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  1. Karianne
    May 29, 2015

    I adore Italy, but haven’t visited Firenze yet – but it’s definitely somewhere I plan to go to soon.

    It sounds like most other Italian cities I’ve visited – horribly crowded at the main attractions but beautiful the moment that you take a different turning to all the tourists! I always try to go in the opposite direction to the person waving the flag or umbrella at the group of confused looking people!

    The charm of Italy (as with most places I’ve visited) is only found when you venture into the real parts of the cities and see how people live their daily lives. The attractions are attractions for a reason – they are beautiful – but it always comes at a cost. Nowadays, I much prefer spending my time getting lost in the winding streets than I do pushing through the crowds to get a photo of a building that I’ve seen hundreds of photos of online!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 1, 2015

      Yes! I couldn’t agree more.

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  2. Laurel
    May 14, 2015

    *Sigh* Thank you for taking the time to get to know this beautiful city and getting past the surface. Yes, summer can be crowded, but if you keep to the other side of the river and the non-touristy areas, you will be just fine. Those are the spots where the charm of Florence truly resides anyway.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 19, 2015

      I’m hoping to go back during the fall or next spring. But not while the Pope is in town.

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  3. Lies
    May 13, 2015

    I’ve only heard good things about Florence, but now I’m a little bit apprehensive after reading your post. I’m visiting Florence end of July, so it will be incredibly busy. I’m looking forward to exploring the streets and I hope I’ll enjoy my time there without getting too squashed by the crowds 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 19, 2015

      If you go to the other side of the river, I’m sure you’ll avoid the hordes. If summer is like spring, they’ll mostly be located by the areas I mentioned. As soon as I was out of those immediate areas, I hardly ever saw a tourist. Unfortunately, if you want to see the David, the Duomo, etc., you’ll have to suck it up and deal with them. 🙁

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  4. Patti
    May 13, 2015

    I “love” walking tours of cities. Most of the time we walk right by some fascinating building or site and have no idea of the significance, but on a walking tour you get up close and personal with sections of the city and learn SO much. It’s one of my favorite things to do when we visit a new city. And, I’m thinking, what’s not to love, you’re in I-t-a-l-y!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 19, 2015

      They are so handy for that info. I agree with you. I don’t like tours generally, but I do find myself enjoying the walking tours, especially if they have keep group sizes small.

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  5. RaW | Ramble and Wander
    May 13, 2015

    I visited Florence a few years back on a day trip from Rome and went to see the Duomo, the statue of David and the old bridge. It was an unplanned trip, decided at the last minute, so my friends and I didn’t know what to expect nor what to do whilst there. We still had fun although it was probably because we were there as a group. Personally I found it to be an okay city albeit full of tourists. But then again, what do I expect? It’s Florence! 🙂

    I didn’t think I’d want to go there again until I read more about Dante’s Inferno and Dante’s root in Florence a few months back. The next time I’m in Italy, whenever that is, I sure would like to visit Florence again.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      May 13, 2015

      It has so much incredible history! That’s another thing I love about it. It’s been the center of so many interesting events, people, etc., from the Renaissance.

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