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If you are like my father then visiting museums and sipping coffee in a piazza is a sort of torture designed to test your patience. This four day itinerary is for those who rise at 6:30AM while on vacation to go jogging and who would rather climb to the top of a bell tower than sit in front of a Botticelli. There are museums and there are Botticellis but there are also plenty of opportunities to move your legs. You should be able to reach most of the places I suggest outside the city via public transportation.

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Day 1 - Florence


The first place you must visit is the spiritual heart of Florence, the Piazza del Duomo. From here you can climb the Campanile di Giotto and visit the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. Remember that ‘opera’ in this case refers to the art work of the Duomo and not the music. There is a pieta’ by Michelangelo inside the museum as well as other important works by Florentine masters. From the spiritual center of Florence you can head down the pedestrian only street called via Calzaiuoli and visit the Palazzo Vecchio, the political center of Florence. After lunch visit a Florentine icon, the Ponte Vecchio, and then head to see another Michelangelo masterpiece, the David, housed at the Galleria dell’Accademia. Before or after dinner go sit at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria to watch people.


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Carolus Hotel

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Location:

Via 27 Aprile 3
50129 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 055 2645539
fax: +39 055 2645550


2

Piazza del Duomo

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Location:

piazza del Duomo
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 055 2 3320
fax: +39 055 234 6286


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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Duomo Works Museum)

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Location:

Piazza del Duomo 9
Directly behind the dome end of the cathedral
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 055 230 2885
fax: +39 055 230 2898


4

Campanile di Giotto

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Location:

Piazza Duomo
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 55 230 2885
fax: +39 55 2302898


5

Palazzo Vecchio (Museo)

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Location:

Piazza della Signoria
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 55 276 8224


6

Enzo e Piero

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Location:

Via Faenza, 105
50123 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55 21 4901
fax: +39 055 21 4901


7

Ponte Vecchio

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Location:

Ponte Vecchio
50125 Florence, Italy


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Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery)

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Location:

Via Ricasoli 60
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 055-238-8609
fax: 055 238 8764


9

Loggia dei Lanzi

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Location:

piazza della Signoria
50122 Florence, Italy


10

Taverna del Bronzino

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Location:

Via delle Ruote 27r
Between Piazza Indipendenza and San Marco
50129 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-495-220


Day 2 - Florence


Every Tuesday morning there is a large market at the Parco delle Cascine along the Arno River. This massive market is a great place to watch Italians in there natural habitat without hordes of other tourists to contend with. The Parco delle Cascine is also a great place to go jogging in the morning. From here you can make your way up to Piazzale Michelangelo by bus for great views of Florence. Just up from the Piazzale Michelangelo is San Miniato al Monte, the favorite church of the Florentines. After lunch go outside the city to the Certosa del Galluzzo and tour a monastery to get a glimpse into medieval monastic life. From there it is a relatively short drive to the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War 2. Back in Florence treat yourself to a Florentine steak at Perseus.


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Parco delle Cascine

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Piazza Vittorio Veneto
50123 Florence, Italy


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Piazzale Michelangelo

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Location:

Piazzale Michelangelo
50125 Florence, Italy


3

San Miniato al Monte

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Location:

Via del Monte alle Croci 34
Via del Monte alle Croci/Viale Galileo Galilei (behind Piazzale Michelangiolo)
50125 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-234-2731
fax: +39 055 234 5354


4

Monastero Certosa di Firenze

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Via Buca di Certosa, 2
50124 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 055 204 9226


5

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

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West of Via Cassia
50144 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 55 230 2033 (tourism office)


6

Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

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Location:

Via Porta Rossa
50122 Florence, Italy


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Perseus

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Location:

Viale Don Minzoni, 10r
50134 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 55 58 8226


Day 3 - Florence


You are going to spend your day outside of Florence. The armament collection at the Museo Stibbert is a nice treat for enthusiasts. You will most likely have the museum to yourself. From there continue up to Fiesole to visit the Etruscan ruins and to enjoy magnificent views of Florence. Drive on up to Olmo and get a panino to enjoy. In the summer, on Saturdays and Sundays, Florentines drive up to Olmo to get some fresh air and lounge around on the grassy hillside. Next make your way over to the Parco di Villa Demidoff.


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Museo Stibbert

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Via Stibbert 26
Museo Stibbert
50139 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-475-520
fax: +39 055 47 5721


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Olmo

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Location:

Località Olmo
50100 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 23 320


4

Parco di Villa Demidoff

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Location:

Via Bolognese
50036 Florence, Italy


5

Osteria del Caffè Italiano

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Location:

Via Isola delle Stinche, 11r
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 55 28 9368


Day 4 - Florence


For this last day in Florence you will start with the Galleria degli Uffizi and then cross over the Ponte Vecchio to the Giardino di Boboli. There are many parts to the gardens to discover. You can then storm the Forte Belvedere, once an important piece in the defense works of Florence. After lunch relax in Piazza Indipendenza on a park bench before embarking on a tour of Florence on a Segway vehicle. For the afternoon, I suggest the Museo di Storia della Scienza.


1

Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

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Location:

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Off Piazza della Signoria
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-238-8651
fax: +39 055 238 8694


2

Giardino di Boboli

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Location:

Piazza Pitti, 1
50125 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 55 265 1838
fax: +39 55 229 8732


3

Forte Belvedere

Location:

costa San Giorgio
50125 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 55 234 2425


4

The Diner

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Location:

Via dell'Acqua 2/r
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 055 290748
fax: +39 055 2302696


5

Segway Florence

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Location:

Via Borgo Ognissanti 129r
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 5529 1958
fax: +39 5529 1958


6

Piazza D'Azeglio

Location:

Piazza D'Azeglio
50121 Florence, Italy


7

Museo Galileo (Science Museum)

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Location:

Piazza dei Giudici 1
Next to the Uffizi at the Arno end of Via dei Castellani
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 055-265-311
fax: +39 055 265 3130


8

Parco di Villa Il Ventaglio

Location:

Via Aldini, 10/12
Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: +39 55 580 2837


9

Zibibbo

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Location:

Via di Terzollina, 3r
50138 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55 43 3383
fax: +39 055 428 9070


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