Florence

Visited in: October / 2018

  • Published on: 2018-12-12 by: Lily
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Florence

Florence can be considered one of the most beautiful Italian cities, where if you love art it is imperative to visit Florence. We have arrived at the Bologna with Frecciarossa high-speed train and made about 30 minutes, tips (it is recommended to buy online tickets because there is a substantial price reduction depending on the day and time, see this address http://www.trenitalia.com/).
For these quick trains, the tickets do not need to be stamped to be valid, as regular regional trains, where you need to stamp the ticket in the yellow machine at the station. We have stayed at Villa Royal not far from the train station, it was easy to reach. And quite close to the center city maybe about 15 minutes of walk.
In Florence all of the tourist attractions are compressed in the center and around it, you do not have to use public transport. Maybe the farthest place is Piazzale Michelangelo. From Ponte Vecchio to Piazzale Michelangelo we went somewhere about 10-15 minutes of walking, but the last part is harder because you have to climb several steps, up the hill. If you have small children or older people, it would be better to take a bus or a taxi. You can take 12 or 13 bus from center or hop-on hop-off Florence bus.
And once you get there, prepare your cameras, because you have the most beautiful panorama of Florence, especially if it is a serene day. You have to come and see the lighted city at night from Piazzale Michelangelo.
The prices for accommodation in Florence are quite high but not exaggerated. The food, here depends on the budget and the tastes of each one, it is good to avoid eating at the restaurants in the city center because the food is expensive and you can eat the same dishes at the periphery of the historic center, paying less. Be careful because many restaurants charge a cover for table seating (Coperto)in the menu, that fee is about 1- 2 euro per person but can be reach up to 4 euro. This means that besides what you ordered, you also have to pay this Coperto.
For example, an Aperol Spritz (tips: a good cocktail, which I recommend to try it) in the center can cost 10 euros and in most areas near the center the price is about 5, maximum 6 euros. We have eaten dinner at Trattoria Antica da Tito, the staff and the ambience of this place makes you feel extraordinary plus a very good food for fair price. Another night we have eaten at the Taverna Del Bronzino, here is something more expensive, with an impeccable service, but the food it was not so tasty. I have to tell you that without reservation you will not find any available places, even for the periphery restaurants.
If you are in Florence don't miss the local food Bistecca alla Fiorentina. And I warmly recommend to try schiacciata sandwiches - a panino filled with prosciutto accompanied by a glass of wine , at All’Antico Viniao.
What to see and visit:
Florence is the place where the cultural movement called the Renaissance began in the fourteenth till to the sixteenth century. Here you will find the most important works of the Renaissance, so do not miss the Galleria Ufizzi and the galleria dell 'Academia. Tips: very important, I recommend you to book tickets especially if you go summer. The queue is immense and you will stay long until you get in. The same is at the Dom, with tickets purchased online jump over the queue for at least one hour.
Some of the most important tourist attractions:
1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo.
Schedule / Hours In generally is open from 10m to 5pm. Thursdays: 10am to 4.55pm, Saturdays: 10am to 4.45pm, Sundays and religious holidays: 1.30pm to 4.45pm. During Holy Week - Holy Thursday: 12:30 - 4:30pm, Friday: 10.30am to 4.30pm, Holy Saturday: 11am to 4.45pm
2. Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St.John)
3. Piazza della Signoria and The Loggia dei Lanzi - containing antique and Renaissance art (free entry)
4. Galleria dell ‘Accademia (Academy Gallery)
Address: Via Ricasoli 58-60 – near Piazza San Marco.
Museum Hours
The museum is closed on Mondays and is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 8.15am to 6.50pm.
The museum is closed in first January, first May and December 25.
5. Piazzale Michelangelo
6. Uffizi Palace and Gallery
Opening hours
On Mondays , 1st January , 1st May and 25th December the museum is closed. From Tuesday to Sunday is open from 8.15am to 6.50pm. The ticket office closes at 6.05pm.
For book Uffizi tickets you may click on this link:
https://www.florence.net/timetable-services-uffizi-gallery.asp
7. San Lorenzo and Michelangelo’s Medici Tombs
About San Lorenzo Basilica address: Piazza San Lorenzo .
Ticket Price : 6,00 euro for Basilica and 8,50 euro for Basilica plus museum plus cloister and Laurenziana Library. Opening hours in Weekdays from 10am to 5pm & Sunday from 1,30pm to 5,30pm and is closed on all Sundays between November to February.
Oficial website : http://www.operamedicealaurenziana.org/en/home-2/
About Michelangelo's Medici Tombs address: is situated on the back of the Basilica San Lorenzo in Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6.
Ticket Price: full 8euro and reduced is 4euro. Opening hours until November 4th 2018 is open every day from 8.15am to 5 pm. The Michelangelo's Medici Tombs is open on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of every month and is closed on New Year’s Day, 1st May, Christmas and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday Monday of the each month.
8. Palazzo Vecchio (Palazzo della Signoria)
About Palazzo Vecchio is located in Piazza della Signoria. Tickets price for museum full 10 euro and 8 euro reduced. The Tower price is 10 euro full and 8 euro reduced. For both museum plus tower full price is 14 euro and reduced is 12 euro.
Opening hours: for museum between April till September is open every day less for Thursday 9am to midnight, between October till December: every day less for Thursday 9am to 7pm.
Opening hours for Tower between 1 st April to 30 September : every day 9 am to 9pm , on Thursdays 9am to 2pm, between 1st Octomber to 31 March every day 10am to 5pm, on Thursday 10am to 2pm.
9. Santa Croce
About Santa Croce is located in Piazza Santa Croce 16. Ticket price: full
8 euro and reduced is 6 euro. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays and holidays 2pm to 5.30pm. When is closed: 1st January, Easter, 13 June, 4 October, 25 and 26 December.
http://www.santacroceopera.it/en/Default.aspx
10. Ponte Vecchio
11. Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens
About Palazzo Pitti address: is located on the south side of the Ponte Vecchio and is a short distance from Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti.
Tickets Price: from 01/03 to 31/10 period - full 16euro and reduced is 8euro, from 01/11 to 28/02 period full is 10euro and reduced is 5euro
get the ticket on-line: https://www.uffizi.it/en/tickets
About Boboli Gardens address is behind Palazzo Pitti.
Tikets Price: from 01/03 to 31/10 period – full 10euro and reduced is 5euro, from 01/11 to 28/02 period – full is 6euro and reduced is 3euro.
get the ticket on-line: https://www.uffizi.it/en/tickets
12. San Minianto al Monte
About San Minianto al Monte : address - Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Firenze
Tikets Price : the entrance is free.
Opening hours: Weekdays-9.30am to 1pm an 3pm to 7pm/8pm on summer.
Website http://www.sanminiatoalmonte.it/
13. Bargello Palace National Museum
About Bargello Palace: address - Via del Proconsolo, 4 - 50122 Firenze
Tickets Price: full 8euro and reduced is 4euro
Opening hours: every day from 8:15 to 14:00, Ticket office close at 13.20.
Website :
http://www.bargellomusei.beniculturali.it/musei/1/bargello/
14. Casa-Buonarroti – Address Via Ghibellina 70, 50122 Firenze.
Entrance fee full price 6.50 euro, entrance fee reduced 4.50 euro.
Museum opening hours: November, 1 – February, 28 from 10am to 4.30pm. March, 1 – October, 31 from 10am to 5pm.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays and the following holidays: 1st January, 15st August, 25st December and Easter Sunday.
https://www.florence.net/timetable-services-uffizi-gallery.asp/


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