Florence itinerary: what to see on your own in 1, 2, 3 days

Florence in 1 day on your own: itinerary with descriptions

Florence in 1 day: independent walking itinerary, what to see in one day, sights on a map. Operating hours, online tickets, addresses, useful tips The itinerary of Florence in 1 day, presented on unitalia.ru, is very rich, so independent travelers who stay in the city for a few days may well break it down and add to it as they see fit.

The walk includes the main points of interest and allows you to see Florence’s most important historical sites. It is important to keep in mind that visiting galleries, museums and basilicas takes time, so we recommend buying tickets with priority access rather than wasting precious minutes waiting in lines.

Florence in a Day: A Walking Itinerary

Undoubtedly, the city deserves a full acquaintance, and 1 day is too short to immerse yourself in its history, culture and a whole ocean of art masterpieces. However, not everyone has the opportunity to stay in Florence for long. Walking itinerary unitalia.ru will be useful, first of all, for those who want to see as many sights as possible in a short time and keep in memory an unforgettable experience. Of course, going on a walk, do not forget to charge your camera, phone or other modern device, and free their memory, because you have to take pictures almost at every step. And don’t forget comfortable shoes!


What to see in Florence in 1 day: sights in an itinerary

Route description for 1 day in Florence

You are free to choose the starting and ending point, as well as visits to museums, according to your priorities and allocated time. Galleries and palazzos are full of masterpieces, so unitalia.ru recommends choosing the most important ones (you can’t visit everything even if you want to). The main thing is not to reduce the rhythm of the movement.

So, let’s go for a day in Florence! Italy for Italomancers wishes you to get the maximum pleasure from the walk!

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

The complex of cult constructions, the bell tower and the cloister, was built by the Dominican monks from Bologna for almost a century, beginning in 1279. The magnificent marble façade was realized during the fifteenth-century reconstruction. The project was realized by Leon Battista Alberti and financed by Giovanni di Paolo Ruscellai, the patron of the arts and the man of the wool merchants’ family.

Santa Maria Novella

In the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella we can see Giotto’s Crucifixion and Guidi’s Trinity fresco, several stunning chapels, murals by Ghirlandaio and Spinello Arentino, Brunelleschi’s Crucifixion and bas-reliefs by Bandini, Bronzino’s Jesus Raising Daughter of Jaro and Vasari’s Madonna and Roses, a series of frescos by Lippi, majestic tombstones and much more. The works of art date back to the XIII-XVI centuries. In the complex there is a sacristy, museum, cloister and cemetery.

Working mode From 09:00 to 19:00, on Fri. – from 11:00, on Saturday until 17:30, on Sunday. – from 12:00 to 17:30
Address Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
Ticket price 7,50 euros for adults, 5 euros for ages 11-18, free for children under 11 and disabled

For those who are familiar with one of the languages offered in the audio guide, it is recommended to use the audio and video materials of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

Santa Maria del Fiore

The majestic Duomo, an outstanding architectural masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is sought by everyone who comes to Florence for 1 day. It makes you tremble and admire, causes a storm of emotions and stays in your memory for the rest of your life.

Santa Maria del Fiori, Duomo Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was built for almost 6 centuries, working on it the outstanding masters of their time. It stood without a dome for 40 years and more than once witnessed tragic events. Its unique dome was created by the ingenious Filippo Brunelleschi, who found the right technical solution to implement the idea of the cathedral’s first architect, Arnolfo di Cambio. The foundation stone was laid in 1296, the temple was consecrated in 1436, and the marble facade in the colors of the Italian tricolor was added at the end of the XIX century.

The interior decoration of the Duomo is full of stained-glass windows, mosaics and works of art. The painting of the dome, made by Vasari and F. Zuccari, is a real eye-catcher. There are burials of Brunelleschi and Giotto. If you want to climb the dome and the 87-meter Giotto’s Bell Tower, but need to understand that in this case the entire route of Florence in 1 day to go will not work.

