Ready to go to Florence and fall in love with one of the vital stunning cities on the planet, to admire centuries-old artwork, and marvel on the architectural geniuses that managed to create such superb buildings?
Let’s embark on a visit and uncover the very best issues to do in Florence, Italy, collectively! In this publish, you’ll discover the greatest sights within the metropolis, plus tremendous useful info on the place to remain in Florence and a few tips about find out how to get round town!
I lately went on a visit to this fabulous place in Tuscany, and I’ve received to confess that I’d return repeatedly! I used to be utterly stunned by all of the artwork, gardens, and exquisite Palazzos and got here again so wanting to inform you about it!
Andiamo, we’ve received heaps to see!
If you might be in a rush
I do know a few of you don’t have the time to learn this complete listing of issues to do in Florence, so here’s a fast abstract of the details.
Here are the principle issues to guide prematurely:
1. Admire the artwork at Uffizi Gallery
Are you able to be mesmerized by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and different distinctive artistic endeavors by well-known artists from the Renaissance interval like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo?
Ufizzi Gallery beats any expectation you’d have about an artwork museum, and I’m telling you this from expertise!!
Located simply off of the Piazza Della Signoria and Loggia Dei Lanzi open-air museum, Ufizzi Gallery may be present in a wonderful constructing with a courtyard, and hosts one of the vital well-known collections of Renaissance artwork on the planet!
NOTE: I can’t emphasize sufficient how necessary it’s to buy your tickets in advance for Uffizi Gallery (and all the opposite sights in Florence). The queues are so lengthy, that you simply’ll find yourself losing a lot of treasured time. Plus the costs are decrease once you purchase them on-line.
Once you enter the artwork museum, you’ll be transported to an entire different world. You received’t really feel the hours passing, the massive crowds, or the rest. At least I didn’t!
All I may see was the great thing about each portray, the spectacular colours, and the artwork and precision!
PRO TIP: If you’re planning to see different sights on the identical day you go to Uffizi Gallery, I like to recommend choosing one thing that isn’t as huge as Capelle Medicee or Galileo Museum because you’ll be tremendous drained after visiting this Museum
2. Explore Piazza del Duomo and all its sights
This is a superb place to begin your Florence go to!
Filled with unimaginable sights, superb eating places and a wonderful environment, Piazza del Duomo hosts town’s crown jewel: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo), which you’ll be able to go to on a guided tour, plus just a few extra that I’ll speak about beneath!
You should purchase totally different passes from their website relying on what number of sights you need to see. I like to recommend shopping for the Brunelleschi Pass, which prices €30, and is legitimate for 3 days (from the day chosen) and offers you entry to all of the sights in Piazza del Duomo.
However, should you simply need to go to only a specific attraction don’t fear I’ll provide the separate costs beneath.
2.1 Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Also referred to as The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cattedrale (Saint Mary Cathedral) is Florence’s central piece, and easily put, a wide ranging murals should you ask me.
The complete go to is culminated by climbing the 463 stairs to the highest of the dome. This is one in all my favourite issues to do in Florence and one thing that I’d suggest to anybody who desires to get the greatest metropolis views and admire the beautiful inside of the Dome. Art lovers will love the work representing “The Last Judgment,” that are unimaginable!
NOTE: If you’ve received any kind of respiratory issues, you’re claustrophobic otherwise you merely can’t be in small, darkish locations, suppose twice earlier than climbing the steps. Although I don’t endure from any of that it nonetheless felt a bit troublesome, however value it when you get to the highest!
Once you climb down, you’ll be capable to go to the precise inside of the Florence Cathedral. Make positive you try this as a result of the environment is so good in right here, and you’ll simply relaxation on a kind of benches in spite of everything that effort!
PRICE: Free for the cathedral, €15 for the Dome
2.2 Baptistery of St. John
This is one of many oldest buildings within the metropolis and it’s situated proper throughout from the Florence Cathedral!
You’ll discover its big sculptured bronze doorways representing the totally different non secular scenes and the “Florentine design,” which resembles the one of many Cathedral.
