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Florence Trip Itineraries

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Destination(s): Florence

If you are like my father then visiting museums and sipping coffee in a piazza is a sort of torture designed to test your patience. This four day itinerary is for those who rise at 6:30AM while on vacation to go jogging and who would rather climb to the top of a bell tower than sit in front of a Botticelli. There are museums and there are Botticellis but there are also plenty of opportunities to move your legs. You should be able to reach most of the places I suggest outside the city via public transportation. read more about Active Traveler

Carolus Hotel

Carolus Hotel

  • Via 27 Aprile 3
  • tel:39 0 55 264 55 39
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50129
Parco delle Cascine

Parco delle Cascine

  • Piazza Vittorio Veneto
  • Florence, 50123

Cascine park is a favorite with joggers, horse riders and families with young children, especially on Sundays and Tuesday mornings, when it's market day. On the park's east side is an open-air swimming pool (open during the summer months) attached are a bar and restaurant used on the warm summer evenings. The west of the park holds an amphitheater, a popular summertime venue for dance performances and concerts. At the end of the 18th century important buildings such as the Palazzina Reale, currently home to the Faculty of Agriculture of the UniversitÓ degli Studi di Firenze (Florence University) were added. The park finally became public at the start of the 19th century.  The Cascine Park opens daily from 8 am to 6 pm (autumn and winter) and from 7 am to 9 pm (spring and summer). read more about Parco delle Cascine

Museo Stibbert

Museo Stibbert

  • Via Stibbert 26
  • Museo Stibbert
  • tel:055-475-520
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50139
Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

  • Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
  • Off Piazza della Signoria
  • tel:055-238-8651
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo

  • piazza del Duomo
  • tel:+39 055 2 3320
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Florence, 50125

The vista which one can see the whole valley of Florence and of the surrounding hills is a must see.  The climb up is rewarding, the view is breathtaking. There are buses available to take you to Piazzale Michelangelo. Tourists, tourist groups and tour buses all congregate at this panoramic view.  Vendors set up early in the morning with cool beverages for the parched tourists and souvenirs for the eager shoppers. A sunset visit is for the romantics, bringing a wine bottle and gazing at the Florentine sky as it ends another day. There is never a bad time to visit Piazzale Michelangelo, there is always something to see from this height
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Giardino di Boboli

Giardino di Boboli

  • Piazza Pitti, 1
  • tel:+39 55 265 1838
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50125
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Duomo Works Museum)

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Duomo Works Museum)

  • Piazza del Duomo 9
  • Directly behind the dome end of the cathedral
  • tel:055-230-2885
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte

  • Via del Monte alle Croci 34
  • Via del Monte alle Croci/Viale Galileo Galilei (behind Piazzale Michelangiolo)
  • tel:055-234-2731
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50125
Olmo

Olmo

  • Località Olmo
  • tel:+39 055 23 320
  • Florence, 50100
Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere

  • costa San Giorgio
  • tel:+39 55 234 2425
  • Florence, 50125
Campanile di Giotto

Campanile di Giotto

Monastero Certosa di Firenze

Monastero Certosa di Firenze

  • Via Buca di Certosa, 2
  • tel:39 055 204 9226
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50124
Parco di Villa Demidoff

Parco di Villa Demidoff

The Diner

The Diner

  • Via dell'Acqua 2/r
  • tel:39 55 290 748
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122

The restaurant opened after 3 twenty-something Washington-D.C. natives observed that, while Florence was teeming with Americans, the city lacked an affordable place for Sunday brunch. Packed with study-abroad students longing for a taste of home, the diner serves fresh and delicious pancakes, burgers, homemade muffins and omelets. With only 30 seats, this small bistro fills up fast on Sunday mornings.  The breakfasts are delicious and the burgers are even better than home.  The prices are moderate. 
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Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • tel:+39 55 276 8224
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

  • West of Via Cassia
  • tel:+39 55 230 2033 (tourism office)
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50144

