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Postby Goat Boy » 04 Jan 2019, 15:03

I'm off there in April. Any hints and tips would be great, especially food recommendations.

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Re: Florence

Postby Polishgirl » 06 Jan 2019, 00:05

I was there last May. We stayed in an Airbnb in Oltrano, and walked everywhere. The centre is compact. Oltrano is where all the cool little bars and that are - not that I visited any because I'm a sour old harridan, but a bright young thing like you might head there. And it goes on till late.

We did a good, free walking tour - I'll try to find the link. Heavy on the Medici doings ; interesting especially to follow the path of the Vasari Corridor.

Food - can only talk about gelato. Oh God - it's marvellous. Best we had was from a miniscule place called Gelateria Della Passera. They make it all fresh daily. Apparently, the more muted the colour, the more likely it is to be made properly.

The Uffizi is incredible, of course, but overwhelming. Go later in the day, when it's quieter (comparatively speaking ).

Palazzo Pitti also impressive. We were underwhelmed by the gardens, but there are great views over the city.

Absolute highlight was the Ospedale degli Innocenti - a foundling hospital/ orphanage. It's on a gorgeous crumbly old square. Fascinating and really good interactive exhibits, nice rooftop cafe, and a little museum of their art treasures, which features some of the most bonkers Catholic creations ever - eg a tableau of boy dolls in dresses at the crucifixion. Hugely recommended.

Our favourite thing was when we escaped the crowds and went to Siena for the day. Easy train ride, through attractive scenery. The big Campo ( the one that appears in the opening scenes of 'Quantum of Solace' ) and the Duomo are breathtaking, and we liked wandering along the narrow streets.
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Re: Florence

Postby Polishgirl » 06 Jan 2019, 15:04

Benvenuto a Firenze

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Re: Florence

Postby Polishgirl » 06 Jan 2019, 15:07

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Re: Florence

Postby Goat Boy » 14 Jan 2019, 19:28

Thanks!
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