Five New Experiences in Florence

Italy, Florence Guide (B): Five New Experiences in Florence

Florence is truly a treasure trove of sights to see and things to do and I always leave this beautiful city with a list of things I still have not done. On my last visit I had five new experiences. The first, and most exciting, was staying in a city centre hotel, Albergo Firenze just one street away from Piazza Duomo. On my way back to the hotel each day I would stop in the piazza and watch the Duomo glow in the late afternoon sun.

The hotel was in a small courtyard, Piazza Donati which had some historical significance as one could see how a medieval tower had been incorporated into the surrounding buildings. When Florence became a free city in 13th Century and a republic was founded it was decreed that all towers (hitherto an indication of wealth) had to be cropped to signify that the age of clans and civil wars was over.

My second experience was a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, to my shame I had never achieved on countless visits to the city. My excuse for such an omission was that I had never been able to find my way in. I had found the entrance for groups and an entrance for advance bookings but not an entrance for that particular day. It was only by chance that I found it this time when a colleague remarked that no-one was queueing to get in as we passed by. I doubled back as soon as I could and found that the ticket booth for that day was behind the one for advance bookings. As it was a weekday in November the small galleries (over 90 of them) were relatively empty and it was a pleasure strolling around admiring the paintings and sculptures on display. The venue, the old offices of the Medici family, was also impressive. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Five New Experiences in Florence
Guide Location: Italy » Florence
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Piazza Donati   Uffizi Gallery   Palazzo Pitti   Palazzo Vecchio   Opera del Duomo   Bardini Gardens   Piazza Republica  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2015-11-22-five-new-experiences-in-florence

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