Florence Pocket Guide

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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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Florence.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Florence... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Florence.

Florence City Reviews

  • 70%


    Florence in two days

    All tourist attractions are within a stone throw if you diligently cover by foot. For someone like myself to soak up the local arts fraternity, culture, history and gastronomical treats, its a worthy trip. To stay longer to appreciate would not appeal as much, probably better if you are into arts and architecture.

    Insider Tip:Do not fall prey to tourist traps, via signing up indemnity forms by people touting as NGOs or welfare organizations. As well as not allow strangers to take your photograph.

  • 80%


    Beautiful city with quite a lot of history, birth place of the Renaissance. If you’re not THAT into art, you can always enjoy getting lost in the medieval streets of the city. There is only one free walking tour company: they start every day at 11 am and 2 pm from Santa Maria Cathedral. Our guide was not the typical funny guide but he was very knowledgeable and had lots of insider tips which he gladly shared with us :)

    Insider Tip:On the North side of the Arno river, where most of the artists galleries and workshops are, there is a little ice-cream shop called Gelateria della Passera which is definetely the best in town. It is very cheap and it is in front of a nice little square where you can enjoy your ice-cream. The address: Via Toscanella, number 15(red). Try the Mona Lisa flavour! A good and inexpensive pizza place, although a bit far from the city centre, is Farina 00. Can’t remember the address but it is on yelp.

  • 90%



    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!

  • 100%


    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.

  • 90%


    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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