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Hotel Casci
Hotel Casci
Via Cavour, 13
50123 Firenze, Italy
Tel. +39 055.211686
Fax +39 055.2396461
Hotel Casci is a small family run hotel centrally located
in the heart of the historical center of Florence
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Duomo - Cattedrale di S. Maria Del Fiore
Duomo - Cattedrale di S. Maria Del Fiore
Piazza Del Duomo, 9
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
In Italy, "duomo" is a word for a cathedral. In Florence,
the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) is a work
of art and one of the city´s main attractions. The Duomo
is topped by a large dome that represented a major
engineering breakthrough when it was designed by
Renaissance architect Brunelleschi in 1420. It´s still
impressive today. The exterior of the church itself is
also breath-taking, with intricate patterns formed
using pink and green limestone. Climb to the top of the
dome for one of the best views of the city, and then
reward yourself with some rich, creamy Italian gelato
afterwards.
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Battistero di San Giovanni
Battistero di San Giovanni
Piazza Del Duomo, 1
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
The Baptistery is an octagonal building decorated by
a stunning set of bronze doors. The north and the east
doors were designed by master Renaissance sculptor
Lorenzo Ghiberti. When Michelangelo saw them, he
declared them "worthy to serve as the Gates of Paradise,"
and that name has stuck ever since.
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Campanile Giotto
Campanile di Giotto
Piazza Del Duomo, 9
50122 Firenze (FI), Italyl
Giotto was a revolutionary artist who
helped move Italian art from the flat,
two-dimensional Gothic style to the realistic,
three-dimensional style of the Renaissance.
He was also an architect, and he designed the
bell tower for the cathedral.
Climb the steps for another great view of Florence,
this one including Brunelleschi´s dome.
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Galleria degli Uffizi
Galleria degli Uffizzi
Piazzale degli Uffizi
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy 
When it was built, the Uffizi was the
headquarters of the grand duke Cosimo de Medici.
Today, it houses one of the world’s most stunning
collections of Renaissance art anywhere.
Inside, you will find elegant paintings by Botticelli,
dreamy scenes from Titian, stark, dramatic paintings by
Caravaggio, and much, much more.
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Palazzo del Bargello
Palazzo del Bargello
Via del Proconsolo, 4
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
What the Uffizi is to painting, the Bargello is
to Renaissance sculpture.
This former prison now houses masterpieces by
Michelangelo, Donatello and others.
Take note of Donatello "David, a slim youth that
represents a striking contrast to Michelangelo"
famous sculpture of the same subject.
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Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
Florence´s city-hall has been standing since the 1300´s,
and its fortified, castle-like architecture is definitely worth seeing.
Inside, you can see the room where the 500 members of the Great
Council met to govern Florence after Savonarola, Florence´s own
mad monk, had the Medici exiled between 1494 and 1498
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Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria, 1
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
the starting-point of origin of the Florentine Republic is an
"en plain air" museum hosting Palazzo Vecchio,
a copy of the David of Michelangelo, the statue of
Neptune and the "Loggia dei Lanzi" with the famous
bronze Perseus, by Cellini. You can also trace the exact
stone where Savonarola, Florence´s own mad monk, was
burned at the stake in 1498.
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Palazzo Pitti
Palazzo Pitti
Via Piazza de´ Pitti, 1
50125 Firenze, Italia
This was built in order to be the Medici´s royal palace,
to rival with other similar palaces like Paris´ Versailles
and Vienna´s Schönbrunn. Inside, you can marvel at
more Renaissance artwork, including work by Titian
and Raphael, and get a taste of what it would have
been like to be a Medici in Renaissance Florence.
The Museo degli Argenti has a display of items once
owned by the Medici, and the Galleria del Costume is
dedicated to the history of fashion.
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Galleria Accademia
Galleria dell'Accedemia
Galleria dell'accademia
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
This is the home of the David by Michelangelo, the
world´s most famous statue. A collection of his
unfinished sculptures, called Slaves, provides an
interesting window into his creative process.
Michelangelo often said that the figures he sculpted
were already present inside the marble - all he had
to do was to free them. Centuries after his death,
the unfinished figures still seem to be waiting for
him to come back and bring them alive.
