I hope you have enjoyed my recent posts on Florence. As big a Florence is, it’s not so big that you cannot see 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. It would also be highly recommended to dedicate more than just one day in Florence but understandable some trips are short so in this post, 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. If this is you read on…
Most visitors to Florence will come through via Pisa as well did on the train. 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.
Tips on How to See Florence In One Day
A morning in Florence starts with panoramic views at Michelangelo Piazza
Depending on which hotels in Florence you choose to stay, 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. 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. You have cafes, Italian leather shops and museums nearby.
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An Afternoon In Florence checking out Piazza del Duomo
A day of explorations in Florence is one that should include a visit to Piazza del Duomo, Campanile, Uffizi and few more spots. 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 Italian Renaissance painting. Allow at least an hour to 2 hours here then head to Ponte Vecchio. After a short stay here you can either catch a cab or tuk-tuk to Piazza del Duomo.
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 with sipping Italian coffee and chill before embarking on an evening on the town in Florence.
An Evening In Florence checking out the best of lounge bars in Florence.
An evening in Florence is not complete without walking through the city’s squares all lit up with traditional Italian characteristics. 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. 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 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.
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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