Cut costs by visiting Palazzo Pitti and its museums before 9.25am (50% cheaper), or on the 1st Sunday of the month October to March when admission is free – you'll still need to queue for a ticket at the ticket office, right of palace entrance.
- Summer hangouts The enormous car-free, paved terrace fronting Palazzo Pitti is the hot spot in warm weather to lounge on the ground and chill with friends; sunset colours the entire vast facade of Palazzo Pitti a dazzling pink.
- Beach bum In the sizzling height of summer, join locals cooling down on their very own urban beach, complete with sports on the sand, sunset yoga, a bar, music, and dancing after dark by the water's edge.
- Street art Keep your eyes peeled for hacked street signs by much-loved street artist Clet, who has his studio this side of the river. Find fun pieces also by Bub (at Via de' Bardi 15 and Lungarno Serristori 35) and ExitEnter (spotted at Via San' Niccolò 51r).
- Green peace Crowds flock to Giardino di Boboli, but the neighbouring gardens of Villa Bardini are lesser known; a footpath links the two (the gate between the two shuts at 5pm).
- City panorama Everyone knows about the grandiose view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo, but the crowd thins at Forte di Belvedere, well worth a visit when open.