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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Florence is the city first on the list to visit if you like history, museums, art, beautiful old buildings, Tuscany restaurants, truly amazing Italian cuisine... is not too big for walking and seeing the most important things there, two days is enough to visit all city not in the rush
Paulina
United Kingdom
February 12, 2017
8
Very Good
I booked a full day Florence tour. If you're not much of an art enthusiast, I suggest taking only the morning tour (accademia) and go to the outlets in the afternoon instead. Wish i had done this instead. Go to Lucca! Small walled city with a lot of good shops with good prices!
Christine Susan
Philippines
February 12, 2017
10
Exceptional
City was beautiful. It had a Renaissance feel! If you're into history and culture it's the place to be! Be careful when walking in the streets because of the cars.
Charlene
Kenya
February 11, 2017
10
Exceptional
Florence is a safe city, full of culture, people are friendly, transport is excellent and frequent. You can reach other cities in different ways. Florence is full of different shops, good for shopping, and food is excellent. Never miss Florence in your tour to Tuscany.
Angelo
Malta
February 12, 2017
8
Very Good
Easy to get around. Lots of attractions and atmosphere. Recommend a day trip with Walk About Tours to Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. Great place to shop for leather goods.
Caroline
Australia
February 12, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Florence

Firenze Number Nine Wellness Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 1,450 reviews

$84

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Hotel degli Orafi

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 1,049 reviews

$108

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  • “location was great”
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Hotel De La Ville

9 Wonderful

Score from 2,360 reviews

$110

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  • “location was great”
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FH Hotel Calzaiuoli

8.7 Excellent

Score from 2,276 reviews

$114

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Grand Hotel Minerva

9 Wonderful

Score from 2,299 reviews

$110

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Hotel Pendini

9.1 Wonderful

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$114

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Hotel Caravaggio

8.4 Very Good

Score from 1,185 reviews

$52

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Hotel Alba Palace

8.8 Excellent

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$63

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Grand Hotel Cavour

8.3 Very Good

Score from 1,845 reviews

$83

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Discover Florence

Popular Neighborhoods in Florence

Florence Historic Center

2079 properties

Our best advice for exploring the centre? Travel on foot. Pretty as the paintings that adorn its most illustrious galleries, Florence will charm you with stories and beg you to make your own. Get lost among the jewellery makers and trinket buyers of Ponte Vecchio; then tie your love to a lock on the bridge’s fence (for good luck).

Uffizi

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Both district and world-famous gallery. Art students stand agog in front of masterworks (ah, Botticelli) in the Uffizi Gallery. After a Renaissance morning, buy a gelato from “Perché no!" (the mozzarella with chestnut honey is a must!) and lick it all the way to Piazza della Signoria. Navel-gaze amidst pigeons, people, and sea-coloured statues.

San Marco - Santissima Annunziata

270 properties

Ah, David. Just the statue you’ve been looking for. The many replicas around town can’t hold a candle to real thing at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Wax political in nearby Piazza Santissima Annunziata (the site of 2012’s “Occupy Florence” protest). Activists aren’t the only ones with a penchant for the piazza; many a hipster is spotted here.

Palazzo Pitti

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Cross the River Arno to Pitti Palace, a “palazzo” turned museum. Wow at the bounding wealth. Peruse the ornate costumes, collections of silver, antique clocks, and preserved apartments from the likes of the Medici Dukes. Catch a concert at the Boboli Gardens next door (if you’re lucky) or sip a cappuccino outside and tan your limbs Italian.

San Lorenzo

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The luscious scent of leather, the deep-seated desire to buy a souvenir. The San Lorenzo Market is open all day, every day. Dying to pay your respects to the ghosts of Florence past? The Medici family tombs are located in the nearby Medici Chapel. The façade of this Renaissance masterwork was never finished; Michelangelo was arrested mid-design.

Santa Croce

167 properties

Pay homage to Galileo and Michelangelo, both buried beneath this Basilica. But don’t pray and run. Giotto’s frescoes decorate the Franciscan church’s interior chapels. French writer Stendhal coined his syndrome of the same here (an illness of “awe” marked by symptoms of intense nervousness caused by seeing great art).

