Florence Travel Tips
The cultural and historical impact of Florence is overwhelming. Cradle of the Renaissance and home of Machiavelli, Michelangelo and the Medici, the city seems unfairly over-blessed with art, culture and history.
Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display. Even long after it had set on the political and economic horizon, Florence upheld its elegant appearance: its skyline, all russet rooftops and lofty domes, is indeed picturesque.
Long before Frances Mayes arrived in Tuscany and bought a now-famous farmhouse called Bramasole here, the hillside town of Cortona was already drawing tourists from all over Europe. Now, of course, ...
Visiting a spa while on vacation can be the perfect way to unwind from the busy “real world.” Of course, a trip to Tuscany sounds like a pretty good way to relax, too. So, why not skip the agonizing ...
Eating well in Italy isn’t terribly difficult, but sometimes eating well on a budget isn’t as easy as you might think. In a city like Florence, which is extremely popular with both Italian and ...
Written by Jessica, USA, August 2012
From the austere facade of the Pitti Palace in Florence ,
you would never know that an expansive and elaborate garden lies just
over the palace walls. The Boboli Gardens were once the private ...
Don’t be blinded by that fashion capital Milan, remember that Florence has also birthed many a fashion icon including shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Pucci, Roberto Cavalli and Patrizia ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, May 2012
The historic center of Florence
is compact so it’s easy to move between the main attractions on foot
quite quickly. The railway station is also close in to the center, only
about ten minutes ...
Written by Florence Expert: Val, Italy, May 2012
Authorized Florence tour guide Valentina
has been showing people around Tuscany for more than ten years. We
asked for her expert opinions on the highlights of Florence – what to
see, what to ...
Written by Jessica, USA, September 2012
The first thing to know when you see “ Florence ”
on the itinerary of your Mediterranean cruise is that your ship won’t
be docking in Florence’s city center. A quick glance at a map of Italy
What’s better than a chocolate festival if you’re a traveling chocoholic? A chocolate festival in Florence, that’s what. If you’re really into cacao, chances are you’ve heard of Italy’s most famous ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
So you thought you were done with New Year celebrations for 2012? Think again. In Florence March 25th marks the Florentine New Year and there’s a traditional parade and festivities to mark it. In ...
Visiting Italy isn’t cheap, so finding ways to save money without sacrificing on your experience are always welcome. Thankfully, in many cities – including Florence – some of the top attractions ...
Written by ladybytravel, USA, October 2010
Found this in a guidebook and was not disappointed. It's located in a 15th century palazzo, perfect setting for a long lunch. Everything comes from the owners farms - the food, the meats, even the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
One thing I’ve learned about travelling is that you have to be open to the unplanned. A friend and I were in Florence ,
in one of those lovely little alimentari café/delis where they have ...
Written by Graham W, February 2013
Great day out. Lovely horses,Good guide,And beautiful Tucany scenery. Lunch and wine tasting were very good. A wonderful trip and reasonablypriced.Reccomended.
Graham Wright London
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, July 2012
It’s one of the must-buys when you visit Florence ;
the city specializes in beautiful leather goods and the markets make
them affordable. If you have a love of either shoes, purses, belts,
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