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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    Stairs, stairs, stairs!

    Loved Florence beautiful city with plenty of sights to see and as I was over during the world cup great atmosphere in bars

    Insider Tip:Either turn up very early to climb the Duomo before a queue forms (60-90min wait) or if you happen to not be there ridiculously early go to the ticket office and get a combined ticket and go to the bell tower which is extremely close and takes

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    Florence is a must see! Great site seeing, beautiful architecture, the best food, friendly culture, and a raging night life.

    Insider Tip:Gelato! Try the Gelateria Vivaldi - the gelato is some of the best in the city and they have a great inside seating area when it's scorching hot outside. Flo' nightclub is really fun and overlooks the whole city. Dress nicely though!

  • 80%


    Can't go wrong visiting Florence!

    Beautiful city, and all the main sights are so close together that you don't need to take public transit.

    Insider Tip:Lines for the galleries/museums can be horribly long, so consider the Firenze Card. Expensive, but we didn't regret getting it.

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    Overall florence can be expensive if you arent careful. It really is a beautiful place, but also can be very touristy. Definitely worth a few days.

    Insider Tip:Aperitivo. 8 euro for a drink and all you can eat for dinner. My favorite one was Oibo. But there are lots of different ones. Makes Florence cheap. Really crazy.

  • 80%


    A romantic and beautiful city in Italy, recommended for couple

    A lovely and romantic city, about 1h30 minutes by train, north of Rome. On the way to Venice, another unique city in Italy, travelers should spend approx 2 days to explore the beauty of this city: small roads, beautiful view, incredible ice cream, lovely Arno river with Ponte Vecchio bridge, a famous bridge with houses built upon it, magnificent Florence Cathedral, the famous David statue of Michelangelo. Definitely a must visit destination for anyone, but highly recommended for any couple

    Insider Tip:Most of attractions are located in the center, close by the Santa Maria Novella train station, easily reach on foot, pubic transport is not necessary, but bus is also available if needed. Florence cathedral and Ponte Vecchio are the must visit places

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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