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We love Florence. We live here for half of the year, 90 days at a time because we do not have a residence visa.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

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24 Places

Antica Gelateria Fiorentina

Restaurants

Locanda del Salimbecco

Restaurants

Il Porcospino

Restaurants

Centro Storico

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy

Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours

MCF Mercato Centrale Firenze

Restaurants

Uffizi Galleries

Art Museums

Piazza del Duomo

Historic Walking Areas

Palazzo Vecchio

Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Piazzale Michelangelo

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Piazza della Signoria

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica di Santa Croce

History Museums

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Art Museums, History Museums

Campanile di Giotto

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts

Accademia Gallery

Speciality Museums

Palazzo Pitti

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Battistero di San Giovanni

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Piazza della Repubblica

Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Giardino di Boboli

Gardens

Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti

Art Museums

Fantastic Florence

Sightseeing Tours

James C's City Tips

  • Taxi from the airport is a fixed price of 20 euros plus 1 euro per bag. A train or bus will get you to many other cities in an hour or so for very little cost.
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    Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    James C Says:

    This is the best value in Florence for gelato. They make their gelato fresh everyday and it is the lease expensive gelateria in town. We go there almost every day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Amarina is my favorite.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 2,441 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty and a bargain! 20/09/2018
    • Great icecream and really great customer service 31/08/2018
    • Antica Gelateria Fiorentina
    Address:
    Via Faenza n. 2A
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 320 848 5018
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun
    3:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    12:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
    Other:
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    Locanda del Salimbecco
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    James C Says:

    We live in Florence and this is one of our favorite restaurants. Everything is made fresh in house. The staff is so friendly and helpful to foreigners. They have a wide selection of food to choose from and everything is delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress very casually.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Awesome restaurant! 29/03/2016
    • Amazing steaks 11/01/2016
    • Locanda del Salimbecco
    Address:
    Via del Canto Dei Nelli 38/r
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 264 5817
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    Il Porcospino
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Italian, Mediterranean)
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    James C Says:

    The happy and cheerful staff will make sure that you have an enjoyable mealtime experience. The steaks are really good. This is another one of our favorite places to eat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress is casual.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #620 of 2,441 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • FUN AND HUGE APEROLS 19/09/2018
    • Great service, good location, average food. 10/09/2018
    • Il Porcospino
    Address:
    12 R Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 11
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 217700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Centro Storico
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    James C Says:

    Centro is where it is at. All of the major squares are here and most of the museums as well. Shopping is great, whether you use the department stores or the literally hundreds of street vendors who set up their stalls along the streets. If you eat at one of the restaurants in the squares, be prepared to pay a bit more than the equally good restaurants just half block off the squares.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It would take a week to see all of the museums and sights. Don't just come for a day. You will miss so much.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Never go to Florence city center by car 19/09/2018
    • An open air Museum 16/09/2018
    • Centro Storico
    Phone:
    +39 347 595 4100
    Other:
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    Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
    Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours
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    James C Says:

    They have a lot of nice tours to choose from but one of the best is the waking tour of Florence.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes for the walking tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 396 Tours in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top Marks! Go with ArtViva! 20/09/2018
    • The Original Florence Walk 16/09/2018
    • Artviva: The Original & Best Tours Italy
    Address:
    Via Dei Sassetti 1
    Second Floor
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 264 5033
    Hours:
    Sun
    8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    MCF Mercato Centrale Firenze
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Fast food, Mediterranean, Soups, Grill)
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    James C Says:

    Mercato centrale is the largest markets in Florence. The lower level is filled with vendors selling meats of every kind and fresh vegetables. You can gain ten pounds just walking around looking at all of the great things to eat. Upstairs are restaurants and bars with a wide variety of food to choose from. There is also a cooking school that you can enroll in or just watch through the glass wall.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a very large market so plan to spend at least an hour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #395 of 2,441 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Upmarket foodcourt with a vibrant atmosphere 03/09/2018
    • Upmarket food court with a terrific variety of artisanal food 06/08/2018
    • MCF Mercato Centrale Firenze
    Address:
    Via dell'Ariento 10
    Piazza del Mercato Centrale
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 239 9798
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 12:01 a.m.
    Other:
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    Uffizi Galleries
    Art Museums
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    James C Says:

