Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy to visit, we loved it and recommend everyone to visit Florence. Florence is the city where you can clearly see the renaissance influences, which is really nice. The best thing about Florence is that it isn’t a metropolis so it is still very romantic. In Florence, you can do many fun activities. You can visit one of the largest churches in the world, admire unique museums or see a beautiful sunset over the city. There is a lot to do in Florence, we also recommend spending 2 days in Florence. In this article, you can read exactly per day what you can do and where you can eat. You can also read what the best places are to stay and tips that will make your visit to Florence a lot more fun. Enjoy your city trip to Florence!
How many days do you need for Florence?
Before you travel to Florence, it is important to know how many days you need for Florence. You can visit Florence in 1 day, we do not recommend this because it is too short. If you only have 1 day we recommend to you follow the first day of this Florence itinerary. Important is that you don’t add activities to the first day because it will be too busy! Also, be aware that visiting certain sights in Florence will take a lot of time. Visiting, for example, the Duomo and the Opera del Duomo will easily take you 3 to 4 hours.
The advantage of Florence is that the historic center isn’t large, so you can discover Florence in 2 days without any problems. Below you can read our Florence itinerary that we recommend used ourselves. Don’t add too many activities, because you don’t have the time for this.
If you have more than 2 days in Florence which is great, you can use day 3 as inspiration or book a day excursion. We will tell you everything you need to know in this Florence itinerary.
Best things to do in Florence
There are many fun things to do in Florence. In the schedule below you can see what we did during our 2 days in Florence. We recommend this schedule because it has a good balance between different types of activities. With this Florence itinerary, we hope to answer the question of many travelers ‘what are the best things to do in Florence’. The schedule is logically structured with good coordination between activities and the minimization of distances.
Read the 2 day Florence itinerary below and you will get a clear picture of what you can do in Florence.
|Day 1||Day 2|
|Discover the historic center||Galleria dell’Accademia|
|Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore||Mercato San Lorenzo|
|Opera del Duomo||Basilica of Santa Maria Novella|
|Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence||Uffizi|
|Ponte Vecchio bridge||Gardens of Boboli|
|Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo||Arno River via Ponte Santa Trinita|
2 Days in Florence | day 1
In this schedule, we assume that you have two full days in Florence. The 1st day is mainly devoted to the historic center and the most popular sights in Florence.
City trip Florence tip: where to have breakfast 1st day
Le Vespe Cafè is a fantastic place to have breakfast. They serve deliciously fresh dishes. For example, you can order a toast with avocado or a sandwich with a fried egg. Our favorite is ‘le vespe granola’, this is yogurt with fresh fruit.
Opening hours daily from 7am to 8pm. Address: Via Ghibellina, 76r, 50122 Firenze FI .
#1.1 Discover the historic center
The historic center is not large which you can easily explore on foot. Discovering the historic center is a lot of fun because you walk through cute little streets. You can discover the historic center in two ways, namely by walking without a plan or by following the map below. A very nice route. According to Google, it will take you 14 minutes, but we recommend that you take +/- 1.5 hours into account. While walking you should pay attention to the architecture of the buildings, really great! You are certainly not obliged to walk the exact way it is depicted in the picture. If you see a street that you think is more fun to walk on, do so.
Start at Piazza Della Signoria square, which is the center of the city. This is one of the most beautiful squares you will find in Florence. Especially the town hall built in the 14th century with the tower is very special to see. After this you will go to Casa Dante, this is a museum of works by Dante Alighieri, one of the most famous artists in Italy. It is very nice to see the influence of Dante Alighieri on Florence. If you are interested in this you can visit this.
After Casa Dante you go to Torre Della Castagna, you will see an imposing old tower. Opposite this tower is a very old church called San Martino. Here you can see beautiful frescoes from everyday life in 15th century Florence.
Then walk towards the colossal building of Orsanmichele. The special thing about this building is that upon arrival you do not immediately see what it is exactly. It is one of Florence’s most uniquely tallest buildings. It used to be a granary, nowadays it houses a church and museum. It is also nice to go inside and see elements of a granary, such as a grain slide on the wall.