The Duomo complex also includes a Museum, a Crypt, and a unique Baptistery, where all the notable Florentines of the Middle Ages were baptized. The latter was built in 1129, and the best masters of Italy worked on its interior. The floor of the Baptistery is paved with polychrome marble, the vault of the dome is decorated with gold mosaic (XIII-XIV centuries), and the entrance portals of the XIV-XV centuries. – with detailed bas-reliefs.

Working mode From the Duomo and Cripta from 10:00 to 16:30, the Baptistery and Bell Tower from 08:15 to 19:20, the Museum from 09:00 to 19:00.
Address Piazza del Duomo
Ticket price Single ticket: 18€. Entrance to the Cathedral is free.

Online purchase of the ticket will cost a bit more expensive, but it will give the opportunity to avoid the kilometer-long queue at the ticket office. Climbing the dome is mandatory, and strictly for a certain time.

Piazza della Signoria

Another jewel of Florence, you can not pass by under any circumstances. For centuries Piazza della Signoria has been the center of civic life in the city and the place of public executions and proclamation of acts of civil authority. The most important object of the square, formed in the middle of the 13th century, is the monumental Palazzo Vecchio, where the museum is located. The halls are filled with stunning frescoes and collections of paintings and sculptures. The building itself resembles a medieval fortress, above which rises a huge clock tower, which you can climb if you want.

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Palazzo Vecchio Florence, Piazza della Signoria Florence

Operating hours of Palazzo Vecchio From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (October to March) and to 11 p.m. (April to September, December 26-30, January 2-6, March 25), Thursday until 2 p.m.
Address Piazza della Signoria
Ticket price From 4 euro, depending on the area visited.

Tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio

On the Piazza della Signoria is the famous Loggia Lanzi, originally intended for ceremonies and social gatherings. It got its name from the mercenary infantrymen “lanzi” who served Cosimo I de’ Medici. Under the vaulted arcade are several sculptural groups from the collection of the Uffizi Gallery.

In the square you can see Florentine masterpieces such as the Neptune Fountain, the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de’ Medici, the compositions Judith and Holofernes and Hercules defeating Cacus, as well as a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

Nearby, in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, is the Porcellino fountain, popular with tourists, with a bronze figure of a boar. It is said that you should make a wish and rub its nose. Then it will surely come true. And if a coin you put on his tongue will fall under the bars, then the dream will certainly come true (within reasonable limits, of course, without fanaticism). Why not try it, walking around Florence for 1 day and dreaming of coming back here for at least a week.

Porcellino Fountain Florence, Fountain of the Boar in Florence

Uffizi Gallery

The museum contains masterpieces of art by the great masters of the 13th through 20th centuries. Among them are works by Michelangelo and Raphael, Botticelli and Titian, Caravaggio and Giotto, Correggio and many others. The interiors of the Uffizi Gallery, its monumental staircases, mosaics, ceilings, and corridors with stunning views from the windows are interesting. True admiration is the “jewel box” – La Tribuna Hall (1581-83), specially designed by theatrical architect Bernardo Buonalenti to hold the most exquisite masterpieces.

Uffizi Gallery

The building was designed by Vasari to house the offices for the Florentine magistrates, hence the name. Construction began in 1560 and was completed 20 years later, after the death of the famous architect. A year later Francesco I de’ Medici, a passionate collector, ordered his collection to be moved into the covered loggia and to be accessible only to a select few by prior arrangement.

The family collection was bequeathed to Florence by Anna Maria Luisa, the last member of the direct line of the Medici family. It was officially opened to the public in 1769.

Working mode from 08:15 to 18:50
Weekends and Holidays Monday, 01/01 and 25/12
Address Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
Ticket price Tickets are €12 at the box office, €2 for EU citizens aged 18-25, free for under-18s and handicapped persons.

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Ponte Vecchio

One of Florence’s symbols and one of its main attractions. The old bridge was built in 1345 and was designed by Neri di Fiorovanti. A century later there was a butcher’s market which was annulled by Ferdinando I de’ Medici at the end of the 16th century, 30 years after the appearance of the Vasari Corridor. The Grand Duke of Tuscany decided that jewelry shops would look much nobler on the Ponte Vecchio. The tradition is still followed to this day.

