Trip Plan Details
- Piazza Del DuomoPiazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
- Basilica di Santa Maria NovellaPiazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence 50123 Italy
- Osteria dè BenciVia dè Benci, 13, 50122 Florence Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Osteria dè BenciAmazing local Tuscan restaurant. Had fabulous rabbit. Also known for its 'drunk spaghetti' and impeccable service. Won't disappoint.Recommended for:.Comment.about 1 year ago. ReportD'Maris Coffman
This place is a regular hangout of the Italian-speaking faculty on Penn-in-Florence. The best meal I've had in the city and one of the cheaper ones. You can really blow out the wallet on the other side of the river.
- Pitti PalacePiazza Pitti 1, Florence 50125 Italyrecommended Pitti PalaceThe originally it is the mainly Palace called the Pitti Palace, then was by the Medici Family. There are many treasury and painting inside. I enjoyed all galleries and the museums here.Recommended for:
- Loggia dei LanziPiazza della Signoria, 5, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Loggia dei LanziOne of my favorite spots in Florence, this outdoor sculpture gallery sits in the Piazza della Signoria, adjacent to Palazzo Vecchio.Rachel Greene
The Piazza della Signoria is a great place to stroll or to sit and relax for a bit. It has a lot to see and is in a lovely open area.
- aroma ristoranteVia Ghibellina, 67, 50122 Firenze, Italy
- Pizzeria TotoPiazza dei Cimatori (Via Dante Alighieri), Firenze, Toscana, Italyrecommended Pizzeria TotoIf you are looking for a fantastic slice, look no further than Pizzeria Toto. They've got a great selection of vegetarian and meat pizza slices for 2-3 euro. Additionally, you can get a cup of Tuscan ... read moretable wine for 1.50 euro.Recommended for:VegetarianRandy Kalp
We made daily trips to Pizzeria Toto and it never disappointed. The restaurant is about a five minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery. It's a tiny place, but trust me it packs a big punch.
- Caffe PaszkowskiPiazza della Repubblica, 6, Firenze, FI 50100, Italyrecommended Caffe PaszkowskiThis historic cafe in Piazza della Repubblica serves up tasty cappuccinos and has great selection of desserts, including some of the finest cannoli we found in Florence.Recommended for:Randy Kalp
We scoured the city for a month in search of the best cannoli and Caffe Paszkowski won hands down. Not only is it thick and decadent, but one end is topped with a cherry, while the other is filled with pistachios.
- Il Palagio Wine estate in Panzano in ChiantiVia Case Sparse 38, Panzano in Chianti(fi)recommended Il Palagio Wine estate in Panzano in ChiantiIf you want to enjoy the countryside of Tuscany and its magic atmosphere you can do a wine tour at Il Palagio! The wine tours last one hour and half,and it includes: 1- Wine tours starting from our ... read morevineyards, showing our guest the morphologic area and the particular soil of Panzano in Chianti 2- Explaination of the process of production of the wine 3- Visit il Palagio's cellar 4- Visit of the olive trees and explaination about the oil of Il Palagio 5- Wine tasting at our table in front of the "Conca d'Oro" of panzano in chianti, with its magical view and atmosphere, light lunch and a short lessons of wine tasting. Reservation is requested.Recommended for:
- Ponte VecchioLungarno degli Archibusieri, 8R, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Ponte VecchioMagical everytime . Great view both on the bridge and from the bridge.Recommended for:recommended Ponte VecchioNo visit to Florence is complete without walking the Ponte Vecchio. It looks lovely in the evening sun when looked at the Palazo Pitti side of the river. While you are there drop by the Pitti - ... read morereserve some hours to browse the art in the museum.Recommended for:
