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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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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 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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  • Xamot Tomax
    Fort Wayne, IN6,086 contributions
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    This is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares, not only in Italy, but to many, in the world. This area dates back to the 14th century. Not only used for politics at the time, but also for locals to gather. Besides restaurants and shopping, many famous sculptures and statues can be seen here. Quite a few are visible for free from outside, but others are tucked away in museums. The statue of David by Michelangelo, among others, can be seen at the nearby Galleria dell’ Accademia. Many locals and tourists gather here to take in the sights, or just find a seat and people watch. This is definitely a must see for anyone visiting Florence.
    Written April 10, 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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  • Xamot Tomax
    Fort Wayne, IN6,086 contributions
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    While casually strolling through the city, we came across this bridge. It’s over 30 meters in length and crosses the Arno River. This is a very picturesque area. A little history I learned about it was it was opened in 1345, while construction lasted from 1335 to 1345. I admit that this might not be on everyone’s list of things to see, but I’m glad I saw it while in Florence.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, CA1,135 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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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 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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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 contributions
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    Located at Piazza della Signoria, this is where you will find one of the finest outdoor collections of Italian sculptures in the world, including works such as Cellini's Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1554), Fedi's Ratto di Polissena (1865) as well as two Giambologna masterpieces, Ratto della Sabina (1584) and Ercole e il Centauro Nesso (1599) amongst other wonderful sculptures which you can walk around and view from up close. It is a remarkable free viewing area and a highlight for anyone who enjoys seeing sculpture works during their travels.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 contributions
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    This is one of the masterpiece sculptures found within Loggia dei Lanza at Piazza della Signoria. It is the work of Benvenuto Cellini (1545-54). What you see is a bronze figure of Perseus raising the head of Medusa whom he has just slain in his left hand while holding blade in his right hand. Perseus is also seen standing over the lifeless body of Medusa. The statue is upon a decorative pedestal with bronze reliefs depicting the story of Perseus and Andromeda.

    Note that you can see a couple of draft sculptures of Perseus on display within Museo National di Bargello if this particular sculpture strikes interest in you. Cellini used these to prepare for the masterpiece sculpture that you see at Loggia dei Lanza.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 contributions
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    Orsanmichele is one of the Bargello Museums located along Via dei Calzaiuoli. It is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm (Mon to Sat) and 8.30am to 1.50pm (Sun). Entry is €8 per person.

    The Museum consists of a church on the ground floor with a single room with decorative Gothic walls, marble floor and elegant tabernacle of the virgin and St. Anna's Altar amongst a few other points of interest. You then exit the building, cross over to Palazzo dell'Arte della Lana and use their staircase to then access the two museum floors of OrsanMichele by way of connecting footbridge. Not to worry if you're not sure what to do, staff are on hand to assist with directions.

    One of the interesting features of Orsanmichele is its history as a grain market (lower loggia) and storage house (upstairs warehouse area). The upstairs museum floors really help you feel the scale of the old storage area. It is a great use or space as well, hosting many of the original exterior niche statues. We also really enjoyed the views of the 2nd floor through the large windows facing in all directions.

    Overall, Orsanmichele was a nice museum experience and a place we were glad to have been able to visit during this trip to Florence.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • tosl
    Jersey City, NJ815 contributions
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    I like baroque so I love Rome. It was very nice to find this gem so close to my hotel. We attended a latin mass here and it was quite the experience among all the art. Definitely worth a visit, especially after seeing the relatively austere Duomo and Santa Croce.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Austin V
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    Leonardo is so nice and helpful! I needed a new pair of shoes very bad as the ones I was wearing were very worn. He not only helped me find a pair perfect to my size and style but also did a quick refurbishment on the pair I was wearing and they looked much better after. Very happy to have come here and can’t recommend enough!
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • Antonio Q
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania145 contributions
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    Ideal to search for a restaurant or a quick bite while being able to admire the church of Santa Croce and the statue of Dante.
    Written March 23, 2024
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  • Marina
    Sorocaba, SP94 contributions
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    The church is so beautiful, with so many outstanding paintings and chapels inside. It also has the tomb of Sandro Botticelli, Amerigo Vespucci and Caroline Bonaparte, the latter.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China160,040 contributions
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    One of the interesting things to see at Piazza della Signoria is the ornate Neptune Fountain. This is the work of Bartolomeo Ammannati (1560-74) and was recently restored in 2019. What you see is a classical image of Neptune, peering to his left. He stands on carriage pedestal with horses bursting from the fountain basin. Water spouts into the basin from various positions. The basin is then surrounded by mythical beings. It is a beautiful fountain and addition to the monument scene on the square.
    Written April 8, 2024
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