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Florence Tour Ideas
Discover the grandest monumental complex of Florence, where masters like Giotto, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo competed over the centuries to create the greatest artistic and architectural expression of Christianity
Private walking tour to Santa Maria Novella square with the possibility, upon your request, to visit one of the most important churches of Florence. You will also visit the famous 'Officina di Santa Maria Novella', the oldest European pharmacy. Your tour includes a two-course menu with light drinks in a typical restaurant.
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Things to do in Florence if you have a Florence Airport Layover or Extended Florence Airport Stopover
If you have an extended layover at the Florence Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Florence.LayoverIdeas.com
Accademia Gallery, Via Ricasoli. Highlights are Michelangelo's David and the unfinished Slaves. The David was recently cleaned in a controversial project. No photography is allowed inside. Wait times can be under one hour in the off-season. It is possible to reserve at the academia in advance and save yourself the long line.
- If you only interested in see David and Rape of the Sabines,and are short on cash you can see similar replicas in Palazzo Vecchio where you can also take pictures.
Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi. One of the world's most famous fine art museums with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity. Included is The Birth of Venus and Primavera by Sandro Boticelli, as well as Titian's Venus of Urbino. There are often long lines and several hours' wait is common, starting even before the doors open. Reserve ahead, or take a tour.
Ponte Vecchio the oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno; the only Florentine bridge to survive World War II. The Ponte Vecchio (literally "old bridge") is lined with shops, traditionally mostly jewellers since the days of the Medici. Vasari's elevated walkway crosses the Arno over the Ponte Vecchio, connecting the Uffizi Gallery to the old Medici palace.
Palazzo Vecchio - old city palace/city hall, adorned with fine art. The replica of Michelangelo's "David" is placed outside the main door in the original location of the statue, which is a symbol of the Comune of Florence. The site displays an important collection of Renaissance sculptures and paintings, including the Putto, by Verrochio, and the series of murals by Giorgio Vasari at the Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Houndreds) - the hall which used to display the now lost Renaissance masterpiece, that is, the so-called Battaglia di Anghiari, by Leonardo da Vinci.
Boboli Gardens, elaborately landscaped and with many interesting sculptures, behind the Pitti Palace. Wonderful city views. Don't miss the Bardini gardens. Entrance to that is included in the combination ticket price for the Boboli, and it's a short walk from the Boboli Gardens. There are great views of the Duomo from the Bardini gardens.
Take a cooking class
Cooking Class. Florence and Tuscany are becoming synonym of cooking class. Tuscan cuisine is appreciated worldwide and a cooking class experience is now more and more part of Tuscany attractions, carrying back home memories and improved cooking skills. There are many in the area, either in historical villas in the countryside or in central Florence, from Florentine use of tripe and giblets to the use of organic ingredients from the local producers. From limited amount of students to large classes. During high touristic season make sure to book in advance.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Florence Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
See Florence from Above
There are a few ways to see Florence from above:
- Climb the Duomo or Campanile. Traverse the winding staircases inside the duomo or the nearby bell tower to see some of the best views of Florence. Not only can you see the Tuscan countryside in the distance and the impressive palaces and churches of Florence in the fore, but it also shows you just how large the Duomo is.
- If you would like to see Florence from "above" then you should take a bus to Fiesole. Take the Hop On Hop Off tour bus, or the local bus (Bus 7). This is a hill just 15-20 minutes outside the centre to the east where you have a fantastic view of the total city. A perfect spot for a lunch or the sunset.
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