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 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.

  • 90%


    Fun in Florence

    One of my favourite cities to visit. It's got a lot of delightful sights to see. Even the walks along the river Arno or the streets of Florence seem beautiful. Lovely piazza's to spend time at, while listening to some live street music. Must eat a lot of Gelato!!

    Insider Tip:Gusta Pizza @ Piazza Santo Spirito for the yummiest take away pizza. Gelateria Santa Trinita and Gelateria La Carreira for great Gelatos. IL Pizzaiuolo near via dei macci - best pizza in town. Must try their fresh buffala mozzarella starter. For the backpackers - If you're craving a kebab, try one at Mesopotamia on via pietrapiana / via dell'Oriuolo

  • 80%


    Florence for a night

    It's an amazing city, really beautiful and it has the best food I've ever tasted in my life. It was worth it to visit.

    Insider Tip:if you're going to places like duomo di firenze and galleria dell' accademia, you should book it first. I've spent 2 hours in the line to see Davi of Michelangelo.

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