- Uffizi GalleryPiazzale degli Uffizi, 50122 Florence, Italyrecommended Uffizi GalleryA must see. Try to buy your tickets in advance to avoid the line. I think you can buy them by phone and pick them up at the museum.Recommended for:recommended Uffizi GalleryHouses possibly the best collection of Italian art in the world. My faves are Giotto, Botticelli, Pierto della Francesca, and Raphael. It's organized so you see the oldest art first. I suggest you do ... read moresome research beforehand so you can beeline to what's most important to you, or just wander through. When I went last year no water was allowed inside, the cafe was closed, and the only bathrooms were on the first floor. Be ready for lots of stairs, and buy tickets in advance.Barbara Kossy
It can be a grind. Maybe in off season it will be more friendly.recommended Uffizi GalleryUffizi Gallery was a little bit of a letdown when we visited it on our honeymoon oh so many years ago. Many of the rooms were under restauration. We have not visited since even while visiting Florence ... read moremany times. One thing has remained constant - the queue to Uffizi can be enormous and moves very slowly so might be worth the time to be very early at the door.Recommended for:
- Museo di Storia della Fotografia Fratelli AlinariLargo Fratelli Alinari, 15, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Museo di Storia della Fotografia Fratelli AlinariRecommended for:
- Il PizzaiuoloVia dè Macci, 113, 50122 Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Il PizzaiuoloPizza napoletana!Recommended for:
- Restaurant Caffe' PittiPiazza de' Pitti, 9, Firenze, Italia
- DantePiazza Nazario Sauro, 12, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended DanteExcellent italian food, friendly staff! :)Recommended for:
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Great to hear from you! We were actually in Florence for a month in October catching up on some work, so I've got a couple places I can recommend. I'm camping now, but I'll be back home tomorrow and will put together a few recommendations for you.
- Golden View Open BarVia de' Bardi, 58, Florence, Italyrecommended Golden View Open BarWe went here for lunch and the window side tables with the great view over the Arno river and of the Ponte Vecchio but the food did not disappoint. The look of the restaurant is very modern, big ... read morewindows, lots of white and chrome. There are three rooms which range along the edge of the Arno River. One area is more like a deli and wine bar, another more casual café style and the third a slightly more formal restaurant. Despite the very non-Italian name, the Italian dishes are quite good. The menu is quite extensive. We enjoyed our pastas and pizzas but there are bigger meat and fish items as well as a number of desserts. The views out the windows are great and even the bathrooms in the basement have an interesting view closer to the water.Recommended for:Laurel W
You don't need to have a meal. There's a lively bar area where you can view the Arno River.
- Ora D'ariaVia Dei Georgofili 11 - Firenze (fi)recommended Ora D'ariaThis was the best restaurant we tried in Florence. The decor of the place is quite contemporary, has interesting contemporary artwork on the walls, linen table cloths and gleaming crystal wine ... read moreglasses. The menu can be described as innovative Italian. The bread tray was delicious and so unlike the traditional unsalted Tuscan bread. Pastas were handmade and the meats were delicious, more modern than traditional such as beef cheeks and a combination rabbit dish. The wine list was very good for Italian and French wines. It was pricey but worth it. The name is interesting and refers to the hour of exercise prisoners get in the yard. A former prison sits across the street from the restaurant's original location. It has since moved to close to the Ufizzi.Recommended for:Laurel W
Locals describe this place as out of the way because it's two blocks from the centre ;-) A foodie friend ate there recently and confirmed my impression that it is a great place to eat.
