How To See Florence In One Day | The Perfect Florence One Day Itinerary

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Got only 24 hours in Florence? No problem! I have the perfect list of things to see in Florence, Italy in one day.  Imaging exploring Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, climbing up the bell tower of Duomo Maria del Fiore, taking in panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. You can do that and more as I take your through a packed Florence one day itinerary exploring the likes of San Lorenzo market and checking out the sculptures in Piazza della Signoria.

 

 

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As big a Florence is, it’s not so big that you cannot see the majority of the main sights in Florence in one day. The city is filled with so many treasures that while you cannot see everything in one day you can certainly the most out of a short stay in the city. Below I will take you through some of the places to visit in Florence in 1 day.

 

It would also highly recommend you to more than one day in Florence but understandable some trips are short, especially if you also want to combine it with a trip to visit Pisa or even Rome both of wich can be done by an easy train ride. Ideally doing 2 days in Florence or even 3 days in Florence like we did would be better but for the sake of those that want to make the most of  Florence in a day, these are my recommendations on things to do in Florence in 1 day.

 

I want to provide tips on how to maximise your short stay or visit to Florence. Whether you are looking for what to see and do in Florence in one or 2 days or if you are looking for tips on tours in the city as well as what to do in Florence at night.  Most visitors to Florence will come through via Pisa as well did on the train. If you are starting with Florence you can also do other day trips from Florence to Pisa and other places close by. I have also included Florence tours below. My tips are based on an itinerary that starts int he morning but you can of course vary and change things up a bit according to how much time you have in the city.

 

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8am  – A morning in Florence starts with panoramic views at Piazzale Michelangelo

 

Depending on which hotels in Florence you choose to stay at, grab some breakfast from the hotel or one of the local Italian cafes nearby and head to Michelangelo Piazza for an early morning view of the city’s skyline.  You can even head there early for sunrise. Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence. Its located across the Arno River from the center of Florence.

 

If you are choosing to stay in Florence I would highly recommend a hotel near the River Arno. This way you are somewhere in the middle with Piazza Michelangelo on one side of the city and Duomo Square on the other. No better way to start or end your explorations of Florence with a panoramic view of Florence at sunrise or sunset from Michelangelo Square. From here head down to the river to Ponte Alle Grazie. From here you have perfect views of Ponte Vecchio. After taking in morning views across the river you are close by to Santa Croce Church.

 

Santa Croce is such a beautiful sight in itself not only for the detailed facade but this is also the burial site for Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and the Pisan-born Galileo Galilei and many other greats. The church is open to tourists when there are no prayer services taking place during the day. Next to the church is Piazza Santa Croce, another one of one of Florence’s famous. If you havent had breakfast now is your chance as there are cafes, Italian leather shops and museums nearby.

 

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11.30 am – 2.30pm – An Afternoon In Florence For Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio & Markets

 

Any Florence in a day tour need include a visit to Piazza del Duomo, Campanile, Uffizi Gallery and few more spots. Whether you are doing 1 day in Florence, Italy these places are simply a must!  So from above, once you have explored Piazza Santa Croce, head along the river walk and walk towards Ponte Vecchio but before you get there, stop by Uffizi Gallery and check out the some of the most important works of an Italian Renaissance painting. Allow at least an hour to 2 hours here then head to Ponte Vecchio. 

 

From Ponte Vecchio head to San Lorenzo Market, made up of two halves. One half being Central Market (Mercato Centrale) and the other half being San Lorenzo Market. Central Market is an indoor market and San Lorenzo is outdoor. Between the two markets, you will find stalls selling food, clothing, notebooks, souvenirs and various leather goods including bags, belts, wallets, jackets and many souvenirs. By this time you are probably in need of lunch. Grab a bite and spend a few minutes exploring the market before heading further into town.

 

 

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3.30pm – Exploring Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore  During A One Day Itinerary In Florence Italy

 

Among what to see in Florence is the unmissable church. With only 1 day in Florence a visit to Florence is not complete without exploring  Duomo Square. This is considered the heart of the city. The square is a complex that includes five buildings. The Church of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo), the Baptistery( considered to be one oldest building in the city and renowned for its doors), Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Church of Santa Reparata and the Museo dell’Opera.   Visiting the Dome is limited to a few visitors a day so tickets for this need to be purchased in advance. Otherwise, you also have the option to climb the Campanile which also offers amazing views of the city and the Duomo.

 

 

After checking out the complex, complete your afternoon with exploring the shopping centers, boutiques nearby in addition to of course checking out a few Italian Gelato store nearby. Enjoy a moment of people watching while sipping Italian coffee and chill before embarking on an evening on the town in Florence. You can also opt to learn all about cooking amazing Italian food. For more on that check out Joanna’s tips on how to choose the best cooking class in Florence.

 

 

 

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6 pm – An Evening In Florence checking out the best of lounge bars in Florence.

