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    Default Two days in Florence

    Hi, we will arrive in Florence via train on August 18th around 8PM. I have already purchased tickets for Uffizi, Pitti and Boboli Garden ( entry time @8:15AM) and Accademia ( entry time @ 4:30PM) on August 19th. On August 20th, I made the reservation to climb Duomo @ 8:30AM. We are leaving in the afternoon of August 20th to Greve in Chianti for five days.

    I have the following questions:

    1. On August 19th, do I still have time to squeeze a visit betwwen Uffizi and Accademia to the market? I heard that Sunday market is simply amazing. If so, could you please let me know the best route to get to the market? Is the market open all day Sunday or just in the morning?

    2. My B&B is right next to Santa Croce. Can you suggest a place that I can rent a car to go to Greve? I will return the car back to Florence 5 days later, then we will head north to Lake Como via train.

    3. Any other must-see places that you would suggest us to go in Florence other than the places I mentioned above.

    Thank you so much for the help.

    Best,
    Danyi

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    Default Exploring Florence

    Buongiorno,

    I will answer the last question first by suggesting you read this post, which has several things that apply to your questions.

    You will find that empties out quite a bit in August (except for guests like yourself ) and the markets are a bit thinner than other months. I am going to guess that you are talking about the antiques market at Fortezza da Basso, held very 3rd weekend of the month. It is lovely - but I will warn you that there is not a lot of shade, and your free time is during the hottest moment of the day. You can find Fortezza da Basso on the map it is about a 20 - 25 minute walk from the Uffizi, and it is open from 9am to 7.30pm.

    An alternative could be enjoying a gelato or a leisurely Florentine meal at an Air Conditioned restaurant! Then maybe visit one of the lovely churches which are normally refreshing cool inside. BTW, talking about food - while staying in Chianti, be sure to check out one of these restaurants (I have and they are great!) https://www.chianti.com/food-and-win...n-chianti.html

    Back to Florence, I suggest that you leave the strolling aimlessly for the evening when it is decidedly cooler...and even a bit more romantic, maybe even following one of these suggested itineraries: https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...ineraries.html

    Buona Sera,

    Donna Denise

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    Default Exploring Florence

    Buongiorno,

    I will answer the last question first by suggesting you read this post, which has several things that apply to your questions.

    You will find that the city empties out quite a bit in August (except for guests like yourself ) and the markets are a bit thinner than other months. I am going to guess that you are talking about the antiques market at Fortezza da Basso, held very 3rd weekend of the month. It is lovely - but I will warn you that there is not a lot of shade, and your free time is during the hottest moment of the day. You can find Fortezza da Basso on the map it is about a 20 - 25 minute walk from the Uffizi, and it is open from 9am to 7.30pm.

    An alternative could be enjoying a gelato or a leisurely Florentine meal at an Air Conditioned restaurant! Then maybe visit one of the lovely churches (San Lorenzo is beautiful - and also Santa Maria Novella) which are normally refreshing cool inside. BTW, talking about food - while staying in Chianti, be sure to check out one of these restaurants (I have and they are great!) https://www.chianti.com/food-and-win...n-chianti.html

    Back to Florence, I suggest that you leave the strolling aimlessly for the evening when it is decidedly cooler...and even a bit more romantic, maybe even following one of these suggested itineraries: https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...ineraries.html

    Buon viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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