(Closed) Florence in February..any ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@worldtravelingbee:  Ah!! I’m so jealous that you’re going to Florence! I studied there in college for 6 months, and February is a great time to go. Almost spring, with *none* of the spring crowds. You’ll be able to hit all of the big attractions with nearly no lines (starting in March, the wait at the Uffizi jumps to about an hour or so). 

Beyond the main attractions I’m sure you’ve heard about, I’d definitely suggest Santa Croce (tombs of Machiavelli, Michelangelo, etc) and Santa Maria del Carmine (across the Arno). The frescos by Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel are breathtaking. 

Also, you should take one of the buses (I think it’s bus #8 but I can’t remember…) up to the little town of Fiesole that overlooks Florence. The sunsets are incredible (and romantic!), and if you arrive early enough, you can go explore some Roman ruins. You can actually walk in an ancient amphitheater, and their museum is full of Etruscan artifacts. 

That’s mostly if you’re an art history person like me, but Florence also has incredible shopping and restaurants. The San Lorenzo market is a bit of a maze, but well worth a trip. If you speak *any* Italian, or even try to, they’ll appreciate your effort and you’ll save a few Euros ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Florence has a myriad of gelato places, but I HIGHLY suggest going to Grom, one street over from the Duomo, and getting the cioccolato amaro gelato (super dark, rich chocolate) or some of their drinking chocolate if it’s a cool day. I’ve yet to find anything in the world that comes even close to that quality (aside from the Grom in NYC!). 

Let me know if you have any questions, I’m itching to get back there and love to fill new visitors in! We wanted to go for our honeymoon, but it’s looking like it might be too expensive for us at this point. Going back is absolutely on my bucket-list!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

commenting just to save the tips ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

OOOH I’m jealous too.  It looks like @BotticelliLove covered some of the basics, its the perfect time of year for you to be there!  It might be a bit rainy just so you know but that’s not a big deal – it’s worth not waiting in the line ups.  I studied in Cortona (Tuscany) so I went to Florence quite a bit and have some friends there.

The best coffee (according to people who live there) is at Caffe Corona.  Everyone says Grom for gelato but there are hole-in-the-wall spots with good stuff too.

Some wonderful restaurants are: 

-L’Osteria dell’olio – amazing food!!! expensive but worth it

-bar in the Savoy restaurant (for Martinis and people watching)

-La Giostra – lovely atmosphere and amazing food 

-Il Latini – eat at communal tables family style – takes you back to traditional ways, good food and great experience

If you like leather goods, the market has great prices for wallets/gloves/small items, but I would get the really good quality stuff (if you want a jacket or something) from a store – I have one from the Calzaiuoli leather factory and people pet it – soft as butter.  The shopping is great everywhere, just go to the historical centre and you’ll find all the major stores.

Again, if you like art the Uffizi Gallery is a must, as well as the Galleria del’Accademia (where the David is).  If you get a sunny day, the Boboli gardens are a great place to walk – this is behind/part of the Pitti Palace which is also stunning.  There are often short-term art shows in the museums and  public spaces so if you can wander in on one you might get lucky and find a famous piece you wouldn’t normall see… I’m kind of an art nerd so you might not be into that.

Even if you aren’t religious, I always attend mass in foreign cities, just to experience the music and atmosphere of the building.  If you see an evening mass, just wander in and sit for a few minutes or go for the first half of a Sunday mass.  One of the best experiences I had was sitting in on a mass in Latin by a cardinal in the Pantheon.  

There are some AWESOME dance clubs.  Don’t go on a weekday or there will be 14/15 year old kids.  Just ask about the discoteca and someone will tell you where to go. I don’t remember the names.

You can walk up to the Piazzale Michelangelo for a great view of the city… very romantic.  

You are going to have an amazing time!!!! I’m so excited for you, its a beautiful city. There are tons of little towns if you want to take the train for a day away (super easy), or even rent a car (not as easy – insane drivers, but a beautiful drive) and drive through Tuscany.  Here’s a great website of places/things: http://www.tuscany.travel/tag/florence/

Where are you staying?  If you have any questions, just let me know.  I’ve travelled around that area a ton.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@worldtravelingbee:  Sienna is nice but kind of… drab… on its own.  Honestly, if you’re up for it i would hit up all the little wine towns and do a driving tour through Tuscany, go to Siena, but just for a few hours, and Pienze/Montepulciano/San Gimigniano…. I’m sure you can find a self-guided tour online or jump on a bus for a day.  

What kinds of things are you guys into?  Walking/biking, museums, art, science, history, food, shopping?

also, its Carnivale in february (just around Lent) so if you can make it up to Venice for a day or two its an amazing experience.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Just finding this now. I too studied in Florence and I was also married in San Gimignano, Tuscany this past June. If you PM me I’ll send you a google map that I made for our guests as well as a copy of our booklet that mentions some restaurants and sites to see in Florence.

Enjoy your time there, you will love it! 

 

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