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

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    Shopping and sightseeing for everyone!

    Florence can always satisify you no matter you are a shopaholic or backpacker traveler. The sunset view from the bridge is awesome. The food market and the street selling leather products are fantastic!

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    Florence is amazing!

    The city is one of the best I have been to in the world. The people, the layout and the food are all wonderful!

    Insider Tip:Book a tour to the surrounding areas too! There are a lot of tours to Tuscany, Pisa and Cinque Terre, all different price levels, take advantage of a day trip.

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    My visit to Florence, Italy

    Florence was a walk-able city that was easy to move around, and it highly cultural. The food in Florence was really good and affordable. It's really close to the other parts of Italy, too.

    Insider Tip:Buy your tickets reserved for the Uffizzi Gallery and wake up around 7am for the places that you want to see.

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    Loved Florence

    Spent three days in Florence and wish I had had a couple more! There's a lot to do and see and it's also a great base for day trips.

    Insider Tip:Take a day trip to the Cinque Terre if you aren't planning to go there separately!

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    Loved the historic and architecture sights but did not enjoy all the whole as much as other places in Italy . I felt kind of claustrofobic and is not that easy to get around I got lost easily and a not that enjoyable getting lost

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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