Welcome to The Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Florence. WTR's Florence map shows you the location of Basilica of Santa Croce - Florence and The Brancacci Chapel.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Culinaria de Gustibus Bistro 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 April 15, 2018 see The 18th Century. A Selection
The Uffizi Galleries’ collections of 18th century works, while possibly less well-known to the general public than those of Renaissance masterpieces, nevertheless comprise the staggering figure of 500 paintings. Seventeen of those paintings have been chosen, from storage and from the foreign artists’ rooms in the Gallery of the Statues and Paintings which are soon to be renovated, to illustrate the themes and tastes of a complex, varied century in which opposites met and clashed, sparking rapid and ceaseless change. In an effort to highlight the century’s enlightened, vocational secularism, we have deliberately avoided displaying religious paintings, which could well become the focus of a future selection.
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