Exploring Florence in four hours | Florence, Italy | During our last visit to Italy, we spent two night in Florence… well actually in Fiesole at the lovely and exclusive Villa San Michele by Belmond, we came down to Florence a few times to explore the city and also to enjoy some lovely dinners like the one we had at the Il Palaggio by Four Seasons Firenze. The fact that Villa San Michele had a regular shuttle connecting the hotel with the Piazza de la Repubblica in only 15 minutes, made our stay truly magical allowing us to enjoy the best of Florence as a traditional destination, and the peace and charm of the Fiesole, overlooking Florence from the top of the hills. For our tours, same as in Rome and Venice, we hired the expert services of Andiamo Travel and their staff of local knowledgeable and professional guides. In only a few hours, on a very tight schedule to see three main destinations in only 6 days, they managed to give us a full introduction to each of them.
Here is the photo tour of our four hours exploring Florence, by Andiamo Travel, which included: Piazza della Signoria, The Loggia della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Il Duono at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Michelangelo’s House, The Baptistery of John the Baptist with the bronze doors (reproductions – the originals are in the Duomo Museum) and of course Ponte Vecchio. Take a short break for lunch, perhaps at Cucina Tradizionale Boccadama while visiting Pizza Santa Croce or at Cantinetta Antinori. We later continued to the Artistic Studio of I Mosaici di Lastrucci store, Chiesa Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, ancient church to have been the location of Dante Alighieri’s marriage, and also contains several tombs including Dante’s great love Beatrice Portinari. The following day, on our own we took two hours to explore the Uffizi Gallery, holding the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art, at our own pace, (BTW buy your ticket online weeks before arrival to Florence. Uffizi Gallery is one of the busiest museums in Italy), before heading to the train station to move on to our next destination, Venice. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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