"Frommer's Portable Florence" offers everything you need at a glance: the top hotel picks in all price ranges, the hottest restaurants and pubs, San Lorenzo street market shopping, pubs and wine bars, the David, the Duomo, the Boboli gardens, museum guides, and detailed neighborhood maps. Ideal for weekend visitors, families, or business travelers, this handy guide captures the best of Florence.
Table of Contents
List of Maps. 1 Planning Your Trip to Florence. 1 Visitor Information & Maps. 2 Entry Requirements. 3 When to Go. 4 Getting There. 5 Money & Costs. What Things Cost in Florence. 6 Travel Insurance. 7 Health. 8 Specialized Travel Resources. Getting Your VAT Refund. 2 Getting to Know Florence. 1 Essentials. The Red & the Black. The Neighborhoods in Brief. 2 Getting Around. Fast Facts: Florence. 3 Where to Stay in Florence. 1 Near the Duomo. 2 Near Piazza Della Signoria. Family-Friendly Hotels. 3 Near San Lorenzo & the Mercato Centrale. 4 Near Piazza Santa Trinita. 5 South of Santa Maria Novella. 6 Between Santa Maria Novella & Mercato Centrale. 7 Near San Marco & Santissima Annunziata. 8 Near Santa Croce. 9 In the Oltrarno. 10 In the Hills. 11 Hostels & Camping. 12 Long-Term Stays. 4 Where to Dine in Florence. 1 Near the Duomo. 2 Near Piazza Della Signoria. Family-Friendly Restaurants. 3 Near San Lorenzo & the Mercato Centrale. 4 Near Piazza Santa Trinita. A Big Step above Ice Cream: Florentine Gelato. 5 Near Santa Maria Novella. 6 Near San Marco & Santissima Annunziata. 7 Near Santa Croce. 8 In the Oltrarno. Cook like a True Tuscan. 9 In the Hills. 5 Exploring Florence. 1 On Piazza Del Duomo. The Best Times to Sightsee. A Man & His Dome. 2 Around Piazza della Signoria. Reserving Tickets for the Uffizi & Other Museums. Rising from the Blast. 3 Around San Lorenzo & the Mercato Centrale. 4 On or Near Piazza Santa Maria Novella. 5 Near San Marco & Santissima Annuziata. Michelangelo: The Making of a Renaissance Master. 6 Around Piazza Santa Croce. 7 In the Oltrarno. 8 In the Hills. 6 Shopping 156 1 Shopping A to Z. 7 Florence After Dark. 1 The Performing Arts. 2 The Club & Music Scenes . Cafe Culture. 3 Pubs, Bars & Wine Bars. 4 The Gay & Lesbian Scene. Index.
A freelance writer based in Italy, John Moretti has written for The International Herald Tribune, The Independent on Sunday, Italy Daily, The Associated Press, and www.ft.com (Financial Times online). He is the author of Living Abroad in Italy, co-editor of Rome in Detail, and a contributor to Time Out Milan and Time Out Naples city guides.