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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2015
Only 2-3 hours in Florence with Family  (6 Answers)

Hello All, Virtual Tourist has helped me a lot in the past with my trip to France and Switzerland. Here I am seeking out suggestions once again. God-willing I'm going to go to Arezzo for personal work next week and I intend to travel to Florence for half-a-day. Excluding the travel time I would spend just 2-3 hours in Florence with my wife and my one (1) year old infant. Please advise me the 1 or 2 best places to check out in Florence in this short amount of time. I know this duration is enough just to have a bite of any place. Please note that I am going to carry a stroller along with me for the infant. I want to avoid extremely crowded areas and unsafe areas. All suggestions are welcome

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2015
AJ leather in florence  (1 Answer)

Has anyone shopped here? I was there is week and paid 450 Euro for a Bag. I was his Galileo bag. You can only get it there. Didn't really bargain with them because the store was so nice. Did I pay too much. I was going to buy a coat he offered to ship it for 850Euro. Should I bargain for this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2015
2 nights 1 full day  (4 Answers)

we are going to Florence for 2 nights in July . Please advise the best places to visit .. How we get the passes or ticket without a long Q. From were we can buy the tickets or passes?? Is it really hot summer by end of July?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2015
Train from Florence to Venice  (7 Answers)

We will be traveling from Florence to Venice by train. We will have two large suitcases plus a couple other small ones. What is the best 'class' level on the train to be sure we will have room for our luggage?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2015
Wait Times  (2 Answers)

How long is the wait to get into the Academia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2015
from 14-18/6/2015  (1 Answer)

any parties in florance in that time from 14 to 18/6

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2015
Shopping Guide or List of Recommended Shops for Leather?  (2 Answers)

I have been to Florence before and done the art and cathedrals thing, and while I love them, this time I will be concentrating on other things in Florence and Tuscany. I am planning one"Power Shopping Day" to buy myself a leather jacket and some Christmas gifts, and then hop a train or Viator excursion to Prada and The Mall.

I have gathered a short list of great leather shops on Trip Advisor and also seen the recommendations for Maren Erickson there and on every board/forum.Here's my quandary--- would I save time going to reputable leather places going with Maren or take my list (which includes Michelangelo Leathers). I know from past experience that sometimes a paying a guide for a few hours is worth it. Time in Florence for shopping will be limited and I still want a few hours to hit the Prada outlet too. Suggestions please!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2015
Restaurants in Venice and Florence  (4 Answers)

I asked this question in 'Venice' section and am repeating here.

While in Venice, we are staying in the Ghetto region. Looking for suggestions for lunch and dinner in that area or close by as we aren't all that mobile; we want to walk no more than a km for a meal. Looking for mid-range rather casual restaurants. Also in Florence for a week. There we are located near the Bargello National Museum. Suggestions welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2015
Vintage Door Knocker  (3 Answers)

My husband and I recently visited Florence, Italy. He fell in love with the door knockers. Our anniversary is coming up and I would like to surprise him with an authentic Italian door knocker. Any ideas on where I can buy one? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2015
Trains in Florence  (7 Answers)


Is it easy to get around Florence by train? By easy I mean do you have to reserve tickets or you can go to the station and buy your ticket cash? I want to be flexible.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2015
Florence and Pisa  (10 Answers)

Hi all, first of all I love this site, so helpful, thank you.

I am on a cruise ship (first time) and docking nearish to Florence & Pisa. I am not into organised timed excursions, as I like to amble around and take my time. Is there a way to visit both these places independently of the cruise ship? Bus train etc? Also any recommendations? Thank you in advance x

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2015
Things to do  (4 Answers)

I will be in each of these cities for 2-3 days each. What are your must see, do, or try activities in each city? Thanks for your ideas!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2015
one day in Florence  (8 Answers)

We shall be in Florence one day in mid June ' arriving withe train/
We need all the best tips to orgenize this visit for the best !!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2015
Our 2.5 Day Itinerary in Florence (First timers - Need advice!)  (14 Answers)

Greetings dear travellers! Me and the wife are going to Florence (for the first time!) this summer. With so many things to see, eat, and do, I can't help but make a detailed itinerary. We're newlyweds and kind of in a budget trip, so you might notice we're just hitting the panini stands and pasta/pizza to-go shops a lot.

Now I need some advice from seasoned travellers and Italian enthusiasts to know if our plan is possible, especially the museum/gallery trips and walking distances. Also, if you have some "YOU MUST DEFINITELY DO/SEE THIS..." advice, that would be awesome! By the way, we will be coming in by train from Venice and we're off to Cinque Terre after.

