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Trip List by Teresa72

Florence in 7 days.

May 20, 2007  Recent holiday with hubby to Florence
4.5 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

A list of where to go, eat, sleep and shop

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Florence
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Antica Dimora Firenze
    Antica Dimora Firenze, Florence

    A fantastic hotel comprising of only 6 rooms, Room 5 is the only one with a balcony, so if booking early enough you can ask for this one.
    The reception staff are really friendly and cannot do enough for you. There is a lounge area where breakfast is laid out each morning and where you can help yourself to tea, coffee and a local liquor for a night cap.
    The beds are wonderfully comfortable and the room has tv, phone, and radio. The bathroom is excellent and a shower that you just won't want to come out of. Amazing. The hotel also has a lift which is a godsend as it's on the second floor.

  • 2. Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore, Florence

    It is free to get in the main part of the Cathedral and worth getting an audio guide to hear about the history and the artifacts. Make sure that you wear something where your shoulders are covered. They will provide a big paper towel to put over your head but far easier to wear something of your own.
    The Duomo tower has 463 steps and it is not recommended to go at the hottest part of the day. Although the climb can be frustrating as the stairs are shared with people going both up and down, it is definately worth it. The first reason is because you can see the frescos in the dome itself and are that close you even get to see the brush strokes. The second reason is the view from the Duomo. Fantastic. Reason three is that you will have thighs of steel when you've done the climb.

  • 3. Duomo Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo)
    Duomo Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo), Florence

    This museum has artifacts from the Duomo Cathedral which includes Pieta by Michelangelo and Donatello's Magdalene which are incredible. It also has the original panels from the Baptistry. Well worth a visit and also the audio guide is invaluable.

  • 4. Church of San Lorenzo
    Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

    The main attraction here is the work by Michelangelo of the Sacristie and also the Zodiac on the ceiling of the old Sacristie and two bronze pulpits by Donatello.
    An amazing ceiling inside. Serene and beautiful. Well worth a visit.
    The only problem is that you have to queue up at the ticket office of the Laurentian Library which is to the left of the main entrance of the church.
    The Library is also well worth a visit as it was designed by Michelangelo. Not expensive for either and definately worth it.

  • 5. Galleria dell'Accademia
    Accademia Gallery, Florence

    This houses Michelangelo's David and was constructed especially for this purpose. You feel in awe as you walk in and first see David. There is also a 3D computer simulation for you to see him at all angles. Security is tight here and you have to leave your bags with staff and keep your ticket with you.
    It is ESSENTIAL if you want to avoid queues to book your tickets in advance. You get a time slot to go then and there is a quick entry. I would not wish to queue for hours that's for sure. Well worth a visit but book early!

  • 6. Basilica di Santa Croce
    Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence

    This is a definate must and ended up being one of my favourite places. Inside is awe inspiring and contains the tombs of Rossini, Galileo and Michelangelo to name just a few. There is also a museum attached to the Church housing some wonderful artifacts including the 'Tree of the cross'. Inexpensive and glorious.

  • 7. Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello Museum)
    Museo Nazionale del Bargello (Bargello Museum), Florence

    The museum contains some wonderful sculptures and also houses Donatello's David in Bronze. It has a lovely courtyard in which you can sit and relax and take in the atmosphere. We went during 'Culture week' when entry was free so not sure how much it would be to get in.

  • 8. Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)
    Uffizi Gallery, Florence

    This is an amazing gallery. Again it is essential to book and reserve your tickets before you go as the queues are very long. It was so easy to do and so I don't understand why more people don't do it! It contains Botticelli's Birth of Venus which is amazing. There is a cafe up on the roof but is expensive. It's quite fun feeding the sparrows who come up to your hand to feed though!

  • 9. Ponte Vecchio
    Ponte Vecchio, Florence

    The view of the bridge is better from a distance rather than being on the bridge itself. There are lots of jewellry shops which I thought were expensive, and all selling the same stuff. It was good to say we've been there but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

  • 10. Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella
    Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

    This place smells wonderful. There are many things available here and lists of them are found in various languages. This is an expensive place and therefore not for someone who wants to buy a little gift for someone, it's more of a big one! The perfume is amazing though. I bought the Rose perfume, (smaller bottle) and 3 bars of Rose soap and it was about 80 euros, but it is gorgeous. There were chairs for my husband to sit down on when he was in shock! A must to visit!

  • 11. Boboli Gardens (Giardini Boboli)
    Boboli Gardens, Florence

    The Boboli Gardens are amazing. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for steps. This isn't for the faint hearted but if you just feel a bit tired then make the extra effort as it is very much worth it. Amazing sculptures and beautiful flowers.

  • 12. Osteria Pepo, Via Rosina, Firenze
    http://www.pepo.it/index.html

    This is a wonderful restaurant and so good we went there twice! The menu is available in English as well as italian and the staff are very friendly. This is just around the corner from Za-Za which is in guide books, but in my opinion is so much nicer.

  • 13. Ristorante Cafaggi , Via Guelfa, Firenze

    Ristorante Cafaggi was our favorite evening restaurant. Not far from our hotel on Via San Gallo. It is full of Italian families and tourists dining on solid Italian food. It is run by an elderly couple who are lovely. Try the classic bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak). The menu is in Italian, but the staff will help you where they can to interpret. A italian dictionary does come in handy too!
    Via Guelfa 33/35/r; tel. +39 055 29 4989.