Update: I have not been back to Florence. Some of this information could be outdated.
Florence – Oct 2012
This was my second time to Florence. However, the first time was going through on a train! This was my first actual visit. And I loved it. Like Rome the historic portion of the city is very walking friendly. Here everything is condensed into a smaller radius. No where near the scale of Rome.
Florence feels like an old friend. It is comfortable to slip into the rhythm of the city and feel at home in no time.
Accommodations in Florence:
We rented a 3 bedroom apartment right in the heart of the old town. It was an amazing apartment for an amazing price. The landlady, Tiziana, was very easy to deal with and gave a lot of valuable tips on places to eat….she also set us up with a taxi to the airport that arrived at our front door.
It had a central private courtyard that opened into the rooms around it. Every bedroom had their own large, modern bathrooms.
Wifi, washer/dryer, and elevator.
You can see the pictures on the website. They are true to life. Highly recommend this place for location, cleanliness, price and ease of renting.
The address of the apartment is Via del Corno 1
Tiziana’s phone number is 00393386639282
Eating in Florence
Bar called OIBO’
corner of Borgo dei Greci and Santa Croce’s square
Great place for cafe and croissant in the morning
Via Maggio, 46R
The best pizza!!!!! Little place that fills up with young students from the nearby university. Worth waiting for a table.
SnapEasyTravel Tip: It seems people congregate by the till blocking it. Get inside and squirm your way past crowd to the till and put in order. After you put in order and pay….then while they are cooking your pizza stake out a table and wait close by until it is vacated. They will bring the pizza to the table. Specials of the day on chalkboard by door. There is a cold box at the door. Tell them what drinks you are going to take from it when you order.
All’ antico Vinaio
Via de’ Neri 65
The absolute best sandwiches ever! Really tiny place…long line into street most times…..stand in line and wait…..it is worth the wait!! You choose your bread and what you want on the sandwich….if you are adventurous ask them to just do it for you….they are pros.
No tables…you eat on the curbside. A few chairs setting around.
GELATO IN FLORENCE
Wow….wow…wow….Florence has the best gelato! We found so many places that we oohed over!
Two of my favourite places in Italy.
via lambertesca 18r
Gelateria Santa Trinita
Piazza Frescobaldi, 11-12/r | Ponte Santa Trinita