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Museo Archeologico - Via della Colonna 38. This museum has an extensive collection of artifacts, including Egyptian artifacts; Roman remains; many Attic vases; an important Etruscan collection; and Renaissance collections. There is so much to see at the museum, you should set aside the best part of a day to get through everything.

Duomo - Piazza del Duomo. This is one of the most spectacular sights in Florence, with Brunelleschi's famous dome; Giotto's bell tower; and a festive covering of white; green; and pink marble on the outside. Work on the cathedral began in 1296 and since then it has undergone numerous alterations and additions. This is a sight not to be missed.

Gallerie degli Uffizi - The Uffizi is one of the greatest museums in the world and has the best collection of Renaissance works, including works by Giotto; Masaccio; Paolo Uccello; Sandro Botticelli; Leonardo da Vinci; Perugino; Michelangelo; Raphael Sanzio; Titian; Caravaggio; and many more. This is the best place to go and learn about Renaissance art.

Museo Zoologico La Specola - Via Romana 17. This museum has the largest zoological collection, with rooms full of insects; crustaceans; and stuffed birds and mammals. The museum was founded in 1775, and the collections are displayed in the style of an old-fashioned natural sciences museum, with specimens in beautiful old wood and glass cases. This is an interesting place to visit and should be on your list of things to do.

Munaciello Munaciello - Via Maffia 31/33 rosso. Just within the old Florence you can find a real pizza as the original Naples one.
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Florence Parks & Gardens

The Boboli Gardens - Piazza Pitti. This garden, found behind the Pittia Palace, is one of the largest and most elegant Italian style garden. There are many sculptures and sights found all around the garden, and a cafeteria selling refreshments. The park is accessable to disabled people. This is a great place to take a break from the city and relax amongst all the beauty in the garden.

The Garden of Castello - via di Castello 44. This garden was begun in 1537 and is now onef of the largest in florence. There is so much to see, including the fountain of Hercules and Antheus; famous Grotto of Animals; and there is Wild area, with beeches; oaks; and cypresses forms the upper section of the park. Admission to the park costs $2.50.

Florence Restaurants and Bars

Florence Restaurants

Angiolino - Via Santo Spirito 36r. This is one of the city's best trattorias, with dried flowers and chillis hanging from the brick-vaulted ceiling and tables with red-checked tablecloths. They serve a range of traditional Tuscan dishes at reasonable prices. This restaurant is popular with both the locals and tourists.

Borgo Antico - Piazza Santo Spirito 6r. This is a popular and lively trattoria, which has quiet tables outside on a terrace in summer. They serve a range of pizzas; a daily set-price menu; and a selection of Tuscan dishes. The servings are generous and the prices are reasonable.

Osteria Santo Spirito - Piazza Santo Spirito 16r. This trendy and modern osteria is very popular with the locals and tourists alike. They serve a range of traditional Tuscan dishes, and a range of light meals for a lighter appetite. This is one of the best places to go for lunch or supper.

Mercato Centrale - Located at San Lorenzo. This is the place to go and buy some picnic food, if you want something a little different than the usual restaurant dining experience. You can get everything you need under one roof, from bread to pasta and wine.

Florence Bars & Clubs

Dolce Vita - Piazza del Carmine 6r. This trendy and modern bar often hosts small-scale art exhibitions, and is very popular with a hip crowd of locals and tourists. This is a great place to kick back, have a few drinks and mingle with some of the locals.

Space Electronic - Via Palazzuolo 37. This double storey night club is one of the best in Florence and is popular with an under 30 crowd of locals and tourists. On the first floor there is a karaoke bar; a pub; an american styl bar; and a conversation area. On the second floor there is a dance floor with lasers and a space ship hovering above. This is a great place to go and party the whole night long.

Full-Up - Via della Vigna Vecchia 25r. This is another excellent night club in town and has been around for ages. It is very popular with a mixed crowd of locals and tourists alike. They have many different theme evenings, ranging from revival, samba and punk.

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