Ponte Vecchio Florence

The uniqueness of the ponte lies in its design features. It is literally clad on both sides with overhanging houses. In the middle there is an open platform, from which one can see the Arno River and the embankments. On one side is a bust of the Italian Renaissance master Benvenuto Cellini. This bridge has been preserved in its original form, it was the only one that was not destroyed during World War II.

Palazzo Pitti

Luca Pitti intended to build a palazzo that would have dwarfed in scale the family residence of the Medici that he hated. The banker hired prominent architects but miscalculated his finances. Work was suspended, and soon Luca died. Almost a century later, the bankrupt heirs ceded ownership of the palace to Eleonora Toledo, first wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici, who almost doubled the size of the building and ordered an elevated passage between the two Palazzos Vecchio and Pitti, called the “Vasari Corridor”.

Palazzo Pitti

In the 18th century, the palace passed into the possession of the successors of the Dukes of Tuscany, members of the Lorraine House of the Habsburgs, whose rule was briefly interrupted by Napoleon. After Florence was declared capital of the united Italy in 1864, the palazzo was the royal residence until 1870.

Today the Palazzo Pitti houses the Palatine and Modern Art Galleries, the Treasure Collection of the Grand Dukes, the Museum of Fashion and Costume, the Imperial and Royal apartments.

Working mode from 08:15 to 18:50
Weekends and Holidays Monday, 01/01 and 25/12
Address Piazza De’Pitti
Ticket price Single ticket at the ticket office – 10 euro, reduced price 2 euro.

Behind the palazzo are the amazing Boboli Gardens with grottoes, sculptures and fountains. It is recommended to visit them if you have free time in Florence in 1 day. The cost of a full ticket is 6 euros.

Basilica of Santo Spirito

One of the main Florentine churches was started in 1444 by Brunelleschi but two years later construction had to be halted because the master died without leaving any calculations or detailed drawings. As a result, the work dragged on for almost four decades, and the facade was never decorated. The 70-meter-high bell tower was added in 1503-70.

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Basilica of San Spirito

Inside the basilica of Santo Spirito, medieval altarpieces, paintings and canvases have been preserved. There are copies of Michelangelo’s famous works of the mid-16th century – the Pietà in the right aisle and the Christ with the Cross in one of the chapels of the left aisle. In the sacristy you can also see a wooden crucifix made by Michelangelo at the age of 17 and many other works.

Working mode 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00, the morning block is moved to 11:30-13:30 on Fri.
Address Piazza Santo Spirito
Ticket price free

Basically, you can end your walk here. The square is full of cozy cafes with inexpensive, by the standards of Florence, prices and colorful stores. It’s an authentic ambience all around. The piazza is particularly appealing in the evening, as there is no trace of the hustle and bustle of the market.

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Santa Trinita Bridge

Bears the name of the nearby basilica through which our route will pass. The Bridge of the Holy Trinity, which connects the banks of the Arno, was built in stone in the mid-16th century by the architect Bartolomeo Ammanti, presumably according to sketches by Michelangelo Buonarotti. For the wedding of Cosimo II of the House of Medici and Maria Magdalena, Archduchess of Austria, the bridge was decorated in 1608 with allegorical statues of the four seasons.

Santa Trinita Bridge

During the Second World War, Santa Trinita Bridge was destroyed, but it was rebuilt in its original form, and even the figures raised from the river bed were reinstalled in their original places.

The bridge offers a great view of the Arno embankments and the famous Ponte Vecchio, which we met in the first part of our 1-day itinerary of Florence.

Basilica of Santa Trinita

The church of the Holy Trinity in Gothic style was erected on the site of a Vallombrosian monastery in the 13th century. Some 300 years later the Mannerist style was added to the façade, on the project of Buonalenti. At the end of the nineteenth century, the basilica was reconstructed, in the process of which many decorative fragments of the exterior were irretrievably lost and the baroque altar of Buontalenti was removed.

