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      Day 1 - 4, Florence
      You can add Florence to any of our recommended itineraries in Italy. Or use our database to combine it with other cities to create your own itinerary.

      If you have never been to Florence before, we recommend that you spend at least four nights here.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Florence, click here.

      Reservations are available for the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery. This is actually great because it eliminates the two+ hour wait that had become common.

      There are several ways to make reservations for the Uffizi. The least expensive is to call between 8:30AM and 6:30PM Monday through Friday or from 9AM to noon Saturdays Florence time. You’ll receive a confirmation code and a reservation time. You then go to the ticket window at the appointed time, and give your confirmation code. You’ll pay for your ticket plus a 3EUR reservations fee.

      You can make reservations online for Florence’s museums and attractions through Weekend A Firenze at www.weekendafirenze.com. They charge a 5.70EUR service fee for each ticket, which is frankly pretty expensive. But if you are somone who never wants to wait, these are options.

      You probably won’t need to make reservations for other attractions, except for the Vasari Corridor or "Prince’s Trail". Only three tours are given weekly and the tours are quite small. So if you’re interested in this, you should make reservations in advance.

      Our Florence database contains information about scores of attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, addresses, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

      Although we've made every effort to ensure the accuracy of our listings, opening hours, admission fees, and web addresses, in Italy hours change frequently. Please be advised to confirm information before visiting an attraction.

      If you are interested in wine, there are a number of wineries close to Florence. For information about touring the wineries, see our Hill Towns of Umbria and Tuscany Itinerary or use our search engine with the parameters "Sienna" and "Food and Wine."

      It’s possible to visit Sienna, San Gimignano, or Lucca as day trips from Florence. For information about these destinations, see our Hill Towns of Umbria and Tuscany itinerary or use our search engine.

      If you want to continue on to Rome, you’ll find lots of information in our Rome Detailed Itinerary and in our database. For a list of our recommended accommodations in Rome, click here.

      If you want to visit Venice or the Lakes, you’ll find lots of information in our Venice, the Dolomites, and the Italian Lakes Detailed Itinerary. For a list of our recommended accommodations in Venice, click here.

      A few of the web sites we link to are in Italian. We’ve tried to provide you with all the necessary information in English, and have provided the links in case you need additional information. You can translate text from Italian into English by visiting Free Translations at www.freetranslations.com.

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