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Inside our Florence Travel guide you will find all the most fascinating attractions and tips to sightsee during your stay in the city. Thanks to the reviews provided by its community, Placesonline is pleased to provide its users the best recommendations for travelling to Florence. This Italian town, which is known also as the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and with its innovative arts and architectures it changed the way we see the world. For centuries this amazing city has captured the imaginations and the attention of travelers from all around the world, tourists who have come seeking rooms with romantic views and phenomenal art. Florence owns a subtle beauty, which you can immediately perceive by looking to its unprepossessing palaces built in local stone. Take a walk along the Arno: it offers views that don't quit and haven't changed in 700 years. Wonder around Piazza della Signoria, always packed with tourists. You will have to bepatient there! It's the heart of the whole city, and home of the Uffizi, which represent the world's finest collection of Italian Renaissance art.If you are worried about booking your stay in Florence, don’t worry. The city is equipped with hotels for all budgets and all kind of visitors. For this reason, you can find both budget and luxury hotels in the historic center. Reading our Florence guide, you can find also some hostels and bed and breakfasts around the city, which are perfect for backpackers and travellers who want to live the adventure of the trip. If you want to eat some special Italian food and taste the traditions of some famous Tuscan’s dish, Florence's the perfect city. Its popularity with tourists means that there's a high variety of restaurants and you will not have any problem in finding a good place to eat. Finally, Florence is also very famous for its nightlife. Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and all the tips from the Florence Travel Guide provided by our users.

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Level 28
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Couple
1/29/2014
Overall rating: 9
It's very easy to get there by train, the area of Santa Maria Novella is full of small hotels which you can reach by foot and it's very close to the city centre (10 minutes' walk). Several buses depart from the station to get to the more distant attractions, such as the unmissable Piazzale Michelangelo Buonarroti from which you can admire all of Florence and s. Miniato
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Level 9
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Couple
1/29/2014
Overall rating: 9
Florence has a lot of monuments, squares and historic gardens, ancient villages and noble houses still in full splendour. There are craft shops and goldsmiths with unique items. There is so much to see and visit, to see it all, you have to stay at least a week. The Florentines are kind and friendly. Markets are also an attraction for tourists.
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Level 18
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Friends
12/30/2013
Overall rating: 9
The surroundings are beautiful. In particular Fiesole, Mugello Chianti, Monteriggioni, Siena and San Gimignano. The hills are full of small villages with churches and castles. The food is great. In the diocesan museums you can see spectular little-known works. The farms are very old and you can go the wine and cheese tasting.
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Level 9
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Family
11/28/2013
Overall rating: 9
It's charming, very beautiful, interesting and attractive for the culture at time of year, especially during Christmas and Easter. You can easily book museums and tours online. The public transport is comfortable, such as the trains and buses, they are frequent and some are free. The food is great, it's varied and there's something for all budgets.
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Level 1
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Couple
11/26/2013
Overall rating: 7
I ate the traditional "steak", the traditional "fiorentina", it's truly divine. Nowhere else I have ever eaten a steak so good! You can also combine the gastronomic pleasure with cultural pleasure: in Florence there are many monuments and places to visit. My grade: 10/10, congratulations!
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Level 10
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Family
8/23/2013
Overall rating: 9
It's easy to visit as the main attractions are concentrated in the centre. You can easily get around on foot, of course, keep in mind that you'll be walking a lot. For this reason it is best to go when the weather is mild, not least because you can eat a lot. The souvenirs are not a problem, you find some on every corner.
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Level 9
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Friends
8/23/2013
Overall rating: 8
Florence is great to walk around because it's quite samll. You can get to the centre from the station in very little time, and, continuing on foot, you can go to the Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo and to many other places, be it to visit monuments, or to go shopping.
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Level 11
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Family
8/23/2013
Overall rating: 10
The food is good, of course I mean the local cuisine. Steak to everyone's taste, good wine, "ribollita" and "pappa al pomodoro". There are lots of meats and mixed appetizers, the "cocoli" with cheese and ham are delicious. Boiled white beans with steak. The reception is great in small restaurants, there are also many very good pizzerias.
