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florence for the over 70's - (surprise pressie for my...

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I have just booked my mum and dad a surprise holiday to florence, italy in May - my dad's 70 then (bless).

anyway, as they are not up for walking miles - where do you suggest as the top three sights to must see? and also, any ideas for qaulity budget / medium priced eateries very welcome (i.e. local and friendly, not fast food or rip off).

many thanks


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1. Re: florence for the over 70's - (surprise pressie for my...

My wife and I are in our 70's; I am 75 soon. I think Florence is great for them as it is for us. A problem is that some of the major sights often involve longish queues - the Accademia (lots of fine art including the original of Michelangelo's David) and the Uffizi (by far the greatest art gallery) but you can book in advance and as U.K. OAPs they are entitled to free admission to all state owned museums etc. You may need proof and we take a photocopy of our passports around though many places do not bother - our age is probably fairly obvious!

Other great things to see - take your pick - the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens behind it;the Duomo and Baptistry (the oldest building standing in Florence -4/5th Century);Santa Croce; the Fra Angelico Museum at San Marco; the Brancacci Chapel inSanta Maria del Carmine ( great Masaccio frescoes but you are rushed through quickly).

Eating - we like several places in Oltrano all well used by local Italians -

Carmine, Piazza del Carmine 18 - by May you should be able to eat dinner outside comfortably

Chingale Bianco, Borgo San Jacopo. Old established and the do serve Wild Boar. Very busy and hopeless to book, even then you will be in a queue, but even more hopeless if you do not book

Celestino, Piazza S. Felicita. Quiet, good food, but a fraction more expensive than the other two.

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2. Re: florence for the over 70's - (surprise pressie for my...

Hi Robert

Thank you so much for the advice - really helpful