Florence play

Florence is a great city for tourists, there is so much to see and do. The great sites of Florence are easy to find and featured in many tourist guides, and they’re all must-see atractions. But what if you’re looking for something else to see, maybe you’ve been before or maybe you simply just like to see a little more than just the tourist-warn path.

Of course there are some things that I wouldn’t suggest you miss, but I recommend that you try and squeeze some of these things around your visits to the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Vecchio or Uffizzi Gallery.

There are a few places to see and things to do that can make your stay in Florence all that more memorable.

Parco cascine

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Maybe you’re the kind of person that likes to go for a morning run when travelling, to save your knees and ankles from the wear-and-tear of the cobble-stoned streets of Florence I suggest taking your run through the Cascine Park. See my post on Florence’s green spaces for more to see and do in the park.

Parco Cascine is a nice alternative to the more popular Boboli Gardens, although if you’ve got time and are heading to Piazzale Michaelangelo I’d give these gardens a go to.

Fiesole

Yes you definitely should take a stroll to Piazzale Michaelangelo, it is so worth your time and effort to see the view of Florence. It’s also a beautiful way to see a little bit more of the city. It’s mostly an easy stroll until the very last climb up the steps.

But there is another place slightly further afield that provides a wonderful view of the city and is a little less tourist filled. You’re probably not going to walk to Fiesole but Florence has a really cheap, frequent and easy to use bus system that will get you there in about 25 minutes.

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Mercato Centrale

Santa Maria Novella shopping centre

This one seems like an obvious place, but I swear I had been in Florence for months passing through SMN train station without realising there was a shopping centre beneath. But there is and its a great place to kill time between commutes. Whilst it may seem hard to believe but all you have to do is go down the stairs, I just never went down always going straight out to the street from the train platform.

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High-end shopping – Via de’ Tornabuoni

Soccer game – ACF Fiorentina

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

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Eataly

Ok so this one isn’t really a place to see, but more a place to drop by to by some tuscan goodies to fill your suitcase when you leave. Eataly has a great range of tuscan specialities that travel well and are delicious. Think of it as a fancy supermarket, but they also have a great cafe so you can get a coffee and pastry too to make your stop worthwhile. It’s also a stone’s throw from the Duomo so it’s not even out of the way.

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