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%


    Beautiful Florence

    This trip was my first to Italy, I travelled to Florence by train from Pescara (SE of Italy) and I fell in love with Florence instantly. Its such a romantic city. The people and the history of Florence made it so special but I guess it also made a difference too with the company I kept as a solo traveller. Even though I was travelling alone I ended up doing stuff mainly with one of the other solo roomies. Theres always so much going on in the city and also wonderful day trips you can do out of the city too.

    Insider Tip:We went on an afternoon tour to Tuscany and that was beautiful but I recommend not leaving it too late to book your tours and try and organise them yourself, there is a really good company that runs tours and their office located in the main train station so try and go there the day prior and book. The food in Florence is pretty good and bar scene too, you can grab something fancy at night at a stylish bar and listen to live Jazz or a good DJ and during the day grab a bottle of bubbles and food to go for yo

  • 100%


    Beautiful city

    Really enjoyed our time in Florence. Came to it from Venice and the contrast was striking. Florence seemed a lot friendlier and gentler. Spent most of our time just walking about.

    Insider Tip:You can walk everywhere!

  • 80%



    Florence is nothing if not overwhelming! Bustling, busy, frenetic. Great to see all the tourist things (museums, churches, art, statues) and Ponte Vecchio. Love the narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets. Just remember to breathe — and watch your moneybag and cellphone. Gypsy kids and women are WILY. Great place to get not so much a TASTE of Italy, but definitely a TEASE! Guess we have to come back!

    Insider Tip:Keep your HAND on your moneybag, or keep it INSIDE your shirt. Who cares what you look like! Gypsy pickpockets got us, and we thought we were being careful. Give yourself some personal space, which can be difficult in the crowded streets. BE AWARE. Go to Boboli Gardens to unwind, escape. Smile, smile, smile! The Italians are helpful and friendly!!!

  • 80%


    A City for Foodies

    My favorite thing about Florence was its food scene. Everything I consumed was absolutely delicious. Bistecca alla Florentina is one of my newest favorite dishes. If you're looking for a challenging hunk of meat, cooked and seasoned to perfection, try Florentine steak. Also, paired with any good red (particularly a Brunello), you cannot go wrong.

    Insider Tip:Be sure to hit up the leather markets in town - it's a must!

  • 90%



    Florence is a great city for art fanatics. Beautiful buildings and churches line the city. Good nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for fees when eating at restaurants-- always check if they include a charge for service and to sit down. Sidewalks are pure crap and too small to accommodate more than 1 person. Be wary when carrying luggage.

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