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  • FlorencePro 2014
    Rachel E.
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    2 Jul 10, 2014

    I had heard that either you are a Rome person, or a Florence person. After experiencing Rome, I thought for sure I'd be a Florence person. I was wrong.
    The Duomo exterior is beautiful, art galleries are interesting, good shopping for particular items such as leather, but other than that, I found myself extremely happy to be leaving and wouldn't really want to go back.
    Florence is the first city in Italy where I truly felt unsafe. My friend and I were harassed wherever we went from people yelling at us, demanding money, trying to steal things or making inappropriate advances. We're conservative women who are street savvy and it came as a shock. I've been in Rome three times and have never experienced this kind of harassment. The train station was appalling and my friend had her 20kg bag ripped out of her hand by a young man trying to get money from us. We refused and eventually got the bag back but watched in horror as he and 8 other men did this to all the woman on the platform, regardless of age.
    It was such a disappointment considering I had been looking forward to Florence for so long, but other than a few moments, really did not enjoy the city at all.

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    will kearse
    5 Jul 06, 2014

    Final meal in Florence and we treated ourselves to some good beer steak and spaghetti. Had an amazing time here, the history, the people and just the atmospher here are amazing, be sure to visit :)

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    Leow Cheng Lam
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    4 Jul 22, 2014

    Walking tour start from Santa Maria Del Fiore-the largest Cathedral of Italy. Walk along the shopping street toward Piazza Signoria. It time permits, shop for fine Florence leather goods at one of the showrooms.

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    Paulette Lirio
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    5 Jun 22, 2014

    The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte is across the Piazalle Michelangelo where we get the breathtaking view of Florence. After attending the 6pm mass, a kind nun ushered us to the nearby abbey where we joined the Gregorian-chanted vespers. Another very spiritual experience to my pilgrimage. I am very happy passing by Florence and the monte en route to Siena.

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  • FlorencePro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Jun 16, 2014

    Gorgeous, historic city in the heart of Tuscany! This city was integral to the Renaissance, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the art art and architecture are completely breathtaking.

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    5 May 02, 2014

    With its red-roofed buildings along the Arno backdropped by rolling hills, it’s no wonder this Renaissance city leaves visitors love-struck. Art lovers fall for Florence’s classic architecture and masterful Michelangelos, while foodies adore the authentic Tuscan cuisine and stone’s-throw jaunts to the Chianti countryside.

    Don’t Miss: Jaw-dropping skyline vistas from the Giardini Bardini, or essential souvenir shopping in the charming Oltrarno quarter, with its artisan workshops and small boutiques.

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    5 Apr 03, 2014

    One of my favorite cities of Europe to visit. Incredible Art, history, buildings, people, food, and a place to spend weeks sitting in squares and enjoying the sunshine, food, wine and people!

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    Travis Katz
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    5 Mar 28, 2014

    What a beautiful city! Gorgeous architecture, amazing food and so much rich culture to explore. A definite must visit in Italy.

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    Christina F
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    5 Mar 02, 2014

    Great apartment www.vrbo.com/4710 , clean, and well served with public transportation. Very close to the Metro station, in 7 minutes at the heart of historic center. 90 euro per night for 6 people!!

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    Sara
    5 Apr 06, 2014

    Florence now has a pedestrian historic center - no longer must tourists look out for cars while they are admiring the Duomo! There are of course lots of good places to eat, you will suggestions and guidebooks at Il Poggiolo! Take the train to Florence if you prefer, only 35 minutes to the central station at Santa Maria Novella, and easy walking distance from all the main sights!

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    Keith Preble
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    5 Mar 08, 2014

    People always ask me why I don't LOVE Florence. I think it is an amazing city, but it is a bit on the touristy side, at least for my tastes, and the crowds that never cease can sometimes be daunting and frustrating. But one visit to the city, and you will understand immediately why people flock there. There is so much to see and do that I find myself going back often. There are great places to shop, eat and sleep there, and there are so many churches, museums, palaces and works of art every where that you will just never be bored or wanting for something to do. It's also close to Siena and Pisa and not far from Rome either if you want to head down to the Italian capital for the day.

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  • FlorencePro 2014
    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Jan 10, 2014

    The city imbued with absolute romance, classy cafés and high-end boutiques - Firenze is almost like a giant designer gallery in itself. It's artistic culture blessed with the renowned works of Botticelli and Michelangelo and streets filled with works of modern artisans of all trades, a city of art at its heart.

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    Shayla Gordon
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    5 Dec 06, 2013

    First of all, Florence is in Tuscany. Tuscany is a region. Florence is a good home base, depending on when you're going accommodations in Florence (or on the countryside if your adventurous/rustic) will be cheaper than Rome. From Florence, Venice, Pisa, Siena and a host of other smaller cities and town are just a short train or bus ride away. I lived in Florence for quite some time there are great cheap hotels there that will allow you to spend your money on other things, like clothes and leather goods of which there will be plenty. Rome is a great city to visit for a few days but a little hard to navigate completely on foot since it's so spread out, if you do stay there, make sure to be in the center of the city. Either way if you'r looking to be wowed by the art you've learned about in books, Florence or Rome will both deliver beyond your wildest dreams. For fashion, unless you are going during fashion week in Milan, you aren't going to see anything different than what you would get in Florence or Rome. But if you do happen to be there in the winter or early fall, you will get your fill of fashion photographers, models, and industry people in both Milan and Florence, in my opinion Florence is the best bet. The best food, the easiest to navigate on foot, and the cheapest of the three.

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    Laurel W
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    5 Mar 07, 2014

    For a lover of art, Florence was a marvellous city to visit. So great, I've been twice in three years. It is compact and easy to walk around and there are endlessly interesting museums.

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    Sara Tracey
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    5 Mar 07, 2014

    Gah! Florence! I haven't traveled abroad much, but I'm going to make this completely rash declaration anyway: there's no place better in the world. This completely walkable city has incredible food (Il Latini will make you think you've died and gone to heaven), charming locals, and a thriving night life (the art and history are, of course, incredible as well). Visit in the summer and spend every afternoon eating gelato and wandering the streets. There's a new delight around every corner.

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    Liza Prado
    5 Mar 31, 2014

    Florence--Firenze, in Italian--is considered one of Italy's most beautiful cities (and that's saying a lot!). Located in the heart of Tuscany, it's known for it's stunning architecture and art as well as it's historical importance, especially during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

    As a tourist, there is tons to do--from museums and historical sites to great restaurants and open air markets. It's also just a perfect city to wander in, take in the beauty of the buildings, and people watch.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Was once one of the great trading centers in the world. The vast wealth that accumulated in Florence from this trade can be seen in the amazing architecture that beautifies the city, and the spectacular examples of art that reside in Florence's world class museums. It is definitely the gem of Tuscany.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Jun 23, 2014

    This stunning city is an artist's dream. Take time out to wonder and enjoy the ambience, wine, and food. If you don't take time to enjoy, easy to get museumed out. The hoards of tourists are a major detractor but this city is a gem.

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    5 Oct 21, 2013

    I can tell that I left a piece of my heart in Florence, city that combines in itself enormous amount of historic monuments, its specific culture, amazing food (I would defenitely reccomend see food restaurants), good quality leather goods (shoes, purses and so on) stores, very nice people and much much more..

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    Rachel Greene
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is definitely one of the most beautiful, culturally influential cities in the world. There is literally something to see on every single corner. Everything is within walking distance (I didn't set foot in public transport during either visit) and the food... you've never had it like this before.

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Known worldwide for being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence’s highlights include amazing architecture, gorgeous works of art, and of course, delicious Italian food. Located in the middle of the Italian “boot” along the Arno River, Florence was home to many pivotal figures in the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and many others who have ... read more
contributed to the arts. With tourism centered in the centro storico (historic center), many vacationers choose one of the many hotels located near here. A top attraction here is Il Duomo (The Dome), a magnificent cathedral capped with the world’s largest brick dome. Climbing to the top offers visitors a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding Italian countryside. Not far away is the Ufizi Museum, home to arguably the best collection of Renaissance art in the world. The vast majority of visitors go to the Accademia di Belle Arti, which houses Michelangelo’s iconic sculpture of David. Ponte Vecchio, Italian for “old bridge,” is a favorite among tourists for its charm and fine jewelry stores, a trade that has thrived on the bridge since 1593. Restaurants in Firenze are definitely classical Italian, offering lots of pasta, olive oils, breads, and meat. Florence is definitely an experience that awakens the soul and softens the heart of any traveler.

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