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A week in Florence - 2nd time around

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We were fortunate to be able to explore a wonderful week in Florence during the winter. This was our second trip to Florence - so we tried out some different new interesting museums, palaces, restaurants, etc..

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  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

17 Places

4 City Tips

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17 Places

Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

History Museums, Science Museums

Museo Leonardo Da Vinci

History Museums

Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Specialty Museums

I Mosaici Di Lastrucci

Art Galleries

Basilica di Santa Croce

History Museums

Uffizi Galleries

Art Museums

Museo di San Marco

Specialty Museums

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

Specialty Museums

Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums

Museo Novecento

Art Museums

Museo Stefano Bardini

Specialty Museums

Palazzo Vecchio

Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Basilica di San Lorenzo

Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums, Churches & Cathedrals

Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe

Restaurants

La Bussola

Restaurants

Acqua Al 2

Restaurants

Diane K's City Tips

  • Tips are included in the price of your meal.
  • Florence is a compact city - so you are able to walk to all attractions that I have listed.
  • Many restaurants provide complimentary limoncello after your lunch and dinner. Enjoy!
  • Winter is a great time to visit Florence - no crowds and the weather is decent.
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    Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
    History Museums, Science Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    If you enjoy science, you'll really enjoy the Museo Galileo. The signage is in English - which helped bring the educational and informative exhibits to life.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Not many other tourists - so you may have the place to yourself.
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top 5 in Florence 09/20/2018
    • Excellent museum. Download the app! 09/16/2018
    • Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
    Address:
    Piazza De' Giudici 1
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 265311
    Hours:
    Tue
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Wed - Mon
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Museo Leonardo Da Vinci
    History Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    We were amazed to learn how many unique inventions Leonardo came up with. The small museum has scale models of many of the inventions. Some are hands on exhibits. It was a nice break from all of the other art museums in Florence.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum opened at 10:30 in the winter.
    • We enjoyed watching the Leonardo Da Vinci movie that provided background on Leonardo.
    • Our visit lasted about an hour.
    • Interesting for kids too.
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • Mind blowing 09/21/2018
    • Really opens your eyes to Leonardo's genius 08/27/2018
    • Museo Leonardo Da Vinci
    Address:
    Via Camillo Cavour 21
    50129, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 295264
    Price range:
    $9 - $9
    Other:
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    Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
    Specialty Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Florence has the most gorgeous mosaics - they look like paintings! This museum provides a thorough explanation of how the mosaics are made. They have many beautiful mosaics on display.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Signage was in English, German and Spanish - so you don't need to go on a tour to thoroughly understand.
    • Upstairs are displays of the tools used to make the mosaics.
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • To my surprise this is probably my favorite museum in Florence. 08/27/2018
    • What a surprising museum 07/10/2018
    • Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure
    Address:
    Via Degli Alfani 78
    50121, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 26511
    Price range:
    $4 - $4
    Other:
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    I Mosaici Di Lastrucci
    Art Galleries
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    Diane K Says:

    This is a working mosaic studio and store. They are very welcoming and if they aren't busy they will provide a personal tour of how they cut the stones and make the mosaics. Absolutely gorgeous works of art.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be considerate of their time since they stop creating their mosaics when they take you on a tour.
    From the community
    Ranked #145 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • Artisan workshop. Astounding craftwork! 08/24/2017
    • An amazing workshop of craftsmen 10/17/2016
    • I Mosaici Di Lastrucci
    Address:
    Via dei Macci, 9
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 241653
    Other:
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    Basilica di Santa Croce
    History Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    This is a large beautiful church with various chapels. Michelangelo and Galileo are both buried here. There are many gorgeous statues and sculptures throughout. I especially liked the ceramic sculptures by Luca Della Robbia.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • We spent an hour touring the basilica.
    • The statue that may have been the inspiration for the Statue of Liberty is here.
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 09/24/2018
    • Day trip 09/24/2018
    • Basilica di Santa Croce
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Croce 16
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 246 6105
    Other:
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    Uffizi Galleries
    Art Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Must see when in Florence. We enjoyed looking at the palace as much as the art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Firenze Card not needed if you visit in the winter. We were shocked there were no lines in January.
    • Enjoy the view of the city outside on the roof after your visit.
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful building full of iconic art work 09/24/2018
    • Amazing 09/24/2018
    • Uffizi Galleries
    Address:
    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
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    Museo di San Marco
    Specialty Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    This old monastery was quite interesting - especially viewing the monk's rooms on the second floor where there is a different fresco drawn on the wall of each room.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the second floor - it is worth the walk up the stairs!
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must 09/22/2018
    • Must do 09/21/2018
    • Museo di San Marco
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 55 238 8608
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:15 AM - 1:15 PM
    Sat
    8:15 AM - 4:15 PM
    Other:
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    Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
    Specialty Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Beautiful example of what a wealthy Renaissance era home was like. You are able to view well preserved rooms, period furniture and wall frescoes.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Call ahead to see if the upper floors are open on the days you would like to visit.
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden treat, medieval tower house 08/30/2018
    • An aristocratic palace 07/09/2018
    • Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
    Address:
    Via Porta Rossa, 13
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8610
    Other:
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    Museo Nazionale del Bargello
    Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Nice museum with tremendous statues - especially on the first floor.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Second floor is also interesting to visit - but the star is the first floor statues.
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bargello - a must see! 09/24/2018
    • The Bargello is to Sculpture what the Uffizzi is to painting 09/22/2018
    • Museo Nazionale del Bargello
    Address:
    Via del Proconsolo 4
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8606
    Price range:
    $11 - $11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Museo Novecento
    Art Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    This may be the first modern art museum that you will really enjoy! The exhibits are organized by topic and time frame. The signage is by room - not individual pieces - which was quite well done.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • On the 3rd floor they had clips of old movies that were shot in Florence. Quite fun to see.
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely building in a lovely square 07/28/2018
    • Time wasted 05/06/2018
    • Museo Novecento
    Address:
    Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 10
    vicino alla Stazione centrale
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 286132
    Price range:
    $11 - $11
    Hours:
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri - Wed
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Museo Stefano Bardini
    Specialty Museums
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    Diane K Says:

