Lots more to do in Florence!
• Mingle with tourists in the Piazzale Michelangelo
This is another good viewpoint across the river from the historic centre of Florence but is much busier and is swarmed by souvenir sellers and buskers. However there can be a good atmosphere as the sun is setting over the city.
• Visit the Mercato Centrale
There are stalls selling bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, fresh pasta and sweets cakes on the ground floor. Upstairs there are a range of cafés and take away food stalls with ample seating.
• People watch in Piazza di Santa Croce
Santa Croce is a Franciscan church (open daily, €6) in the east end of the city centre. It is built of marble in the same colours as the Duomo and dominates the square that is lined with restaurants and shops.
• Be surprised at the Museo Novecento (Piazza Santa Maria Novella, open daily, €8.50)
This museum of 20th century art is interesting and engaging.
• Be astounded at the Museo Nazionale Il Bargello (via del Proconsolo, closed Monday, €7)
Best known for its sculpture, the building consists of a pleasant central courtyard with exhibitions in adjoining rooms over two floors. I particularly liked the sculptures of the Mary Magdalene chapel and the glazed terracotta pieces.
• Explore the church of Santa Maria Novella (Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, open daily, €5)
This is a cool Dominican church with a huge interior and peaceful cloisters
• Delve into the many churches found on every block e.g. Ognissanti, Santa Maria del Carmine, Orsanmichele, Capelle Medicee, San Lorenzo
• Wander the streets and piazzas
There is beauty everywhere!
Spend ages here! There was still so much that I didn’t get to see! Plus explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Lucca, San Gimignano and many vineyards are close by. Pisa and the villages of the Cinque Terre are ~1 hour away…
Pace yourself! And wear comfortable shoes…
I was so lucky to be there for Notte Bianca – a cultural festival where loads of museums are open late, even all night, and many are free. There are also concerts, street art and special exhibitions. This year it happened on 30th of April.
Have coffee at Caffé Rivoire – if you really like people watching! …it’s kinda expensive…
Stay at David Inn on Via Ricasoli – the best hostel in Florence!
The state and municipal museums are free for everyone on the first Sunday of every month. If you are an EU citizen and student aged between 18 and 25 years, then it is likely you will receive a discounted rate in most museums. Always ask!