Florence is definitely a city that can be seen on a budget.
By booking the Hotel Medici you have taken the first step toward
saving money whilst having all the facilities and comforts available
to you that you will need.
A must is to visit the world famous art gallery, the Uffizi - an
experience not to be missed. It is well worth paying the small booking
fee to avoid the long queues that unfortunately you will find in
Florence all year round. Why not consider, however, using the audio
guide in the museum instead of spending out money on a guided tour?
You will need to do your research before visiting the Uffizi and
remember that most of the museums are closed on Mondays.
The Duomo is free of course, as are most of the churches in Florence,
though once again the small entrance fee to get into the Santa Croce
church is money well spent. The beauty of this church will astound
you and where else in the world can you visit the tombs of Michelangelo,
Rossini, Machiavelli and Galileo?
Otherwise you can take the pressure off your wallet and put it
on your feet! You’ll discover many a treasure wandering the
streets, through the piazzas, passing renaissance architecture and
private frescoed courtyards and fountain areas. Walk up to Piazzale
Michelangelo, the best view point in Florence and an excellent place
to witness the spectacular sunsets over the Ponte Vecchio.
Pizza to go and tasty ‘panini’ and ‘foccace’
are all delicious and inexpensive so avoid going to restaurants
for lunch. Ask the helpful staff at the Hotel Medici to recommend
a good ‘trattoria’ to you. Trattorias
are cheaper than restaurants and though simple in their traditional
decor, offer delicious local cuisine.
Finally, if you’re ready for a sit down to rest those weary
feet, avoid the cafes in the main piazzas as they are a real tourist
trap. Wander of the tourist track and you find some quaint bars
and cafes at a much more reasonable price. Remember that there is
a charge for sitting in a cafe so if you are not tired then drink
or have a snack while standing up as the Italians do!