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

  • 60%


    Beautiful city.

    It is a beautiful city, although small. I really enjoyed this place. You can complete the city in less than 1 or 2 days.

    Insider Tip:Climb the tower of the Cathedral!

  • 80%


    good location

    I stayed here 2 nights and they were both good. The room was nicely air conditioned. The cleaning lady makes your bed everyday!! Wifi worked fine. Breakfast was made for you (coffee and 2 toasts). The facility was very clean overall but the shower was very clogged... The bathroom were very spacious though which I liked.

  • 100%


    Florence Is Amazing!

    I couldn't believe how amazed I would be with this city. It is absolutely beautiful and the people are great. Gelato, Gelato, Gelato! Beautiful sites to see, some good food to eat, and lots to be learned.

  • 90%



    Florence is an amazing city. During our trip to Italy, my friends and I visited Rome, Florence, and Milan, and I think we could all agree that Florence was our favorite city of the three. Unlike Rome, Florence is small and has a much slower pace to it. There are definitely a lot of tourists, but it doesn't feel overcrowded like Rome did a lot of the time.

    Insider Tip:Reserve your Galleria Academia tickets ahead of time. There is still a line you have to wait in, but it is a lot faster than waiting in the two hour line starting at eleven am that my friends and I waited in. Also, don't miss the sunset at Piazza Michelangelo. It's a trek to get up the hill, but it was easily my favorite part of the trip. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and you'll be set.

  • 70%


    Loved Florence!

    Lovely laid back city. This time of year it's a bit over crowded with tourists, so I would like to see it earlier in the Spring -- but apart from that -- had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of Florence.

    Insider Tip:Had superb dinner for reasonable prices at Vivanda on Santa Monaca. Highly recommend.

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