The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial site consists of 4,402 graves of soldiers who died during the fights from Rome to the Alps.   The memorial has two open courts, joined by the Tablets of the Missing upon which are inscribed 1,409 names.  Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.  At the south end, stands a chapel that is decorated in marble and mosaic. 
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Osteria del Caffè Italiano

Osteria del Caffè Italiano

  • Via Isola delle Stinche, 11r
  • tel:39 55 28 9368
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Segway Florence

Segway Florence

  • Via Borgo Ognissanti 129r
  • tel:+39 5529 1958
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50123
Enzo e Piero

Enzo e Piero

  • Via Faenza, 105
  • tel:39 55 21 4901
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50123
Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

  • Via Porta Rossa
  • Florence, 50122

Loggia del Mercato Nuovo or Loggia del Porcellino, was built in the middle of the 16th century. Walk a few steps towards the Duomo, you will find Piazza della Repubblica and following the crowds towards the Arno river, the Ponte Vecchio. The stalls used to sell more of silk and luxury goods, but today all you will find is leather bags, coats and tourist souvenirs. The main focus is the Fontana del Porcellino, which was by Pietro Tacca in the 16th century, the original wild boar sits in the Palazzo Pitti. If you rub the nose of the boar it is said you will receive good fortune, after of course leaving a coin in the mouth of the boar as well. Superstition implies that the wish will be granted if the offering tumbles through the grate whence the water flows. Check out the Loggia at night as well. Without the stalls, it is somewhat peaceful.


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Piazza D'Azeglio

Piazza D'Azeglio

  • Piazza D'Azeglio
  • Florence, 50121
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, 50125

You can't miss the most recognizable landmark of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio.  Constructed in 1345, the Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge still standing in Florence, hence the name.  The multicolored structure bridge was first home to butcher shops. As the noble bankers would cross the Arno river to their offices, there was a rancid smell of pigs blood and rotted meat which extremely offended them.  In an effort to improve the area, the Medici stepped in and ordered the lower class shopkeepers out and moved goldsmiths and diamond-cutters in. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that escaped the bombing by the Germans in WWII.  Today, now a pedestrian bridge, the shops shimmer and shine with necklaces, rings and charms of the most expensive kind.  Tourists can enjoy an early morning walk over the bridge before the shops open or at sunset where lovers stare at the horizon as musicians sing and be merry.
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Perseus

Perseus

  • Viale Don Minzoni, 10r
  • tel:39 55 58 8226
  • Florence, 50134
Museo Galileo (Science Museum)

Museo Galileo (Science Museum)

  • Piazza dei Giudici 1
  • Next to the Uffizi at the Arno end of Via dei Castellani
  • tel:055-265-311
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery)

Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery)

Parco di Villa Il Ventaglio

Parco di Villa Il Ventaglio

Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

  • piazza della Signoria
  • Florence, 50122

The Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria is a wide-open gallery of great works of art and sculpture.  It brings together the piazza with the Uffizi Gallery flowing down into the Arno River.  As the Florentines adored this masterpiece, Michelangelo suggested having loggia encompass the whole Piazza della Signoria.  The artist or designer of the Loggia dei Lanzi was Orcagna.  He built it between 1376 and 1382 when Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti took over.  The name Loggia dei Lanzi came from the years the Grand Duke Cosimo I was in power, it was used to keep his Lanzichenecchi(Italian) or Landsknechts(German).  Shortening it to Lanzi, these were German mercenary pikemen.  As the Uffizi was nearly complete, the Loggia's roof was constructed as a terrace for the Medici so they could watch ceremonies in the piazza away from the peasants.  The Loggia's roof was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Today, the sculptures of divine beauty that are located inside are Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus, Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman and the Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi.  Loggia dei Lanzi is gorgeous at night.  Take a stroll after dinner to see the Loggia light up.
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Zibibbo

Zibibbo

  • Via di Terzollina, 3r
  • tel:39 55 43 3383
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50138
Taverna del Bronzino

Taverna del Bronzino

  • Via delle Ruote 27r
  • Between Piazza Indipendenza and San Marco
  • tel:055-495-220
  • Florence, 50129