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It is one of the most touristed cities in Italy and as such one of the biggest challenges in Florence can be navigating other tourists. During the more beautiful times of the year temperatures in the daytime can swell, lines do form, restaurants get crowded, all things that can make an experience of the city difficult to bear.
Recently we overnighted in Florence while driving through Tuscany. We stayed at a marvelous villa just five minutes outside the city which was a perfect enclosure away from the hustle and bustle.
After we’d had our supper and decided to go for a late summer stroll inside the city, the charm of Florence at night immediately became apparent.
The streets were far less crowded than normal. Those who were out enjoyed wandering around the squares and streets especially with the lack of cars and heavy sun.
Pictures of the Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and nightlife came out wonderfully as we didn’t feel rushed to get them but took the time to set up our tripod and shoot. What is more many of the buildings are even more impressive at night all lit up than they are obscured by the daytime light and shadows.
Nighttime is popular as well for performances. People sit around the larger squares either at cafe’s or even just the steps of churches and fountains. We heard classic rock in one place, Bach in another and blues guitar.
For a first time tourist, perhaps daytime is necessary to get to the museums and churches during their open hours. For visitors who just want the ambience of Florence without the hassle, head out at night and it is truly a city transformed.