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Museo san Marco
Museo di San Marco
Piazza di San Marco, 1
50121 Firenze (FI), Italy
This museum was once a Dominican convent.
Here, you can see many frescoes by the Dominican
monk and painter Fra Angelico, who decorated his
brothers´ cells with his pious, sweet religious paintings.
Fra Angelico´s masterpiece, the Annunciation, is also
on display here.
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Chiesa Santa Maria Novella
Chiesa Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
This church is located not far from the main railway
station, which is in fact named after the church.
It houses another small collection of Renaissance
masterpieces, including Masaccio´s Trinity, an example
of the one-point perspective that had just been
developed to show depth in a painting. There are also
frescoes by Ghirlandaio and a lovely wooden cross
by Brunelleschi.
Don´t forget to pay a visit also to the ancient Pharmacy,
just around the corner.
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Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Ponte Vecchio, 1
50125 Firenze (FI), Italy
There´s an old local legend: if you want to make your
love eternal, you have to chain a padlock to Ponte Vecchio,
and then throw the key into the Arno river.
This Old Bridge of Roman origin is the most romantic
location you can find in Florence.
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Santa Croce
Santa Croce
Piazza di Santa Croce, 16
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
A short jaunt east of the Duomo takes you to Santa Croce,
the pantheon of the Italian Renaissance artists. Here, you
can pay your homage to the tomb of Michelangelo.
Galileo Galilei was buried here a century after he died, when
Church officials started to get a little bit less dogmatic about
that whole "sun revolving around the earth" idea. Machiavelli
is buried here, and so is Lorenzo Ghiberti. In the church itself
you can see two famous frescoes by Giotto and an Annunciation
 by Donatello.
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Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
Ponte Vecchio, 1
50125 Firenze (FI), Italy
Diamonds are a girl´s best friend, right? Whether you´re shopping
for yourself or for someone special, the Ponte Vecchio is your
Florentine source for fine jewelry. Even if you can´t afford to buy,
 you can always window-shop.
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Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale
Piazza del Mercato Centrale
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
This is the place to go for groceries and food, where you can
watch Italian housewives buying vegetables, meats, salami,
cheese, fresh made pasta, etc. Between a church and a
museum, why don´t you enjoy some fine panini sandwiches
along with a glass of Chianti wine ?
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Mercato San Lorenzo
Mercato San Lorenzo
Piazza del Mercato Centrale
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
Located next to the church, this is a great place to find bargains on
clothing and leather goods. Here, you can almost always get the
vendors to come down from the original price, often by a great deal.
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Mercato Nuovo
Mercato Nuovo
Piazza di Mercato Nuovo
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
Nothing says "I went on a vacation" like a cheesy trinket"
and you"ll find these in abundance at the Mercato Nuovo.
Whether you want a memento for yourself or an inexpensive
gift for a friend, the Mercato Nuovo is a good place to start.
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Via Tornabuoni
Via Tornabuoni
Via Tornabuoni
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
If you´re looking for something a little more upscale,
Via Tornabuoni is the place for you. Here, you´ll find
shops by such big names as Gucci, Ferragamo, Pucci and Prada.
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Via della Vigna Nuova
Via della Vigna Nuova
Via della Vigna Nuova
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
Dolce e Gabbana, La Perla, Lacoste and Ermenegildo Zegna.
Mont Blanc is nearby, as is Swarovski, Versus Versace, and
dozens of smaller designers who may be tomorrow´s Versaces.
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Via degli Strozzi
Via degli Strozzi
Via degli Strozzi
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
On the other side of Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova
suddenly becomes the Via degli Strozzi, where you´ll find
the Emporio Armani and many other upscale stores.
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Via maggio
Via Maggio
Via Maggio
50125 Firenze (FI), Italy
If you´re interested in antiques, Via Maggio is the place to be.
Studded with antique dealers, this is a great place to look for
ancient treasures, some dating back to the 16th century!
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Antica Officina di Santa MAria Novella
Antica Officina di Santa maria Novella
Via della Scala, 16
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
Step back in time in one of the world´s oldest pharmacies.
Here, you´ll find the same perfume formulas used by the Medici women,
as well as liqueurs and cordials made by Dominican monks using recipes
and techniques that have been passed down for centuries.
