Among the many attractions in Florence the most popular are the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia and Ponte Vecchio.
The most important tip before you go to Florence is to buy your tickets to Uffizi and Accademia online and way in advance. I bought our tickets and audio guide from TickItaly more than a month before leaving Manila. I was able to choose the date and time of entry. This site let me print all our tickets which we just showed at the venues.
The beauty of our B&B’s location was it was walking distance to all the attractions, shopping and restaurants. Right after the Uffizi we went directly to the Accademia. Even though we had tickets already we still had to wait in line for a few minutes. Imagine the line for those without tickets.
lines at the Accademia
The first store I saw was T. Ristori and I was attracted by their display of Marco Bicego jewelry which I’ve admired for a long time.
I was able to buy earrings made by the designer Mr. Daniele, pictured below, for the Ponte Vecchio Gioielli brand. He just happened to be there so I had a photo op with him.