Go contained in the Baptistery to see the attractive ceiling! It includes a golden Byzantine-style fresco that additionally exhibits “The Last Judgement” and lots of different Bible and Genesis tales!
2.3 Giotto’s Bell Tower
Although many consider that Giotto’s Bell Tower is linked to the Florence Cathedral, it is a separate constructing.
A high quality instance of gothic structure, the Tower has an unimaginable design and also you’ll see the identical polychrome marble ornament that the Cathedral has. The tower is cut up into 5 totally different ranges and sure this one additionally has a lot of stairs: 414 to be extra actual!
PRO TIP: Whatever you do, be sure you go to the bell tower at Florence Cathedral and Duomo on totally different days as a result of making an attempt to climb nearly 900 steps in someday could also be an excessive amount of even for match individuals!
3. Catch a sundown from Piazzale Michelangelo
Honestly, one of the best ways to get pleasure from your time in Piazzale Michelangelo is should you go there at sundown!
Located on the South Bank of the Arno River, Piazzale Michelangelo sits on a hill excessive above town and presents an excellent vantage level over town!
The complete highway to the Piazzale Michelangelo is so beautiful and you may make your manner there by strolling (that’s what I did) it takes half-hour to achieve the Piazza from town heart. Or you’ll be able to bounce on a hop-on hop-off tour and get there faster!
On the best way there, you’ll go proper by means of a ravishing rose backyard! The sq. is surrounded by 2 gardens: Giardino Delle Rose and Giardino dell’Iris. I solely received to see the roses for the reason that Iris flowers (which reside cohesively with an olive grove), have been already withered, but it surely’s value seeing them each should you’re coming right here!
Once you get to the highest you’ll see a beautiful Bronze statue of David and some distributors promoting their artwork or different varieties of souvenirs across the sq..
Piazzale Michelangelo isn’t tremendous huge (I assumed it was like Piazza del Duomo), so in addition to the distributors and a restaurant, the views are the principle attraction right here.
You’ll get to see the entire metropolis, together with River Arno, and belief me, Florence turns into an artwork portray throughout the golden hour!
4. Learn some historical past at Capelle Medicee
I assume everyone knows a bit concerning the Medici household. They have been an Italian banking household who dominated over Florence for a while.
The Medici Chapels are the household’s closing resting place and are cut up into 3 distinct components: the crypt, the Cappella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes), and the New Sacristy. Its Baroque fashion, the dome, and the supplies used to indicate the household’s grandeur and their stunning items of artwork are value seeing!
I’ve received to warn you the environment is a bit bizarre right here, I couldn’t keep for too lengthy but it surely’s value visiting it for The Chapel of the Princes, which has a dome designed by Buontalent and the tombs of 6 of the Medici Grand Dukes.
5. Take a lot of photos at Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens
An necessary landmark for town, Palazzo Pitti is situated on the south banks of the Arno River, close to Piazza Santo Spirito, and it must be on the high of your Italy itinerary!
Initially in-built 1457 for the Pitti household and designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the Palazzo Pitti later turned the official residence for the Medici Family. Now it hosts totally different museums, a big artwork assortment, and the attractive Boboli Gardens within the again.
Boboli Gardens are the largest monumental inexperienced space in Florence! Of course, in addition to all of the bushes and flowers, there are many distinctive statues and sculptures in true Florentine fashion!
I visited Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens on totally different days, however I believe combining them is healthier since they’re mainly in the identical spot. I’d begin with the Palace after which go as much as the Gardens.
PRO TIP: Bring a bottle of water earlier than you head to Boboli Gardens, they’re monumental, and I didn’t see any retailers or distributors there.
NOTE: If you might be visiting every on totally different days, be certain that to double-check the doorway areas as a result of google maps may take you to the flawed gate close to Bardini Gardens that isn’t open. You’ll discover the suitable entrances in Pitti Square or in Porta Romana Square.
PRICE: €16 (Palace solely) €21 (Palace and Boboli Gardens)
6. See the Statue of David at Galleria dell’Accademia
You can’t depart Florence with out seeing David’s sculpture! (But be certain that to utterly book your tickets in advance)!
