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Maria, Tour Guide, Age 42 - Continue >> , Italy

Can you think of a place in Florence that provides a unique or captivating view of the city? Certainly. The best views are from Piazzale Michelangelo,

from the higher part where the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte stands, one of the oldest churches in Florence, full of charm with free admission, from the Villa Bardini gardens and from the Fiesole hill.
If I want to relax, think and be by myself, where should I go in the city? Surely the San Miniato al Monte hill and Villa Bardini gardens.
Is there a uniquely shaped building or monument in Florence or one whose characteristics sets it apart from the rest? Of course, the Cathedral Dome, by Filippo Brunelleschi, an extraordinary presence, one of the icons of Florence.
Can you suggest a lesser known and less crowded museum in Florence worth a visit? The Davanzati Palace museum is an impeccable example of a Medieval and Renaissance Florentine home. Also, the Bardini Palace Museum and Horne Museum, symbol of Renaissance culture and art, are worth your while.
When to you recommend visiting Florence and why? What can you do in the winter? The best time is from the end of October to the beginning of March, except for the long weekend holidays.  This is least popular time for those hordes of tourists that make experiencing the city and fully enjoying its priceless treasures a drudgery. Winter is when the the leading exhibits are held, usually in key sites like the Pitti Palace, the Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia, Cappelle Medicee and Palazzo Strozzi.
What's the cheapest way to get around Florence? The best way to get around downtown is by foot because the city center is not that big.  To get to the best views of the city, you should take the city buses.  The ones for Piazzale Michelangelo and Fiesole are usually on time. The Town of Florence has recently introduced rental bikes. The main rent stations are at the Santa Maria Novella train station, Piazza Annigoni (S. Ambrogio area), the Campo di Marte train station and Piazza Santa Croce.
Are there any outlets you recommend in and around Florence? The ones in Barberino (A1 northbound) and Incisa, the Mall (A1 southbound), are the biggest and the most popular.


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