    This is the one museum that you must visit when you come to Florence. Make a reservation so that you can skip the line and get right in. There is so much art it boggles the mind. Be sure to look up at the ceiling. I has many very"interesting" paintings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make a reservation to skip the long lines.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonder of the World! 20/09/2018
    • Inspiring 20/09/2018
    • Uffizi Galleries
    Address:
    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Piazza del Duomo
    Historic Walking Areas
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    James C Says:

    This church is awesome! We live here and walk by it every day and never cease to be amazed at its beauty. You can climb to the top of the dome but the lines are long to do that. The bell tower is also available to climb up and the lines there are not as long. Be sure to visit the baptistery as well. Tickets for everything in this square are available just beside the church. The museum is behind the church and is being renovated, but it is still open.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a must see.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 20/09/2018
    • splurge for the early morning tour! 20/09/2018
    • Piazza del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo
    Florence
    Italy
    Other:
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    Palazzo Vecchio
    Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    James C Says:

    This is the square where the government of Florence is. It is next to the Uffizi Gallery and there are also many statues in the square in front of the palazzo. This is a very historic building.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Have a glass of wine and just enjoy the flavor of Florence.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to enjoy the essence of the many piazzas 20/09/2018
    • Sightseeing 20/09/2018
    • Palazzo Vecchio
    Address:
    Piazza della Signoria
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 276 8465
    Hours:
    Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Fri - Wed
    9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Churches & Cathedrals, Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    James C Says:

    This church is awesome! We live here and walk by it every day and never cease to be amazed at its beauty. You can climb to the top of the dome but the lines are long to do that. The bell tower is also available to climb up and the lines there are not as long. Be sure to visit the baptistery as well. Tickets for everything in this square are available just beside the church. The museum is behind the church and is being renovated, but it is still open.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Pack your patience. The lines are long.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect Beauty of Italian History 20/09/2018
    • Beautiful inside, massive and iconic 20/09/2018
    • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Address:
    Via della Canonica, 1
    Piazza del Duomo
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Other:
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    Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
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    James C Says:

    This bridge has many shops selling gold and jewelry. This was the only bridge that was no destroyed in World War II. Hitler spared the bridge when the Nazi's left because above the shops is the Vasari Corridor with one of the largest collection of portraits in the world. There is a tour of the corridor that is well worth going on if you like history and art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Great place for that special gift or remembrance.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A busy place 20/09/2018
    • Unique site to see 20/09/2018
    • Ponte Vecchio
    Address:
    Via Por Santa Maria
    Via Guicciardini
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294290
    Other:
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    Piazzale Michelangelo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    James C Says:

    Great views are available from this plaza, which overlooks the Arno River and the historic center of Florence which is dominated by the Duomo. This is the place to get good pictures of the city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring you camera and take lots of pictures.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do not miss this while you are in Florence! 20/09/2018
    • Gorgeous 20/09/2018
    • Piazzale Michelangelo
    Address:
    Viale Michelangelo
    50125, Florence
    Italy
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    Piazza della Signoria
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    James C Says:

    There are many statues in this piazza, including a copy of the statue of David. It is next to the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of government.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Plan to take lots of pictures.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fascinating square 20/09/2018
    • Great spot in Florence 20/09/2018
    • Piazza della Signoria
    Phone:
    01087284615
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
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    Basilica di Santa Croce
    History Museums
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    James C Says:

    Beautiful church overlooking a large square. Inside is gorgeous. There is also a leather school behind the Abbey that is worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Another great place to just enjoy being in Florence.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much history 20/09/2018
    • Basilica di Santa Croce / Firenze 20/09/2018
    • Basilica di Santa Croce
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Croce 16
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 246 6105
    Other:
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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    James C Says:

