Florence, Italy travel tips

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Keep in mind that many churches prohibit visitors during regular worship services. If you are allowed inside during a service, be respectful and don't distract with flashing cameras.

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Be respectful of your environment. When visiting Florence's churches, dress appropriately. This means no shorts or bare shoulders, and no exposed knees for women.

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A great hotel in Florence is the Hotel Lungarno.

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For a great stay, book a room at the Westin Excelsior.

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One of the most luxurious restaurants in the city is Enoteca Pinchiorri, which also has a great wine cellar.

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Coquinarius is a cozy little wine bar just behind the Duomo.

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For a fabulous meal with outdoor seating, head to Quattro Leoni, on the Pitti side of the Arno.

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Be sure to visit the Da Vinci Museum---it's small, but well worth a visit.

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A good way to orient yourself to the city is to take a bike or segway tour, and to do it early in your visit.

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Be sure to tour the Left Bank of the Arno, where you'll find all manner of hidden treasures.

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For an excellent dining experience, and to escape some of the crowds, head to Piazza di Santo Spirito, which is home to numerous traditional Italian restaurants.

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For ornate Italian lace, head to Busatti.

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Head to Vinoteca for wine tastings.

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If you are looking for a beautiful souvenir of your time in Florence, head to master jeweler, Alessandro Barellini.

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Just a short walk from the train station is the Ciao Hostel, an excellent, clean choice for budget travelers.

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Plan on taking some photos from Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers outstanding views of most everything in the city.

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Just an hour and a half outside of Florence is Pisa (of the leaning tower). This makes an excellent day trip.

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Be sure to get a cappuccino at Piazza della Signoria.

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For a great day out of Florence, plan a day trip to the ancient Etruscan village of Fiesole, which also offers outstanding views of Florence down below.

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Be sure to get a tripe sandwich from a street vendor.

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