I nearly didn’t as a result of I couldn’t discover tickets anymore (extra motive to buy tickets tremendous prematurely) however fortunately managed to seek out one! And I’m so completely satisfied I did as a result of ready in that sizzling solar in an excellent lengthy queue would’ve been a nightmare!
Michelangelo’s David is among the most well-known sculptures on the planet. He represents the biblical hero David (who conquered Goliath), who was stated to be the primary king of Israel.
Everything about this sculpture is absolute perfection, and it even has a ball of vitality round it that emanates in all places within the room, and when you enter that house, it’s such as you’re beneath his spell!
Although David is the principle star right here, tons of various sculptures and work will make you say “wow” each 2 seconds at Accademia Gallery. If you’re an artwork lover and into symbolism, you’ll additionally spend a few hours right here.
PRO TIP: If you’ve received a while to kill earlier than your tour of Galleria dell’Accademia, be sure you try the Libreria Gozzini proper in entrance of the gallery, particularly should you’re a guide lover. They’ve received so many distinctive books that look tremendous previous from one other century.
7. Visit Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Della Signoria
I’ve received to confess, though Palazzo Pitti (above) is fairly spectacular, Palazzo Vecchio stole my coronary heart!
Set in Piazza Della Signoria, close to Loggia Dei Lanzi, this Palace, dates again to the Middle Ages, and it’s crucial administrative constructing on this fantastic metropolis! Built on Roman ruins, designed by the identical architects who did the Santa Croce Church and the Florence Cathedral, the Palace these days homes town’s city corridor.
PRO TIP: I received the audio information for this place, and though at first, it was a bit complicated making an attempt the match the audio with every room, once I received the grasp of it, it supplied some useful info that I wouldn’t have identified in any other case so I extremely suggest it!
Alternatively, you’ll be able to be a part of a guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio and keep away from all of the fuss!
Piazza Della Signoria is full of eating places and small panini locations the place you may get a fast chew earlier than you enter. I like to recommend Vinaino Fiorenza. They serve scrumptious sandwiches and a few nice vegetarian choices as effectively!
8. Eat scrumptious meals at Mercato Centrale
The very first thing I had on my thoughts earlier than visiting Florence was the thought that I’ll get to eat a lot scrumptious Italian meals! The greatest place to begin your culinary adventures in one of the vital stunning cities in Tuscany is at Mercato Centrale, also referred to as San Lorenzo Market!
I assume all of us like it and to be trustworthy what I preferred most concerning the meals scene on this attractive metropolis was the truth that regardless of which restaurant you picked, the meals was yummy!
The market is about in an enormous constructing in Piazza del Mercato Centrale, close to a lot of leather-based retailers, and the first flooring is the place all of the meals courts open every day from 10 am to midnight. On the bottom flooring, you’ll discover the recent market with all kinds of scrumptious vegatables and fruits, that’s open Monday to Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm.
Definitely go there on an empty abdomen and prepare to eat scrumptious truffle pasta, drink a lot of wine (who cares if it’s 11 am), and eat as many cantuccini as attainable!
9. Escape town warmth and loosen up at Giardino Bardini
Ready to climb a bit extra?
This time we’re out in nature, and though it’s not like happening mountaineering trails, will probably be extra nice! Giardino Bardino is a ravishing backyard and one of the vital spectacular spots in Florence from the place you’ll be able to see your complete metropolis!
Part of the Bardini Villa, this backyard is a tremendous romantic place, full of colourful roses and beautiful wisteria flowers that you simply’ll see in all the photographs. Unfortunately, it solely blooms in April so if you wish to see it in its full glory, you’ll need to go round that point.
NOTE: I used to be a bit confused once I tried to seek out the place as a result of we have been on the road and I couldn’t see a backyard. The entrance is thru this building, and also you exit into the backyard.
Bardini Gardens is the right place to loosen up after a day of exploring the artwork museums and Florence’s metropolis heart. The stroll as much as the point of view is fairly straightforward, and when you get to the highest you’ll be able to loosen up on the restaurant there and have a glass of wine, in fact!
10. Check out the attractive Basilica di San Lorenzo
Can you consider Basilica di San Lorenzo was as soon as the Cathedral of Florence?
