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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    Florence Is Amazing!

    I couldn't believe how amazed I would be with this city. It is absolutely beautiful and the people are great. Gelato, Gelato, Gelato! Beautiful sites to see, some good food to eat, and lots to be learned.

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    Florence is an amazing city. During our trip to Italy, my friends and I visited Rome, Florence, and Milan, and I think we could all agree that Florence was our favorite city of the three. Unlike Rome, Florence is small and has a much slower pace to it. There are definitely a lot of tourists, but it doesn't feel overcrowded like Rome did a lot of the time.

    Insider Tip:Reserve your Galleria Academia tickets ahead of time. There is still a line you have to wait in, but it is a lot faster than waiting in the two hour line starting at eleven am that my friends and I waited in. Also, don't miss the sunset at Piazza Michelangelo. It's a trek to get up the hill, but it was easily my favorite part of the trip. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and you'll be set.

  • 70%


    Loved Florence!

    Lovely laid back city. This time of year it's a bit over crowded with tourists, so I would like to see it earlier in the Spring -- but apart from that -- had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of Florence.

    Insider Tip:Had superb dinner for reasonable prices at Vivanda on Santa Monaca. Highly recommend.

  • 50%


    Walkable city, but don't go in Summer!

    We loved Florence because we were able to walk everywhere, there was great food, and great sightseeing. However, I don't recommend going in the summer. It was hot and humid which made it harder to enjoy.

    Insider Tip:Go in the Spring or Fall. Use bathrooms when you see them. They are few and far between!

  • 90%


    City of art & selfie sticks

    Florence lives up to its reputation. Like any major city, the main areas are very crowded and touristy, but it's worth it. There is so much amazing art & architecture to see, and the food is amazing. The famous artworks are spread in different museums, so pick the pieces you most want to see if you're on a budget. The Duomo Basically is more beautiful on the outside than in, so unless you want to go up in the tower, you can skip it. Watch out for selfie stick sellers, they're everywhere.

    Insider Tip:Don't get wine with dinner--you can get a full bottle for the same price you'd pay for a glass, and there are no open carry laws, so you can drink in the Piazza. Also, go to the Michaelangelo Piazza one night to watch the sunset. It's a hike, and you need to get there a little early before it gets crowded, but the view is so worth it.

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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