Historic Walking Areas in Florence

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Historic Walking Areas in Florence

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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,743 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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  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
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    Our airbnb was close walking distance to here and so we passed by this everyday. Always lots of people and a lively place. At night there are nice lights around. Lots of places to eat around but overpriced because of the location.
    Written May 2, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,743 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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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,743 contributions
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    There are several interesting things to see at Piazza de Santa Croce including the Dante Monument situated just in front of the basilica. It is the work of sculptor Enrico Pazzi (1865) and depicts Dante standing with one foot forward, he is entirely cloaked with wreath around his head with an eagle on the ground and at his side. The statue is atop a pedestal with four lions around the base. It is a nice monument worth a minute or two of your time to view before entering the basilica.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • David R
    Toulouse, France1,420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a hike from Florence centre but there's regular public transport. The cemetery itself is interesting but the views from around it and below are stunning and well worth the effort of getting here.
    Written October 31, 2018
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  • Rob B
    Florence, KY100 contributions
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    This place is great, there are a few great bars and restaurants. It's south of the river and tucked away so there are not very many tourists here. We got a drink and sat on a bench to enjoy a beautiful evening. This is a great little square that locals love to you can get a glimpse of actual Florence instead of just the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and the art galleries. One of the best parts of our trip!
    Written December 10, 2016
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  • Rebe R
    Columbia, SC4 contributions
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    You don’t have to climb to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy Via di San Niccolò. This area gives you a glimpse of modern Firenze life from sidewalk seating. Or enjoy a fresh, made-to-order Panini as you round the curve. Then select a gelato from a creative array of choices at the shop near the public water pipe. Both are reasonably priced and enjoyable treats before you walk through the old gate to begin your steep climb or don’t!
    Written September 4, 2019
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  • Oslodude
    Oslo, Norway326 contributions
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    This is a street not far from Uffizi or Ponte Veccio, or any major tourist attraction in Florence center. The street also has the world famous sandwich restaurants and the best pizza place in Florence! Still quiet at night. We rented an apartment here. Could not have been a better location!
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • NH2CA
    Laguna Hills, CA1,244 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thought I would gab and go the souvenirs.
    Everyone needs more than enough postcards, of all types. Some shot glasses, and I even looked through all the little statues and decided the suitcase would be too full if I got them all.
    Written October 30, 2018
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  • Duchess G
    68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful elegant place to stop for a light snack or coffee and a delicious pastry ..
    we had the cake of the day which was sublime and coffee that was just perfect .
    Friendly staff , wonderful location ( close to all the top end stores ) and winding little passage ways .
    It was just the perfect place to stop for a bit and refuel .
    Written May 4, 2018
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  • Borzov
    Rijeka, Croatia5,295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The central street of the city connects two of its most important squares, the Piazza di San Giovanni and Duomo with the Piazza della Repubblica. The elegant street with imposing buildings is a nice walk among some of the greatest attractions of Florence, where you can also visit a bunch of fashion shops or drink an excellent coffee in one of its bars.
    Written October 10, 2018
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  • Travelaround59
    London, UK2,027 contributions
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    Piazza della Libertà is "hidden" away from the madding crowds that are all over Florence these days so is a bit quieter than many other areas. L'Arco di Trionfo seats majestically in the middle of the square surrounded by not so beautiful gardens and beautiful fountains that seems not to work very often (pity). For sure a place where to sit to rest!
    Written September 12, 2017
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  • Welborn
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Margaritas were perfect. Everything was super fresh. I have a new favorite Nachos plate - I never would’ve guessed it would live in Italy.
    Written October 19, 2019
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  • ProfessorMoon
    New Jersey251 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pretty quiet street as far as traffic. Thankfully, our hotel was one block off of Via San Gallo. Then a straight run into the historic area of Florence. We still managed to get disoriented in our directions, but recovered within a block usually.

    Lots of shops and eateries to see.
    Written November 13, 2017
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  • SoCalOregonian
    Murrieta, CA10,394 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This unremarkable street is the approach to Ponte Vecchio and as such becomes very crowded the closer to the bridge you walk. Due to destruction during the war, most of the buildings are new and do not conform to original designs associated with the area, with a few exceptions. Lined with hotels, restaurants and shops.
    Written September 16, 2019
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