Santa Maria Novella

151 properties

Ready to cut your teeth on 20th century Italian art? Museo Novecento’s got just the collection. Afterward, let an espresso buzz you through Santa Maria Novella’s Gothic Basilica. Next door is Italy’s oldest apothecary and perfumery (1221), where aromatic elixirs steep in decanted bottles, and chemists still concoct colognes from the past.

Duomo

149 properties

Florence’s heart beats in Brunelleschi’s dome. A Florentine skyline without this Gothic cathedral? Unthinkable! Did you remember your camera? So did everyone else. Perfect the Italian art of navigating crowds sans that lens to your eye, and take in the dome’s milky greens and pinks in the melting morning light.

Tornabuoni

107 properties

Gucci certainly approves of the high-fashion boutiques that abound in his hometown. Heels and cobblestone? Not a problem for the Florentine female. This block is a who’s who crash course of Italian high fashion–from Armani to Versace and everyone in between. Even the air smells expensive. Window-shop your heart out, honey.

Piazzale Michelangelo

53 properties

Hot, hungry, and dreaming of pecorino? Sounds like you made it through the tree-lined streets to the heights of Piazzale Michelangelo. The Duomo looms high above the terracotta rooftops. A few flights up, you’ll find the prettiest church in Florence called San Miniato. Picnic among the ornate tombstones of the church’s cemetery (if you dare).

Local Tips for Florence

San Miniato al Monte Abbey
Alice by Alice

Alice lived in Florence as a student and believes the romantic city offers a timeless appeal.

For breathtaking views of Florence minus the crowds, the 11th Century San Miniato al Monte Abbey is a must visit! Set on a serene hilltop above Piazzale Michelangelo, the basilica features medieval interiors. Lucky visitors may experience the chanting of the Gregorian monks at sunset.

  • Via Delle Porte Sante, 34 - 50125
  • www.sanminiatoalmonte.it
  • Open Monday–Sunday 08:00–13:00 and 15:30–19:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Le Buchette del Vino
Elena by Elena

A born and bred Tuscan, Elena is an adventurous traveler who always has her suitcase ready to go!

Scattered throughout the city Buchette del Vino ‘wine portholes’ are remnants of where noble Florentines would sell wine in the 16th Century. Often built into a palace’s façade, there are roughly 80 across the city – some decorated and others with original family inscriptions.

  • Palazzo Capponi (between Via de’ Bardi and Piazza Santa Maria in Soprarno)
Giardino Torrigiani
Andrea by Andrea

Having lived in Florence his entire life – 29 years, Andrea is an expert on the Renaissance city!

Hidden behind the city walls between Piazza Tasso and Porta Romana, is a beautiful secret garden. Owned by an ancient Florentine family, Giardino Torrigiani is a lush retreat dotted with grand houses and has an enchanting feel. Tours are available in English and Italian.

I'Margaritaio Cocktail Bar
Giorgio by Giorgio

Intrepid traveler Giorgio believes the best way to experience a destination is to follow the locals!

If you’re looking for killer cocktails and a fun atmosphere in the city centre, then this is your place! I’Margaritaio serves classic cocktails with a twist, like the Calabrian Mojito mixed with licorice and hot pepper. The frozen margaritas are a happy hour crowd favourite.

Vasari Corridor
Roisin by Roisin

Roisin loves to wander Florence’s maze of ancient streets, in search of hidden treasures.

The Vasari Corridor is a painting-lined passageway, linking the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace. Once a private corridor for the Medici family, this tucked away gem can only be visited by booking an appointment in advance.

Stibbert Museum
Matteo by Matteo

Born in Rome and educated in London, Matteo loves socialising with friends over an expensive meal.

The Stibbert Museum is a unique and extensive collection of weaponry and impressive suits of armour. The rare house museum features many rooms that have been individually furnished to invoke different time periods. Afterwards you can wander the enchanting little garden and lake!

Gelateria De' Medici
Elisabetta by Elisabetta

Australian Elisabetta has lived in Italy for 3 years and appreciates a wide range of cuisines.

