Centro Storico

Centro Storico, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Centro Storico Reviews: 4.5/5

Centro Storico
4.5
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That part of Florence situated between Piazza San Marco, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, and Santo Spirito, filled with up-scale and expensive shops.
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The area
Neighborhood: Duomo
Florentia, as it was called by Latins, is permeated by an eternal beauty spread in all corners of the city. The historic center is characterized by the immensity of the Duomo, able to transport tourists into the brightest age of Florence: the Renaissance. Who does not know the Brunelleschi Dome, San Giovanni Baptistery and the Giotto’s Campanile? Everything is enclosed here and it would be easy to imagine the city as it was in ancient times, with maids walking in the main square and horses carrying coaches. Nowadays, roads are busy with street artists. Rustic Tuscan bakeries give way to fashion shops; just stop for a few minutes in the middle of Piazza della Repubblica to enjoy the colors and sweet melody of the carousel that will bring back great memories from anyone’s childhood.
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Danijel
Koper, Slovenia382 contributions
Beautiful city
Sep 2021 • Family
Firence is a very beautifully city, you will be amazed by the buildings and nice views. Lot of tourists, restaurants and shops. Take a night walk beside the river.
Written September 12, 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,484 contributions
Wonderful place
Aug 2021
Filled with remarkable buildings and many historical landmarks, the historic center of Florence was extremely lively during our visit in early August. The streets and restaurants are again full of people.
Written August 16, 2021
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stevenenhilde
Antwerp, Belgium880 contributions
open air museum
Jul 2021
Walking in Florence is walking in an open air museum. Behind every corner there is nice view, another imposant building ...
Written August 8, 2021
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Jake23
New Jersey6,084 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2021 • Couples
The historical center of Florence is magical. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. There is so much history, architecture, and such amazing food. There are high end shops and delicious restaurants on every street. Florence is a must see at least once in your life!
Written August 1, 2021
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA823 contributions
chock full of beautiful gems
Jul 2021
Like an open-air living museum, the historical center of Florence is an amazing place to wander and gawk at the beautiful art, history, architecture, food, drink, and more. All of Florence is beautiful and has its charms, but the city center is so dense with this beauty.
Written July 20, 2021
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to_experience_new
Sweden1,199 contributions
Not so crowded this time - magic!
Jul 2020
This was a strange visit, since Italy had ceased it’s lockdown just a couple of weeks before, there were almost only Florentines there. No crowds, no queuing, good tables at lunch, coffee, drinks, … This is one of my two favorite towns in western Europe. Just stroll around, and you must look up, there is so much artwork on the houses. A mural painting, a sculpture, beautiful columns, beautiful houses themselves. If you don’t look up, you’re going to miss a lot.
My favorites are Il Duomo (the most beautiful building I know), the Uffizi gallery, walking along the river Arno towards the old bridge Ponte Vecchio, and just walking along the narrow streets and stop for a coffee/glass of wine/drink. Don’t miss Piazzale Michelangelo up on the hill. It’s a beautiful view of the city from up there. But being there at sunset is spectacular!
Written May 13, 2021
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David
Oxford, UK1,052 contributions
Lots to see walking in this beautiful city.
Aug 2020 • Solo
I spent many hours walking through Firenze. There is lots to see, and so much history. I'd reccomend downloading Rick Steve's audio guide - it offers a fun hour long tour of the centre of the city.
Written August 21, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,527 contributions
Fantastic City
Jan 2020
Dante Alighieri's fantastic verses describe all the beauty of Florence.
“E come l’volger del ciel della luna / cuopre e riscopre i liti sanza posa, / così fa di Fiorenza la Fortuna: / per che non dee parer mirabil cosa / ciò ch’io dirò delli alti Fiorentini / onde è la fama nel tempo nascosa.” (Dante Alighieri).
"And as he loved the moonlit sky / covering and rediscovering it, he doesn't argue / so does Fortune's Fiorenza: / for which it doesn't seem miraculous / what shall I say about the high Florentines / waves of hidden time." (Dante Alighieri).
The fantastic Florence was built at an Etruscan settlement and at the subsequent ancient Roman colony, Florentia (founded in 59 BC). This Tuscan city became one of the symbols of the Renaissance during the early Medici period (between the 15th and 16th centuries), reaching extraordinary levels of economic and cultural development. The Historic Center of Florence brings an exceptional testimony, both as a merchant city of the Middle Ages and as a Renaissance city. The 700 years of extraordinary cultural and artistic flourishing in Florence are clearly visible in the fourteenth-century cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, in the Church of Santa Croce, in the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.The history of the city is even more evident in the works of art of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo. The historic center of Florence can be perceived as a center of singular social and urban relevance, the result of a persistent and lasting creativity that affects museums, churches, palaces and works of art of immeasurable value. Florence has preserved intact streets, fortified buildings ( Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Spini, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Signoria), loggias (Loggia del Bigallo, Loggia dei Lanzi, Loggia degli Innocenti and Mercato Nuovo), fountains and Ponte Vecchio, the wonderful 14th century bridge century lined with shops. The trades, organized in guilds, have left exceptional monuments such as Orsanmichele. From the fourteenth to the seventeenth century Florence exercised strong economic and political power in Europe. During this period, prestigious buildings were built that testify to the magnificence of its bankers and its principles: Palazzo Rucellai, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Gondi, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Palazzo Pandolfini, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, not to mention the Sacristy of San Lorenzo, the Medici funeral chapels, the Laurentian Library and others.
Written August 17, 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
City center - AWESOMEEEEEE
Jan 2020 • Solo
On leaving Rome and arriving in Florence especially in this location I was in awe. Florence is awesome. Compared to Rome my favourite is Florence. The Centro storico is the town and I am still very impressed by what I saw. The jewellery shops, the river, the exquisite architectural masterpieces ..just wow.

Remember to walk with lots of money because it's not cheap here. Also check out the sandwich shop that is super popular. The lines are forever long for the delish sandwich...be prepared to stand in line for no less than 40 minutes. Just go and enjoy.
Written June 15, 2020
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,473 contributions
If you want to shop expensive this is area
Mar 2020
Granted Florence has street markets which are typical of tourist areas, it also has very high quality stores which you will spend 1000 euro's plus for their merchandise. Bergamo moved back to Florence from US and bought one of these Merchant Palaces as it headquarters with a shop on the bottom. 1400 Euro's for shoes were just a little more than my pay grade were in the window. Because of virus, there were more store personnel than shoppers so they almost looked like vultures waiting for the kill. It is interesting but wife and I aren't into name brand high fashion.
Written April 8, 2020
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