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HELP me tour Florence please

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HELP me tour Florence please

Unfortunately, we are visiting Florence for a short time and only have 2 full days there, one of them being December 25th!

I am trying to plan our itinerary and desperately need help and advice.

1. Can I accomplish visiting the Duomo, climb the Bell Tower, have lunch and then visit the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery all in one day with 4 kids:?!

2. What can we possibly do on Christmas Day? Where can we go?

3. How much time should I anticipate needing in Santa Croce, Piazza della Republica and Gallileo Museum if I could even figure out when to get to them?

4. Are there any "must visit" restaurants? Are they any restaurants that have gluten and dairy free foods?

5. I know that it is recommended to get tickets ahead of time for museums - which ones?

So many questions. So little time!

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1. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

<How much time should I anticipate needing in Santa Croce, Piazza della Republica and Gallileo Museum if I could even figure out when to get to them?>

Oh my gosh - sorry but your whole post screams out "I've done zero research".

You really need a guide book and some google searching.

My opinion follows:

1. Not a chance. How old are your kids? If they are under 12 years old, are they interested in being dragged from pillar to post? If they are teenagers, are they interested in Renaissance art and architecture?

2. Christmas Day - churches will be open for Mass. I am not an expert on Florence but I am predicting museums and galleries will be closed. It will be a good day for walking and exploring.

3. Get a map.

4. No idea - you need to do some research - guide book!

5. Which museums/galleries do you want to see? The Uffizi and the Academia are very popular so booking ahead is recommended.

Yes, you don't have much time but get that guide book from the library today!

Edited: 18 December 2013, 08:23
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2. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

if you don't have any particular interests - if you did you would know where when and how to go about it already - why don't you just try and enjoy yourself instead of making the 2 days a nightmare

you can't see a fraction of the possibilities in 2 days no matter how franticly you rush around

all the old city is fascinating just wandering slowly around the streets taking time to look at what is there and appreciate it rather than rushing past beautiful things

if you get a chance then go up to the Duomo dome - if not it doesn't matter as you can do it next time

try and see David but if you don't he will wait for you to return

there are so many restaurants you can just find one near where you are when everyone is hungry - if you plan one it is most likely nowhere near where you are ....stand in queue for half an hour to Accademia then sorry David can only stay 3 minutes as have to rush across town to lunch booking

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4. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

I confirm that on Christmas Day the Florence museums are closed:

State Museums:

www.polomuseale.firenze.it/en/orari/index.php

City Museums:

…comune.fi.it/en/index.html

This doesn't apply to the museums which are in fact churches (Santa Maria Novella, for example), but in this case what is written by Kathy W is valid: for much of time the churches are occupied by masses.

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5. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

thanks! my wonderful husband tried to be generous and planned this impromptu trip and I am sure that we will have a fabulous time but last minute planning and scrambling is causing me a lot of anxiety!! I appreciate your input!

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6. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

You should visit Uffizzi in the morning and in the afternoon you will have enough time for Duomo and Campanile. Sun set is arround 4.45 pm. You should climb one hour before. Get worm cloths with you. There were many sunny days till today.

So, I suggest you to buy tickets on web for morning time. Lunch. Afternoon tower and Duomo.

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7. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

will do! thank you!

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8. Re: HELP me tour Florence please

Look for tickets now. Usualy there is a long queue - mybe now in low season there is no queue.

I would like to suggest you Galeria dell'Accademia with Michelangelo's David. In December I think there is no queue. Looking at David for some minutes is magnific - as sculpture is.

There are plenty of museums and galeries, like Bargello, but I believe they are for specialists.

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