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Easter in Florence

Mar 21, 2013  City Break Itinerary
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

3 nights in Florence, 1 night in Pisa

  • 1. Delle Tele
    Hotel Delle Tele, Florence

    Day 1 - We arrived on a train from Pisa Airport and checked into our hotel.

    The location of this hotel is perfect - a couple of minutes walk from both the Train Station and the Duomo (we could see the Duomo from our window).
    Florence is very compact so staying in a hotel so centrally located allowed us to get to any of the top sights in just a short walk.

    When we arrived at the hotel, the staff were really friendly and took the time to give us a map and advise us how to get to the top sites.
    They also recommended us a nearby restaurant for dinner one night (Trattoria Katti), and made a reservation for us.

    The rooms were very clean and spacious and we had a free bottle of wine which we took up to Piazzale Michaelangelo for a picnic.

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

    Day 1 - A trip to Florence wouldn't be complete without a trip to this beautiful Cathedral and the surrounding square - the architecture on the outside is amazing. It's free to enter, but I didn't think it was anything special from the inside - quite dark and plain compared to the outside. We didn't climb into the Duomo as we went up the Bell Tower instead (see below).

  • 3. Little David
    Little David, Florence

    Day 1 - It was poaring with rain so we hid out in this restaurant around the corner from the Duomo. Due to it's location I expected it to be a bit of a tourist rip off, but it was actually great value especially for it's location. The food was nice too. The only complaint was the service was a little slow, but the restaurant was really busy at the time.

  • 4. Giotto's Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto)
    Campanile di Giotto, Florence

    Day 1 - The Bell Tower is just next to the Duomo - there are a lot of steps but you can stop for a rest on several floors and the views going up are amazing. In our 4 day trip to Tuscany we seemed to climb a tower everywhere we went!

  • 5. Baptistry (Battistero)
    Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero), Florence

    Day 1 - After a late lunch we visited the Baptistry just in front of the Duomo. You can purchase a combined ticket for the Baptistry, the Bell Tower and the Museum from the Museum Ticket office which is just opposite the entrance to the Baptistry. It's definitely worth a visit as the gold ceiling inside is very impressive.

  • 6. Moyo
    Moyo, Florence

    Day 1 - This bar (like a lot of the bars in Florence) serves a buffet each night for customers. The bar has a really nice atmosphere and does great cocktails. We visited for a quick drink with the idea of going out for dinner afterwards but ended up staying at Moyo for a few drinks and lots of pizza / pasta / salad instead.

  • 7. Scoppio del Carro

    Day 2 - On Easter Sunday, the "Explosion of the Cart" takes place outside the Duomo. There are people in medieval dress playing music, dancing, flag throwing etc, then the cart (which is full of fireworks) is pulled to the square by Oxen, and the fireworks let off. We got there at around 9 to make sure we got a good spot, and despite it raining all morning it was an entertaining show. If you are in Florence over Easter weekend I'd recommend it.

  • 8. Statue of David
    Accademia Gallery, Florence

    Day 2 - The original David which is housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia. Very impressive and definitely worth seeing.

  • 9. Galleria dell'Accademia
    Accademia Gallery, Florence

    Day 2 - Aside from the Statue of David, I didn't really rate this museum. After we'd seen the main attractions, we had a walk around and it just seemed to be a lot of Busts!

  • 10. Museo di San Marco
    Museo di San Marco, Florence

    Day 2 - An interesting museum just down the road from the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see the cells where monks once lived.

  • 11. Trattoria Katti
    Trattoria Katti, Florence

    Day 2 - This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel - they must have had a deal going as they were raving about it so much, but we decided to give it a go anyway.
    It's a small family run place and the food, wine and service were great - would definitely recommend. My only complaint was they had ran out of Tirimasu!

  • 12. Ponte Vecchio
    Ponte Vecchio, Florence

    Day 3 - The only surviving bridge in Florence from WWII, the small bridge over the Arno is lined with jewellers and souvenir shops. We got some great pictures of the bridge from Piazzale Michaelangelo at sunset.

  • 13. Boboli Gardens
    Boboli Gardens, Florence

    Day 3 - It was a sunny day so we spent the morning exploring the Boboli Gardens (the grounds of Pitti Palace). The gardens are huge and full of statues / fountains and other sculptures. The views over the city of Florence are worth it alone. It was lovely just to stroll around enjoying the peace.

  • 14. Giardino Bardini
    Giardino Bardini, Florence

    Day 3 - You can enter these gardens using a small path from Boboli Gardens. These gardens are smaller, more unkept and less "landscaped" than Boboli, which is nice as it makes it different. Again - great views over Florence.

  • 15. Piazza della Signoria
    Piazza della Signoria, Florence

    Day 3 - This is a lovely square which is home to Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and one of the copies of David. We sat outside at one of the restaurants on the square (I can't recall the name) for a pizza and a couple of beers.

