Florence: Quick Self-Guided Walking Tour

You've just landed from the states. You're tired. BUT - It's not bedtime quite yet. What should you do? How about a quick self-guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with the enchanting city of Florence!? Where should you start?

Piazza del Duomo:

The best place to start your self-guided walking tour is in the heart of Florence, at Piazza del Duomo. This is where you'll find the iconic Duomo, as well as the Baptistery of San Giovanni and Giotto's Bell Tower.

Oltrarno Florence (Left Bank of Arno River)

From Piazza del Duomo, you can wander through the narrow streets of the Oltrarno, the left bank of the Arno River. This is where you'll find some of Florence's most charming shops and restaurants.

The Ponte Vecchio:

This historic bridge is lined with shops and jewelers. It's a great place to wander and soak up the atmosphere.   Ponte Vecchio was spared destruction during World War II, when the retreating German army blew up all the other bridges across the Arno. The bridge is a popular tourist destination, and it is one of the most photographed bridges in the world.

Piazzale Michelangelo:

For a spectacular view of the city that will take your breath away, I always recommend this viewpoint for stunning panoramic views of Florence.

The square is home to a number of copies of Michelangelo's sculptures, including the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapels. There is also a restaurant with outdoor seating, a playground, and a number of souvenir shops.

Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular tourist destination, and it is especially crowded at sunset. The view from the square is one of the best in Florence, and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the cityscape.

It's a great place to end your walking tour.


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