After Orsanmichele, go to Piazza Della Repubblica. This is a large square with a merry-go-round for children and performers. Above all, it is a very pleasant square. Then walk to Palazzo Davanzati. This building is from 1330 and has a medieval appearance. Today this building is a museum and recommend to visit. Inside you can see how the wealthy residents of Florence lived at the time and see beautiful influences from Florentine interior designers from that time.
Before you get back to Piazza Della Signoria you can visit the Percellino market, this is a nice market where the residents of Florence do their shopping. Nice if you want to get an idea of how the inhabitants of Florence live. If you need something you can buy it in this market!
You can easily do this city walk independently. However, if you want to understand everything you see, it is recommended to book the below tour. This tour lasts 2 hours and is given by a local, very nice to hear stories from a local! Book your ticket easily via the link below.
Florence walking tour | $30 per person
#1.2 Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore
After the fun city walk, you will discover perhaps one of the nicest and most iconic sights of Florence, namely the cathedral of Florence. Also called Duemo Santa Maria del Fiore. The Duomo is a very unique cathedral, this is because the dome is tiled with terracotta tiles and designs by Brunelleschi. The world-famous clock tower was created by Giotto.
Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore is located right in the center of Florence. When you get there, take your time to look at all the details at the entrance. It is truly magnificent to see. Also, what you see on the outside is just as beautiful as it is on the inside.
The Duomo is free to visit. Once you have done this, we recommend that you climb to the top of the Duomo, this is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Florence. This is beautiful. You can also climb the tower, from the top you have a beautiful view of the city. We recommend booking your ticket in advance to skip the lines. With the ticket below you can follow a tour of the Duomo and get access to all additional entrances of the Duomo. This gives you access to the burial vault and the Brunelleschi’s. Also, with this ticket you can go to Opera del Duomo, this is the next stop of this Florence itinerary.
Duomo tour + tickets Duomo + ticket Opera del Duomo | $57 per person
#1.3 Opera del Duomo
All the works of art that once stood in the cathedral can now be found in the Opera del Duomo museum. This is easy to find, as it is right behind the Duomo. This is the largest Florentine museum in the world. Here you will find all works of art that were made for the Duomo or the Battistero & and Campanile.
The special thing about this museum is the hall of paradise. Here you can see beautiful statues and the original doors of the Duomo. Only in this room, you need hours to see all its beauty. When you are in Florence you have to visit this museum to see it yourself. Buy your ticket for the Opera del Duomo museum with the tickets for the Duomo via the link below.
Duomo tour + tickets Duomo + ticket Opera del Duomo | $57 per person
City trip Florence tip: where to have lunch 1st day
At La Nicchietta in Calimaruzza, you can order delicious sandwiches. It’s a small local eatery that’s on the way to Basilica of Santa Croce. At this place, they pay a lot of attention to use local products and the high quality of these products. If you really want to eat Italian this is a place you should visit. At the spot, you need to look at what they offer.
Opening hours from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Address: Via Calimaruzza, 12, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
#1.4 Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
After lunch, walk to the Basilica of Santa Croce. This is also a beautiful church in Florence that, unlike the Duomo, still has many decorations in the church. The special thing about this church is that it has tombs of Michelangelo and other important persons of history.
#1.5 Ponte Vecchio bridge
After the Basilica of Santa Croce, you will go to one of the most unique pictures of Florence, you will go to Ponte Vecchio. This bridge was used to connect the center with the south of Florence. The bridge was built in the 12th century, making it the oldest bridge in Florence.
When you look at the bridge, it doesn’t look like a traditional bridge. What is original about the bridge is the fact that all kinds of shops are built on top of each other. In the past butchers and fishmongers sold their products in the shops, nowadays you find jewelers and souvenir shops.
It is very nice to walk on Ponte Vecchio to get an idea of how the Italians used to walk centuries ago. If you like photography, you will be excited because it is a great challenge to take a nice photo!
City trip Florence tip: where to dine 1st day
Before enjoying the sunset and the rest of the evening you can have dinner. If it gets dark early when you are in Florence, you better watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo first and then have dinner. So take a look for yourself depending on the time and personal preference whether you are going to have dinner first and then to Piazzale Michelangelo or vice versa.