    Bardini was an antique collector - and his museum displays a portion of his collection magnificently.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you enjoy taking pictures, you will appreciate the care of how the antiques are displayed to allow for great pictures.
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • We owe Mr. Bardini a debt of thanks 07/05/2018
    • We were blown away! 04/14/2018
    • Museo Stefano Bardini
    Address:
    Via dei Renai, 37
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 234 2427
    Hours:
    Fri - Mon
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Palazzo Vecchio
    Castles, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Diane K Says:

    This palace was built for the father's of the city's government in 1299. The sculptures, frescoes and architecture are tremendous.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 672 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a look 09/24/2018
    • Dante’s death mask 09/22/2018
    • Palazzo Vecchio
    Address:
    Piazza della Signoria
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 276 8465
    Hours:
    Thu
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri - Wed
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    Diane K Says:

    This is a small convent that has a Last Supper fresco. They also have other murals and artwork for viewing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The convent was free when we visited.
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • Quick visit to check out the Last Supper 07/10/2018
    • A Favorite Last Supper 05/31/2018
    • Cenacolo di Sant'Apollonia
    Address:
    Via XXVII Aprile, 1
    50129, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8607
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    Basilica di San Lorenzo
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Art Museums, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Diane K Says:

    Interesting basilica. The columns are gray so when you take pictures, it makes it seem like the photos are in black and white. Donatello's work was being restored when we visited.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can visit the museum within the church with your entry ticket.
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 672 things to do in Florence
    • A joy 09/20/2018
    • well worth a visite 09/01/2018
    • Basilica di San Lorenzo
    Address:
    Piazza di San Lorenzo 9
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 216634
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Diane K Says:

    Good small local restaurant with great scallopini.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • House wines are great.
    From the community
    Ranked #422 of 2,446 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome dinner and ask for Remzi 09/21/2018
    • Grazi Remzi! 09/19/2018
    • Osteria Il Gatto E la Volpe
    Address:
    Via Ghibellina nr. 151/R
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 289264
    Price range:
    $13 - $60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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    La Bussola
    Restaurants (Italian, European)
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    Diane K Says:

    Great restaurant. We enjoyed their 60's ambiance and their great veal scaloppine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try their Crostata Chocolate for a wonderful dessert
    From the community
    Ranked #305 of 2,446 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Patrick Stewart lookalike waiter wrecked our experience 09/19/2018
    • Well recommended to us 09/19/2018
    • La Bussola
    Address:
    Via Porta Rossa 58/R
    Angolo Piazza Davanzati
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 293376
    Price range:
    $24 - $71
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
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    Acqua Al 2
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    Diane K Says:

    Best meal we had in Florence. The tasting menus are tremendous. Fun atmosphere. You won't be disappointed in this small little restaurant.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • We shared a Primi and Secondi tasting menu - and of course a Dessert tasting menu.
    From the community
    Ranked #474 of 2,446 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Inauthentic tourist trap 09/18/2018
    • Very special restaurant 09/14/2018
    • Acqua Al 2
    Address:
    Via della Vigna Vecchia 40/R
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 284170
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
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