Need help with Italy

Mar 26th, 2009, 01:31 AM
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What museums are "must sees" in Firenze (Florence)?


If you and your wife don't enjoy museumgoing in the US, you should skip them in FIrenze in favor of seeing the town, including a trip to the walled-city of Siena (a simple bus trip) or a trip to Pisa.

If you are somewhat interested in experiencing the art in museums, two of the very finest are the Museum of the Duomo and the Museo San Marco. Both are small museums with absolutely unique treasures.

I would only recommend the Uffizi if you are terribly interested in the history of Italian painting or need to Botticelli's Venus. I would only recommend the Accademia if seeing the real David by Michaelangelo is very much more important to you than seeing the copy in the piazza. And if you are very interested sculpture, you will want to visit the Bargello.

Otherwise, I recommend that you visit the churches, including the Cappella Brancacci across the river, and the Capella Medici.
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Mar 26th, 2009, 05:03 AM
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Hi 14,

>Which museums are a must see in Florence?<

If nothing else, visit the Academia for The David.

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Mar 29th, 2009, 09:59 AM
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Any recommendations for an inexpensive breakast place near the Marriott Grand Flora?
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Mar 30th, 2009, 12:13 PM
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Italians don't much eat breakfast.

I've posted this many times before, but I very, very much have enjoyed being in Firenze -- without once seeing the original David in the Accademia (partly because I'm not such a big fan of Michaelangelo, and I've seen a lot).

Some people's "must-sees" and "if you do nothing else" sights are quite skippable. The point is: Know thyself.
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Mar 30th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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Have you already booked your flights?

We flew directly into Florence (U.S. to Rome, then Alitalia to Florence). The layover was short. The cost difference was minimal. At the (tiny) Florence airport we walked about 75 feet to the terminal where our luggage was waiting by the door. We were renting a car, but I swear we could have been in a cab within 10 minutes of landing!

If it's not too late, you might want to look into it.
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