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FLORENCE CULTURE: SHORT VISITS GUIDE...Whether your visit to Florence will be extra short or whether you have a whole 6 days to visit our beautiful city, we have created these adapted Florence walking tours with Florence absolute must-sees to a more in-depth discovery. Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse will be your starting point to discover Florence and its secrets...
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1 Day Florence Visit
Let us consider that the one-day visit to Florence is for the first time; we consider that it is fundamental to begin by 'savouring' the city in all its aspects but in a general way. And the best way to do it is to walk, watch, observe, look around, listen and feel the city...
» An Ancient Pharmacy, A Photography Museum and A Beautiful Church...
From Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse let us walk along Via della Scala towards Piazza Santa Maria Novella; on the pavement is the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella; arriving at the Piazza, on the right is the new Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia while on the far left is the Santa Maria Novella Church.
» Streets for Antiques, Streets for Fashion Boutiques and a Palace from the Renaissance...
From the Church let us walk back towards the Arno River, along Via dei Fossi, one of the most important antique streets in Florence. Having arrived at Piazza Goldoni, let us take Via della Vigna Nuova, the famous boutique street back towards the exact centre of Florence, Piazza della Repubblica. At the end of Via della Vigna Nuova is the perpendicular Via Tornabuoni, the most important boutique street in Florence. Crossing it, walk along one side of Palazzo Strozzi, which hosts important temporary art exhibitions and fairs during the year.
» An Ancient Roman square, Florence Cathedral and the Piazza Duomo...
Proceeding we arrive at Piazza della Repubblica, the ancient Roman epicentre of the city. Let us walk straight towards Via de' Calzaioli, which deserves being walked along from beginning to end, as it has many different shops and boutiques. At this point, turn left and go to Piazza Duomo, to admire the beautiful Florence Cathedral, the medieval Baptistery and the Campanile di Giotto.
» The Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the Ponte Vecchio...
Let us go back through to the end of Via Calzaioli, which is in the striking and sober Piazza della Signoria, featuring Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi. From the street on the left of Palazzo della Signoria one can get to Piazza San Firenze, which on its far left houses the Bargello. From Palazzo della Signoria let us cross the Uffizi Galleries loggias and go towards Ponte Vecchio. Close to the Ponte Vecchio, before arriving, on the right is the new Hotel degli Orafi, which was the famous Pensione Centrale where the famed beautiful scenes of 'A Room with a View' were filmed.
» Along the River Arno, Piazza Santa Croce and the Santissima Annunziata Square...
Going back from Ponte Vecchio, without crossing it, along the Arno in the direction of the Uffizi again, go straight as far as Via de' Benci, on the left, take this street and walk as far as Piazza Santa Croce, to admire the square, the Church is at the end and the statue of Dante Alighieri on the left. From here, then, take Via Verdi, where Teatro Verdi is situated, cross Via Ghibellina, go straight and after the Poste (Mail Service Office), turn left to Via Sant'Egidio. Then go straight passing the Ospedale di Santa Maria Nuova on the right and then turn onto the next street on the right again, Via Ricasoli, all straight as far as the end, where the Santissima Annunziata square is with its important Church and the Renaissance Spedale degl'Innocenti.
» Galleria dell'Accademia, Via Cavour, the Medici Basilica and San Lorenzo Market...
From the square then turn left towards Piazza San Marco, with its Beato Angelico frescoes in the cloister. Crossing the square from the church, take a few steps on the left street and there is the Galleria dell'Accademia on the left! Getting out of the Galleria dell'Accademia turn left and then take the first street on the right to get to Via Cavour, the main Florentine street from the times of the Medici, because there is Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, with the renowned Benozzo Gozzoli's fresco 'La Cavalcata dei Magi'. Keeping straight alongVia Cavour, at the end is Piazza Duomo. With the Duomo on the left, turn right and take the first street on the right, Borgo San Lorenzo, which will lead you straight to Piazza San Lorenzo, with the famous Medici Basilica, the Cappelle Medicee at the back and for shopping lovers, the traditional Mercato di San Lorenzo.
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