Inside the church are numerous chapels with paintings by renowned XV century masters. The most important of these are the cycles of frescoes in the Bartolini Salimbeni Chapel (right nave), in the Gothic style by Lorenzo Monaco, and in the Sassetti Chapel (right transept) by Ghirlandaio, with views of medieval Florence and images of several important Florentine persons added to sacred scenes.

Working mode 07:00-12:00 и 16:00-19:00
Address Piazza di Santa Trinita
Ticket price free

If you wish, you can combine the walking tour with a hop-on hop-off tour bus or an hour-long eco-tour by electric car. Audioguides in Russian are provided in both cases.

Palazzo Strozzi

One of the few Renaissance palaces in Florence that has retained its original appearance. To build the palazzo the ambitious Filippo Strozzi, trying to outdo his rivals in “volume”, for several years after his return from exile bought up land near the residence and demolished the houses standing on it.

In 1489 the first stone was laid for the foundation of the Palazzo Strozzi. It was destined to be the largest palace Florence had ever seen. But Filippo died two years later without ever seeing his dream realized. The enormous financial burden of erecting the building fell on the shoulders of the heirs, who, with interruptions in their work, nevertheless completed the palace in 1538. Until 1937 it remained in the family ownership, and in 1999 it was transferred to the state. Today the palace houses municipal institutions and exhibitions.

Working mode 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursdays until 11 p.m.
Address Piazza degli Strozzi
Ticket price Full ticket €13, reduced price €10 for under 26 and over 65 years old.

Piazza della Repubblica

At the end of a long walk you can visit Piazza della Repubblica, where in Roman times there was a forum, in the Middle Ages a ghetto, and during the Risorgimento period the area was cleared and houses and churches were massively demolished. Today, Piazza della Repubblica is full of cafes, street artists and musicians. A stylized Tuscan carousel has been installed in the square.

Map of sights along the route for 1 day in Florence

For the convenience of making an independent walk, unitalia.ru suggests using a map.

Florence in 1 day

We hope that our 1-day itinerary for Florence will be useful for you and that your trip to Italy will be unforgettable!

Florence tours

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What you can see in Florence on your own

The incomparable Florence… The city that can become one of your most vivid memories when you visit Italy. A city that is beautiful at any time of the year. The city that fascinates and almost falls in love.

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Founded in the first century B.C., Florence can be called an open-air museum, which is probably why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Stately cathedrals, grand villas and palazzos, green gardens, viewing platforms – it’s as if you are transported back in time, and you walk through the streets of the city, feeling like a hero of old historical novels.

So what are the places to see in Florence? Where to plan a travel itinerary for true enjoyment?

Ten places to see in Florence

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore tops the list of “Top Sites in Florence” in any tourist guide. The cathedral’s unique architecture with its octagonal dome that seems to float above the historic center. The temple is located in the heart of the old city on the Cathedral Square. It can accommodate nearly 30,000 parishioners. The creation of this masterpiece was made by renowned architects Filippo Brunelleschi, Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto. The height of the cathedral is 116.5 meters. It is built in accordance with Gothic canons. It includes naves with lancet arches, galleries, and walls decorated with pilasters. From the outside it has a façade of marble from white to a shade of green, and inside it is majestic and, at first glance, restrained. But in fact it is sacred grandeur and solemnity. Stained-glass windows, marble floors and frescoes – all this one wants to contemplate silently, without uttering unnecessary words. The dome of the building is decorated with a monumental fresco “The Last Judgment”. Santa Maria del Fiore is a true treasure and the main answer to the question of what to see in Florence in 1 day.

La Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Cathedral of Florence – the centerpiece of the tour “Santa Maria del Fiore – a “symphony in marble”. A professional guide will introduce you to the main treasures of the city’s shrine, tell you about the religious past of the Cradle of the Renaissance and take you to the cathedral observation deck.

Giotto’s Bell Tower

The Giotto Bell Tower is a grandiose structure in the Florentine Duomo complex. Its height is more than 90 meters, allowing tourists to enjoy a splendid panorama of the city and its surroundings. The bell tower is an example of Gothic culture. It ornately shimmers in the sun with different colors of marble, bas-reliefs on the walls attract attention with the stories that were embodied in the stone. There are biblical scenes, and the genesis of man through the knowledge of crafts, culture and science. The bell tower serves as a splendid vantage point from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the rooftops and the enchanting line of hills on the horizon.

