It only takes a bit of sunshine to inundate Firenze with tourists. Florence is one of the most visited cities in the wold, and rightly so given the wealth of its historical offerings and the charm of the city itself. Few tourist destinations have so much to offer in a relatively small area, and the fact that Firenze is essentially a walking city makes it all the more appealing. Cruise ships have made Firenze a major port of call for their Mediterranean cruises even though the city lies about 60 miles inland and passengers have to be bused in from Livorno. All this makes for very crowded streets and cafes in season.
One of the ways to escape the crowds and get a superb view of Firenze at the same time is to head to Piazza della Republica, the major square in the center in the city. On one of its sides stands the La Rinascente department store. Simply go in and take the elevator to the top floor where La Rinascente operates an outdoor roof terrasse cafe called La Terrazza.
Et voila! Not only will you recuperate from crowd madness with a relaxing drink or snack, but you will at the same time savor an unparalleled view over the beautiful Duomo, the Campanile and the rooftops of the city of Firenze.
A word of warning though: more and more people are discovering the charm of La Terrazza so choose the time of your visit carefully.
Another savvy tip from BonVoyageurs!
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