    This museum is behind the Duomo and contains the "Doors of Paradise" and one of Michelangelo's Pietas. The ticket to the Duomo, Baptistery and the museum can be purchased beside the Duomo.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get the combined ticket for the Duomo, Baptistery, and museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a surprise favorite 20/09/2018
    • Don't miss this, Fabulous 15/09/2018
    • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo 9
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Campanile di Giotto
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers
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    James C Says:

    You can climb to the top of this beautiful bell tower for a great view of the city.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You need to be in good shape to climb to the top.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view from the top! 20/09/2018
    • Campanile di Giotti / Florence 20/09/2018
    • Campanile di Giotto
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo
    Historical Center
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts
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    James C Says:

    This church is off the beaten path a bit, but the view from the plaza in front of the church is even better than the one from Piazza Michelangelo. Read the history of this church before you come. It is fascinating.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • This is worth the trip just for the view.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful church with view of Florence 15/09/2018
    • Basilica San Miniato al Monte / Florence 15/09/2018
    • Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Address:
    Via delle Porte Sante 34
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 234 2731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Accademia Gallery
    Speciality Museums
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    James C Says:

    David! David alone makes this the one museum that you must visit. There are lots of other things to see here, but David will take your breath away. I hated to leave this museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It will be hard to leave David.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See the original David! 20/09/2018
    • Awesome 20/09/2018
    • Accademia Gallery
    Address:
    Via Ricasoli 58 - 60
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8612
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
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    Palazzo Pitti
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    James C Says:

    It would take a couple of days to see everything in this museum. It is amazing. The gardens behind the museum are a nice place to just walk around and take in the flavor of Florence.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • This place is HUGE!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love! 20/09/2018
    • Lots of walking 19/09/2018
    • Palazzo Pitti
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Pitti 1
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Other:
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    Battistero di San Giovanni
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    James C Says:

    This baptistery is being renovated so the outside is completely covered by scaffolding and canvas, but it is painted to look like it will be when it is completed. The ceiling in it is a sight to behold. The ticket for the Duomo includes this as well.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get the combined ticket for the Duomo, Baptistery, and museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not to be missed 20/09/2018
    • The glitter of gold is everywhere! 18/09/2018
    • Battistero di San Giovanni
    Address:
    Piazza di San Giovanni
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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    Piazza della Repubblica
    Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    James C Says:

    Great plaza with good restaurants and shops. There is nearly always a street performer playing good music. If you have kids or want to act like one, there is a merry-go-round to ride on.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Enjoy the street performers here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More than Beautiful! 18/09/2018
    • Ancient Roman center of Florence 12/09/2018
    • Piazza della Repubblica
    Other:
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    Giardino di Boboli
    Gardens
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    James C Says:

    These gardens are behind the Pitti Palace and are a nice place to just take a long stroll.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is the place for peace and quiet.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • Remark - ticket office 20/09/2018
    • Extreme disappointment 18/09/2018
    • Giardino di Boboli
    Address:
    Piazza Dei Pitti 1
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 265 1838
    Other:
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    Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti
    Art Museums
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    James C Says:

    Great museum. There are so many pieces of fine art it is hard to imagine the wealth of the the Medici family.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Plan to take lots of pictures.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Palace and Gardens 15/09/2018
    • Mixed feellings - probably too much of the same minimizes the experience 08/09/2018
    • Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti
    Address:
    Amici di Palazzo Pitti
    Piazza Pitti 1
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 55 2388614
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
    Other:
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    Fantastic Florence
    Sightseeing Tours
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    James C Says:

    Francesca is the best guide in Florence. She is like an encyclopedia of knowledge about Florence and its history. Take a private tour with her if you can. You will see and learn about more in half a day than if you took several tours with a large group. If you can't arrange a private tour, try to get a small group tour with her. She is the best.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • She is the best guide to see Florence with.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 396 Tours in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous 31/07/2018
    • Recorded Our Amazing Tour! 28/07/2018
    • Fantastic Florence
    Address:
    Via di Ugnano 59g
    50126, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 347 608 9195
    Other:
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