Prior to my visit to Florence in Tuscany in November 2009 I requested tips on what to do and see in this beautiful Tuscan city. Here are the tips I received from blog comments and tweets on Twitter, to help you plan your trip to Florence.
Me in Florence with backdrop of Ponte Vecchio
Chris Cook of Noambit our MP3 audio tours of Florence have some great advice on where to go and can guide visitors to all the important places throughout the city. Four recommendations I’d give…1. Visit Dante’s Church and see the tomb of his beloved Beatrice. 2. Force yourself to at least try a Trippa sandwich from the popular street vendors. 3. Visit the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy 4. Keep an eye out for the Petrified Lady of Florence.
Waitinginthedark of Explorer believes it’s a good idea to visit smaller museums or places that are not on the usual agenda. Among these in Florence, he recommends going to see the Biblioteca Laurenziana. The library, created by the Medici Family, provides a gorgeous architectural example, having been partially projected and built by Michelangelo. Additionally, it has a unique collection of old manuscripts (around 11,000).
Sam: Do not miss Trattoria Mario! Only open 12-3pm Monday-Saturday. Get there a little before 12 to get a seat right away- it fills up quickly! Via Rosina 2r, next to Mercato Centrale. Trattoria Sostanza- amazing bistecca alla fiorentina and butter chicken. Antico Noe for great sandwiches (to rival I Fratellini, which are also very good).
For a great view of Florence, head up to Piazzale Michelangelo.
View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
Megan of Context Travel has a few dining recommendations for Florence: Sergio Gozzi (San Lorenzo area), Antico Ristoro ai Cambi (San Frediano), Ino (for light lunches of sandwiches made to order), desserts at Patrizia Cosi (Santa Croce) and organic breakfasts at CaffeLatte (Via degli Alfani).
Roberta Kedziersk: Florence, where to start? Early mornings are great for seeing the centre without the crowds. Don’t neglect the “other” side of the Arno,ie the area known as Oltrarno. Not just Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, but even Poggio Reale, and Bellosguardo, which are through Porta Romana, and so technically outside the city, as is Arcetri, where Galileo lived. Oh, and see his house on Costa San Giorgio too”
@1step2theleft‘s tip is Osteria Cibreo in Florence. Gr8 revisited traditional cuisine and unforgettable culinary experience!
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