• Posted:Monday, March 1, 2010
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Florence has lots to offer
Anyone currently sitting on their bed in a Florence hostel wondering what to do with their day might like to consider avoiding the tourist traps for a bit and trying to get a sense of what it would actually be like living in the city.

According to Helen Pickles of the Times, there are ways to see some of the best sights that region has to offer without being surrounded by a multitude of people, all clamouring to get a bit of a look.

"Go off the trail … and you can escape the crowds and experience a Florentine slice of life," she said.

Ms Pickles managed to get herself a fantastic view of the Duomo by walking a different path and setting off from the Bardini Gardens, a smaller version of the Boboli Gardens that combines both "Italian classical and English romantic".

She'd also succeeded in avoiding the throngs by taking in some artistic masterpieces in four churches, instead of heading to the Uffizi Gallery, seeing works by the likes of Giotto, Monaco, Botticelli and Masaccio.

What's more, she further recommended that people keen to experience Florence in peace and quiet consider heading to the Oltrarno, where lies Santo Spirito, sitting on what she believes is "the prettiest square in Florence, shaded by plane trees".

However, if you do decide to try your hand at some of the more obvious places to visit while in the area, following the suggestions of Tribune Media Services' Rick Steves could prove fruitful.

He recently came up with a few handy tips and tricks to help travellers get into the museums, such as jumping queues by making reservations for the Accademia and other exhibition spaces.

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