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  1. Jane Dempster-Smith
    March 11, 2019 @ 10:31 pm

    I loved reading this post. I enjoyed visiting Florence but wished there were more things to see that were not so busy with tourists. I will definitely put the Silverworks Museum on my list, I would be interested to see the Medici’s crown. Thanks for sharing.

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    • dankiteski
      March 13, 2019 @ 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Jane- I hope you get the chance to visit soon

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      • Anwesha
        March 13, 2019 @ 4:26 pm

        I loved reading this comprehensive guide to Florence, as specially about the Galileo’s middle finger in a museum. I would love to visit Florence some day and explore more of the non-touristy spots.

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  2. Liz Mays
    March 11, 2019 @ 10:31 pm

    Gosh it would be hard to run out of things to see in Florence. This makes me want to spend a good amount of time there!

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    • dankiteski
      March 13, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

      It sure is, Liz. I hope you get the chance to explore Florence someday

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  3. Angelica Kajiwara
    March 12, 2019 @ 1:47 am

    Florence is such a gorgeous town. We loved every minute of it. You truly found the hidden gems with this list. We didn’t see any of these. I guess we’ll have to go back!

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    • dankiteski
      March 13, 2019 @ 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Angelica and I hope you get the chance to visit some of these soon

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  4. Vaisakhi Mishra
    March 12, 2019 @ 3:55 am

    If any one asks me the place I want to live and soak in in Italy, it is Florence! I have heard and read so much about it that I didn’t think I would be surprised by any numbered list of the place, but still your article did that!! The Buontalenti grotto looks stunning. And I am so glad you mentioned Arnolfo Tower in your list 😀 Stunning pictures btw!

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    • dankiteski
      March 13, 2019 @ 12:53 pm

      Thank you, Vaisakhi! I’m really glad to hear that 🙂

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  5. Sara
    March 13, 2019 @ 12:04 pm

    I was in Florence a few years ago but only had a quick visit. I love the options of less touristy things to do here. And so random… Galileo’s middle finger on display. I wonder if that’s a big visitor attraction!

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    • dankiteski
      March 13, 2019 @ 12:58 pm

      It’s not yet Sara but I reckon it will become very soon 🙂

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  6. Stuti Shrimali
    March 13, 2019 @ 5:18 pm

    The beauty of these places is directly proportional to the their difficult names 😉 nice compilations of all these interesting places. I would really love to visit observatory, i recently visited one in Kodaikanal. Kudos…

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Stuti- I’m really glad to hear you liked this article.

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  7. Emily
    March 13, 2019 @ 5:25 pm

    Wow!! I never knew about any of these places!! Thanks for sharing! Saving this for when i visit! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Emily

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  8. Brian
    March 13, 2019 @ 5:38 pm

    Well, they were certainly hidden from me when I visited back in 2006. Michelangelo’s Prisoner Graffiti looks really cool!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Brian and I hope you visit again and discover some of these gems.

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  9. Candy
    March 13, 2019 @ 8:04 pm

    Love all these hidden gem suggestions. That middle finger situation is so weird! Yet, I’m intrigued by the story of how more fingers were discovered later. I’d also like to see the collection of scientific instruments. That sounds super interesting.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:46 pm

      Thank you, Candy. The story about Galileo’s fingers sure is interesting. I hope you get the chance to visit the museum someday- it’s fabulous

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  10. Chris Bloomfield
    March 14, 2019 @ 6:56 am

    My wife has always wanted to visit Italy. Now I want to visit, just to go to the Museo degli Argenti. The ceiling artwork is beautiful! Some great historic and art sites that I am going to add to my bucket list. Great article, thanks for writing it!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:49 pm

      The Museo degli Argenti sure is fascinating. I hope you get the chance to visit, Chris 🙂

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  11. Aryane
    March 14, 2019 @ 9:02 am

    What an interesting post. I spent 4 days in Florence almost 5 years ago now (time flies!!) and didn’t know any of those. Especially not Galileo’s middle finger lol
    But to be fair, I think I spent those days eating pizza and gelato. Now I have something to look forward to the next time I visit!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

      Indeed you do, Aryane. I hope you get the chance to visit soon and I hope you check out some of these gems

