Welcome to The Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Florence. WTR's Florence map shows you the location of Galleria dell ‘Academia and Bardini Gardens.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Ino and what to order at Osteria Santo Spirito. Then you're off to Naples for pizza.
The Welge Travel Report Notables for Florence
Getting around in Florence
Public transportation for Florence
WTR's Tony Transit says the best information for public transportation in Florence is at https://www.visitflorence.com/moving-around-florence/by-bus.html
People Watching in Florence
Our Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" in Florence is Plaza della Republica and Via della Spada.
Dining in Florence
WTR's Carlota Cuisine says the best lunch in Florence is at Signorvino – B,L,D: Daily, via da Bardi 46R
The location is unbeatable – you sit on the deck with the river view and the Ponte Vecchio.
Select your wine from their wine store at liquor store pricing. We enjoyed a charcuterie and a cheese plate. You need to arrive early to get this table.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Florence
Our Shauna Showtime says for the best nightlife head for the Santa Croce area and take your pick.
Beverages in Florence
WTR's Winnie Winesnob says Florence has remarkable wines, most notably the deep red wine Chianti Classico. You'll also find fine wines like the Brunello di Montalcino, Pomino Vin Santo and other trebiano white wines, and moscadello varieties for sweet wines.
You'll find wine festivals in Florence more often than in any European city. During the summer they run almost every week. In addition, every restaurant, every cafe, sometimes every vendor on the street sells Florence's best wines.
Shopping in Florence
Our Shari Shopper says for the well known Italian designers, check out the Santa Maria Novella district. Smaller budgets need to look at the Piazza della Republica. Foodies can check out the Mercado Centrale in the San Lorenzo district.
Florence is known for its leather goods, perfumes and marbled stationery. La Menagere has been re-purposed and includes a retail area with hand made ceramics, housewares, a coffee bar, flower shop, cocktail bar and a restaurant.
This website is great for checking currency exchange rates.
Recognition for Florence
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Florence
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as Pitti Palace
Now to December 31, 2018 see Traces
The exhibition at the Museum of Costume and Fashion aims to revolutionise the exhibition criteria adopted to date for this kind of event: the exhibits on display – 107 items of clothing, accessories, paintings and sculptures – are no longer configured into "dominant categories" and silent "complementary adornments"; rather, they engage in active dialogue. All of the exhibits become leading players in their own right, interacting both with one another and with their own images reflected in the mirrors that play such an important role in the arrangement, helping to create an evocative and mesmerising environment in which space is dilated, the lines and colours of the clothes are repeated and the lights enhancing their forms are amplified.
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