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Level 11
6/27/2013
Overall rating: 10
May/June is not too hot and there are nice days. On June 24, it's St. John's Day, there's patron saint festival, there are many events, old fashioned florentine football and fireworks! You get a wonderful view from the river bank, close to Ponte Vecchio! Don't forget a walk in the Boboli Gardens!
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Level 9
6/4/2013
Overall rating: 10
It's extraordinary ... full of places and sights to see .. you never get bored ... ideal for those who love art and culture. The public transport is very good and allows you to get around quickly, the museum tickets are by no means excessively expensive ....
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Level 17
5/30/2013
Overall rating: 9
Spring is the best time to visit Florence. In summer it is too hot to walk and there are too many tourists. But in the spring it is very pleasant to walk and delve into the medieval streets aimlessly looking at the detail of the old buildings.
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Level 9
4/22/2013
Overall rating: 10
Florence is small, but at the same time there are many things to see. So I recommend you make a programme of your holiday so that you don't waste any time and always stay close to the Duomo! A map is very useful for exploring Florence and experiencing your 'Renaissance'!
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Level 100
Overall rating: 6
The Santa Maria del Fiore, popularly known as Il Duomo because of its huge wooden dome, is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The Baptistery of St. John with its intricate mosaic floors and ceiling and the bell tower are a part of the main cathedral. The several piazzas are typical of Florence. The Piazza della Republica, the original medieval town centre, and the Piazza Signoria, the location of several museums and galleries, are the most important ones. The Ponte Vecchio is a unique stone bridge with shops hanging on to its edge with the help of stilts. The hill of Piazzale Michelangelo ... More is the site of the famed green and white basilica of San Miniato al Monte and an ideal point for a view of the entire city. Florence is an ideal base to explore the rest of Tuscany, especially the wine region of Chianti. For an offbeat experience try the hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Tuscany followed by a champagne breakfast.
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Level 100
Overall rating: 6
Florence, in the Tuscany region of Italy, is home to approximately 366,000 inhabitants. Having been home to the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Machiavelli and Michelangelo among others, it has earned the title of ‘the Renaissance capital of the World’.
Florence has a temperate continental climate. Summers are hot and dry with the average temperature in July and August at 31°C.  Early spring is the most pleasant time of the year.
Historically, Florence was along an important route between Rome and the northern part of the country and an important centre of art ... More and culture especially in the Middle Ages.
Its location is Tuscany, a premier wine-growing area in the world, makes the wine industry an important part of the city’s economics. Tourism is the other mainstay of the economy.
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Level 12
11/29/2012
Overall rating: 10
It is nice to study the Italian language and to combine it with touring eating and so on.
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Level 13
5/11/2012
Overall rating: 9
FLORENCE IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL CITY, YOU NEED AT LEAST 2 DAYS TO SEE IT PROPERLY. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE UFFIZI, YOU SHOULD BOOK AHEAD IN ORDER TO AVOID HOURS OF QUEUING TO GET IN. YOU HAVE TO TRY A FLORENTINE STEAK AND A LAMPREY SANDWICH, SOLD BY STREET VENDORS ...
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Level 14
5/4/2012
Overall rating: 10
The whole city is wonderful, I recommend the view from San Miniato al Monte, you can see the whole city, it is a view to die for. The Boboli Gardens are worth visiting,. Also enjoy a wonderful "fiorentina", there is a wide price range, you eat well in "trattorie" and the prices are right.
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Level 11
3/24/2012
Overall rating: 8
Do not miss the Ponte Vecchio with its jewelery: although most of it is to look at but not to touch, it's fascinating. What can I say the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace, the Cathedral and Santa Maria Novella? For those who don't love art, they don't need to worry, Florence is also full of science and nature museums, seeing is believing.
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Ponte Vecchio
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Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore
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Piazza della Signoria
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Stibbert museum
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