Basilica di San Lorenzo is among the oldest church buildings within the metropolis, and it held the title of duomo for nearly 300 years!
Exploring the Basilica di San Lorenzo is an journey and can take you to totally different components of this necessary landmark. You’ll begin within the Cloister, a ravishing inexperienced house like a courtyard. Then you’ll head over to the St. Lawrence Treasure & the Cellar, the place you’ll additionally see the tomb of Cosimo di Medici.
But my favourite place must be The Medicea Laurenziana Library, a ravishing instance of Mannerist structure achieved by Michelangelo, and naturally the principle room of Basilica di San Lorenzo which hosts works from Brunelleschi and Donatello.
11. Have enjoyable on a meals and wine tasting tour
Want to find the attractive Chianti hills of Tuscany and check out yummy Italian dishes? Then hop on this wine and meals tour from Florence and have enjoyable assembly native winemakers and sampling native wines!
The complete tour will final round 5 to six hours, and through that point, you’ll get to go to 2 genuine vineyards with transportation from Florence.
During the wine and meals tour, you’ll style unimaginable dishes and wine, study extra about winemaking historical past, and discover the winery! An ideal day beneath the Tuscan Sun!
12. Go window purchasing on Ponte Vecchio
This historic bridge (whose origin remains to be unclear, however information present its existence as early as 996) goes over Arno River, and it has an excellent attention-grabbing construction, and you’ll see that it has been right here a very long time.
What’s much more attention-grabbing is that the well-known Vasari Corridor goes over Ponte Vecchio! The hall is an elevated passageway in Florence that connects Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, and it was constructed for the Medici household to maneuver across the metropolis undetected.
The Vasari Corridor was closed to the general public in 2016 for security causes, but it surely was opened once more in May 2022. There isn’t a lot info on becoming a member of a hall tour, however you’ll be able to study extra on their website.
Ponte Vecchio is often filled with individuals and full of jewellery retailers from the place you should buy stunning pearls, golden rings, and distinctive stones. Although most of them are tremendous costly, you’ll discover some beautiful items at a good worth!
13. Try dozens of gelato flavors!
The very first thing I did once I arrived in Florence? First I ate probably the most scrumptious meal, however the 2nd factor you’ll be able to in all probability guess! I ate some scrumptious gelato!
Although the historical past of frozen desserts goes manner again to historic Mesopotamia and previous Chinese and Arab cultures, the gelato we eat at present dates again to the interval of the Italian Renaissance.
Apparently, alchemist Cosimo Ruggieri made the primary gelato on the courtroom of Catherine de Medici!
Even if we don’t know if Florence is the birthplace of gelato, I can vouch that the gelato retailers right here serve among the most mouth-watering flavors I’ve ever tried!
Vivoli is town’s oldest gelateria, courting again to the 1930’ so it’s positively a should to strive a few of their flavors. Other retailers that I preferred have been Grom, Gelateria dei Neri, and Gelateria Santa Trinita!
14. Visit San Miniato al Monte Church to admire the views
As you’ve in all probability observed, there are many spots across the metropolis from the place you’ll be able to admire the unimaginable panoramic views!
San Miniato Al Monte Church is about up on a hill, even increased than Piazzale Michelangelo, and it presents a spectacular view of Firenze! The Eleventh-century Church is solely stunning, and it has a stunning Romanesque facade and medieval interiors.
If you don’t thoughts the climb to San Miniato Al Monte Church, then I extremely suggest it! People have typically described it as one of many most scenic Churches in Italy!
15. Visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
You can’t miss this place whereas in Florence, particularly should you like perfumes!
Known as one of many oldest pharmacies on the planet, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella was based by Dominican friars round 1221, who used medicinal herbs grown of their gardens to make medicines and balms.
Nowadays, the previous pharmacy nonetheless continues the traditional traditions of natural care!
I’m an enormous fan of pure merchandise with clear elements, and I’ve received to say that those on this place scent and look incredible!
Although it’s an precise store, the entire inside appears mainly like a museum and it has painted partitions and even a room with the previous instruments that they used lots of of years in the past to make all of the merchandise!
