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

  • 100%


    Florence - amazing!

    I love Florence. I fell in love with it on my first trip last September and so visited it again in Feb. It has so much to see and do - the art and architecture speak for themselves and the food and wine is fantastic. The locals are so friendly and so patient if you try out your Italian! I don't really go to places for the shopping but the food shopping was great. I also am a little bit old for all night partying, but my kind of partying (until a reasonable midnight) - see below - was perfect.

    Insider Tip:Go to the San Lorenzo market, upstairs, to hang out with all the locals at the indoor food hall. Think freshly made pizzas, quality wine stalls, mozzarella stands... And a great buzzing atmosphere, especially at night. Also, the ibikeItaly bike tour into Chianti was a great way to spend a day.

  • 90%


    Beautiful city, wonderful art, vast history

    Being in Florence and moving around the city was wonderful. A quick visit to wikitravel will inform you that the entire downtown area is a UNESCO site, and rightfully so. The Galleria degli Uffizi is definitely worth a visit for the art lovers, as is the Galleria dell'Accademia. There are many historical Cathedrals and Basilicas throughout the city. The main Florence Cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, with Brunelleschi's Dome, is of course a must see. And so much more... *sigh*!

    Insider Tip:Piazzale Michelangelo is a wonderfully peaceful park sort of area that affords a great view of all of Florence. Perhaps come in the evening and stay for the sunset! Sometimes there will be people playing instruments and singing; bring a bottle of wine and settle in Italian style. The word on the street is that Gelateria la Carraia is the best place for gelato at the best prices; I enjoyed and savored my visits. And All'Antico Vinaio for the best panini's; ask for the best! :D

  • 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!

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