1) People Watch in Florence's Squares Florence has
large, classic Italian squares in abundance and they
are great places to people watch. Piazza della
Repubblica and Piazza di San Giovanni in the centre
of the city are constantly buzzing, but the best place
to sit down with an ice−cream and watch Florentine
life go by is Piazza della Signoria.
2) Have that coffee standing up! If you stop in a café
for a quick latté or espresso, make sure to drink it at
the counter where it shouldn't cost more than €1.
Take it outside to a table and you can add another
€2 on top of that, just for sitting down!
3) Visit Florence's churches Most of Florence's
churches are free to visit. The best known of these is
Il Duomo but there are others. Chiesa di Santo
Spirito in Piazza Santo Spirito is one of the city's
most beautiful examples of Renaissance
architecture while Chiesa Santa Maria dei Ricci off
Via Calzaiuoli is small but extremely beautiful.
4) The best view in Florence - Located just 20 minutes walk from the Ponte
Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo affords visitors
the best views of Tuscany's capital. Every day
hundreds converge on this large square to take
in the vistas. The sunsets are unforgettable.
5) See the statue of David for free The heading here
is slightly misleading. You can't see the real statue
of David free, but you can save yourself €8 by just
making your way to Piazza della Signoria or
Piazzale Michelangelo. There are replicas in both.
The statue in the former is similar to the original but
the one in the latter is green.
6) Take a stroll up the River Arno There is always
something going on either along or on the River
Arno. Rowers row, footballers play football just under
the Uffizi and, if you're into wildlife, you'll really enjoy
watching the otters swim up and down the banks.