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  • Frank K
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    My family went there to get a few pizzas before the sunset at the famous hill in Florence. They welcomed us in and made us delicious pies. Had cold beer and let us use their clean restroom. Super nice and friendly staff. Chef is excellent.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Ciara E
    Minnesota27 contributions
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    The outside is absolutely stunning and it is well worth visiting Florence just to see the Cathedral. It is so cool and there's really nothing else like it. However, you do not have to visit the inside. There is nothing inside and the walls are plain. It was very disappointing especially after waiting in a long line. Definitely visit the cathedral, but don't go inside unless there is no line.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China160,110 contributions
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    This is the public square where you can find the iconic and landmark Duomo, Campanile di Giotto and Baptistry buildings in the Historic Centre of Florence. There are other attractions in the area such as Loggia del Bigallo (museum), lots of souvenir shops, casual eateries and unfortunately massive crowds of tourists as well due to the relative small size of the square where people congregate to visit the Duomo attractions.

    If you want leisurely visits wandering the square, visit first thing in the morning prior to the attractions opening and the tour groups arriving. Or pass by in the evening when the majority of people have left and returned to their hotels. However, it is difficult to beat viewing the remarkable buildings here during midday when skies are blue and sunlight shines upon the charming marble patterned building facades.

    Note that you can enter Duomo (free) but do expect quite a queue as everyone else is doing the same and they actively try to manage the number of people going inside to see the inner frescos of Brunelleschi's Dome.

    If you want to climb the dome to get up close look at the frescos, you need to acquire one of the Duomo Pass tickets that includes this attraction. Passes also include different combinations of access to Baptistry, Duomo Museum and a climb up the steps of Campanile as well.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • mrskrun
    Larvik, Norway2,902 contributions
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    One of the most beautiful squares in Florence, Italy. It’s surrounded by cafes & restaurants, shops, statues and beautiful buildings.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Gina C
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    The Basilica of Santa Croce was phenomenal. We had the good fortune to meet our friend Dan Harper (danharperflorence@gmail.com) who gave us a truly captivating tour that blended the richness of Florence history and the Basilica. This basilica is a literal who’s who of the renaissance men of Florence Highly recommend! And thanks Dan for the great restaurant recommendation, we had a wonderful dinner. Feel free to email Dan directly and enjoy.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Laura P
    Marietta, GA115 contributions
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    The upstairs food court and outside market are open daily. The downstairs market, which caters to locals, is closed on Sunday. There is something for everyone. The upstairs has free public toilets.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China160,110 contributions
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    This is the 85 metre tall landmark bell tower designed by Giotto di Bondone (1334-59) and situated at Piazza dell Duomo, just beside Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). You will see a brilliant display for red, green and white inlaid marble making up the entire facade in what is considered a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture.

    In addition to enjoying Campanile from the outside while wandering between Piazza dell Duomo and Piazza San Giovanni, you can enter and climb the 414 steps to the top where you find remarkable views of the historic centre of Florence as well. Entry is ticketed as part of combo passes that include access to Baptistry, the upper dome of Duomo and the church museum. You can purchase online and in advance.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • Small Ewan
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    A nice bridge. I thought I would give it a miss but I was glad I did not. It was a real nice bridge. I will visit again. Nicer than other bridges I have seen on this trip.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Marco J
    Mexicali, Mexico17 contributions
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    The place is a MUST. Beautiful from top to bottom. Masterpieces are awesome. Got to catch your breath to make it to the top of the tower but, you will get the BEST view in Florence.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, CA1,140 contributions
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    It's a beautiful old church. It is situated on the highest top of florence where the view is stunning. It is worth visiting, especially if you are planning to visit Michelangelo piazzale. It is 5 minutes walking from the piazzale.
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • Chloe
    Bristol, UK13 contributions
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    We queued for around 45 mins to get in to the church for free. It was well worth it! There are side entrances with much shorter queues for those that have paid for to climb the dome or bell tower so make sure you get into the right one!
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China160,110 contributions
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    The Historic Centre of Florence is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1982). It straddles the Arno River and includes numerous public squares and cobblestone streets lined with historic palaces, churches, museums, loggias filled with sculptures as well as hotels, retail shops and endless places to have a coffee, cornetto, gelato, panini or enjoyable sit down meal. Visitors can spend several days enjoying the beautiful Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and architecture as well as the world class art and sculpture viewing opportunities along with great food and wine in Florence.

    Of Europes many popular sightseeing cities, Florence has to be up there with the very best when it comes to beauty and volume of things to do, see and taste. Given it's proximity to Rome and other Italian gems, makes it particularly convenient to include for holiday making in Italy. While some just pass through for a night or two, it would be best to allow 3-4 nights if at all possible. By then, most will have had their fill and be ready to move on. Yet, Florence and Renaissance enthusiasts will easily find stays of up to a week or more reasonable as well. We have been fortunate to have been able to make a handful of 4 night stays in the city over the years and have never managed to complete our sightseeing or dining bucket lists during these visits, always leaving quite a few places for future trips.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Alpaslan
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    If you have just 30-45 minutes to spare in Florence, please just buy tickets to the Bargello Museum, head straight to the Donatello room on the second floor, stare at Donatello’s David statue, have a discussion with your children about why it’s different from Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, and then head out.

    My new pet peeve about travel is recommended times for seeing stuff. Every website I look at says you need two hours for the Bargello, two hours for the Accademia, four hours for the Uffizi, give me a break! I missed out on so much stuff over the years by planning my life around guidebooks. I’m not an art student. I’m just a normal dude who wants to see important stuff. I found out the hard way, I just don’t need that much time at these places.

    If you have just 30-45 minutes to spare in Florence, you really should pop into the Bargello Museum, run up to the second floor, and take a quick look at Donatello’s David. The time you spend seeing this one statue is worth more than its weight in gold. Just cut the amount of time you would spend at the Uffizi by 30-45 minutes. It is worth shaving off a few galleries from the Uffizi to see the Bargello.

    For those who have a few days in Florence, this museum is magnificent and easily worth a few hours. It used to be the residence of the mayor, and then it was converted into a prison. In other words, the building itself is a gorgeous piece of history. The Michelangelo and Donatello rooms are a sight to behold. And, compared to other museums in Florence, there are rarely any lines here.

    In terms of pure art, pound for pound, I would say this is the best museum in Florence after the Accademia and the Uffizi.
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Marina
    Sorocaba, SP108 contributions
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    The church is very beautiful, and has so much history behind it! There is also a museum that shows part of the old convent, which is beautiful, and has fresco paintings from Paolo Uccello.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Alpaslan
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    This chapel is a living, breathing reminder of why you must read a few paragraphs about a site you are about to visit before actually visiting the site. When my wife and I came here for a visit over a decade ago, we did not realize that the Michelangelo statues were in another much smaller room, and we just left after seeing the main chapel.

    Thankfully, we are seasoned tourists now, and we went straight to the Michelangelo statues this time. These statues are some of the best I have ever seen from Michelangelo. I would go so far as to say that they are far better than any other Michelangelo statue in Florence with the obvious exception of the David in the Accademia Gallery. This is a must visit site if you are in Florence for more than a day trip, and if you do it efficiently by buying your ticket online, I promise it will only take 30 minutes.

    We were in Florence for only one day. We took the fast train in Rome, and since the Medici Chapel was right on the road from the train station to the Duomo, we spared 30 minutes to see it. I would understand if other day trippers who are paranoid about time skipped it. But if you are in Florence for a day and a half or two days, after the Duomo, the Accademia, and the Uffizi, this is the next major site to see in my opinion.
    Written April 7, 2024
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