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View of Florence

Alberta
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View of Florence

Our guide in Florence recommends we go up a hill to see the city, is there public transport or whats the name of that area?

also is 2 days enough for this great city?

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The area is Piazzale Michelangelo. It is not a terrifying hill at all. You can easily walk. It is a lovely experience to make the effort and be rewarded by a stunning view over the city.

Two days is not enough IMO but I am a total art head so that may explain it. If you just want to get a feel for the city then two days is OK. Florence is a compact place and it is easy to walk all over. You will not have to rely on public transport at all if you are in moderately good health.

Have fun. I am sure that your time there will inspire a longer stay in the future!

Francoise

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Piazzale Michelangelo, the bus is next to SMN train station, its a short walk to San Miniato al Monte. No, 2 days is no where near enough time to experience Florence.

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the 12 and 13 buses both go to Piazzale Michelangelo (Opposite directions)

or you could take a cab up and walk back down -- be sure to go to San Miniato the gorgeous church a bit up the hill above the Piazzale (which is a giant ugly parking lot with a great view) The church is magnificent and the view from the front is also fabulous. You can listen to the monks chant vespers in the evening. -- You could get off the bus at the San Miniato stop -- go up the steps to the church and then walk back down the hill to the Piazzale and its great view and then walk back down to the Arno and into town.

It is definitely the 'Christmas card shot' -- my husband and I have pictures of the two of us at 3 different points in the last 30 years with Florence and the Duomo behind us.

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Anyone know what time the monks start chanting vespers in the evenings.

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Summer hours for vespers - 5:30pm. Call +39 055 2342731 For more up-to-date information!

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the monks chant in the undercroft so you can actually tour the church above while listening to the chants -- or else go below and sit and listen -- there are some coin light boxes in the church which are difficult to spot but valuable in letting you really see the mosaics and frescoes and cartoons

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At San Miniato al Monte you can attend the evening vespers at 5.30 pm just before the mess.

I also suggest you go to the Biblioteca delle Olbate to get the best view of Brunelleschi's Cupola. This public library is located in via dell'Oriuolo, just behind the Duomo. Climb up to the third floor and take the best picture ever!

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catch the #12 or #13 bus from SMN firenze station. the easiest to go up with public transport and back down by foot to ponte alle grazie for view of ponte vecchio right after sunset!

Alberta
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you guys are totally amazing the tour agency we booked with just gave us more or less the same info thanks

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Okay, fine, good enough, however, the most amazing views of the city are from Fiesole, buses run up there and back all day.