Italian Campanile di Giotto

“Life, manners and passions of medieval Florence” is a fascinating tour that reveals to tourists the rich history of the “flowering city”. You will see the most famous sights, among which is the majestic Giotto’s bell tower. During the walk, tourists will learn about famous figures of the Enlightenment and be able to experience the authentic atmosphere of Florence.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio (Italian for “old bridge”). This famous bridge in the narrowest part of the Arno River is one of the most unusual sights. It is not often seen even in the most ancient cities. The bridge was designed in 1345 by the architect Neri di Fioravanti, and is a 30-meter ensemble of stone arches. It should be noted that the first bridge on this site was built in ancient Roman times. A distinctive feature of Ponte Vecchio are the houses located on both sides of it. It is unusual and truly masterpiece. And in the middle of the bridge there is an open area to admire the scenery on the river. On the Ponte Vecchio there is also a bust of Benvenuto Cellini, the creator of the Italian Renaissance, an artist whose talent Italians compare to Michelangelo, to this bust all lovers traditionally attach “love locks”.

Italian Ponte Vecchio.

A walk across the ancient bridge is included in most excursion programs – for example, “Dizzy Florence”. You’ll see the city in all its glory, get to know the locals better and learn all about the best places to taste the local cuisine!

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery. There’s probably not a tourist who hasn’t dreamed of visiting this medieval palace filled with paintings by European artists. Today the exposition of the gallery occupies six thousand square meters, which make up 50 halls. The founders of the gallery’s history were the Medici dynasty, who, thanks to their wealth and extensive connections, concentrated real masterpieces in the collection: “Giotto’s Our Lady, Michelangelo’s The Holy Family, Raphael’s Madonna and the Cheek, Sandro Botticelli’s Spring and The Birth of Venus, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi, Titian’s Venus of Urbino and Caravaggio’s Bacchus. The Uffizi Gallery is a true delight not only for connoisseurs of masterpieces, but also for those who will touch the amazing Florentine exhibition for the first time. You have to see it once to remember it forever.

Galleria degli Uffizi

Visiting the Galleria on your own will not be a tenth of the experience compared to this fascinating guided tour with an art historian! After meeting your guide you will be able to orient yourself in the famous creations of Italian painters and the genres in which they worked.

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Palazzo Pitti

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Palazzo Pitti is another Florence landmark that deserves the prefix “one of the most.” It is the most magnificent of all the palaces in the city. Could the Medici family in the 15th century imagine that the residence of the dukes of Italy from a symbol of the power of the aristocrats would become a national treasure and home to an art gallery, a gallery of contemporary art, an exhibition of silverware and porcelain, galleries about the history of fashion and costume. Outwardly austere, the palace is distinguished inside by its Baroque interiors, original frescos, painted walls, stucco, silk wallpaper and priceless Italian Renaissance exhibits. The magnificent museum complex gives you the opportunity to enjoy the most valuable collections of paintings.

Italian Palazzo Pitti

A visit to the site is possible as part of a private tour of the “Luxury and Art of the Pitti Palace”. Together with a licensed guide you will visit the sumptuous Medici chambers, see the immortal works of artists and hear many interesting facts from their biographies.

Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are one of the most beautiful and oldest examples of gardening and park art in Italy. Created in the 16th century in an area of untouched land, the gardens have become a chic “jewel” that hides behind the monolithic walls of Palazzo Pitti. So if you’re wondering what to see in Florence in 2 days, devote time to these places where you rest from the hustle and bustle of the city, the “runs” on sights and shopping. You will admire fountains, grottoes, pavilions, flowerbeds, rose gardens and hedges of boxwoods and plane trees. The imitation of an ancient amphitheater is beautifully combined with fragrant plantings. A huge number of statues, from ancient images of the Emperor and famous Romans, to works by famous Italian masters of the 16th-17th centuries, emphasize the majesty and versatility of the park’s architecture. Walking through the Boboli Gardens is pure pleasure and relaxation.

