Florence, Italy

Going to this shithole in the summer. What's there to do?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    don't

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It’s an exchange program. Just wondering what I should do there on my free days.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Also considering this, but are there better places in Italy I should go instead?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yes go to Naples, so much more real and grotty - I mean gritty. Then you can post on your Instagram what a courageous and seasoned world traveller you are.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'd go to Padua and northern Italy if I had more time. You get the Byzantine influence in the art and architecture up there that you don't get as much of in the rest of Italy. Fewer tourists in the smaller cities of the north too. Milan and Genoa are pretty expensive though.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Trieste

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Just go to Florence but do it in the spring or fall. Smaller crowds, cheaper hotels and more bearable weather. I was just there over easter and the only time I saw a real crowd was when they did Scoppio del carro but that was to be expected.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Siena is pretty cool, and near Florence; medieval town with a beautiful Duomo (with artwork spanning centuries), winding cobblestone streets, and excellent views.

      You can also see the skeleton of St Catherine's thumb there.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I travel often to Florence.
    good food, and art museums if you're into that. more specificall, related to Art, I'd recommend visiting palazzo pitti, the Museo San Marco, and maybe, if you don't mind crowds, the uffizi gallery. If you intend to visit the uffizi gallery, be sure to book online a few days prior your visit. . Besides that I know some good restaurants depending on what you want to eat.
    Prices are low, tho that may be my skewed perception as a Swiss

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >If you intend to visit the uffizi gallery, be sure to book online a few days prior your visit
      Few days is not enough at summer. If it's peak season I would do it right now. Also for the love of god OP, get the morning tickets. They're a bit cheaper but most importantly, most of the boomers are only going after 9 or even 10. You'll get to enjoy the Botticellis, Da Vincis and Michelangelos in relative peace. It'll never be empty, but with luck there might be just couple dozen people with you. Take your time with the lower floor too btw, people always rush through it to the Caravaggio and Dutch rooms even though it has some absolute masterpieces on the way. And for fricks sake if you go to the cafeteria don't fall for the table service, it's literally 5x the price of standing.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    adding to my previous post, another cool thing, is doing small trips in the Chianti area. the scenery is very nice, there are some excellent wineries. I wish I could once drive on those roads with a motorcycle. It's a nice idea for a weekend lil trip

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Chianti area
      How expensive are the wineries there?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        you get what you pay for in those setups.

        for the low-to-mid tier, the wine is cheap, but the experience is very rushed (and the portions tiny). they herded us around in a bus and dropped us off, our tour guide treated us as if we were an inconvenience to her hanging out with the staff.

        the higher-tier setups are truly amazing, they're very personalized, friendly, and they make it memorable for you.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    in the summer it will be absolutely rammed with tourists

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Florence at summer? good luck lmao. Unless you get really lucky with cloudy and/or rainy weather, you're gonna get cooked alive while getting crushed by crowds of Chinese tourists.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go see the David statue and others, the Medici chapel, and the cathedral of course. There is a lot to see if you like art.
    And don't go to Naples, if anything else go to Rome.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Do you frickers seriously enjoy going to all the churches and galleries that are packed to the fricking brim and it's +30C outside? You know that there's more to Florence and other Italian cities than that, right? The gardens, Oltrarno, etc?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >more god and jesus pictures.
      Fucckkinnngg heelllll. Can they not do anything else? It's all the same fricking shit, and there's never any attempt to actually inspire you to appreciate the context of what's going on.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Uffizi and Accademia have plenty of secular art, tf you on about? There's also a gorillion modern art museums in the city but they're not as well-known for obvious reasons.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Maybe it's you who doesn't attempt to understand the context in which this art was commissioned and subsequently created.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Nope, museums and galleries are just lazy. They have a privileged position of being home to priceless artifacts, and they usually exhibit them in c-tier ways.
          It's an absolute racket, tbh. Galleries, museums, etc should always tell a story and contextualise the pieces in a meaningful way, so you come out with a holistic appreciation of the content, not just ticking off boxes like "oh i saw x and y".

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            So the story of the renaissance itself and about the patronage of the Medici in the golden age of Florence is not enough for you?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            If that's the case for you, the Old Palace is the place. Being an actual place where people lived and worked does help.
            Also, there's a really underrated Dome Cathedral Museum that, for the time being, it's something that Paris don't have with Notre-Dame. They don't have a Notre-Dame right now either so I might say Florence made it better than Paris in that regard. But hey, that's me. I like religious art, even if in Florence it gets pretty repetitive.
            And there's Pisa pretty close, but I stuck with visiting the Cathedral from outside. I don't know if going inside is worth it, but from the outside, let's say there's more than just a tower. It can be done in one day or even less.

            adding to my previous post, another cool thing, is doing small trips in the Chianti area. the scenery is very nice, there are some excellent wineries. I wish I could once drive on those roads with a motorcycle. It's a nice idea for a weekend lil trip

            This. Made it in a rented car. The scenery and the narrow roads made me forgot it was inbetween two mid sized cities in Europe.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go straight to Milan airport and get on a cheap flight to another destination.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Only someone who mentally 14 or an actual moron doesn't know how to enjoy Florence, which one is it?

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Find a cafe, order a fernet-branca. We'll look at each other from across the tables. I won't say anything to you, nor you to me.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Eat some good food, drink some good wine, visit some museum and churches if you want and then get the frick out because besides that there's nothing to do. I'd stay 1-2 days max.
    Oh and it's gonna be hot and swarmed with tourists and going outside the tourist centre is nothing but depressing and smelly ugly houses

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    accidentally step in dogshit

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go see Galileo’s finger

    Eat a lard sandwich at All’Antico Vinaio

    Eat cannoli at Gino’s

    Find a place that serves wild boar, mine was so fresh, I found a shotgun pellet

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      100%

      Parpadelle alla Cinghale (wild boar meat with pasta) is a must-have.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go to Ufizi gallery and get overloaded with paintings of Jesus

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love Florence, amazing art museums (Palazzo Pitti, the Academia, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery), great food (try ribbollita, lambredotto, Cantucci with Vin Santo, and any table wine there is amazing).

    For a lot of the above, go to Trattoria Nella, an amazing local family-run restaurant. For Pizza, go to Fermento 1889. For gelato, go to La Strega Nocciola.

    Climbing up and down Il Duomo and the Belltower are very rewarding if you can handle the exertion. Boboli Gardens are beautiful to wander in.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I went right in the middle of summer and it wasn't as crowded as other posters make it seem.
    Did the full tour of the cathedral, that was sweet. Saw big daddy dave in his museum too. Did a day trip out to some of the countryside towns and Siena which was incredible, would highly recommend.
    Rest of the time was wandering around the city. It was fun.

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