FLORENCE: ITALY 2015 SITE


Our Accommodations

A Room With A View/Camera Con Vista:  A few minutes from the centre of town. (Via Fratelli Dandolo, 5 piano II -- second floor; +39 3335 737 810)

Characteristic Artist's Apartment:  (Via dei Pepi 64; +39 3920 656 520)


High Priority Sites

Il Grande Museo Del Duomo:  Includes on-line ticket purchase information.  There are 463 steps to the top of the dome. The dome is open from 8:30 to 6:30 Monday to Saturday.

Uffizi:  The official web-site is at Galleria Degli Uffizi.  See Wikipedia for an overview.

Accademia:  The gallery that includes the "David" and several other Michelangelo sculptures.  Ticket information is available at Polo Museale Fiorentino.


Other Starred Sites

La Specola:  Florence's unusual Museum of Zoology and Natural History.  For a description, see Wikipedia.  Positive reviews for this museum can be found at TripAdvisor.

Chapel Of The Magi (Cappella dei Magi):  Benozzo Gozzoli's fresco "Procession of Magi" (1459) is in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.  See also Magi Chapel -- Wikipedia, Palazzo Medici Riccardi -- Wikipedia, and the Museums of Florence site.  Booking is advisable.  The museum is open 9-6 from Thursday to Tuesday.

Brancacci Chapel:  Features Masaccio's masterpiece.  For an overview, see Wikipedia.  See also Museums Of Florence. Reservations are recommended (055 2768558).  Open 10 am - 5 pm, Mon., Wed.-Sat.

National Archaeological Museum (Florence):  An overview of the museum is provided at Wikipedia.

Boboli Gardens With Vasari Corridor Tour:


Other Possible Sites

Bargello:  The Wikipedia site includes basic information.  Donatello's "David" is one of the star attractions.

Palazzo Vecchio:  Basic information is provided by Wikipedia.  Hidden Italy offers a Guided Tour With Giorgio Vasari.  It still fulfills its role as the city's civic hall.

Santa Croce:  Includes the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.

Sassetti Chapel:  Inside the Basilica of Santa Trinita, this chapel is notable for Domenico Ghirlandaio's "Stories of St. Francis."

San Marco -- Wikipedia:  Includes a series of frescoes by Fra Angelico.  See Convent Of San Marco -- The Museums Of Florence for a fuller sampling of the paintings.  The official web-site is at Museum Of San Marco.

Basilica Of Santa Maria Novella:  For an overview, see Wikipedia.

Museo Galileo:  A small museum dedicated to the famous scientist.


Touring Information

***One particularly useful official site can be found at Hours And Tickets Of The Polo Of The Museums Of Florence.***

Polo Firoentio Museale and/or Firenze Musei :These sites have information on advance Florence Museum tickets.   See also Guide to Uffizi Gallery Museum.  It is recommended by guidebooks that these tickets be reserved.

Musei Civici Florentini:  Information about the city's civic museums.


Transportation

Getting To Florence By Air:  Includes information about getting the 4 kilometers from the airport to the historic core.


Useful Websites

Florence -- Wikipedia:

Visit Florence:

Turismo In Toscana:  The official Tuscany tourism web-site.

Top Sights And Attractions In Florence:


Other Accommodations

Hotel Bavaria:  Located in a former palace in the historic core, this could be a good place for staying upon arrival.  Booking options include the hotel site and a possibly cheaper room at Expedia.

Hotel Crocini:  Another possible budget option upon arrival.  See TripAdvisor for reviews.  Booking information is available on Expedia.


 

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