We recommend going to I’Pizzacchiere Firenze. This restaurant is located between Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo. This restaurant is very cozy and makes delicious pizzas and serves quickly for a good price. We liked the sauce of the pizzas, you can immediately taste that it is homemade. Also, all products they use are fresh. If you want to eat real Italian pizzas we recommend going to I’Pizzacchiere Firenze.
Tip: if you want to be assured of a place, you can make a reservation.
Opening hours: from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Address: Via S. Miniato, 2, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
#1.6 Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo
During your 1st day, you were able to see a lot in Florence. What could be more fun than ending your day by watching the sunset? The best place to do this is at Piazzale Michelangelo square. From this square, you have a beautiful panoramic view of Florence. Florence has a unique skyline because the historic buildings could not be built higher than the Duomo, so you can see the Duomo in all its glory.
2 Days in Florence | day 2
The 1st day was mainly devoted to discovering the historic center, the second day you will visit two beautiful museums, local markets and relax in the most beautiful flower garden in Florence. This 2nd day in Florence is very versatile in activities making it a great day.
City trip Florence tip: where to have breakfast 2nd day
Start your day at Shake Café. You can order delicious muesli bowls. They offer vegan, vegetarian, and American dishes. The dishes are all varied and the influence of Italy is clearly visible. A great place to start your day. The additional advantage is that it is close to the Galleria dell’Accademia, so this saves you a lot of walking.
Opening hours: daily from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM. Address: Via Camillo Cavour, 67 / 69R, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
#2.1 Galleria dell’Accademia
If you want to see the best art pieces made by Michelangelo, Galleria dell’Accademia is the best museum in the world to visit. Regardless of whether you like museums or not, you definitely should visit this museum. The statue of David is beautiful to see. Especially when you consider that Michelangelo made this statue from one piece of stone at the age of 26. To skip the lines we recommend buying your ticket in advance, use the below link.
#2.2 Mercato San Lorenzo
The market of San Lorenzo is world-famous because you have a large leather market here. It is an outside market which makes it pleasant to walk around. In addition to the many leather stalls, you also have other nice stalls where you can find a souvenir. We are not leather experts so we cannot tell you about the quality and prices. For us, it was nice to walk through it because it is a good place to take pictures. It is also not busy as in the center, so you see more locals which are nice.
Tip: when you leave the market of San Lorenzo, the entrance to Marcato Centrale is on the right. This is also recommended to visit as you can find many delicacies in this market. You can find all kinds of products. It is also possible to buy your lunch.
#2.3 Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Before you go to one of the most beautiful museums in Florence, you can visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. The unique thing about this church is the columns in the church. This church is built in the gothic style, when you are interested in this style, this church is worth a visit. It’s a short walk from San Lorenze market and on the way to the Uffizi museum.
City trip Florence tip: where to have lunch 2nd day
If you want to eat a pizza we recommend Mangia Pizza Firenze. This is near the Uffizi museum. Very nice place to sit. We recommend taking a pizza that is spicy because they use homemade peppers in their pizzas, it is delicious. If you don’t want to eat pizza you can go to Brac where you can eat good vegan and vegetarian food. This place is also not far from Uffizi.
Opening hours: daily from 12:00 to 20:00. Address: Via Lambertesca, 24/26 / R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
In the Uffizi museum, you can see the best works from the Renaissance period. The masterpiece is Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. In addition to this, there are plenty of other beautiful works of art to see. Assume that two hours are enough to see everything. If you want to discover the Uffizi museum with a guide, we recommend this tour. If you go independently, we recommend buying a ticket in advance to avoid queues. You can buy a ticket via the link below.
Skip the line ticket Uffizi | $49 per person
Tip: if you go independently, rent an audio guide at the entrance. This allows you to get an explanation of the artworks that you see that interest you.
Tip: if you are going to visit the Uffizi museum and the Galleria dell’Accademia, we recommend that you do this with a tour. You can purchase a ticket for this combined tour at the link below.
