Weekend in Florence



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Florence is a huge amount of history packed into a small area. Luckily, this means you can easily get from incredible landmark to incredible restaurant to incredible landmark with ease. You just might have to roll instead of walk, though, because the food here is just that good.

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Day 1 - Florence


J.K. Place Hotel is perfectly located within easy walking distance of all of the sights. The hotel maintains a small, quaint, non-chain feel but is also chic and luxurious, and provides better service than anyone could ask for. Have a classic Italian dinner at Sabatini, full of old-style charm.


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Sabatini

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Location:

Via Panzani, 9a
50123 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55 21 1559
fax: +39 055 21 0293
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J.K. Place Hotel

Location:

Piazza Santa Maria Novella
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 0553000000
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Day 2 - Florence


Discover where great Italian cooking begins at Mercato Centrale, an open-air market where you can buy any kind of food or drink that you could possibly think of. Visit the Piazza Indipendenza, then stop into Trattoria Mario for lunch, where authentic really means authentic. The steak is particularly good. In the afternoon, explore the center of the city. The Santa Maria Novella monastery is full of Florentine art and architecture. Stroll through the Piazza del Duomo, on which stands the third largest cathedral in the world. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is lesser-known and less busy than other museums in the area, but has incredible works by the masters such as Michelangelo and Donatello, and you won't have to wait in line. There is a lovely cloister and incredible Umbrian fresco hidden inside the Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi. Enjoy an exceptional Italian dinner with international influence in the plush Renaissance decor of Enoteca Pinchiorri.


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Mercato Centrale

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Piazza del Mercato Centrale
50123 Florence, Italy


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Piazza Indipendenza

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Piazza Indipendenza
Florence, Italy


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Trattoria Mario

Location:

Via Rosina 2/r angolo Piazza del Mercato Centrale
Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55218550
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Santa Maria Novella

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Location:

piazza Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-215-918
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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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Piazza del Duomo 9
Directly behind the dome end of the cathedral
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 230 2885
fax: +39 055 230 2898
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Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi

Location:

Borgo Pinti, 58
50121 Florence, Italy


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Enoteca Pinchiorri

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Via Ghibellina, 87
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 242757 & +39 055 242777
fax: +39 055 244983
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Day 3 - Florence


Journey across the river in the morning to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers breathtaking views of the entire city and of the Tuscan hills. Walk through the Medici family's gardens and fountains in the Giardino di Boboli for an hour or so, then continue on to visit the Santa Maria del Carmine, which houses some of the world's most magnificent Renaissance frescoes. Head back across the river to Trattoria Marione for lunch, full of locals, which has reasonable yet unusual and delicious trattoria fare. In the afternoon, take on Florence's most famous sights, with a visit to Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. Ponte Vecchio is probably the city's most photographed spot, with shops in the arcades on either side of the bridge. Make reservations well in advance for tickets to the Uffizi to avoid the serious lines, but this is a can't-miss as it is one of the world's best art collections. It has many of Italy's most magnificent Renaissance pieces, including those by Michelangelo, Botticelli, da Vinci, and others. Bring your own guide or download an audio guide podcast ahead of time. Sit outside for dinner at Osteria del Caffe Italiano, where the pasta, pizza, and wine are everything you could hope for as your last meal in Florence.


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Piazzale Michelangelo

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Piazzale Michelangelo
50125 Florence, Italy


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Giardino di Boboli

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Piazza Pitti, 1
50125 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 55 265 1838
fax: +39 55 229 8732
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Santa Maria del Carmine

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Location:

Piazza del Carmine, 14
50124 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 55 21 2331


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Trattoria Marione

Location:

via della Spada 27
50123 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55 214756


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Ponte Vecchio

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Ponte Vecchio
50125 Florence, Italy


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Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

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

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tel: 055-238-8651
fax: +39 055 238 8694
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Osteria del Caffè Italiano

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Location:

Via Isola delle Stinche, 11r
50122 Florence, Italy

Contact:

tel: 39 55 28 9368
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