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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Firenze!

    Amazing, cheap artisan goods. Beautiful sights & good food. The whole city is virtually walkable which is fantastic.

    Insider Tip:Be prepared for lots of stairs when you want to go to the top of the Duomo. LOTS of stairs & very narrow passageways!! Beautiful view though!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A wonderful city

    Florence has everything you want in a city break. Great museums, great sights, vibrant nightlife, and lots of places to shop!

    Insider Tip:If you are an EU citizen under 29 years of age some museums are half price. Make sure to ask!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Beautiful and Small City..

    I have plans to return for see Chianti, I think that worth it! Firenzi is so small and you know the city in a day.

    Insider Tip:It is good to buy bags, shoes and wallets

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Florence

    Italy in general was the most expensive Country I visited. Be aware that there are city taxes anywhere between 50 Eurocents and 4 Euro per night that is not included in accomodation charges.

    Insider Tip:The view at Michaelangelo plaza is worth the hike to get there (also don't miss the church a little further up). Don't bother with Boboli gardens or the Fort (not worth the cost of entry in my opinion). Even if you only have a few days in Florence, make sure to do a trip out into the Tuscan countryside (so beautiful and peaceful and can be cheaper than you'd think). Also, go to the leather markets, but be aware, there's a lot of fake leather out there. The fire test is also a MYTH! Trust your smell!!!

  • 80%

    cmpattinson16982

    Absolutely loved it

    Florence was my favourite city on my trip round Europe. Absolutely teaming with Renaissance history and full of stunning views/landmarks. Food was great as well and not as pricey as Venice or Milan. Only downside was the nightlife was pretty average.

    Insider Tip:If you want to see museums get a Firenze card

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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