How to bike Florence

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With its beautiful narrow streets and dozens of paths, Florence is a great place to ride a bike!

Guide to Buses and Taxis in Florence

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Buses Find one of the countless Tabacchi shops, which sell cigarettes, candy, souvenirs and most importantly – bus tickets. Once you have your bus ticket, make sure to validate the ticket by stamping it under the yellow machines on the

Florence by Bicycle

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  Taking a taxi or riding the bus is common in Florence. However, near the city center, streets are closed to traffic. The quickest way to get around the city? Bicycle! In the city, you can buy or rent both

Odeon Cinema

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The Odeon Theatre is more than your average movie theatre. Built in 1462 in Piazza Strozzi the Odeon theatre is the perfect classic example of Florentine renaissance architecture. It was remodeled in 1922 and converted to a cinema. However, it

Florence’s Ponte Vecchio

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The Ponte Vecchio dates back to the roman times and was the bridge that crossed the Arno river until 1218. Originally made of wood, the bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1383 and rebuilt in 1347 using the same

Florence’s Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella church dominates the central square with its stunning marble. The building of the basilica began in 1287 and was finished in 1325. Once it was completed it became the seed of the Dominican order in

Florence’s Wine Windows

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The wooden doors that you are most likely to walk by used to be an important part of florentine life. The little openings are replicas of the main entrances and are found adjacent to the main doors, they were decorated,

Florence’s Officina di Santa Maria Novella historic pharmacy

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Florence’s best kept secret… Officina di Santa Maria Novella, is 790 years old! Here you can find some of the most rare handmade perfumes and gifts made from the finest ingredients. Originated by monks in 1221, the Officina di Santa Maria

The English Cemetery in Florence

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In the early years of Florence, anyone that was not Catholic was forced to be buried separately, in Livorno. However, in 1827 the SwissEvangelical Reformed Church bought land outside the city walls from Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Here, they created an international and

Florence’s Porcellino Statue and Market

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Smaller than the San Lorenzo Market, the Porcellino Market is often called the Mercato Nuovo to distinguish it from the market once held in Piazza della Repubblica. The Porcellino is nearby Piazza Repubblica and was specialized in selling rare fabrics