16. Enjoy some tranquility at Santa Maria Novella Church
Although Santa Maria Novella Church will not be on the high of your listing of issues to do in Florence, I extremely suggest visiting it! It’s in all probability among the many few locations in Florence, Italy the place you received’t have to attend in a queue full of individuals should you don’t purchase your ticket prematurely.
Santa Maria Novella Church is among the most necessary Gothic institutions in Tuscany, and its exterior will certainly catch the eyes of artwork lovers!
I keep in mind strolling on the road and feeling drawn to it after I noticed it.
Once you head inside, you’ll be mesmerized by its stunning interiors, and it appears even longer than it usually is, due to the central arches. You’ll additionally get to admire artistic endeavors like Masaccio’s Trinity, Giotto’s Crucifix, and Brunelleschi’s Crucifix.
Luckily Santa Maria Novella Church isn’t often filled with vacationers, so should you’re seeking to get pleasure from some peace and quiet you’ll like it right here!
17. Take a day journey to the countryside of Tuscany
Let’s face it, the entire area of Tuscany is solely stunning! If you’ve visited Florence, you’ve ticked off simply 1 stunning city out of the various you’ll discover right here. An effective way to discover the opposite cities is by taking day journeys!
There are so many things to do in Tuscany that we have now a complete publish devoted to exploring the area stuffed with nice information. But should you don’t have time to stay in Tuscany outdoors of Florence, I like to recommend taking a day journey to go to Siena and San Gimignano! Both locations have UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are reachable both by public transport, car, or on a tour.
Siena is situated within the rolling hills of Tuscany’s countryside, only a 1-hour drive away from Florence Its historic heart is the place you’ll discover the principle sights like Piazza del Campo, the Fonte Gaia Fountain, and lots of others!
San Gimignano sits 50 km (30 miles) southwest of Florence, and it’s one of the vital stunning cities within the space! It’s surrounded by inexperienced gardens and metropolis partitions that protected the city through the years. The largest attraction right here is Piazza Della Cisterna, the place you’ll be able to climb the Torre Grossa, the tallest tower within the metropolis with stunning views!
18. See the burial website of necessary figures like Michelangelo
Interested to see the burial place of among the most necessary males in Florence and historical past?
Then head over to Santa Croce Church in Florence, the place many necessary characters have been buried like Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Rossini, and Machiavelli!
Of course, Santa Croce Church is solely stunning, similar to all the opposite church buildings within the metropolis! It additionally has some distinctive frescos by Giotto and Gaddi!
It may take you a while to discover the entire grounds of Santa Croce Church because it’s fairly huge and it has 16 chapels, 3 cloisters, and naturally all of the tombs!
Where to remain in Florence, Italy
Yes, you’ve achieved it, you bought by means of the entire publish of issues to do in Florence and now you’re in for a deal with! As you realize, I all the time need to provide help to set up the absolute best journey, and these final sections will provide help to with some treasured particulars!
First, let’s uncover the very best lodging within the metropolis! I’ve solely gathered just a few spots, however if you wish to see extra choices try our publish with the best places to stay in Florence!
Luxury (€230 and up)
- Relais Santa Croce – A surprising lodge set in an 18th-century constructing that provides room views of the Cathedral! Offering a novel decor with classical and classic components, the lodging has a restaurant on-site and it presents spa providers.
- Hotel Bernini Palace – Set only a quick stroll from Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Della Repubblica, in a Fifteenth-century constructing, this lodge is embellished with vintage furnishings and Murano-glass chandeliers, and the rooms boast Renaissance décor! Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace after which head to the restaurant for a scrumptious meal!
Mid Range (€110 – €170)
- B&B San Remigio – This nice mid-range lodge is about within the metropolis heart, only a quick stroll from Piazza Della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. The lodging presents beautiful rooms with a lot of house and a non-public lavatory.
- La Grancontessa – While I used to be in Florence I stayed at this nice guesthouse, which is tremendous near the prepare station! The room was nice, and it had a lot of house, a non-public lavatory, and a flat-screen television.
