Back again with some of my prattling and rambling
The Ufizzi and Acedemia and worth the trip but I liked the Bargello,
Institute and Museum of the History of Science, and the Duomo Museum
Cellini’s work at the Bargello is great. I did an Art History paper
on Perseus. There is a bar across the Piazza della Signoria square
from the Perseus called the Perseus. Has a Perseus printed on the
napkins. Enough Perseus.
If you are flying into Firenze, there is a shuttle from the Firenze
airport to train station (spola dall’aeroporto alla stazione
centrale di treno) every 1/2 hour. Cost about 4 Euro.
Look for ‘arrivo, partenza’ arrival, departure times signs.
There is an booth in the train station and also one
across the street toward S. Maria Novella. A long stone building
with a door and a white sign with a blue i for le informazioni . Has
a good free map.
The central market, Piazza Del Mercato Centrale, is a few blocks
from train station. Probably not your best place to go first,
crowded busy streets full of vendor carts, leather and trinkets.
Inside the market building on first floor are delis (great olive,
mushroom and seafood salad), tripe sandwich bar, meat, cheese, fish,
and bread booths.
Second floor are fruit, veggies, mushrooms, etc. Great place for
pictures and experience of everyday life in Italian cities. Inside
building closes early so plan a morning visit. Lots of little cafes
and bars around market with good food at decent prices.
Online maps http://www.concierge.com/maps/
Want to see incredible wax work? Go to La Specola. Just beyond the
Pitti Palace (see the modern art there). Full anatomical studies in
colored wax. It has a web site.
Near Santa Maria Novella, Number 16 Via Delle Scala,is the Pharmacy
of Santa Maria Novella. Beautiful place. Started in the 16th century
by Dominican friars, this is more like a museum than a perfume shop.
Stocks an awesome range of perfumes, herbal elixirs and soaps based
on, of all things, vinegar.
There is a leather working school in the back of SanCroce.
Alchimia, Medici, and some other schools teach jewelery classes.
Nice little paper and book shops along the Arno near Ponte Vechio
and check the jewelery shops on the bridge.
Medici Palace is another good stop, as is the Academia for sculpture
and Ufficci for paintings.
I tried to get to the Harley Davidson shop to get a T-shirt but ran
out of time to catch train.
Mercato Centrale is a must. http://tinyurl.com/9thqt
When there I would get mushroom, mixed seafood, or olive salad,
fruit and maybe some bread and cheese in the morning after getting
off the train. Then wander through the city toward Michelangelo or
Boboli gardens for a lunch overlooking the city.
If you eating leans toward the adventurous try the
Lampredotto(tripe) or beef boiled in sauce panini in or around the
market. Delicious with a little glass of vino. Anything Wild Boar =96
Chinghiale =96 is excellent, sausage, sauce, grilled, prociutto =96
YUM!!! There was a sausage shop on a street between Mercato Centrale
and Duomo that had little stuffed boar dressed up and sitting at a
red/white checked table.
I would avoid the pizza by the piece places in the old
section(tourist area), not very good.
Check the museum schedules =96 many are closed Monday or Tuesday as
are the Cathedrals.
I was partial to the science museum
Has Galileo’s models of experiments and his middle finger on
(Get used to seeing body parts of Saints and famous people
reliqueries) Lots of old science tools, telescopes, and wood models
of the universe.
Piazza San Croce is where the leather school is located.
Take the time to climb up into the dome of the Duomo to get a close
look at the painting and Florence rooftops…
Gelato in Florence. Skip Vivoli tourist trap. Good but expensive and
crowded. Best place I found was Gelateria dei Neri, via dei Neri 20r,
a little street near Uffizi, Science Museo, and Palazzo Vecchio. Nice
pastries and a couple students that are here lived across the street
from it when they attended the Jewelry schools in Firenze. Nice
restaurant near intersection of via de Neri and via de Benci. I
remember three places there and it was the one in the middle. Gnocci
al tartufo, ravioli
2nd was La Bottega. Bright neon sign on the street that goes to
Someone else has the same idea and wrote a website on them
Lots to see, do, eat and enjoy in Firenze.