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Exploring Florence for the first time is an enchanting experience in every aspect. Strolling through cobblestone streets, marvelling at the majestic Duomo, and enjoying the tunes of accordions wafting through narrow alleys is majestically amazing!

To turn your dream trip into a reality, we've put together a list of travel tips for Florence. It covers everything from getting a taste of Italian culture to where you should venture for an authentic local experience. Get ready for your adventure!

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The Do's and Don'ts of Travelling to Florence

Below are some of our latest tips, although when it comes to food and drink experiences in Florence feel free to reach out via our live chat to discover what's available.

Ideal Time to Visit Florence

Enjoy the pleasant weather of spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October). Ideal for exploring, these seasons offer delightful climates. Summers can be intense, while winters can be quite chilly. These times are also perfect for avoiding crowds and taking advantage of affordable flights and accommodation discounts.

Pre-book Your Skip The Line Tickets 

Overcrowding is very common in Florence, especially during summer. This means enduring lengthy queues to experience Renaissance art. Buy skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid the inconvenience of standing in the sun.

Always have some cash

In Florence, ATMs often charge high fees for Visa and Mastercard transactions. To avoid these charges, bring enough Euros with you. Exchange rates are better just outside Florence and, tipping is customary in Florence, so carry spare change.

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Eating Out

Tuscany boasts a rich medieval heritage that greatly influences the traditional delicacies of Florentine and Tuscan cuisine. Thoughtful planning can work wonders when it comes to dining out. It's worth noting that during peak seasons, the most sought-after restaurants tend to get fully booked quickly.

The best way to not miss out on experiencing amazing Florence cuisine, is by booking a captivating food tour (see From street food to cooking classes, immerse yourself in exquisite flavours as you leisurely sample your way through charming locations. 

Discover the Perfect Gelato

Experience the sublime delight of indulging in authentic Italian gelato, find hidden backstreets where they excel in serving the finest, meticulously crafted scoop of premium goodness. Reject the allure of overly bright, vibrant mounds! 

Take time out for the mesmerizing Street Art!

You don't even need to step inside the museums and galleries to soak in the art scene. The city itself is a work of art, with amazing street art on every corner. Take time to marvel at the talented street artists creating magic all around.

Exercise caution with your belongings

Florence has a high rate of petty crimes - pickpocketing being the most common. Stash your passports and cash or ATM cards in a tiny pouch that you strap onto your belt and tuck it under your clothes. Be especially vigilant near crowded tourist attractions or waiting in queues.

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Venture Beyond the Historic Centre

For an enchanting and picturesque Florence, go beyond the bustling Duomo or Palazzo Vecchio. Explore places like Santo Spirito or San Niccolo, where you'll find flower-potted houses, and cobbled streets, family-run art galleries and charming little piazzas.

Discover the beautiful Tuscan Countryside

Escape Florence for the day and explore the enchanting heart of Tuscany. Discover ancient vineyards and olive groves amidst medieval villages. Immerse yourself in the splendour of renowned landmarks away from the busy city.

Experience the Sunrise by the Serene River Arno

The Ponte Vecchio is a beautiful stone arch bridge over the Arno River. Famous for its jewellery shops housed in former butcher sheds, it offers a captivating sight. Start your day early and visit this enchanting place to enjoy a splendid sunrise.

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Embark on a culinary adventure with by booking one of our food and drink experiences in Florence and immerse yourself in the enticing historical atmosphere of the city. Discover and savour the flavours that await you.

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