Giardino di Boboli

Stroll through the emerald expanse on this captivating tour. Your private guide will introduce you to the history of the creation of the famous park and teach you the concepts of gardens in various countries of the world. You will also learn about Tuscan fashion, whose influence can be seen in Boboli’s architectural compositions.

Church of San Lorenzo

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The Church of San Lorenzo is Florence’s most venerable basilica, centrally located. The Christian church of the fourth century A.D. was reconstructed in the eleventh century in the Romanesque style. Outwardly austere, the building impresses with its interior. That and the white and gold coffered ceiling, painted dome and masterpieces of Renaissance architects. But still the popularity of this temple brought the status of the burial place of the princes of the Medici family. The last of them is buried in a sarcophagus in the New Sacristy (sacristy) of the temple. Many tourists want to see the interior of the New Sacristy by great Michelangelo, on which the master worked for 15 years. The uniqueness of the basilica is also the fact that it is one of the first churches belonging to the Renaissance.

Basilica di San Lorenzo

The Basilica di San Lorenzo is on the list of sights to visit on a group tour of Florence’s evening. Under the keen guidance of your guide, you’ll get to know the iconic sites of the Blossom, hear the rich history of the city and, of course, begin to better understand the local mentality.

San Marco

San Marco is the composite name of the complex that includes St. Mark’s Church and the convent, which is now a museum. They are located in St. Mark’s Square in Florence. The complex was turned into a national museum in the 19th century. San Marco is a real repository of medieval Italian culture of the Renaissance, which from the first to the last exhibit is imbued with spirituality and the Catholic faith. There are works by Fra Bartolomeo, who depicted St. Dominic at the foot of the cross, icons and frescoes by Fra Angelico and Ghirlandaio’s iconic work The Last Supper, housed in a room that formerly served as the refectory for the monks of San Marco. And there’s also a personal fresco by Fra Angelico in each cell, bright and unique. San Marco is a beautiful monument of architecture, where you can spend hours admiring and enjoying the spirit of the Middle Ages, even without being tied to a tour. It is exactly what is desirable to see in Florence on your own.

San Marco Firenze

On request, the San Marco Museum is included in the fascinating itinerary of the tour “Medici and Renaissance”. You will be taken on a fascinating walk through the key sites of the city and the pages of history of the famous Florentine family. After meeting with the guide, travelers fall in love with Florence all over again, which is nothing short of thrilling!

Piazza della Signoria

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The Piazza della Signoria was a symbol of the power of the Florentine state. It is still impressive today, being the site of various sculptures – from Michelangelo’s “David” Michelangelo’s “David” and Donatello’s “Judith and Holofernes” to Cellini’s “Perseus with the Head of Medusa”. Among the main monuments there is the “Fountain of Neptune” by Baccio Bandinelli. The square also remembers the fires of the Inquisition of the 15th century, and so it is attributed a special magic. Here you can enjoy the majesty of the monuments, listen to the history and the voice of eternity.

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Piazza della Signoria

Explore every square meter of the square on this delightful tour! With an attentive guide, you’ll make logical connections between the major sculptures of the Signoria, learn the history of the influential Medici family, and stroll through the majestic halls of the Palazzo Vecchio. A worthy conclusion to the tour is the opportunity to admire the city directly from the palace tower!

Piazza Michelangelo

A view from Piazza Michelangelo

Piazza Michelangelo. If you are faced with the question of what you can see interesting in Florence in 3 days, you are the lucky one who has time not only to see the main historical treasures, but also another day for places like Piazza Michelangelo. Not all guidebooks consider this place significant, but believe me, this open space at the top of the hill, which so beckons all tourists with a magnificent view of Florence, is definitely worth a look. It is here that it spreads so freely under the Tuscan sky. And especially noticeable is the beauty of this landscape at sunset. From here you have an incredible view of the most historic heart of the city. In the center of the square is a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David the Great, and at the foot are twins of several other famous sculptures of the master. If you want to see Florence’s most beautiful panorama, you have to make sure you get to the wonderful square on the high hill, Piazza Michelangelo.

