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%



    it's nice, would give it a 7/8. Nice buildings, felt save, and you are able to avoid the crowd if you want to. Felt not so special, but has all the Italian aspects. Good for all ages, except that there are A LOT of beggers and homeless people, gave me a feeling of guilt and it was quite annoying.

    Insider Tip:go to a square at night, the locals do not really go out but gather outside with drinks and just talk, I recommend it! Good vibe, lots of fun. Had no trouble riding a bike in the centre, although you can also rent a segway (more expensive) and the walking tours are good.

  • 80%



    fantastic city, fantastic people. eating is faboulos and also monuments. Uffizi and Accademia galleries are special.

  • 70%



    Really beautiful place with lots of fantastic buildings to see. Much cheaper than Venice and cleaner and more pleasant than Rome.

    Insider Tip:Head up to the piazza de Leonardo to get a great view of the city from high up. Go when it's shady though, the hill up is strenuous. Also check out All'Antico Vinaio to get a great Tuscan sandwich for 5 euros.

  • 90%



    The city itself is so beautiful and although not very big, it has a lot to offer. Everything is very accessible and even though I only spent 2 days there, I was able to see everything with time to spare! I would definitely recommend Florence to anyone who wants to experience true Italian culture

  • 80%


    A must see city for any traveler passing through Italy

    I stayed in Florence for 3 nights and was there for 2 full days. This was the perfect amount of time in Florence. To me, it felt like a smaller Rome. Florence also had the best food out of any Italian city I visited and the gelato was fab. There was a perfect mix of museums, culture, and wandering around and shopping that everyone that I was traveling with was happy. Good clubbing city as everything is not too far apart either.

    Insider Tip:Watch the sun go down at Piazzle Michaelangelo. Get gelato at La Carraia and paninis at All'Antico Vinaio. Find a bakery and at 1 in the morning ask for bread (very quietly!). Go the the Uffizi and see one of the most impressive collections of art. Hit up the leather markets for wallets, jackets, gloves and more.

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