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Santa Croce District
Santa Croce district
Piazza Santa Croce
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
For your leather shopping – here you will find the best leather goods,
all hand made and decorated – both quality and prices are higher than
in San Lorenzo market, but the shopping is much more rewarding.
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Antico Setificio Fiorentino
Antico Setificio Fiorentino
Via Bartolini Lorenzo, 2
50124 Firenze (FI), Italy
An 18th century silk factory where you can literally
step back in time – you can visit both the factory
(and hear the hum of the shuttles) and the showroom
laden with fabric and ribbons.
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Enoteca Pinchiorri
Enoteca Pinchiorri
Via Ghibellina, 87
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
Florence´s most famous restaurant, with three Michelin
stars, at the heart of the historic city center.
Don´t miss Pinchiorri´s collection of magnificent wines.
(expensive)
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Ristorante Cibrèo
Cibréo
via a. del verrocchio, 8r
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
This upscale restaurant is a worthwhile luxury, but be aware that it´s
both popular and pricey.
(moderate to expensive)
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Trattoria Zà-Zà
Trattoria ZÁ -ZÁ 
Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
Located behind the Piazza del Mercato Centrale, this elegant
trattoria makes  an excellent omelette with truffle sauce, among
other good things.
(budget)
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Osteria Belle Donne
Osteria Belle Donne
Via delle Belle Donne, 16-red
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
A good choice to eat well without emptying your pockets,
Osteria delle Belle Donne  serves fresh, traditional delicacies
at reasonable prices.
Located near Via Tornabuoni, it´s a perfect place to take a
break from shopping
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Antico Noe
Antico Noe
Volta Di S. Piero, 6/R
50100 Firenze (FI), Italy
This is a small one-room establishment that specializes
in local, seasonal ingredients like artichokes and truffles.
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I latini
Ristorante i Latini
Via dei Palchetti, 6
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
the owners of this traditional and boisterous trattoria claim that
they grow their own wine, oil and other produce -
 the food never disappoints.
(budget)
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Ristorante La Giostra
Ristorante La Giostra
Borgo Pinti, 10
50121 Firenze (FI), Italy
Located near Santa Croce and run by a retired prince,
La Giostra is known for excellent pasta dishes.
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Il Cantinone
Il Cantinone
Via S. Spirito, 6/R
50125 Firenze (FI), Italy
Rub shoulders (literally) with the other guests at
long wooden tables.
The food is excellent, prices are reasonable,
and you get a different wine with each course.
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i Fratellini
I Fratellini
Via dei Cimatori, 38-red
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
The best place to stop for a quick lunch of wine
and a sandwich near the Duomo.
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Acqua al 2
Acqua al 2
Via della Vigna Vecchia
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
A wonderful occasion to taste strips of beef
served with a choice of dipping sauces, and
selections of salads, pasta, cheeses and
excellent wines.
(budget to moderate)
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Le Fonticine
Le Fonticine
Via Nazionale, 79/R
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
this family run restaurant serves the highest quality meats
providing a more refined twist to the solid Tuscany dishes
(Florentine steak, ossobuco, trippa, wild-boar).
Also the pasta is home made and delicious, whilst the
desserts are not to be missed.
(moderate)
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Paoli
Antico Ristorante Paoli
Via dei Tavolini, 12-red
50122 Firenze (FI), Italy
serves traditional and classy local cuisine to loads of cheerful
eaters served under a richly decorated frescoed Gothis vault.
Salads are dramatically cut and mixed from a trolley right at
your table.
(moderate)
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Il Trebbio
Il Trebbio
Via delle Belle Donne, 47
50123 Firenze (FI), Italy
A good choice to eat well without emptying your pockets,
Il Trebbio, serves fresh, traditional delicacies at reasonable prices.
Located on a small little square near Via Tornabuoni, it’s a perfect
place to take a break from shopping.
(budget)
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Osteria Agnolo
Osteria dell´Agnolo
Borgo San Lorenzo, 24
50129 Firenze (FI), Italy
An unpretentious but tasty and friendly pizza and
pasta nd the corner from the hote.l
The impressive selections of appetizers is very
 tempting, too.