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Adriana
Miami

Florence

Two days in Florence

Hi I will be staying in Florence for two days in May. What are the places and things I must do. Also I was reading they have a day trip to Cinque Terre - is it worth it? Also if you know any great affordable hotels/hostels please let me know!


5 Answers

answered by
Sue from Vancouver

We just spent some time in Florence with our family.  If there are any museums you want to go to, definitely book online in advance so you avoid the queues.  

We went to Gallery of The Academy to see the statue of David but didn't book more museums than that as we were travelling with our three kids.

You definitely want to see the Ponte Vecchio (we went during the day and night).

Our best meal was at Trattoria Sostanza, their butter chicken was incredible and they are known for their steaks.  I would suggest making a reservation as it is a small restaurant.

We also did a pizza and gelato making tour which was fun for all ages.  http://www.viator.com/tours/Florence/Florence-Super-Saver-Wine-and-Olive-Oil-Tasting-Plus-Gelato-and-Pizza-Cooking-Class/d519-5049SUPERSAVER

The cinque terre is amazing but if you only have two days in Florence, it would be hard to see both.

Have a great trip,
Sue


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gallery of The Academy (attraction)
  2. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
  3. Trattoria Sostanza (restaurant)
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top answer by
Matthew from Prescott

First off Cinque Terre is a wonderful place to explore and well worth the time. However with only two days in Florence, a city I would easily recommend 4-5 days for, it would be foolish to try and visit a whole other destination.

Uffizi Gallery is the home to the greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere. While you are at the Uffizi head to the cafe and take your beverage of choice to the balcony and enjoy the marvelous view. Gallery of The Academy houses Michelangelo's David and is worth a visit. Piazza del Duomo is the heart of the city and provides the chance to watch artists try to entice visitors to buy their crafts. It also shows off the centerpiece of the city, the Duomo. Climb its bell tower for a grand overview of the city. Take the tour inside the dome to come up close and personal to scenes of the Divine Comedy by Domenico di Michelino from 1465; fascinating. The Medici Chapel gives you another chance to gander at Michelangelo's work.

When you are ready to be outside for a while try some gelato from any of the numerous vendors. Don't order to big, instead try several different smaller portions spread out throughout the day; they are very rich and meant to be enjoyed a little at a time. Florence will also try dazzle you with its many fashionable stores, and window shopping can easily provide entertainment while consuming your gelato.

Try the Pitti Palace and its Boboli gardens for strolls they way they were meant to be taken.

Avoid the restaurants along the river next to Ponte Vecchio, the views are nice, but they are hunting for tourists and don't provide the best food or prices that Florence has to offer.

If you are really into art and history and seeing a great deal of what Florence has to offer consider the Firenze Card. It's a 72 hour pass that lets you into a number of attractions and their special exhibits, most importantly you have the opportunity to skip the line which can be invaluable. If you feel that the card is to much or you are only interested in a few sites, at the very least make reservations for The Uffizi and The Academy; with only two days you don't want to spend half of that in line.

A semi hidden gem, in the fact that it gets skipped a lot is, Museo Galileo which has the ability to tickle the science funny bone and even show off three of his fingers.

If you feel like stretching your legs and getting one of the best views of the city hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo. (Sunset or sunrise can be particularly nice) While your in the neighborhood you could drop in on the 11th century church Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte.

Reasonably priced hotels options are: Hotel il Bargellino, Casa Rabatti, Hotel Enza, Hotel Dali, Hotel Cardinal of Florence, Locanda de' Ciompi, Hotel il Duca, Hotel Lorena or Katti House. The are all descent hotels with varying prices and amenities, find what works for you.

Thank you,

Travelationship.com


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Uffizi Gallery (attraction)
  2. Gallery of The Academy (attraction)
  3. Piazza del Duomo (attraction)
  4. Medici Chapel (attraction)
  5. Pitti Palace (hotel)
  6. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
  7. Museo Galileo (attraction)
  8. Piazzale Michelangelo (attraction)
  9. Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte (attraction)
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answered by
Damian from Rosario

Hi!

I think you can cross it in two days, but it depends on what you want to do.

In Florence you can visit the following:

You can rent Segway to explore the city, the place is located in front of the Pitti Palace.


- Uffizi Gallery


- Piazza del Duomo

- Campanile di Giotto

- The Baptistery of St. John

- Santa Croce


- Piazza della Signoria



- Palazzo Vecchio


- Ponte Vecchio


- Boboli Gardens


- Gallery of The Academy

Piazzale Michelangelo



Good trip!

Damian.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pitti Palace (hotel)
  2. Uffizi Gallery (attraction)
  3. Piazza del Duomo (attraction)
  4. Campanile di Giotto (attraction)
  5. The Baptistery of St. John (attraction)
  6. Santa Croce (attraction)
  7. Piazza della Signoria (attraction)
  8. Palazzo Vecchio (attraction)
  9. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
  10. Boboli Gardens (attraction)
  11. Gallery of The Academy (attraction)
  12. Piazzale Michelangelo (attraction)
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answered by
Gaia from Chicago

Hi Adriana! :)

First stop in Florence is downtown, from the Dome, to the central neighborhood of Basilica of San Lorenzo and to Ponte Vecchio. BUT don't forget to cross the River Arno and go to Piazza della Signoria (its gardens are breath-taking) and to Piazzale Michelangelo for a view over the city. Good places where to stay are the Plus Florence Hostel -more central- and the Hostel 7 Santi -near the stadium. Also, if you still have time visit the small but ancient city of Fiesole, very close to Florence and easy to reach.

And yes, Cinqueterre is worth the trip: don't miss it!

Enjoy your stay! 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Basilica of San Lorenzo (attraction)
  2. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
  3. Piazza della Signoria (attraction)
  4. Piazzale Michelangelo (attraction)
  5. Plus Florence Hostel (attraction)
  6. Hostel 7 Santi (restaurant)
  7. Fiesole (attraction)
  8. Cinqueterre (city)
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answered first by
Kathy from Wilmington

Just wander around center of Florence and see the beautiful art. Lots to see all I. The central area. Cinque Terre is wonderful but not if you only have 2 days in florence


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Florence (city)
  2. Cinque Terre (region)
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