If scooping delicious fruit flavoured sorbets out of the actual fruits themselves sounds like heaven to you, then head to Gelateria De’ Medici. Popular with locals and tourists alike, this ultimate desert experience features a variety of gelato flavours including gorgonzola and rice!

Santo Spirito Flea Market
Romina by Romina

Originally from the land down under, Aussie Romina is a globetrotting bargain hunter!

Every second Sunday of the month the Piazza Santo Spirito comes to life with a bustling flea market! Delight in the eclectic mix of vintage goods including clothing, furniture and books. It’s a great place to scout for bargains or simply sit back and people-watch.

  • Piazza Santo Spirito - 50125
Bellariva/Nannini Pool
Michelle by Michelle

Michelle traveled to Florence to learn Italian but stayed to live inspired by the city’s beauty.

If you’re visiting Florence in summer then the Bellarive pool is the perfect place to escape the heat! Located next to the Arno River, you can enjoy splashing around in the cool waters or relax in the sun. There’s also a children’s pool, spacious shady lawn areas and a restaurant.

  • Lungarno Aldo Moro, 6 - 50136
Gelateria Il Sorriso
Nikos by Nikos

Nikos loves playing tour guide for his family and friends in Florence, and once had a food fight!

Escape the throngs of tourists and discover your own piece of sweet paradise at Gelateria Il Sorriso. Serving generous portions for reasonable prices, there’s flavours for both the conservative and adventurous. Try the peach yoghurt laced with cinnamon, or the ricotta!

Santa Margherita de' Cerchi Church
Giulia by Giulia

South African born, Giulia is a working mum who loves exploring nature parks and hidden gems.

Fall in love with Santa Margherita de’ Cerchi, an ancient church so tiny it’s almost a chapel. Known as the Church of Dante, it was here that Dante was said to have met his beloved Beatrice. Visitors leave notes in a basket next to her shrine, asking for blessings in their love life.

  • Via Santa Margherita - 50122
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Recommended in Florence

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Florence for food?

You need to visit the Mercato centrale (first floor) the coolest place to eat and drink in Firenze The food is all cooked fresh with fresh ingredients and you can watch them prepare it, the variety is amazing for local foods pizza's, pasta, fish and meat all on offer at great prices The staff are brilliant and helpful always with a big smile Hundreds of locals use it to eat in so it has to be good it is open all day till midnight great for young and old alike This is a must do if in Firenze.........

Uffizi gallery, Palazzo Pitti gallery, Accademia gallery. Buy your tickets on the internet in order to avoid the long lines! Or buy the Florence Card! Duomo including climbing the cupola and the bell tower and visiting the beautiful Battistero - all for €10 altogether, in a single ticket. Also: Medici Chapel, Santa Croce church with the famous tombs, and Santa Maria Novella church. And lots more.... And there is beauty everywhere in Florence...

Several museums offer a reservation service. You can book your ticket up to one day before visiting at additional 4 EUR added to the ticket price. Another alternative is buying Florence city card which entitles you to enter most of the attractions and skip the line. However, the cost is 72 EUR, so if you do not plan to visit many attractions, it is better to use the option with reservation.

The art tended to be historic in nature. I was thrown when one of the art galleries had an exhibition of modern art. I thought this meant contemporary art but in fact it was art in the last century! We were fortunate to have left visits to 2 main art galleries on a Sunday when access was free.

To stand before Machiavelli's and Michelangelo's grave monuments in Santa Groce and think on all the years, people have taken care of the place, gives magnificent feeling. There is some hope for mankind, if such individuals have lived, and the monuments are kept and cared for so long.

We had a personal guide that we hired recommended by our hotel who gave us more insight into the stories behind the scenes which was invaluable.

Buy the Firenze card, skip the queues. Go out early. Walk. Go down side streets. Go to places away from the centre to get Florence to yourself.

