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Florence was highly rated for art by 814 guests from the United States!

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Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Florence start with?

Berit
Berit, Norway

29 days ago Report

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...

How can you enjoy the sights in Florence while avoiding the crowds?

Joanna
Joanna, France

10 days ago Report

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.

Why do you recommend Florence for food?

Steven
Steven, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

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.........

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Florence?

Anonymous, Unknown location

22 days ago Report

My room was very accommodating. My only "con" was that the shower got clogged and my family and I had to turn the shower water off in between lathering up with soap and rinsing off so that the standing water in the shower would have a chance to drain out. Other than that it was a pleasant stay.

What is it in Florence that makes history come to life?

Maie
Maie, Estonia

4 days ago Report

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.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Florence?

Tufriel
Tufriel, Singapore

29 days ago Report

Spend the day wandering around the Uffizi and the Duomo (for a more enriching experience join a tour or two especially to gain access to exclusive areas, rent an audioguide or download a walking tour audioguide on your phone), have a coffee in Piazza Republica in the evening, followed by dinner at a trattoria nearby, then walk around to Ponte Vecchio to enjoy a live performance

Is there more to shopping in Florence than just brand-name stores?

Susan
Susan, Canada

25 days ago Report

We loved walking in the residential area just off the main tourist area and discovering small shops filled with Italian-made linens and silk clothes....very European and reasonable prices. Best way to avoid the crowds and experience the true Florence.

What did you discover about the museums in Florence that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Mike_and_Raquel
Mike_and_Raquel, United States of America

12 days ago Report

Some museums include audio guides with numbers indicated for specific pieces of art. However, the Bargello Museum includes an audio guide with a number for each room that gives an overview of that room. You are given a list of room names in Italian with a number for each room but you are not given a map of the museum with the room names so you have to figure out which number corresponds to each room.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Florence.

Michail
Michail, Belgium

9 days ago Report

Not only Florence is the birthplace of Gucci, Pucci, Cavalli and Feragamo brands, but what is more, the area itself has a tradition in Leather goods which you can find in a vast range of prices and qualities. For good bargains (be ready to negotiate, don't go along with the first price you hear), go near Ponte Vecchio, on Via Por Santa Maria, in the outdoor market. A bigger outdoor market can also be found north of the Duomo. Same principle applies. If you want luxury leather goods, go to Via de Tornabuoni, where all the big fashion brands are located.

Why do people say Florence can be seen best by foot?

Lisa Carts
Lisa Carts, United States of America

14 days ago Report

You can walk through the entire city center - the older part with all the history, art, museums, and architecture. Many of the streets are pedestrian only, or mostly pedestrian, as car traffic takes other routes. There are many little places to discover and explore as you walk. I would only do Florence on foot, not in a tour bus or car.

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Florence.

Tinatin
Tinatin, Georgia

25 days ago Report

The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte,
Statue of David
Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazza della Signoria
Opera at St. Mark's Anglican Church
Cupola del Brunelleschi
Centro Storico
Piazza del Duomo
Loggia dei Lanzi
Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)
Basilica di Santa Croce
Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore
Museo di San Marco
Palazzo Vecchio
Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)
Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
Giardino Bardini
Uffizi Gallery
Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti
Vasari Corridor
Perseus Statue
Church of Santa Maria Novella

Describe the most beautiful church you visited in Florence.

Beryl
Beryl, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

San Miniato al Monte - a steep climb but the no.12 bus stops there. A peaceful place containing some beautiful art. Not too many visitors, unlike some of the other churches in Florence. I enjoyed as well the walk back down into the city.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

QT3_14
QT3_14, Canada

7 days ago Report

As soon as you cross to the south side of the Arno, prices for restaurants and gelaterias generally drop significantly but the quality is still excellent. It seems like they rely more on great food and service to survive rather than just being next to one of the big tourist attractions.

What's the best way to make the most of Florence by foot?

Nicola
Nicola, United Kingdom

13 days ago Report

Do a bit of research & prioritise what you want to do & see in advance of your trip then plan a route on a map. Allow plenty of time as the queues at the main landmarks can be very long. You can easily walk everywhere but as the museums can take a good 2 hours to walk around (plus your queueing time) be realistic about what you can fit in to each day. Do find a rooftop or head uphill to Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset over Florence - a magical experience.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Florence has to offer?

Chao77
Chao77, Thailand

8 days ago Report

I would recommend you go to yellow bar restaurant it closed to grand hotel Cavour. This is Italian homemade restaurant best in town.
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What makes Florence the best place to max out your credit cards?

Sumiyati
Sumiyati, Singapore

10 days ago Report

The Mall factory outlet is fantastic! Take shuttle bus from the central station costing 5 Euros/pax/trip. Ensure you claim taxes at The Mall itself. Spend less time claiming at customs/airport.

Some say romance is dead; how does Florence prove them wrong?

Steven
Steven, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

Even in a crowd you feel alone and nobody cares if you kiss and cuddle
The shops are great to treat each other and the Gelatarias are great to share a big tub looking at the amazing architecture and people

How was the wine culture different than what you'd experience at home?

Barbara
Barbara, United States of America

1 day ago Report

Italians are not prone to boasting about their wines. They KNOW that for centuries they have the best. They enjoy sharing what they like and watching your face to see how well they have chosen for you.

Why is the atmosphere in Florence something people rave about?

Leonard
Leonard, Canada

10 days ago Report

If you are in the downtown core, you could be in 15th century Florence with no effort. Florence is like walking through a living museum with great restaurants (try Florentine beefsteak---all that leather came from somewhere).

What's so impressive about the cathedrals in Florence?

Fred
Fred, South Africa

22 days ago Report

Every cathedral and church has a solid history to explore. The Duomo and the Dome and the Baptistry are incredible and beautiful. Check out Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Maria del Carmine. If you want to climb the Dome, a prebooked Duomo ticket will NOT allow you to bypass the long 2 hour queue for the Dome so you should get there at about 8 am before opening time.

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