 

You have ticked off all the Florence must see places so now, your one day Florence itinerary is not complete without walking through the city’s squares all lit up with traditional Italian characteristics in the evening light. From lined up Italian Vespas to the ambiance of Italian restaurants spilling into the streets. If you opted to end your one-day explorations of Florence from Michelangelo then another item to add to your list of evening itineraries in Florence is checking out the lounge bars and cool hangouts in Florence. So walk through Via dei Calzuioli, one of the most elegant streets in the historic centre of Florence: 400 metres long and lined with shops, it connects Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Signoria. Walk through here and check out some of the shops and cafes before heading out to the lounges below.

 

 

Check out Flo’Lounge Bar or Yab are some of Florence’s cool hangouts. The come with a strict dress code and cool views of the city as you enjoy a classy night on the town. For more on the best evening hangouts in Florence check out the top 10 places for the nightlife in Florence. I have always found that travel books can inspire a new desire to discover a city in a new way.  Below are some books with plenty of travel tips to inspire you to discover both Italy and Florence’s hidden gems, from chic stays to historical and palatial buildings.

 

 

For more on what to do in Florence over 2 days, a week, a weekend or a day you can download pdf itineraries for Florence from Visit Tuscany. With a Florence in a day map and tips on how to get from the station to the main squares which are not too far from the train station. Also if arriving by train you can also include Santa Maria Novella church which is just across from the main railway station. If you have additional time you could also add Santo Spirito and Palazzo Pitti( Pitti Palace) which are not too far from Ponte Vecchio.

 

 

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Where to stay in Florence

 

If one day in Florence is not enough and you choose to stay in Florence. There are many places in the city to stay from luxe hotels with spa retreats to those on the doorsteps of Florence’s shopping districts in addition to apartment rentals both serviced and of course Airbnb. You can book your stay in Florence via Booking.com, Agoda or Trivago.

 



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There you have it a guide to 24 hours in Florence? So have you been to Florence, anything else you can add to the above? Have you attempted to do a Florence in 1 day itinerary? How did that go?

 

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11 Comments

  1. lein
    September 26, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    Such a cool post. You need to rename this to A stylish way to do Florence in one day. Great pictures!

    • Bianca
      Author
      October 20, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Haha thank you so much.

  2. Matthew
    October 19, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Great article that really reflects what Florence is all about. You definitely nailed the best things to do in Florence in one day, especially within a time limit! Really enjoyed photography, really shows how beautiful Florence is.

  3. Sam Akuma - florence itinerary 1 day
    October 21, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    My literal search was “is one day in Florence enough” and I arrived here trying to figure out what to see in Florence as I would like to combine it with a trip to Rome and Pisa. You have answered my question and then some. The pictures are really nice, they describe Florence as a city with a real soul. with this post, I think I have all I need to make my stay in Florence really worthwhile when I visit. However, if I don’t want to use the trains, are there car
    rental services that I can use?

    • Bianca
      Author
      October 22, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      Florence is not that big. To get to it from Pisa airport you cannot avoid using trains unless driving or taking a bus. Once you are in the city itself you dont need a car at all. We took the taxi one from the station to the place we stayed and the rest our time in the city we walked everywhere. You do also have the option of buses in Florence. So its really easy to do Florence in one day without the need for a car rental.

  4. Lilian snow
    October 22, 2018 / 12:04 am

    Yea, I have visited Florence, though it be more than one day to visit the amazing sites. it is good to know that the whole tour can be compressed to a day. my younger sister and I would be coming around before the year comes to end. since we would be spending a short time, the tips in this article would really help the planning, Thanks a lot Bee.

  5. Kathy
    January 26, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    Amazing read. I tried to do this in Florence a few years ago since I was passing through but I was not able to enjoy everything. If only I had your guide for one day itinerary in Florence, Italy ! I will be planning a more legitimate trip to Italy this summer so I will be sure to use some of these tips to get the most out of my trip in Florence.

    • Bianca
      Author
      January 27, 2019 / 3:11 am

      I am glad you found my 1 day in Florence itinerary useful. I am sure your second trip to Italy will be amazing. Have a wonderful time in Florence. Hopefully, this trip will at least be 2 days in Florence if not more at minimum.

  6. January 29, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    First , these pictures on the post are gorgeous. I have not visited Florence yet but I will keep this Florence in one day itinerary in mind for when I do. I can’t wait to take a trip abroad with my kids. Your itinerary was very helpful for where to go to immerse yourself into the city and culture. I can’t wait to eat gelato, sip Italian coffee and see Duomo square.

  7. Michelle - florence in one day itinerary
    January 30, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    These pictures are AMAZING! I want to visit Florence one day. It looks so full of vivid colors and picturesque views. I never knew that it could be seen in one day. I really enjoyed reading about the different sites. Do you know if you can do Pisa and Florence in one day?

    • Bianca
      Author
      February 1, 2019 / 6:10 pm

      In theory you could do Pisa and Florence in one day as the train is only 1 hour but you would really see much. The main sites in both cities are a good walk from the station.I would recommend at least two days at a minimum and do a day each.

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