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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    It's probably the most beautiful place I ever traveled to in terms of culture, architecture and awe-inspiring views.

    Insider Tip:You absolutely must go to Cinque Terre! It's amazing! Seriously, it will blow your mind - it's so Insanely beautiful :) Get up early and take the train to La Spezia and then get a Day Pass and take the train to any of the 5 towns, we went to Monterosso on the beach and swam in crystal clear water then hiked to Vernazza. Gorgeous! Also, take a short bus from the centre up to Fiesole and see Florence from the Montececeri hills. You really should try a panini from Antico too!

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    Amazing city!

    It is extremely beautiful place, that's for sure, but here you can even smell the culture! Very interesting place. And it's close to such amazing little towns. I looooove La Toscana

    Insider Tip:The best place to see the city and enjoy the breathtaking sunset is the Piazzale Michelangelo.

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    Florence trip

    Florence is one fantastic city! The city it is a museum itself and you can see art everywhere once the city had lots of famous citizens such as Galileu, Maquiavel, Donatello, Michelangelo and many others.

    Insider Tip:Museums close on Monday so avoid this day in a week to be there if you really want to check them.

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    Beautiful city!!

    Florence seems to me the well preserved city of the main touristical cities of Italy. Is very beautiful, lots of things to see! Some people awarned us about pickpockets, but I'd feel very safe, maybe is good to avoid big crowds (although is kind of impossible).

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    Florence is very beautiful, very crowded. We really loved it. Had the nice feel of Italy but was a large city with shopping and plenty to do

    Insider Tip:Make sure to dress appropriately to visit the Duomo! (there are specific rules about what you can wear in the church). We booked a wine tasting and LOVED this part of our trip. Make sure to go to Piazza de Michaelangelo (great view of the city) and you could even try visiting it at night (dreamy)

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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