Tour Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia | $115 per person
#2.5 Gardens of Boboli
After the Uffizi museum, you are probably ready for some relaxation, a fun activity is to visit the gardens of Boboli. Here you can take a nice walk and enjoy the many flowers. It is a beautiful park where you can clearly see the influences of the renaissance. From various places, you have a beautiful view of Florence. We recommend buying a drink and snack in advance to enjoy this at the park. The best thing to do in this park is simple, just enjoy and do nothing, which is also important during your trip!
City trip Florence tip: where to dine 2nd day
Close to the Boboli gardens, there is a small local restaurant called Da Ruggero, this is one of the best places to eat. This restaurant has been in the family for over 200 years giving it a great atmosphere. You will not find anything trendy but real Italian food! The menu is not extensive but good, it is not expensive and most importantly, the quality is awesome. We recommend the spaghetti with red sauce, it was delicious because the sauce had a rich taste.
The restaurant is not large, so if you want to be assured of a spot we recommend to make a reservation.
Opening hours: daily from 12:00 to 22:30. Address: Via Senese, 89 / R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
#2.6 Arno River via Ponte Santa Trinita
When you have rested in the Boboli Gardens and enjoyed dinner at Da Ruggero, you can walk along to the Arno River and eventually return to the center at Ponte Santa Trinita. This bridge is special because it is the oldest elliptical arch bridge in the world. Also, you have a nice view over the river and the other bridges. In the evening you walk in the historic center and enjoy the beautiful streets of Florence.
2 days in Florence | day 3 (optional)
Of course, this Florence itinerary is a good example of how you can plan your 2 days in Florence. It can be the case that you want to visit more museums, shops or something else. We did this route during our 2 days in Florence and think it has a perfect balance. However, this is of course completely personal. We have a couple of recommendations that you can do and switch with an activity.
If you want to see something outside of Florence, a visit to Fiesole is recommended. This is a typical Tuscan village. You can easily visit it with a scooter in 20 minutes. A fun activity if you want something different and you are curious about the countryside of Tuscany.
If you want to do a Vespa tour, you can book a ticket via this link.
Are you an Italian food lover and do you want to learn more about it, then you should follow a cooking class. During a 5-hour cooking class, you will learn how to make a pizza and ice creams. The best thing about this activity is that you will follow the class on a farm which is located middle of the Tuscan countryside. You can read more information via the link below. Book your ticket in advance to make sure that you have a spot.
Day excursions from Florence
If you have more time, you can make some nice day trips from Florence. We recommend that you only do this if you have spent 2 full days in Florence.
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti wine tasting
Visiting the medieval villages is a great day trip from Florence. During this day you can taste wine in various places and see monuments that are on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. In Monteriggioni, there is a medieval castle, in Siena architectural buildings in the historic center, in San Gimignano you can see how beautiful the skyline is on the hilltop. If you want to read more information you can do this via the link below. Again, you need to book your ticket in advance to ensure you have a place on the day that suits you best.
Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti | $70 per person
Pisa and Cinque Terre
If you want to visit two unique Italian places, a visit to Pisa and Cinque Terre is highly recommended. In Pisa, you can see the world-famous tower of Pisa. In Cinque Terre, you see the most picturesque village in Italy. This village is one of the most unique places in Italy to discover. If you want to see great bucket list items then this day trip is recommended. Book your ticket via the link below.
Pisa and Cinque Terre | $112 per person
Where to stay in Florence
In Florence, you have a lot to choose where you can stay. We recommend that you spend 2 nights in the center of Florence, so you can do everything on foot. You can stay in a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb. We recommend two accommodations per category.
Tip: book your accommodation on time to ensure that you book the accommodation that has your preference. If you book an overnight stay via the link below, you have the advantage that you can cancel free of charge 2 days before arrival.
Hotels in Florence
Best hotel in Florence: Hotel Dali
Hotel Dali is a nice hostel located in the center of Florence. The style of the rooms are from 100 years ago. This hotel is a great place to stay Florence!
Price per night from:
$ 89 double room
Best hotel in Florence: Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris is one of the most popular hotels in Florence. It has an incredibly good price-quality ratio. Check the pictures how beautiful this hotel is.
