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

  • 80%


    Florence and Tuscany

    Florence is a beautiful city which offers a lot of top tier museums. It takes about 1.5 days to see everything the city has to offer, but Florence is also a perfect hub for day trips to other places in tuscany like Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena or for some hiking around the tuscany area.

    Insider Tip:Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte: Best view in town.

  • 90%


    Florence is an amazing city! Lots of art and culture to see, and the lifestyle is so relaxed and easy. You can do so many different kind of things, and it won't get boring fast. The city is a bit expensive when it comes to accommodation but it's well worth the money. Everything is within walking distance. Be sure to go when it's warm outside to get the most of the city. Will definitely be back!

    Insider Tip:Gelateria La Carraia - amazing ice cream! Ristorante Il Teatro - if you stay at the Santa Croce Tourist House, you get any pizza or pasta to take away for just 5€! Street Art - "Diving Celebrities" drawn wearing goggles by Blub; figures on no entry signs Palazzo Vecchio - Il Salone Cinquecento is amazing Piazzale Michelangelo - a great way to relax out of the city and have an amazing view

  • 80%


    A Classy City!!

    Second time in Florence, and more enjoyable than the first. An excellent city to walk either the halls of the various art galleries or the fantastic back streets.

    Insider Tip:All'Antico Vinaio near the Palazza Vecchio is one of the finest deli shops in Italy. Would not go to Florence without a visit. If planning on visiting the major art galleries, buy the tickets in advance and skip the 2-3 hour queues.

  • 60%


    Florence is the best place in Italy about Renessance art, sculpture and architecture

    You should visit Galerea Uficci to see paintings of Michelangelo, Karvagio and many many other popular artists, but be aware of HUGE QUEUES, its better to bye ticket in Internet to get in line for Reserved tickets. The original of Michelangelo's David statue is placed in academy of fine arts of Florence ("The Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze") - the queues are not big ( for me it was only 30 minutes). Church Manta Maria del Fiore is very beautiful too.

    Insider Tip:Don't bye anything in jewellery stores at Ponte Vecio, its extremely expensive and not art at all, they are just made for tourists - but its only my opinion. Historical part of city is very small, you can see everything in one day. One day more is need to see Galerea Uficci, because its has a really huge collection.

  • 70%


    Great for a day or two

    Nice place, but there wasn't a huge amount of things to do. I would definitely only recommend for a weekend, not a week.

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