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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    I loved Florence

    Florence is a charming city. Perfect to walk around, a lot of places to visit. I had a great impression of Florence, clean, safe, cultural...

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    Historic city

    Beautiful city! Every turn you take, you see wonderul and intricate architecture. The duomo (cathedral) is HUGE and although we did not go inside, it does not disappoint just seeing it from the outside either. Literally everything is so close; I had a list of things I wanted to see in Florence and we didn't even need a map to see all of it--we just wandered and hit each item on my list!

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    The most amazing city in Italy!

    I was blown away by Florence. The artwork, the weather, the food, the coffee, the culture, the views--breathtaking! We climbed to the top of both the Duomo and the bell tower which provided amazing views of the city. We also explored the countryside at a wine tasting which is a must! If you are going to Italy, you HAVE to go to Florence.

    Insider Tip:Go to News Cafe and ask to get artwork on your cappuccino. The man who designs the cappuccinos will do a fantastic job! Go on a wine tour, especially during the winter months since it will be less busy, and see the beautiful countryside! Take a walk over Ponte Vecchio and go to the store "The And Company." It is a hidden gem among the stores of Florence. Also, eat at Gusta Pizza while you are over there--delicious!

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    Florence is incredible.

    Florence has been my favorite city in Europe so far. Absolutely beautiful. Many sites to see and great food as well.

    Insider Tip:Eat as much gelato as you can and get out into the hills of Tuscany!

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    Amazing and beautiful city

    Getting around the city was easy and it's extremely beautiful. There's so much to see and there's a feeling to soak in that doesn't compare to any other city I've been in. It's a beautiful place.

    Insider Tip:Plan for locations of places you're going, and make sure you're prepared to walk a lot.

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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