Number of Days
2 to 3 days if you are on a tour, else, Florence is one of those cities where you can stay forever.
How to reach
We traveled from Rome to Florence by train. Involves about 2 hours of travel time. It is not necessary to book train tickets in advance as train frequency is quite good.
Check the journey time as some train routes are via a different city and may take more time and money. Also, there are multiple companies operating train service. Check and decide.
Since check-in time is 2 pm at most hotels, we started at 11 am from Rome and reached perfectly on time for our Florence check-in
Tip – Anywhere you travel, always check if a premium class is available and the cost involved. Sometimes it is just slightly costlier than the normal class.
At the train booking window, was suggested a premium ticket instead of the normal one. Cost was just a few Euro’s more and decided to go for it. Though the premium class was not much different from the normal one, apart from the fact that we were served beverages and cookies at the seat, it gave us a nice feeling to travel first class in an European country.
Where to Stay
Options are numerous. We stayed at Mercure Firenze Centro, a centrally located excellent hotel and it is at a walkable distance from the train station.
Nice spacious and clean rooms, good breakfast, spacious bathroom, friendly staff and on the same lane where numerous restaurants are filled with lively people in the evenings.
Hop-on Hop-off bus is the best option to travel within the city, view its magnificent galleries, Churches and have a panoramic view of the city from the neighbouring hilltops.
Red Bus has two circuits in the city, criss-crossing each other at a few points, giving the flexibility of switching routes and moving as per your convenience.
Red Bus service is good and they provide printed maps, printed information and commentary in multiple languages
What to see
- Uffizi Gallery
- Ponte Vecchio
- Piazzale Michelangelo
- Florence Cathedral
- Accademia Gallery
Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery are must see. Take a guide at both these places so you know what to see and understand the intricacies and historical background of the paintings, murals and statues. These museums are huge with a large number of art on display. Unless you are art afficionado, museum fatigue sets in after some time. This is where the guide gets handy. Keep half a day each for Uffizzi and Accademia gallery.
Rest of the days can be spent visiting the Duomo, Cathedral, high-end jewellery shops which are uniquely located on Ponte Vecchio bridge, having a chilled beer at Irish Pub near Florence Cathedral or admiring the city from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Be sure to keep an hour or two for visiting the beautiful and small hilltop town of Fiesole.
It is a picturesque town and overlooks Florence city. Just a walk around the place will refresh you. It’s not without reason that Fiesole is considered as one of the costliest residential property in Florence.
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