City Guide Florence, Italy

Visiting Florence

Surrounded by the Tuscan Apennines and located on the River Arno, Florence is a classic Italian city. Thanks to an abundance of bustling squares, it is arguably the best of all Italian cities to people watch. It is also home to the most important collection of Italian and Renaissance art in the world, largely thanks to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. But as the Tuscan capital attracts over 20,000 overseas students who study there each year, it is also surprisingly lively after dark and is laced with bars and nightclubs.

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Florence City Reviews

  • 80%


    Absolutely loved it

    Florence was my favourite city on my trip round Europe. Absolutely teaming with Renaissance history and full of stunning views/landmarks. Food was great as well and not as pricey as Venice or Milan. Only downside was the nightlife was pretty average.

    Insider Tip:If you want to see museums get a Firenze card

  • 100%


    In love with Florence

    Florence is an amazing city. I spend 3 weeks traveling around Italy, and I think Florence is my favorite city. It is a city museum! Everywhere you just find something to see, an exhibition, a museum, a church, the house of a famous person. Besides that, is surrounded by small medieval towns, wineries and landscapes. You just breath culture and tradition in here, in spite of the amount of tourists you can find.

  • 60%



    It's a great city, much better to get around than Rome, still as expensive and you have to pay for most sights. Customer service i think is one of the worst features in Italy overall, the sellers on the street are too pushy when you show interest in their product which most of the time makes you turn away really quickly. Still a must see city in Italy and be sure to visit near by towns.

    Insider Tip:Some shop sellers might want to overcharge you just be sure to ask prices beforehand. When you plan on visiting churches be aware that some might ask you to cover your shoulders and wear something longer than shorts!

  • 80%


    Absolutely touristic

    Florence is a lovely city. It's really small and you can walk anywhere - and as you walk, at every corner you might be surprise by great sculptures, buildings or very attractive restaurants. There is an insane amount of art from the Renaissance, and Michelangelo's work is as amazing as you may expect. The food is fantastic and cheap if you compare to big cities. I recommend staying a night to have dinner looking at the Duomo, but you can also enjoy the city making a day trip from nearby cities.

  • 70%



    it's nice, would give it a 7/8. Nice buildings, felt save, and you are able to avoid the crowd if you want to. Felt not so special, but has all the Italian aspects. Good for all ages, except that there are A LOT of beggers and homeless people, gave me a feeling of guilt and it was quite annoying.

    Insider Tip:go to a square at night, the locals do not really go out but gather outside with drinks and just talk, I recommend it! Good vibe, lots of fun. Had no trouble riding a bike in the centre, although you can also rent a segway (more expensive) and the walking tours are good.

Italy: Itinerary

Florence is one of Tuscany's jewels. A city where Renaissance art goes hand in hand with 20th Century modernism. What sets Florence apart from the other major Italian cities is that all it has to offer is compacted into a small concentrated area, making it the perfect place to see on foot.

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