Most shops are expensive ones however in the market we found great leather things with great prices

Transportation

Florence Transportation

Air

Florence Peretola is the city’s main airport, just a 15-minute taxi ride from the city centre for a cost of 20 EUR. A cheaper option is the Vola in Bus shuttle, 10 EUR will get you a return trip from the airport to Firenze Santa Maria Novella – the city’s main train station. The service runs every half an hour from 05:30-01:00 and tickets can be purchased on board or at a ticket office. Car hire is also available at the airport.

Train

Firenze Santa Maria Novella (SMN) is the city’s main train station. Services are ideal for day trips around Tuscany but not used for travel within the city. Tickets are available from automatic ticket machines or online, remember to stamp your ticket at the machine on the platform before boarding. Buses and taxis depart from the southern exit of the station (near the chemist's).

Bus

Florence is a compact city which is easily explored on foot. The city buses (orange or red-and-white in colour) are best used to discover the outer suburbs or to access Piazzale Michelangelo. Services run from 06:00 to 01:00. Tickets can be purchased from newspaper kiosks and tobacconists for EUR 1.20, or on board for EUR 2. Each ticket is valid for 90 minutes after you stamp it in the machine when boarding the bus.

Taxi

Taxis in Florence can be expensive and are only necessary when travelling to or from your accommodation with luggage. White in colour, taxis cannot be hailed on the street, but can be called or found at the many taxi ranks across the city. Fares consist of a fixed rate plus extra fees for time and distance, and are slightly more expensive in the evening.

Tram

The Tramvia tram system in Florence connects Santa Maria Novella Train Station with the outer suburb of Scandicci in a 25 minute trip. This T1 line has 14 stops, running every 3-12 minutes from 05:00 to 00:00. Tickets can bought on board at 2 EUR for 90 minutes, and be sure to validate it once you enter the tram.

Car

Florence’s city centre is protected from traffic by the ZTL (limited traffic zone), which requires a permit to travel through. These are hard to obtain, and without them hefty fines apply. Parking is pricey and must be outside the ZTL. If you plan to venture out of Florence then solutions would be to rent a car at the airport or hire a driver with a ZTL permit.

Food in Florence

Top Restaurants in Florence

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I Due Fratellini
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Cantinetta dei Verrazzano
  • Via dei Tavolini, 18/20r - 50122
  • Open Monday–Saturday 08:00–21:00, Sunday 10:00–16:30.
  • 0039 055268590
Mid-Range Fare
International
Hard Rock Cafe Florence
Upscale Dining
Italian
Robiglio
  • Via de' Tosinghi, 11r - 50123
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–20:00.
  • 0039 055215013
Upscale Dining
Cafe
Caffè Giacosa
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Italian
Pizzeria O'Vesuvio
Upscale Dining
Italian
La Grotta Guelfa
  • Via Pellicceria, 5r - 50122
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–22:30.
  • 0039 055210042
Mid-Range Fare
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Caffe Giacosa
  • Piazza Strozzi 1, 50123
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00–20:00.
  • 0039 0552776328
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Procacci
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Hostaria Bibendum
Upscale Dining
Italian
Oliviero
  • Via delle Terme, 51r - 50123
  • Open Monday–Saturday 19:00–23:30.
  • 0039 055212421
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Obika Mozzarella Bar
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I' Mangiarino
Upscale Dining
Italian
Caffe' Coquinarius
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Desserts
Grom
  • Via del Campanile, 2 - 50122
  • Open Monday–Sunday 10:30–00:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
  • www.grom.it
  • 0039 055216158
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Fiaschetteria Nuvoli
Upscale Dining
Italian
Enoteca Alessi
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ChiaroScuro
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I'Margaritaio Cocktail Bar
Upscale Dining
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Ora d'Aria
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Circus
  • Piazza della Signoria, 34r - 50122
  • Open Monday–Sunday 08:00–23:45.
  • 0039 055294553
Upscale Dining
Italian
Brown Sugar Lounge Bar
  • Via della Condotta, 3 - 50122
  • Open Tuesday–Sunday 08:00–00:00.
  • 0039 055217031
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Antico Fattore
  • Via Lambertesca, 1/3r - 50122
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 19:00–00:00.
  • 0039 055288975
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Osteria Vecchio Vicolo
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Cacio Vino Trallalla'
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