Price per night from:
$ 98 double room
Hostels in Florence
Best hostel in Florence: Leonardo House
Leonardo House is a super good hostel that has a high score on Hostelworld. It is 3 minutes from the central station, so you are quickly on location. The rooms are very neat and quiet which is very nice!
Price per night from:
$ 25 dorm | $ 59 double room
Best hostel in Florence: New Generation Hostel Florence Center
This hostel is located in a beautiful building right in the center. The rooms are beautiful and have air conditioning. A nice hostel that is very popular. Do not wait too long to book, because it will be fully booked quickly.
Price per night from:
$ 33 dorm | $ 67 double room
Airbnb in Florence
Best Airbnb in Florence: Modern apartment
If you are looking for a super nice modern apartment right in the center of Florence then this apartment is for you! This apartment can accommodate 4 people.
Price per night from:
$ 84 tweepersoonskamer
Best Airbnb in Florence: fun authentic Italian apartment
This apartment is located just outside the center in a neighborhood which is peaceful and quiet. It is beautifully and stylishly furnished, a typical Florence house. Ideal to stay!
Price per night from:
$ 81 tweepersoonskamer
What are the best places to eat in Florence?
On our 2 day city trip in Florence you could read which cafes or restaurants we recommend. In the table below you can clearly see in an overview what we recommend.
|Dag 1||Dag 2|
|Breakfast||Le Vespe Cafè|
Via Ghibellina, 76r, 50122 Firenze FI
Via Camillo Cavour, 67/69R, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy
|Lunch||La Nicchietta in Calimaruzza|
Via Calimaruzza, 12, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
|Mangia Pizza Firenze|
Via Lambertesca, 24/26/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Via S. Miniato, 2, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Via Senese, 89/R, 50124 Firenze FI, Italy
From the airport, you can take the Volainbus to the station. A bus leaves every 30 minutes from 05:30 to 23:00 to the center (Santa Maria Novella train station). A ticket costs $7 and takes +/-25 minutes.
The best way to transport yourself in the city is to walk everything. It is a 30-minute walk from one side of the center to the other. The advantage of doing everything on foot is that while walking you will encounter nice places that you do not see on a bus or do not have time to stop.
If you want to use the bus, it is best to use the ATAF buses. You can buy a ticket at a station or on the bus itself.
What is the best time to visit Florence?
You can visit Florence all year round, but some months are better than others. We recommend spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). During these periods the temperatures are good and it isn’t as hot as in summer (June-August). Also, the summer is not perfect because you travel to Europe during the school holidays, which can be very busy. Winter (December-February) is the quietest period, which is nice, but it can be cold, making it less pleasant.
Is Florence safe?
Yes, Florence is very safe to travel to. You don’t have to worry about anything. Of course, you should always use common sense.
We do recommend using travel insurance to cover unexpected situations. If something happens where you are not insured, this is no fun at all. Imagine that you have sprained your ankle, your car has a breakdown, your suitcase or mobile is stolen or other unpleasant situations arise, it is nice if you are insured. We use World Nomads and highly recommend it. Fill in the form below to get a price indication.
Other tips Florence
- During your city trip to Florence you will be walking a lot, so wear good shoes.
- Florence can be very busy, so try to get up early to visit certain sights in front of the large crowd. Besides, you can get more out of your days by getting up early.
- In Florence, you will visit many museums and other sights. To save time, you need to book skip-the-line tickets in advance. In this itinerary, for 2 days in Florence, you can read per section which ticket we recommend.
- To visit the churches in Florence, your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring a scarf to cover areas. Also, do not wear open shoes, there are buildings where you will be refused entry.
- Try not to visit Florence on the first Sunday of the month. On this day, many attractions are free of charge, so it can be very busy
Hopefully, this guide has given you a clear picture of how to have a perfect city trip in Florence. Florence is really nice to visit, it is a city that has something to offer for everyone. Enjoy your city trip to Florence. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.
If you want to discover more cities in Italy, Rome is an absolute highlight. 3 days in Rome are enough to have an amazing city trip.
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