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%


    Florence stole my heart.

    It's best i start by saying i walked everywhere. its an amazing city with so much to explore from the ponte vechio to Michalangelo Square to the Duomo. It contains a laid back charm and is a nice place to chill for 3/4 days.

    Insider Tip:go to the piazza michalangelo at 2am bring a book and a bottle of wine and read in the statue gallery in the medici square until the early hours of the morning

  • 90%


    Florence for the first time

    Very walkable city with some of the world's greatest treasures. David, The Birth of Venus and Bacchus (Caravaggio) were stunning! Great food for travellers with budgets. Beautiful bridges and architecture. Can't wait to return one day.

    Insider Tip:It is worth climbing towers to see the city in a new light.

  • 50%


    Very toursistic (obvs) but well worth a visit

    Firenze is a beautiful artistic cultural city that is compact and easy to see what you want (the old town of course ) when they say high season they really mean it we're talking hours long cues in 35 degrees plus. Ticket prices can add up if your planning on seeing everything particularly with family etc. This said if you can brave the heat and the crowds Florence is an absolute must see!!

    Insider Tip:You'll have to get up pretty early to beat the crowds but at least do the energetic things like climbing the duomo before it gets to hot. Also hit up the piazza di Michelangelo at sun set grab a beer from the vendor and sit back relax and enjoy the show

  • 100%



    Just a great city all-around. Food was priced well. Most the Italians know enough English to help. It's worth it to walk everywhere.

    Insider Tip:Eat pizza. Walk a lot. You will not regret it.

  • 60%


    Beautiful city.

    It is a beautiful city, although small. I really enjoyed this place. You can complete the city in less than 1 or 2 days.

    Insider Tip:Climb the tower of the Cathedral!

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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