Tips On How To See Florence In One Day

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

 

Got only 24 hours in Florence? No problem! 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.

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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.

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

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How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

 

 

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 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 checkout Joanna’s tips on how to choose the best cooking class in Florence.

 

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

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How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

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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.

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

 

 

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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How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

How to See Florence In One Day | Florence Italy

 

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?

 

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6 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
    October 21, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    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 whenever 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.

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