Extra time in Florence

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Yesterday I wrote about what to do in Florence if you only had one day.  Today I’ll show you the other things to add to your itinerary if you have some more time to explore.

Piazza Repubblica is a grand piazza very near Piazza della Signoria.  Definitely worth some time to walk through and explore.

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Piazza Repubblica has a few outdoor stalls for shopping but for the main outdoor market go to PIazza San Lorenzo a few blocks away.  That is the place for leather coats,  purses, scarves, wallets, belts, and more.

The very best thing in San Lorenzo is Cappelle dei Medici– the Medici’s chapel where many of the great Medici’s are entombed.  It costs about 6 Euros to enter and they don’t allow photos but go anyway.  It may be most impressive church you may ever see.  The exhibits also teach you a lot about history about the family that practically built Florence

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Stop for some gelato on a hike across the Arno River on your way to Piazza Michelangelo.  Only stop over here if it is sunny and you are okay with stairs. My trip over here was not really worth it because it was raining.

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From the top of Piazza Michelangelo you get to see some grand views of Florence.

Ponte Vecchio:

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Florence skyline:

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If you didn’t already go see the real David at Accademia Gallery do that.  Go early!  We stood in line during slow season for almost an hour because we didn’t wander that way until 10:30am.  Real David is a much bigger sculpture than I expected.  Very impressive.  They don’t let you take photos of the real David either.

This is fake David on the left but a good likeness:

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Lastly, don’t forget to meander down tiny side streets to find good food, gelato, and take some fun photos.

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That’s it from Florence.  Split, Croatia is coming up next!

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