, but also a handful...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2009

Odeon CineHall
Piazza Strozzi
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 055214068