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Must must do in Florence...

Hi all

My husband and I are going to be in Florence for just a few hrs.. While coming from Rome..

We would like to know if first should be spend the time in driving through the Tuscany area or use the time to spend sightseeing in Florence and rather take a train..

While in Florence, what are the 2-3 top places to see and eat..

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1. Re: Must must do in Florence...

Impossible to say for a couple of hours. Somebody wrote this article which might give you some ideas

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187895-c148104/Flore…

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With just a few hours in Florence take the train and spend the time wandering the historic centre. See the Piazza del Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. If you plan to stop for some food too, you really don't have time for any more.

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Agree with above a walk around the Duomo and over Ponte Vecchio is a must, and the main Piazza della Signoria houses a copy of one of the icons of Florence, the statue of David in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

Piazzale Michelangelo over the river Arno to the south offers the famous view from the observation point of the city of Florence if you have enough time.

If you can, try not to rush your visit, take your time, Florence should be enjoyed slowly

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4. Re: Must must do in Florence...

If it is just a few hours, take the time to be around the Duomo area. The train to Tuscany will take more time out of sightseeing. Not sure the attraction of the Ponte Vecchio. It's a bunch of jewelry shops. There is more to do around the Duomo and exploring the Duomo. That said, after having completed a 2 week Italy trip, we prefered Tuscany, particularly San Gimignano and Lake Como to being in both Rome and Florence. Our tour of Rome and Florence was simply wiping things off the bucket list.

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Totally agree with the above comment if you see the bridge just as a jewellery arcade then why go there. However, if you look at it through the eyes of history, you can feel what it was and has been for well over a thousand years. There is some evidence of prehistoric residence of Florence though the Ponte was first documented in 996. It spans the Arno at its narrowest point where it is believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times when the via Cassia crossed the river at this point. The oldest part of the city still bears signs of Roman habitation in its rectangular design. A colony of Caesar, Florence was built at the junction confluence of the Arno and the Mugnone mainly for defensive purposes. The jewellery shops on the Ponte were once butchers and the Vasari Corridor that joins the Uffizi with Palazzo Pitti on the other side of the river swerves around the Torre dei Mannelli, a small tower on the southeast corner of the bridge, which is the only survivor of the four towers built at each corner to play an important role in the history of the defence of Florence

Florence is a place not to rush and travel slowly, there is so much history, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, the feudal families, and their palazzo's etc etc. etc. We stayed in a villa for 3 weeks in the hills above Florence and sat in the garden at night overlooking the city under the stars, eating food and drinking wine we bought in the central market on our way back from a day's outing.

We had the leisure to do it "Italy time" The train and bus station are very close to each other and we got out to so many places from there: Luca, Sienna, San Gimignano, CinqueTerre, Pisa, Arrezzo, Venice, Milan, etc etc etc. Day trips were no problem and ticket purchase was so easy.

Florence was for us a great place to use as a base for Tuscany and a great place to visit in its own right.

Enjoy

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Since there is so much to do in Florence, I think a few hours would do it no justice. Just spend the time driving through the Tuscany area ....2-3 hours seems like a good time for a drive-around scenic country sides!

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7. Re: Must must do in Florence...

Here are 20 great restaurants in Florence recommended by TripAdvisor, critics, and locals themselves:

www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-Florence/

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