Budget (as much as €90)
- Palazzo Lombardo – Comfortable and tremendous inexpensive! This lodge is situated in a tranquil space of Florence, Italy and it has tremendous spacious rooms with nice decor and a non-public lavatory.
- Hotel Dali – With an excellent central location close to the Piazza Della Repubblica, this lodging presents household rooms outfitted with all the required facilities like a non-public lavatory, comfy beds and free wifi
Practical details about Florence
Let’s wrap up this incredible publish with the very best issues to do in Florence with some sensible info that can provide help to set up your journey!
How to get from the airport to town
Bus – Florence has just one airport, Amerigo Vespucci, which is situated 20 minutes from town heart. You can take the “Vola in Bus” bus shuttle that runs providers between the airport and Santa Maria Novella Train Station within the metropolis heart. A one-way ticket will price US$7.
Getting round Florence
From my private expertise, you’ll be able to shortly get round Florence simply by strolling. Luckily the vacationer sights are all shut to one another so you’ll be able to simply get the place you need.
If you might be planning on renting a car to discover the area round Florence, I like to recommend you solely lease a automotive for the particular day/s once you take day journeys (not on your complete journey).
This is as a result of driving within the metropolis heart (ZTL Zone) will not be allowed, and parking could be a ache!
But if you’re coming by automotive, you will have to park in a paid parking zone outdoors town heart. You’ll discover one beneath the prepare station of Santa Maria Novella Station or close to Piazza Ghiberti (referred to as San Ambrogio). The worth begins from US$4 per hour and it could stand up to US$8 in sure areas.
Where to eat in Florence
One factor that I beloved concerning the meals scene in Florence (in addition to the truth that it’s merely scrumptious) was that I may cease at any restaurant with out even checking it earlier than, and the meals could be scrumptious!
Here are my high 4 favourite eating places! This is only a quick listing, however I’ve received an entire publish on the highest eating places in Florence, so test it out should you want some inspiration!
- Il Ricettario – Not too removed from Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery, you’ll discover this incredible restaurant! Serving scrumptious Tuscan meals and wine, this place has a stunning outside terrace the place you’ll be able to eat scrumptious pasta and do some people-watching!
- Simbiosi Organic Firenze – I beloved this one as a result of it additionally had a small cafe beneath the identical title close to the restaurant with probably the most scrumptious espresso! Of course, their meals was additionally glorious!
- Trattoria Antellesi – This restaurant was one of many locations that I finished at earlier than checking it out beforehand and I’m so completely satisfied I did! Great service, the kindest individuals and the meals have been merely scrumptious!
- Il Vezzo – Another good spot excellent for meat lovers, however don’t fear, additionally they have veggie choices. Impeccable providers and their desserts are mouthwatering!
Frequently requested questions on Florence
⛪ What do you have to not miss in Florence?
The predominant issues that you simply shouldn’t miss out in Florence are the Uffizi Gallery, the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, and Palazzo Pitti.
🤔 What is Florence, Italy greatest identified for?
Florence is thought for its tradition, stunning Renaissance artwork that you simply’ll discover in its world-famous artwork galleries, distinctive structure, and the birthplace of many proficient artists like Leonardo Da Vinci.
📅 Is 3 days sufficient for Florence?
Yes, you’ll be able to go to the principle attraction on a 3-day journey to Florence.
🌹 What are the very best outside actions in Florence?
Visiting the Boboli Gardens, catching a sundown in Piazzale Michelangelo, happening a vespa tour, and strolling throughout the Ponte Vecchio are among the greatest outside actions in Florence.
Already reserving your tickets? I understand how you’re feeling!
I hope this publish helped you determine that are the very best issues to do in Florence, I do know there are various, however I’m assured that the article will provide help to determine that are your favourite ones that you simply don’t need to miss out on!
As I discussed, in addition to all of the actions you’ll additionally discover nice accommodations the place to remain within the metropolis, some sensible info on getting round Florence plus just a few eating places that I’ve been to and that I’ve completely beloved!
I’m positive you’ll love each minute of your vacation right here! I do know I did, and I’d come again for extra at any time so depart me a remark if in case you have any extra questions!
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