Overview Florence

Visiting Florence

Surrounded by hills of cypress trees, olive groves, and vineyards, Italy’s “City of Stone” is easy to adore, from its famous Tuscan wineries to its gold buildings and terracotta roofs. Visits to the Galleria dell’ Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David—the Galleria degli Uffizi, and the Duomo are mandatory. But there are many more things to do in Florence, like hiking up to Piazza Michelangelo, exploring nearby villages, or bargain shopping for fine leather goods at the city’s famed markets.

To prepare yourself for a day of sightseeing and cultural exposure, eat a sweet breakfast at one of Firenze’s many caffes or restaurants. In the afternoon or evening, Il Latini is well worth the wait for a perfect Tuscan meal.

To make your entire Tuscan stay perfect, seek out one of Florence’s sophisticated... Read More
Surrounded by hills of cypress trees, olive groves, and vineyards, Italy’s “City of Stone” is easy to adore, from its famous Tuscan wineries to its gold buildings and terracotta roofs. Visits to the Galleria dell’ Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David—the Galleria degli Uffizi, and the Duomo are mandatory. But there are many more things to do in Florence, like hiking up to Piazza Michelangelo, exploring nearby villages, or bargain shopping for fine leather goods at the city’s famed markets.

To prepare yourself for a day of sightseeing and cultural exposure, eat a sweet breakfast at one of Firenze’s many caffes or restaurants. In the afternoon or evening, Il Latini is well worth the wait for a perfect Tuscan meal.

To make your entire Tuscan stay perfect, seek out one of Florence’s sophisticated budget or luxury hotels; IgoUgo members rave about the hospitality at Montebello Splendid.

And once you check out travelers’ stunning photos of the City of Lillies (yes, Florence wears many hats), you should have no problem convincing yourself to find a flight and join the Fiorentini in celebrating art, culture, and la dolce vita.    Close

Stories and Tips Florence

Michelangelo's David

Written by EPearl on 05 Dec, 2002

One of my most moving experiences was my visit to see this wonderful sculpture by Michelangelo. I never expected anything so grand, or large. It is difficult to fathom how anyone can use one piece of marble and sculpt something of such magnitude…Read More


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Beginning of Florence

Written by Tolik on 11 Jul, 2004

Five centuries BC, during Etruscan times, fortified hilltown Fesole was the only settlement in the area (8km from the present day Florence). First settlement on the banks of the Arno River was founded as a colony of the Etruscan city of Fiesole in about 200…Read More


Florence off the beaten path

Written by lyss710 on 12 Jul, 2001

In Florence, take your time to wander. Cross over into Oltrarno (the other side of the river) and wander down the banks of the Arno. We took a stroll in the evening and saw otters splashing near the banks! Search for antiques…Read More


Gelato, the edible art form

Written by lyss710 on 12 Jul, 2001

There is nothing in the world quite like gelato. The Italian version of ice cream, it is an experience all its own. No day in Italy feels complete without a taste of the amazing treat. Gelato is richer, creamier, and smoother than American ice…Read More


Siena

Written by travelerstogodotcom on 11 Jul, 2001

Siena was once Florence's rival and equal. After Florence won the war in the 16th century, Siena declined in prominence, and today it has only about 50,000 people to Florence's 400,000. Siena has preserved most of its original streets and structures. The…Read More


Map, and guidebooks

Written by travelerstogodotcom on 11 Jul, 2001

Maps and books For me the invaluable map was an easily-foldable pocket-sized laminated one called Streetwise Florence. It covers 90% of Florence in accurate, legible and complete detail. Your bookstore can order it from Streetwise maps, POB 2219, Amagansett NY 516 267 8617, or www.streetwisemaps.com. Don''t confuse…Read More


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San Miniato al Monti and the Walk Back

Written by dolphoto on 11 Oct, 2005

San Miniato is the church you see on the top of a hill on the far side of the Arno. That's all most people see of it. For a different Florentine experience, take a cab up to the church, do some exploring, and…Read More


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Quick Tips for Florence

Written by millsy99 on 21 Nov, 2000

If possible, try to plan your trip during the off-season. Fall (September to November) and Spring (February to May) are great times to visit. If you go in the summer, the streets are so crowded with tourists it can easily make the trip…Read More


Entry # 1 - some history and a little touring

Written by lreed2000 on 12 Nov, 2000

On Thursday morning (10/8/98) we’re up and on the road again, on our way to Florence. We’ll have a city tour in the early afternoon. Our tour guide Hermano, tells us that Florence is considered the shoppers paradise for leather and gold.…Read More


Must-Reads for Americans in Italy

Written by Stella on 23 Oct, 2001

Vista Magazine Vista Magazine was founded by a Boston University alumna who has lived in Florence for the past ten years and is a well-respected journalist for papers like Corriere della Sera and the International Herald Tribune. Vista is a magazine about Florence and…Read More


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