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Crossing the Arno River via the Ponte Vecchio or the Ponte Santa Trinita, one gets to the other side. Maybe because I was there on a Sunday morning, it had a more deserted feeling than the historic part of Florence. Some of the sights such...More
La Rive Gauche - I first lived in the culturally rich area of real florentines savoring the small bakeries, eateries the open markets of Santo Spirito ..The bakeries , small clubs and seeing the beautiful chiesa Del Carmine and San Felice.. Here's where the locals...More
Crossing the Ponte Vecchio is always a challenge so this year we decided to stay on the Oltrarno (other side of the Arno) for a change. We are very glad we did and have already lined up plans to return next year. The Pitti Palace...More
This lively quarter is located south of the Arno river, hence its name which is meaning “beyond the Arno”. It reminds me on the Trastavere part in Rome, full of small shops, nice bars and great restaurants. It was once a “blue-collar” and artisan district,...More
This is the artsy fartsy part of Florence. More students and families and workers. It has many small shops making local goods and many craftsmen. It is just a short walk over the Arno from the hustle and bustle of old Florence to find local...More
In a moment, when we allready lost hope to see from inside Florence cultural riches, we has been offered 1.5 hour tour in 1/2 hour. We unfortunatelly had just 1 day for that wonderfull town, it was not cheep, but Irina was really knowlegable in...More
No visit to Florence is complete without a visit to the Oltrarno area. This is where the many 'makers' are producing the most wonderful items. Tailors, milleners, furniture makers, gilders, ceramicists etc. make the most gorgeous items.
Situated across the Arno away from the hustle of the city centre the Oltrarno district centres around the Spito Santo Church. Its a great place to base yourself for a visit to the city as you can walk over the bridges into the main tourist...More
If you are looking for walk away from the crowds, Oltrarno would be a perfect choice. Dive into the side streets radiating from Palazzo Pitti, walk to the beautiful world Basilica di Santo Spirito, enjoy local atmosphere, cozy cafes, old pathways... and the banks of...More
If you want to be away from the big tourist crowds, this is the right place. This is still part of the historical Florence, but here are moch more locals. The restaurants are here axcellent and very different from the oturist place. There are very...More
Just outside the ancient walls of Florence, Viale Michelangiolo starts. It is a winding road rimmed by wonderful poplars and holm oaks. The long ascent opens up to the most beautiful and famous panoramic viewpoint of Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, where an elevated terrace offers visitors an incomparable and breathtaking view of the entire city from above. During good weather, Piazzale Michelangelo provides
visitors with a serene space surrounded by the amazing landscape, better if accompanied by a fresh gelato from a local kiosk. During night, visitors will be dazzled by the warm lights of the capital of the Renaissance. Spend a second with the silent Romanesque beauty of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: the one that wishes good morning and good night to Florence!
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The area we explored, right across the river, was just as "flat" as the rest of Florence. As you get further away from the river you go the more hilly it gets. If you just walk across one of the bridges, especially the... More
The area we explored, right across the river, was just as "flat" as the rest of Florence. As you get further away from the river you go the more hilly it gets. If you just walk across one of the bridges, especially the Ponte Vecchio, you can walk plenty around the area without much trouble (i.e. hills).