- NeroneVia Faenza 95, Florence, Italyrecommended NeroneThis is a pretty large establishment and the menu is pretty extensive. However, if you see FRIED LAMB on the specials menu, get it. Otherwise the pizzas are fantastic and you can do no wrong with ... read moretheir pastas.Recommended for:
- Tourist House GhibertiVia Bufalini 1, 50122 Florence, Italyrecommended Tourist House GhibertiRecommended for:Zain Habboo
Travis, we stayed at this amazing B&B in downtown Florence. Accomodations were more like a high end boutique hotel, and it's within walking distance of all of the sites. Oh and totally affordable to boot :)
- Il Duomo of Florence Piazza Duomo 17, Florence 50122 Italyrecommended Il Duomo of FlorenceRecommended for:recommended Il Duomo of FlorenceMagnificent church full of photogenic detail. The dome looks great near the golden hour. Just a few steps away from a lovely square full of very reasonable restaurants (the square is sort of between ... read morethe Magdalena Church and Il Duomo).Recommended for:
- Osteria Dell'olioPiazza dell'Olio, 10-red, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended Osteria Dell'olioThis is hands down the best meal I had during all of my time spent in Italy. The menu was filled with inventive dishes like a prawn tortelli in an orange sauce (I know there was much more in there but ... read moreI can't remember). We actually had a Florentine make the reservation for us after talking with him about food in the area. He said this place was even his personal favorite restaurant in Florence.Recommended for:Katie Pierce
Best meal I had when traveling around Italy! Highly recommended!
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Make sure you check out one of the popular Italian Artist tours. The city is filled with culture and genius minds. If you like art and culture, it's a can't miss. Also, make sure you travel to the top of the hill to see one of the David statues and look over the Domo and city. It's breathtaking.
- Galileo Science Museum Piazza dei Giudici 1, Florence 50122 Italyrecommended Galileo Science MuseumThis museum is full of beautifully made, very old scientific instruments that now help track technological revolutions of the past. Highlights are Galileo's telescope, early clocks, and navigation ... read moretools used to guide sailor's across vast oceans in the days (and nights) before the GPS. Did this collection inspire the art director in the movie "Dune?" Big plusses: open on Mondays and is right near the Ufizzi. About $10 in 2013.Barbara Kossy
On display is one of Galileo's fingers in a special little reliquary.recommended Galileo Science MuseumI'm a little embarrassed to admit this is one of my favorite museums in the world, but hey, Galileo's middle finger in formaldehyde apparently floats my boat. While you can see beautiful art around ... read morethe world, it's not often you can peruse through rooms of astrolabes, medieval obstetrical supplies and barometric gauges (this isn't really helping me sound any cooler, is it?). Plus, they have wonderfully detailed descriptions of each room in half a dozen languages (including English). In 2010, the museum was renamed the Museo Galileo for its dedication to all things Galilean like his telescopes and lenses, including the ones he used to discover Jupiter's moons.Recommended for:Alex L
I love, love, love this museum.
- Dante's House MuseumVia Santa Margherita, 1, Florence 50122 Italyrecommended Dante's House MuseumWhile Dante never lived here (it was built just recently) Dante's House Museum celebrates and educates on the life and times of Dante Alighieri, one of the Western world's best-loved poets. While I ... read morecan't recommend this museum to everyone, it's a great place to learn the history of Florence. A visit here is a must for Dante fans, and anyone who enjoys his work. The first floor is dedicated to his youth, the contemporary politics of Florence, and battles fought (some by Dante himself). The second floor relates to Dantes exile from Florence, and the third shows art and literature about Dante and his works. I loved "The Inferno" and was thrilled to be in a place devoted to the life and times of a person so witty, lyrical, and acerbic.Barbara Kossy
It could be a good choice on a rainy day, especially if it's near your hotel.
- Piazzale MichelangeloPiazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Piazzale MichelangeloThis is the spot. Bring your camera at dawn or sunset to make a try for that quintessential shot of the Duomo and city of Florence. It's a nice little walk south and then up the hill from the Pitti ... read morePalace area. Once time I was up there and there was a VW bug rally. Another time some sort of traffic police event. It's Italy, so you never know just what you'll see.Barbara Kossy
Head up there for the big picture, and the classic Florence sunset.
- Villa GamberaiaVia del Rossellino 72, Florence 50135 Italyrecommended Villa GamberaiaThis private villa in Settignaio, opens it's classic gardens to the public. I strolled the paths through green lanes ending in views out to the city of Florence. Fountains bubble, and mists drift ... read morethrough distant olive trees. A truly lovely place with a special stone grotto dedicated to Neptune. Great plantings and stonework throughout the gardens, with lots of shade. We took the number 10 bus from a stop near the Acccademia in Florence. You can also take a taxi. Settignaio is abvery small town, so if you want a picnic bring your supplies and water up from Florence.Barbara Kossy
If you get some nice weather, it could be a lovely break from cobblestones and marble.
