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    • A day in Florence - what to see or do to have best experience

      by Dreamyjez Online Now Jul 1, 2016 at 5:39 AM

      Hi, I will be staying in Rome with my hubby for 4 nights in last week of july & have already booked train tickets to visit Florence in a day (early morning till late evening).

      As this is our first time to Italy, please advise what should we see or do or try? Both of us are good with walking. Food, shopping and history are our interests.

      Thank you for your help!

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      Trains in Florence

      by JohnDeRose Online Now May 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      Hello,

      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.

      7 Answers May 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM
    • Florence and Pisa

      by tracie_chandler Online Now Apr 17, 2015 at 2:01 AM

      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

      10 Answers Apr 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM
    • Things to do

      by AiwaCarter Online Now Apr 15, 2015 at 5:32 PM

      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!

      4 Answers Apr 24, 2015 at 6:24 PM
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      one day in Florence

      by MATALON Online Now Apr 15, 2015 at 7:40 AM

      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 !!
      Thanks.

      8 Answers Apr 16, 2015 at 2:07 AM
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      Our 2.5 Day Itinerary in Florence (First timers - Need advice!)

      by Beardedglass Online Now Apr 14, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      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

      15 Answers Jan 28, 2016 at 7:12 AM
    • Giuseppe Zanotti shoes

      by GabrielaL5 Online Now Apr 11, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      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?
      Thanks!

      1 Answer Apr 11, 2015 at 8:53 AM
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      Advice for San Gimignano day trip from Florence

      by S.Sell Online Now Mar 31, 2015 at 5:53 AM

      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.

      26 Answers Apr 24, 2015 at 6:56 PM
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      Different bus from Amerigo Vespucci (airport) to Santa Maria Novella (train station)

      by S.Sell Online Now Mar 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      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.

      3 Answers Apr 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM
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      Eat and Drink

      by starstudio Online Now Mar 22, 2015 at 5:56 AM

      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 !

      5 Answers Mar 23, 2015 at 2:42 AM
    • Night Life

      by ArielBorto Online Now Mar 15, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      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!

      1 Answer Mar 16, 2015 at 12:42 PM
    • Day trips from Florence

      by ga_traveller Online Now Mar 13, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      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.

      13 Answers Apr 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM
    • Hotel areas

      by JBL72 Online Now Mar 4, 2015 at 6:55 AM

      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

      5 Answers Mar 23, 2015 at 10:34 PM
    • Recommended hotels please

      by JBL72 Online Now Mar 3, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Hi

      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.

      Grazie

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2015 at 3:57 AM
    • Florence to Siena

      by MrDeac2U Online Now Feb 21, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      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!

      1 Answer Feb 21, 2015 at 6:24 PM
    • Eating in Florence

      by Geeedavey Online Now Feb 20, 2015 at 5:12 PM

      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.

      3 Answers Feb 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM
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      Apartment in Florence

      by Bellarussa Online Now Feb 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM

      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.

      5 Answers Feb 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM
    • Wheelchair friendly

      by Tivoli8 Online Now Jan 22, 2015 at 8:02 AM

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

      5 Answers Jan 23, 2015 at 8:24 AM
    • around the corner from Ghirlandaio's Last Supper at San Marco convent.

      by beckysch Online Now Jan 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      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?

      2 Answers Jan 14, 2015 at 3:19 AM
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      Overnight Train From Paris

      by JimC71 Online Now Jan 7, 2015 at 6:04 PM

      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!

      5 Answers Jan 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM
    • Florence stay over New Year

      by lisselleC Online Now Dec 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      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

      6 Answers Dec 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM
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      Florence hotel

      by annienvb Online Now Dec 3, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      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!

       

      8 Answers Dec 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM
    • club and bars inquiry

      by KoolaR Online Now Nov 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      are there any bars or clubs that play hip hop and r&b or commercial pop if so what are they called?

      1 Answer Nov 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM
    • Shopping in Florence and Rome

      by dsatlanta Online Now Oct 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      I'm wondering if there are any good deals or unique things you can't find in the U.S. in Florence and Rome? I don't want to buy something and find out I could have bought it cheaper in the U.S.

      8 Answers Jan 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM
    • Figure Skating Store

      by bunniee Online Now Oct 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Hi there,
      I am going to be in Florence in October and I would like to go to store where I can buy figure skating outfits / accessories and also skates.
      Is there any store like that I could visit?
      Thank you!

      1 Answer Oct 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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      Train Travel from Florence

      by nanadear Online Now Sep 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      We will be leaving our hotel near the S.M. N. Train station to spend our last night in a hotel near the Milan Malpensa airport for an early flight. We won't be in any hurry to get to Milan and I'm a bit confused on The best, easiest , cheapest train route. The hotel is the Malpensa Cardano Hotel on via al Campo 10. Thanks for any suggestions. Leaving soon for our dream trip to Italy and am beyond excited!

      8 Answers Sep 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM
    • florence the best city???

      by katem1982 Online Now Sep 22, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      hi
      we are looking to go to Italy for 7 days and would prefer a city, is florence the best where we could easily visit rome, pisa, naples etc???

      15 Answers Jan 22, 2015 at 11:02 PM
    • Can i buy a SIM card at Amerigo Vespuci airport

      by BittenByTravelBug_1 Online Now Sep 12, 2014 at 5:22 AM

      Does anyone know please? It's imperative for me to have a SIM card (for work as i can't make claims for international calls) as soon as I hit the ground running.

      Thanks a lot!

      4 Answers Sep 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM
    • Itinerary Help

      by jockomo24 Online Now Sep 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      My family is planning a trip to Florence in July and I can use some help organizing my itinerary. Below is what would would like to see or do. What should be grouped together on the same day and how much time should we expect to spend at each place.
      Piazza del Duomo
      Piazza della Signoria
      Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore-Just the Cathedral as the museum will be closed.
      Campanella
      Baptistery
      Crypt of Santa Reparata
      Basilica di Santa Croce
      Piazzale Michelangelo
      San Miniato al Monte
      Ponte Vecchio
      Mercato Nuovo market
      Museo Nazionale del Bargello
      Santa Maria Novella

      6 Answers Oct 7, 2014 at 2:02 AM
    • From Florence to Cinque Terre

      by JoyceLee128 Online Now Aug 26, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Hi
      I would like to know what is the best way to go to Cinque Terre from Florence and what could be the itinerary for a day tour there? Thank you for sharing.

      Joyce Lee

      8 Answers Aug 26, 2014 at 11:24 PM
    • Florence in late Sept. or October

      by Hudsonia Online Now Aug 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      I am an intrepid senior & am trying to decide between a hostel (which in Italy do not seem to be regular hostels, as such) & a very clean, friendly B&B; I don't really care about breakfast. But As a solo traveler I want to be able to meet new people & I cannot afford fancy hotels. Also, what is the story about mosquitoes in Florence? Will I be able to be budget & still get a window screen??
      Many thanks.
      Eva

      6 Answers Aug 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM