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Florence

One Day in Florence...but no museum?

we're going to Florence this May and will have one full day plus a morning. Anyone has any suggestion what sights should be on the list if you're not too much into museums?



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Richardson

Hmmmn, I don't know...are you interested in tall, well-built young men who are completely naked? The David at the Accademmia might be a must-see for you ;-) I believe that this now has timed tickets, so it's something you want to arrange in advance.

Ditto with the Uffizi - timed tickets that you should arrange in advance. What's there? Venus on the Half Shell - OK, "the Birth of Venus" by Botticelli...

You'll want to see the Ponte Vecchio, although you may recognize it better from views from along the Arno rather than on the bridge itself (most photos are taken from along the Arno back towards the bridge).

And if you go to Piazza Michelangelo, you'll get that great view of Florence from somewhat of a higher elevation, so the Duomo stands out (this is where many of the photos of the Duomo are taken).

In my case, I had to go visit the tomb of Machiavelli at Santa Croce, but most people may not be into that ;-)

Bill




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Well florence is renowned for its history, Piazza della Signoria is its most famous square, you can relive the old times here. Then there are cathedrals and monasteries, which will remind you of another era.




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

I haven't yet been into either the Uffizi or the accademia and have spent well over 5 days in Florence itself.

You can see a replica of the mostly-naked young man in Piazza della Signoria, so that's ok. :-)

*Walk the historical centre, enjoying the architecture and the history. Pop into any church which is open: most are ancient, most are stuffed with works of art.

*Make sure you visit the Bargello district and get a gelato from Vivoli ('the best ice-cream in Florence'..their 'Fantasia' flavour really is superb):

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*Take yourself across the Ponte Vecchio and make a visit to the Boboli gardens (May will be a lovely time). Don't queue up for your ticket at the Pitti Palace: keep walking and a bit further on you'll find another entrance with no queues:

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* Visit San Lorenzo Market:

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and the Mercato Centrale:

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and for a much less tourist-directed experience, find Sant'Ambrogio market:

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* Go into the Duomo (free, but there will be a queue) then pay to explore the ancient remains of Santa Reparata which lie beneath it:

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* Take the bus (12 or 13) from the bus station outside Florence Santa Maria Novella station up to Piazza Michaelangelo, for stunning views of the city and a vist to the pink-and-white San Miniato al Monte. Time your visit to this ancient church to be there for around 5pm and you'll hear monks chanting plainsong around the shrine on the same spot they have done so for over 1000 years (not the same monks, obviously!). Bus times and route info in English here:

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* Take the bus up to pretty, green Fiesole:

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for an late afternoon or evening wander with excellent views of the city below (perhaps a meal as well?). Buses leave regularly but not from SMN. My tip has info:

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Just echoing the opinions of some of the other posters here...

Yes, Piazzale Michelangelo is a must for one of the most glorious panoramas of the city:
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And San Miniato and the cemetery while you're up there:
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Basilica Santa Croce - where Michelangelo is buried:
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Yes, of course the Duomo but you really only need to see the exterior if time is tight:
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The interior of the Baptistry is much more impressive than that of the Duomo:
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Piazza Della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi; definitely:
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A walk down to see Ponte Vecchio:
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And we enjoyed a walk through Piazza Santissima Annunziata very much:
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There are also a couple more churches I could recommend - mostly for the art - but if you're not into museums, I'm guessing you might not be interested in those?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Miami

The beauty of Florence is much more than the museums - for those such as yourself who do not plan on visiting them.
Florence just jumps out at you with sheer beauty of cobble stoned streets, ancient buildings, beautiful displays, delicious food, history...I could go on and on, it was our favorite city in Italy.
Simply walking will allow you to find something you will no doubt be happy with.
As others have mentioned, the copy of David but also many other beautiful statues in Piazza della Signora all surrounding the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio and flanked by the Uffizi Gallery.
As you walk the corridor of the Uffizi it opens up to the river and from there, you look to the right and you have the Ponte Vecchio.
Walking the streets will find you some wonderful food, trattorias, gelatto shops, etc.
Then there's the Duomo, etc.
Finally, go to Piazzale Michelangelo for a gorgeous view of the city and sunset if you can get there.
You can walk there (as we did) albeit a long but I thought worth it walk and take a bus from there back to town.
Buses run from the Piazzale and stop directly under the replica of David atop the Piazzale.

You will love Florence and want to return for a longer stay - I'm betting on it.

Homer




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Vail

Thank you so much for all of you suggestion. I think I'll have a pretty good idea now to create a 2 day sightseeing tour for us :)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Liverpool

Just to agree with the above suggestions, especially Santa Croce. A good walk around Florence is a joy every few yards.
I'll add one suggestion for the great Duomo. If you're feeling fit then climb to the top of the dome. You get to enjoy a close up view of the fresco's of demons and naked naughty people thrown down to hell, and the usual boring rightious people. At the top of the dome there is a large viewing gallery with superb views across Florence and of the Duomo's campanille. On a nice day is it well worth the climb.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Glassboro

One of the things I tell people who don't really know what they want to see in any city is to go to google maps and just type in what is there to see in Florence and google will show you a map with little balloons all over it. Each balloon is a different attraction and will normally have a web site listed with it. Often they will also show you many outdoor squares and often bridges to see as well. As I said I often tell people this because suggesting something isn't what I normally like to do, just because I thought a place was a great place to see doesn't mean the person I am talking to will. The one thing I will tell you to see is the Ponte Vecchio bridge.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Canada

Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Boboli, Accademia Museum. Buy tickets in advance or you will be sorry.
Enjoy




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

You do not need to buy tickets in advance online for the Boboli gardens. You can just walk a little further down Via Romana (about 300m) and get your tickets for the garden from the its entrance on that road, without having to join the often long queues at the Pitti.





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