- VestriBorgo degli Albizi, 11, 50122 Florence Province of Florence, Italyrecommended VestriAnother great gelateria in Florence. Less well known than Vivoli, but maybe even better!Recommended for:
- Gelateria Dei Neri Di Vivoli Maurizio Via dei Neri, 22, 50122 Florence, Italyrecommended Gelateria Dei Neri Di Vivoli MaurizioFabulous gelateria! Not that we found much bad gelato, this was just a great one! Not too impressive from the outside, but worth it.Recommended for:Doug Patteson
This address may not be correct - Via Isole delle Stinche
- San Marco FriaryPiazza San Marco, 1recommended San Marco FriaryFra Angelico's paintings on the walls of the friary's cells are not to be missed! Incredibly peaceful place and awe inspiring art. His painting of The Annunciation is one of my favorites!Recommended for:Doug Patteson
Travis, if you have any interest in Renaissance art, I would visit this spot on any return trip to Florence!
- Grand Hotel MinervaPiazza Santa Maria Novella 16, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended Grand Hotel MinervaThe Grand Hotel Minerva is in a great location; it is right in the centre of everything just two minutes walk from the station in a piazza next to the lovely Santa Maria Novella church. The view from ... read moreour room was superb at the front of the hotel. This is one of the few hotels I found with a pool which is on the roof meaning you can relax in the sun and take in a fabulous view when you have seen all of the attractions. This is by no means the flashiest hotel in Florence but delivered great vlue for money in a superb location.Recommended for:Ben Maher
Worked for me but you may already have this part of your trip covered. The pool will obviously be closed at this time of year as well,
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Weirdly I've never spent much time in Florence but the way I find the bet restaurants in Italy are via the Gambero Rosso guide, an online site called guida dells guide that combines the Gambero and Michelin, or (don't tell too many Anglos) another one called duespaghi.it that is only Italians. If you have basic Italian you can figure out the gist. Hope Florence goes well!
- il magazzino s.a.s. di Cai LucaPiazza della Passera, 50125 Florence, Italyrecommended il magazzino s.a.s. di Cai LucaLocated in a great and lively place, this restaurant offers a wide selection of typical tuscan dishes, and its specialty is the trippa dish. Prices are very cheap for the quality offered.Recommended for:
- GiacosaVia della Spada, 10, 50100 Florence, Italyrecommended GiacosaIt is Robert Cavalli's lounge bar and cafe in Florence. It has some tables outside refreshed with artificial fog during hot summer. Inside you can find chocolate, sweets, cakes, made up according to ... read morethe stylist's style. It is directly connected with Cavalli boutique.Recommended for:
- Lungarno 23 SrlLungarno Torrigiani, 23, 50125 Florence, Italyrecommended Lungarno 23 SrlIn a charming place close to Arno river, this restaurant offers a wide choice of hamburger, all made of 'fiorentina' meat. This is a very valid choice for whom who wants to escape from traditional ... read moredishes, but likes typical tastes.Recommended for:
- Trattoria SostanzaVia della Porcellana, 25 r, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended Trattoria SostanzaLocated in a small place, this restaurant looks like a butcher. The best dish is the chiken on butter and, of course, the 'fiorentina' steak. It's better to make a reservation because it has few ... read moreseats.Recommended for:
- Il Santo BevitoreVia di Santo Spirito, 64-red, 50125 Florence, Italyrecommended Il Santo BevitoreIt is a nice place to go for pre dinner, dinner or after dinner. The environment is young and stylish. The food is very good and dishes very well prepared. Staff is kind. A really nice spot in ... read moreFlorence.Recommended for:
- Buca LapiVia del Trebbio, 1r, Florence 50123 Italyrecommended Buca LapiIt is located in the old winery of Antinori building. The environment is unique. Walls are covered with billboards of 60s. Menu is of typical Tuscany . Wines are something great, including Antinori ... read morebest products, such as Solaia and Tignanello.Recommended for:Manuela Nadin
It is very expensive, but a really taste of Tuscany and ANtinori's tradition.
- Osteria TornabuoniVia de' Corsi, 5, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended Osteria TornabuoniIt is located in the most stylish street of Firenze, in a very ancient building of the town. The restaurant has a modern look, the winery has a complete list of masterpieces, dishes are very original ... read moreand tasty.Recommended for:
- L'Osteria Di GiovanniVia del Moro 22, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended L'Osteria Di GiovanniWho knew ricotta and pear would go so well together in a savory pasta? (Giovanni, apparently.) Giovanni's is in the city center, but down an empty enough side street to be inconspicuous. You will ... read moreoften be the only tourist in the restaurant, but the staff is as friendly as could be.Recommended for:Alex L
This is the place near your hotel. There's also a beautiful artist's shop on the same block.
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Like you, I haven't been to Florence in a decade, so the restaurants I ate in my be gone or have changed.
I would recommend visiting the Baptistery and the Duomo (just across the street as I recall).
If you want to visit the major art museums, I'd highly recommended buying timed admission tickets online in advance to avoid standing in line: http://ttftr.com/URbodA (I bought mine before leaving the SF Bay Area and picked them up at will-call at each museum.) I liked the Medici Chapels better than the Uffizi.
Have a good trip.
Freelance Travel Writer
- Parione SrlVia Parione, 74, 50123 Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Parione SrlWalked in without a reservation for a late lunch. Very extensive menu and wine list. The service was very good, and the food fantastic. How can a simple spaghetti be so good?? Prices are competitive ... read morewith other Florence restaurants. Highly recommend it.Recommended for:Koji Kawano
Not sure how busy the city will be when you visit, but I would recommend you make a reservation just in case. Very intimate restaurant with great food and professional service.
- BaldovinoVia San Giuseppe, 22r, Florence 50122 Italyrecommended BaldovinoA favorite to my Florence local friends and fellow study abroaders, Baldovino hosts the most unbelievable mouth-watering wood oven pizza. I was lucky enough to live several blocks away... I was ... read moretremendously spoiled! Baldovino will always be a huge part of my memories of living in Florence.Recommended for:
- Villa La MassaVia della Massa 24, Candeli 50012, Italyrecommended Villa La MassaThis 16th Century Mansion is perfect if you love the idea of exploring Florence but don't want to be in the city. Located on a hilltop overlooking the city it is a romantic alternative to the city ... read morecentral hotels. It is open seasonally April-October to take advantage of the gorgeous Tuscan weather. The rooms are exquisite with lush furnishings but also offer all of the modern amenities( flat screen tv's, wireless internet) that we need. The hotel does provide a complimentary hotel shuttle to the Ponte Vecchio for their guests.Recommended for:Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
I just saw that you are going in December so this won't work for you this time BUT keep it in mind. I am a hotel snob and absolutely fell in love with the property and the employees.
recommended San GimignanoOne of my favorite places in Italy... this medieval town was like something out of a fairytale, or like I was stepping into a Shakespearean play. Whimsical, charming, and did not feel quite real = my ... read morekind of place.Recommended for:recommended San GimignanoOne definitely good stopover is to stop in San Gimignano. See the towers that crusaders already saw. Eat ice cream sold by one of the teams participating in ice cream world championships.Recommended for:Hannu Kokko
this is just a short car ride away from Florence. Not to be missed.
- Ristorante AccademiaPiazza San Marco, 7, 50121 Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Ristorante AccademiaSurprisingly good food and service. From the outside the place look a little like a tourist trap, but once you taste the food you are much happier :) Service was very nice and the pasta and mains were ... read moresolid. Florence has tons of amazing places to eat, but if you are looking for a good local meal it is worth checking out.Recommended for:
- Four Seasons FlorenceBorgo Pinti 99, 50123 Florence, Italyrecommended Four Seasons FlorenceA real experience is the best way for me to describe this hotel. Like many FS Hotels in Europe this is a historical building with loads of charm. No modern stark interiors will greet you here. The ... read morestaff is welcoming and if you are traveling with children be prepared for them to be pampered. Notify the concierge in advance and they will even place appropriate toys and tiny little robes in your room so that the little ones feel right at home. It is more than comfort that awaits you here. A Perfect way to begin your exploration of Florence.Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
If you are planning on visiting the Uffizi contact the concierge in advance so that they can arrange your visit and you can avoid the queues.
- Acqua al 2Via della Vigna Vecchia, 40r, Florence 50122 Italyrecommended Acqua al 2This used to be one of my favorite restaurants when I was studying abroad in Firenze. The blueberry balsamic filet mignon is one of the best steaks I have ever tasted. A fantastic place to spend hours ... read moretasting authentic Tuscan cuisine... try the strawberry wine... it is delicious! One star off because my parents did not love Acqua al 2 when they visited... it was off that night.Recommended for:
- Ristorante Il LatiniVia dei Palchetti, 6recommended Ristorante Il LatiniI was here 6 years ago many times when I studied a semester in Firenze, and this is what I remember: (the chef selection) never-ending plates of food, glasses of wine... one after another... you want ... read morepasta? Il Latini will give you an assortment of hand-made pastas, one better than the next. You want meat? Il Latini will keep you surprised, plate by plate of delicious authentic Tuscan cuisine.Recommended for:
- Hotel Orto De MediciVia San Gallo, 30, 50129 Florence, Italyrecommended Hotel Orto De MediciSolid hotel - good prices, nice rooms and good location.Recommended for:Yaron Binur
We stayed here, very nice place with good prices and location. Noting too fancy, so if you are looking for something very upscale, this may not be for you.
- ZebVia San Miniato 2, 50100 Florence Italyrecommended ZebSimple, honest and inexpensive Tuscan food. Try the ravioli with ricotta and a sauce made with duck and orange.Recommended for:
- Atelier Lorenzo VilloresiVia de' Bardi 14 50125 Florence Italyrecommended Atelier Lorenzo VilloresiWhat could be a more fitting way to round off a romantic few days in Florence than to have your own fragrance designed - and one which only you will be able to order. Book an appointment at least ... read morethree weeks ahead.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
- Gucci MuseoPalazzo della Mercanzia, Piazza Signoriarecommended Gucci MuseoThe latest museum to open in Florence isn't about painting or sculpture but the creations of the Gucci fashion house. Set in a 14th Century palazzo on the Piazza Signoria, the museum offers 1,700 sq ... read moremetres of displays over three floors devoted to the clothing brand whose history has always been closely linked to the city of Florence.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Alle MurateVia Ghibellina, 52r, Florence 50122 Italy
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Travis- haven't been there in ages but have a classmate who is from there. Will see what he has to suggest and get back to you.
- Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)Piazza dè Pitti, 50125, Florence, Province of Florence, Italyrecommended Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)If you like Italian art - this is the place to go for. Not far from Ponte Vecchio. Large museum (former palace) full of wonderful art. Best if you can spend the time and treasure the skill of the ... read morepainters. We were there with our then 5 year old daughter who wanted to spend approximately 1 second per painting :-)Recommended for:
- GromVia del Campanile, Florence, Italy
- St. John's BaptisteryVia della Canonica 1, Florence 50122 Italy
- Accademia GalleryVia Ricasoli 60, Florence 50122 Italy
- Hotel Degli OrafiLungarno degli Archibusieri, 4, 50121 Florence, Italy
- Boboli GardensPiazza Pitti 1, Florence 50125 Italy
recommended Santa TeresaThis place has everything. Trees. Air. Water. Waves. Animals. Food. Mosquitos. Best family trip ever with our 3 young ones.Recommended for: