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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    My favorite big city in Italy!

    In my opinion, I think the food here was better than the food in the south of Italy. The city itself is amazing to roam around and get lost in! As a female traveling alone, I felt very safe overall walking around in Florence day or night, given that one still adheres to common sense. Museums are expensive but what can you do. Piazza Michelangelo for sunset, San Lorenzo food market for lunch, and there are sooo many good quality authentic italian restaurants to choose from!

    Insider Tip:Florence for Foodies tour, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Wish I'd known and taken this tour at the beginning of my Florence trip! I learned so much about Florentine cuisine and Italian culture around food in general and the guide, Nat, was so enjoyable, knowledgable, and entertaining too!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Florence

    Florence is a fantastic place. This is my second time here. But i am not too sure of the people. When we encountered problems and approached the italians, the reply we normally get is "this is italy, this is the society"

    Insider Tip:Please look for reliable accomodation and confirm your accomodation daily 1-2 days before as the florence guesthouse has a knack for changing your guest house to other guest house for a variety of dubious reasons 1. change of managment

  • 90%

    eddelave

    More Italian than this city, impossible.

    I only went to 4-5 Italian cities during my vacations and this is by far the 'Most Italian" city of all. It's all about the 'mistery' atmosphere, the food (best pizza and gelattos of the world). It's not a cliché, they do have the best italian food!!! Watching 'David' in front of you takes your breath away, you just can't imagine that you are in front of a such important piece of art. Just walk around and you are going to enjoy it!

    Insider Tip:Piazza Michaelangelo view is simply amazing! When there, there was this guy playing Coldplay songs in a guitar who made this sunset+view city even better. They have this street (sorry cannot remember the name) where you can find a bunch of bars with a lot of fun people.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Good old florence

    I'm an American and I really enjoyed see all the very unique buildings and the historical sights that florence has to offer that being said I did think that if you are looking for night life there wasn't much a couple good bars but I didn't find any good clubs. I would most defiantly return to see florence again.

    Insider Tip:My trip was a little weekend trip I'm living in Italy so just a hope skip away and the city didn't disappoint in beauty I also went to Pisa a little hour train ride away I'd say defiantly go to the top of the tower in florence it was a incredible view.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    BED BUGS

    They have the hugest infestation i have ever seen. They are not a joke and they will come back with you. Be smart when traveling! They washed the sheets and bedding every day but those things kept biting up the people in the room. If you can see them in daylight, theres something wrong with that!

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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