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Florence in about six hours

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Florence in about six hours


In May, i'm going to have six hours spare in Florence.

Florence is a city I have always wanted to visit. Even though I have limited time there, I want to use this time as a positive. What are the main things I should see in six hours?

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Just walk around the historic center and soak up as much as you can. You don't have enough time to stick your head in any door.

If it were me, I would start that the Piazza della Signoria. Walk around, look at the sculpture, head north along the Via dei Calzaiouli to Orsanmichele. Walk around it and look at the sculpture and the neighboring buildings. Continue north to the cathedral and the baptistery. Walk around them. Note the sculpture. Continue north on the Via dei Martelli for one block to the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. Turn left onto the Via Gori and walk to the Medici church of San Lorenzo. Continue alongside the church, through the San Lorenzo market to the end of the church, at the Via del Canto de Neri, turn left and walk past the Medici tombs and into the Via del Giglio. Continue straight across the Via Panzani to the Via dei Banchi. Turn right and follow into the glorious medieval Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Walk with your back to the church and take the street running south, the Via dei Fossi, which takes you to the river. Cross the river on the Ponte alla Carraia. Turn left onto the Via Guicciardini and follow until it comes to an end at the Via Maggio. Turn right, walk one block and turn left onto the Borgo San Jacopo. Follow until it ends at the Ponte Vecchio, and then turn left.

If you have time left, take a taxi or bus up to the Piazzale Michelangelo or the church of San Miniato al Monte for rather nice views of the town. If you have time, grab a sandwich or two and a gelato or two and a glass of wine or two. Start planning a longer visit.

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