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  12. blair villanueva
    March 14, 2019 @ 10:15 am

    OMG those animals inside the Specula Museum looks real! If I have an opportunity to visit Florence, I will definitely won’t miss your recommendation.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

      It’s a very interesting museum, Blaire- I hope you get the chance to explore it someday

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  13. Lisa
    March 14, 2019 @ 10:36 am

    This is a great post to read about the lesser visited places in Florence. I’ve been many times, but never seen these locations. The attraction on Gallileo is incredible, I can’t believe that’s really his finger! Will be sure to visit these when I’m next there.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Lisa and I’m glad to hear you could get a few new suggestions for your next visit.

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  14. Rhiannon
    March 14, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

    I lived a short distance away from Florence for 6 months and even I hadn’t heard of many of these places! L’importuno di Michelangelo and the Specola Museum are two places/things I did see and loved,although the museum creeped me out a bit. I wish I’d known about Galileo’s finger – what a random but awesome thing to have on display!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

      That’s a bit surprising but at the same time tells me I did a good job with this list 🙂 Thank you for your comment, Rhiannon- it really means a lot 🙂

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  15. Adrenaline Romance
    March 14, 2019 @ 5:16 pm

    One of the best things about cities in Italy (and in Europe in general) is that relics and old architecture are painstakingly preserved. A visit there really lets you experience the history and culture of the place. How we wish we could visit Florence one day.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:55 pm

      You’re absolutely right! I hope you get the chance to explore Florence someday

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  16. Elizabeth
    March 15, 2019 @ 1:17 am

    I love reading about off-the beaten path places in popular tourist cities. Oltrano sounds quaint and nice way to see the more local side of the city.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:56 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth- I’m really glad you enjoyed this article

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  17. James
    March 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

    Stunning photos of florence and some great hidden gems too… great post about about a great city

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:57 pm

      Thank you, James, I appreciate it

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  18. Martha
    March 16, 2019 @ 12:24 am

    I love that you included Michelango’s “prisoner” drawings. I’ve had this on my bucket list for years and hope to see them one day. I’m a huge fan of art and history, so it’s very intriguing to me. I had to laugh about seeing Galileo’s middle finger. Not sure if I’d make a pit stop there. I would definitely venture to Arnolfo Tower though!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 12:58 pm

      Too bad the “prison drawings chamber” is closed more often than it’s opened but I hope you get the chance to visit someday, Martha!

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  19. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    March 16, 2019 @ 2:11 am

    I haven’t been to Florence, and I didn’t know that there’s so much to see here. The list of hidden gems in Florence are all interesting, especially the Michelangelo’s Prisoner Graffiti, I truly find it amazing! Hopefully, I can traipse my feet here in the future.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it and I hope you get the chance to visit this fabulous city someday

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  20. Chris
    March 16, 2019 @ 11:13 am

    Great list! Haven’t been to Italy for 15 years. I think it’s about time to revisit. Definitely Florence. Never been there before.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Chris! It’s definitely time to go back 🙂

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  21. Jas
    March 16, 2019 @ 11:19 am

    Florence is super high up on my list. Sadly, however, I only know about the more popular/touristy attraction sights so thank you for introducing these hidden gems to us! Cimitero Delle Porte Sante will probably be my fave considering how I’m a sucker for amazing views!

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

      I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed this post, Jas. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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  22. Alexander Popkov
    March 17, 2019 @ 11:52 pm

    I do believe, that there are lovely things outside the touristic paths. Noticed it in Rome. Just went to the side and saw some lovely everyday life.

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    • dankiteski
      March 20, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

      There sure are, Alexander! One just needs to keep their eyes open… and listen to locals 🙂

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  23. Soumya Gayatri
    April 15, 2019 @ 6:01 pm

    This was a great post to read through. Florence is such a beautiful and vibrant city but there are always so many people around. I would love to do some of these offbeat places the next time I am there. Oltrarno looks pretty. The Silverworks museum is appealing too. So maybe I will add those to my list.

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    • dankiteski
      April 17, 2019 @ 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Soumya- I’m really glad to hear you could get some suggestions for your next trip.

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