  • 16. Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
    Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence

    Day 3 - A Science Museum which is on the banks of the Arno. This is a really interesting museum as it displays a lot of scientific apparatus from hundreds of years ago, from navigation and astronomy to medical. Lots of globes and telescopes and also one of Galileos teeth!

  • 17. Piazzale Michelangelo
    Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

    Day 3 - We got here just before sunset with a bottle of wine and a couple of sandwiches and sat on the steps listening to a young woman singing and playing guitar. The views over Florence were amazing, and we got some great photos of the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Palazze Vecchio at sunset.

  • 18. The Best of Tuscany Tour
    Walkabout Florence Tours, Florence

    Day 4 - We had originally planned to spend 3 days in Florence and 1 in Pisa, but after reading the reviews on trip advisor, we decided to do this tour on our final day instead.

    The tour consists of a morning in Siena, lunch at a Chianti farm, a visit to the medieval town of San Gimignano and finally a stop at Pisa to see the famous leaning tower.

    The tour guide Becky was really knowledgable and did a great job keeping everyone entertained en route to the 4 different locations.

    Unlike other tours where you have to follow a big group around all day, you are given all the information you need on the Coach and aside from the small walking tour in Siena are left to do whatever you like!

  • 19. Siena Cathedral
    Siena Cathedral, Siena

    Day 4 - A beautiful cathedral, with a mosaic floor that is mostly covered (except for a few roped off areas) to preserve it. We were lucky to have a walking tour which was really interesting.

  • 20. Piazza del Campo
    Piazza del Campo, Siena

    Day 4 - Siena's shell shaped square where the famous Palio Horserace takes place. We were only in Siena briefly (on a tour), but enjoyed sitting on this square in the sunshine having a drink.

  • 21. Fattoria Poggio Alloro
    Fattoria Poggio Alloro, San Gimignano

    Day 4 - We stopped off at this organic farm for lunch on the "Best of Tuscany" tour. After a brief tour of the farm and vineyard, we had an outdoor lunch with amazing views of the Tuscan countryside and San Gimignano. We had a few courses all with a different wine to try - the food and wine is all produced on the farm and is delicious! After lunch we were left to enjoy the views with more wine if we wanted.

  • 22. San Gimignano Bell Tower
    San Gimignano Bell Tower, San Gimignano

    Day 4 - After a big lunch we stopped off at San Gimignano to walk it off. San Gimignano is known as a mini Manhatten due to all the towers there are, and we decided to climb the Bell Tower to get some nice views over the town. The climb itself wasn't too bad, although the last part is a steep ladder and not the best when wearing a skirt on a windy day!

  • 23. Dondoli Gelateria di Piazza
    Gelateria Dondoli, San Gimignano

    Day 4 - The so called "best ice cream in the world". We were advised to go here by our tour guide. It wasn't the warmest day for ice cream, but it was still delicious!

  • 24. Leaning Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa)
    Torre di Pisa, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - Very impressive and surrounded by people taking the cheesy "holding up the tower" photo in various poses, but it's got to be done!

  • 25. Piazza dei Miracoli
    Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - The collection of buildings including the Duomo, the Leaning Tower, Baptistery and Cemetary all in one Piazza. Not to be missed.

  • 26. Window to theTower
    B&B Window to the Tower, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - We chose this place based on location and price. It's about a minute's walk from the Leaning Tower and was around 60 euro per night with breakfast. The hotel itself was comfortable and we had our own bathroom although this was separate to our bedroom and there didn't seem to be a lock to stop other people using it. The bedroom was clean, but the bathroom bin hadn't been emptied from the last guests, and there was what looked - and smelt - like a dirty nappy there!
    Overall, the hotel was ideal for what we wanted - a quick overnight stay - but I wouldn't have wanted to stay for much longer.

  • 27. Borgo Stretto
    Borgo Stretto, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - The main shopping street in Pisa, was nice for an early evening walk.

  • 28. Bazeel
    Bazeel, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - Taking a walk down Borgo Stretto, we were keeping an eye out for a nice bar to have a couple of drinks before dinner. Most of the places we saw seemed more like cafes than bars and looked like they were getting ready to close for the night. Once we got to the river we saw this place on the corner and decided to give it a try. The bar had a nice lively atmosphere without being too busy, and lovely wine. They also put out a free buffet for customers, which looked nice although we declined as we wanted to go for dinner.

  • 29. Osteria dei Mille
    Osteria dei Mille, Pisa, Province of Pisa

    Day 4 - We found this restaurant whilst walking back from Piazza dei Cavalieri towards our hotel. We decided to stop here for dinner as it seemed more traditional and much less "touristy" than a lot of the places near the Tower.
    The restaurant is lovely inside with a nice atmosphere, and the owner is very friendly. We shared a bottle of white wine (Vernaccia di San Gimignano), and had the taglietelle in a meat ragu sauce and mushroom and truffle filled ravioli both of which were really tasty and one of the best meals we had on our holiday.