Without further ado, here's our 2.5 day Florence itinerary:

Florence (Day 1)

  • Arrive at train station
  • Check in at apartment
  • Lunch at Amorino Panino e Vino
  • Il Duomo di Firenze (Cupola, Campanile, Baptistery)
  • Dinner at I Due Fratellini
  • Buy wine from Enoteca Alessi
  • Lounge around Piazza della Signoria

Florence (Day 2)

  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Tuscan Food Cooking Tour (starts 10am):

          - Historical food market in Florence

          - Tuscan countryside cooking lesson with chef

            (arista, pizza, pasta, tiramisu, and gelato)

          - 4-course Tuscan lunch with Chianti wine

          - Receive a diploma, book and apron

  • Shop at Mercato San Lorenzo
  • Dinner at Sandwichic

Florence (Day 3)

  • Galleria degli Uffizi (and its café terrace)
  • Lunch at Mangia Pizza Firenze
  • Cross the Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti

          - Galleria Palatina and Boboli Gardens

  • Walk along the river to Piazza Poggi
  • Enjoy the sunset at Piazzale Michelangiolo
  • Dinner at All'Antico Vinaio
  • Lounge around Piazza della Repubblica

Florence (Day 4)

  • Train to Vernazza

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2015
Giuseppe Zanotti shoes  (1 Answer)

Hello, I was wondering if Giuseppe Zanotti's store at The Factory Outlet is any good and how much are the discounts usually. Is it worth going?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2015
Advice for San Gimignano day trip from Florence  (26 Answers)

We would like to tour a winery in the San Gimignano area and have some time to visit the city. Does anyone have advice for a bus tour or private tour from Florence? I will not rent a car and travel there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2015
Different bus from Amerigo Vespucci (airport) to Santa Maria Novella (train station)  (3 Answers)

I understand there is a bus named Volainbus that shuttles from the airport to the Florence train station every 1/2 hour for 6 euros one way. 1st question, how long is the 10 euro round trip ticket good after you validate it? 2nd question, is there a city bus that takes the same route for less? We went to Florence by train from Rome 2 years ago, so we are not familiar with the airport.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2015
Eat and Drink  (5 Answers)

Except the crowded places that we have to visit, where can spend our eat and drink time, to live like locals to Florence?
Staying is 2 nights.
Tanks and Grazzie !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
Night Life  (1 Answer)

Hi guys! Im organising a group of young Irish Art and Law students to visit Florence for a week. Does anyone know of great clubs and pubs? They're interested in meeting Italiens and other travelers. Good drink deals, music and anything else! Or if there are any evening shows or performances on that would also be superb. Also if anyone knows of cheap but delicious restaurants that would be great, thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2015
Day trips from Florence  (11 Answers)

What would your recommendations be for a day trip from Florence? I had originally considered Siena. However, others have suggested Pisa/Lucca or even Cinque Terre. We will be in Italy in April, so I do not know if the weather would be a factor for Cinque Terre.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2015
Hotel areas  (5 Answers)

I were advised by friends to stay away from hotels which are near to the train stations in Italy, for the reason that most of the area are mostly the glitzy part of town. It is not suitable area for family.

Just to confirmed and to ask for other traveller's observations. Have you observed the part of neighbourhood in which the hotel is in ?

Is Hotel Bonaficio and Hotel Donatello in the such area ?

Thanks so much for inputs

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2015
Recommended hotels please  (3 Answers)


we're planning to visit Florence somewhere in mid Oct this year. Looking for a hotel in a safe neighbourhood, 10-15 walk to SM train station, with safe in room and safe baggage storage. We're going out of town for another 2 nights before going back to Florence.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2015
Florence to Siena  (1 Answer)

Late April trip. Headed out of Florence on a Saturday around 10:30am to Siena with an overnight in Gaiole in Chianti. Planning on a couple of wineries on the way to Gaiole, and a couple on the way Sunday from Gaiole to Siena. How long should we plan for a winery tour/tasting? Are they open on Sundays? Suggestions for a decent itinerary that includes a lunch at a winery each day? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2015
Eating in Florence  (3 Answers)

My wife and I will be in Florence for three days in April, Any recommendations for restaurants would be greatly appreciated. Especially want to try Bistecca alla Fiorentina, also other local favorites. Price range is inexpenive to moderately expensive.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2015
Apartment in Florence  (5 Answers)

Hello, we are going to Florence in September and decided to stay in the apartment for the first time. We pre-booked "Boccaccio" on Via Benedetta. If anyone stayed there we would appreciate any information. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2015
Wheelchair friendly  (5 Answers)

I'm looking for information on Central hotels in Florence Italy that are wheelchair accessible and any other wheelchair user tourist advice. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2015
around the corner from Ghirlandaio's Last Supper at San Marco convent.  (2 Answers)

There is a peita in the same room as Ghirlandaio's Last Supper -- I read that the room is the refectory of the hostel of the San Marco convent. I have recollection of it being on the wall to my right as I faced the Ghirlandaio. It looks like glazed ceramic,(a little chipped), white with blue background, in an archway of fruit garland. Does anyone know what it is and by whom?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2015
Overnight Train From Paris  (4 Answers)

Traveling from Paris to Florence with a family of 5. Me, my wife and 3 children. What is the best and most economic way to book an overnight train from Paris to Florence. It's been a few years since the wife and i have visited Europe, but remember there are better ways to book travel by train than using the online sites available. Look forward to any and all tips.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2014
Florence stay over New Year  (6 Answers)

Hi, we will be travelling to Florence tomorrow, staying until 4th January. We would like to take the train on a couple of occasions to visit somewhere up to one hour away. We have been to Sienna a couple of time, we have stayed in Lucca and Pietrasanta; we didn't like Pisa! I was wondering about Bologna - worth visit? We are open to suggestions.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2014
Florence hotel  (8 Answers)

My husband and I will be in Florence, Italy for three nights, including New Year Eve. What hotel would you recommend where we can walk to most things and enjoy the festivities? Thank you!

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