• The Quieter Side of Florence

    by  • May 5, 2016 • Art, City Breaks, Florence, Nature

    Florence’s popular tourist sites are almost always very busy, so it’s worth discovering a few of the quieter, but no less interesting, attractions…


    Now that we’re into the month of May, the city of Florence is into its peak season from a tourist point of view.  Those people taking a city break in Florence will find they have to join long queues to get into the major attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Art Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.


    Of course, most visitors will decide that it’s worth queuing for an hour or so to be able to witness the incredible art on display in the Uffizi ( although it can be worth paying a little more and buying your Uffizi tickets in advance to skip the queues and spend more time in the museum).  However, whichever way you decide to do it and however early you get up, most of the major sites in Florence will be busy right through from now until October.  For those staying a few days in the city it is well worth finding one or two quieter spots where you can escape from the crush and the crowds.  Two such places are:-


    The Galileo Museum, which is one of the few museums in Florence not dedicated solely to art.  The museum is a collection of pieces that trace the history of science from Renaissance times onwards.  Galileo, who lived from 1564 – 1642, was one of the most significant figures in these developments and the collection has some of Galileo’s original instruments and an interactive section where you can see how some of his discoveries work on a practical level. It’s a fascinating museum but doesn’t attract the crowds in the same way as the major art galleries.


    The wonderful Bardini Gardens, which lie across the river from the historic centre of Florence, not far from the more famous Boboli Gardens.  The Gardens were only opened to the public in 2010 after many years of restoration and have yet to be discovered by most visitors so they retain an air of peace and tranquillity.  The villa and gardens were acquired by Stefano Bardini, a distinguished antiquarian and art historian, in the early 20th century. The garden consists of beautiful floral terraces, a great many Baroque statues and a Belvedere Terrace at the top with extraordinary views of Florence, where you can sit and enjoy the views from the café.  The entrance fee is included in the ticket to the much better known and much busier Boboli Gardens.



    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.