Piazzale Michelangelo

You can stroll through Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo as part of this curious tour. You will not only get an overview of the main sights of the city, but also visit areas that are rarely visited by tourists. This contrast is what forms the unique charm of Flowers, the place where the Italian Renaissance was born!

“If you’ve never been to Florence, then you haven’t understood Italy,” is what the Italians say. “Firenza” is the Italian word for Florence. A city drenched to the brim with sunshine and filled with an ancient era. The city, which is worth a visit in order to feel the fullness of emotions of the trip. If you are a worldly-wise traveler and nothing will surprise you, Florence will smooth it out. And if you are a beginner and choose your destination, put in your notebook a short but sunny word – “Firenze”…

What to see in Florence in 1 day

  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (#1).
  • San Giovanni Baptistery (#2).
  • Museum of Opera del Duomo (#3).
  • Giotto’s bell tower (#4).
  • House of Dante Alighieri (#5).
  • Loggia Lanzi (#6).
  • “Museum for Boys” (Mus.e) (#7).
  • The Ponte Vecchio bridge (#8).
  • Palazzo Strozzi (#9).
  • Santa Maria Novella (#10).

The sights in Florence on the map are located as follows:

Map information

What to visit in Florence on your own in 3 days

  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (#1).
  • San Giovanni Baptistery (#2).
  • Museum of Opera del Duomo (#3).
  • Giotto’s bell tower (#4).
  • House of Dante Alighieri (#5).
  • Palazzo Strozzi (#6).
  • Santa Maria Novella (#7).
  • Church of San Lorenzo (#8).
  • Academy of Fine Arts (#9).
  • The House of Giorgio Vasari (no. 10).
  • Loggia Lanzi (#11).
  • “Museum for Boys” (Mus.e) (#12).
  • Uffizi Gallery (#13).
  • Galileo Museum (#14).
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge (#15).
  • Hall of Fame of Italian soccer (#16).
  • Piazza Michelangelo (#17).
  • Palazzo Pitti (#18).
  • Boboli Gardens (#19).

On the map these sites are located as follows:

Map information

You can learn more about the sights of Florence in this article.

Working hours and prices

Location Working time Ticket price
1 Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-17:00; Saturday: 10:00-16:45; Sunday: 13:30-16:45 Free
Cathedral Dome Sunday-Friday: 8:30-19:00; Saturday: 8:30-16:40 6 €
Cathedral Museum Monday-Saturday: 9:00-19:30; Sunday: 9:00-13:45 6 €
2 Giotto’s Bell Tower Daily: 8:30-19:30 6 €
3 Ponte Vecchio Any time Free
4 Uffizi Gallery Вторник-воскресенье: 8:15-18:50 6,5 €
5 Palazzo Pitti Tuesday-Sunday: 8:15-18:50 pm (admission until 5:30 pm) 12,5 €
6 Boboli Gardens June-August: 8:15-19:30; April-May and September-October: 8:15-18:30; other months: variable hours 7 €
7 Church of San Lorenzo Monday-Saturday: 10:00-17:00; Sunday: 13:30-17:30 6 €
8 San Marco Monday-Friday 8:30-13:50 pm; Saturday 8:30-18:50 pm; Sunday 8:30-19:00 pm 4 €
9 Piazza della Signoria Any time Free
10 Piazza Michelangelo Any time Free

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If the suggested itineraries above aren’t enough for you, use Tripster and Sputnik, where all the offers from licensed guides in Florence are available. Here you can find a variety of tours: sightseeing, cultural-historical, gastronomic, interactive, guided tours, and so on. Each option is accompanied by a detailed description from which you can draw basic information:

  • indicative route;
  • a meeting place with a guide;
  • allowed number of people;
  • walking tour duration;
  • price of the tour;
  • availability of additional expenses, etc.

In addition, you will read the reviews left by other tourists after the meeting with the chosen guide. These comments will help you understand what to expect from the tour and whether it is worth looking for an alternative.

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