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What to do in Florence

Florence is the soul of Tuscany, and it brims with the influences of the Renaissance. You'll discover a myriad of architectural wonders and a profusion of exquisite artwork, all of which culminate into one cultural masterpiece of a city.

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is the city's top museum, and the place to see Botticelli's stunning "Birth of Venus." It's also wise to book your entrance ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.

Accademia Gallery of Florence

Michaelangelo's "David" stands in the center of the Tribune and rightfully so. Classical music lovers will also enjoy the exhibit at the Accademia Gallery's Museum of Musical Instruments.

David

It's Florence's, if not the world's, most famous statue, and people have been admiring "David's" chiseled physique since its unveiling in 1504.

Palazzo Vecchio

A replica of "David" at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio indicates his original position here until 1873. The renowned Hall of Five Hundred is a part of the building's museum section.

Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria has plenty of statuary, with the gallery of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the equestrian statue of Cosimo I and the Fountain of Neptune, who slightly resembles Cosimo.

Florence Cathedral

Known as il Duomo, the view from the Gothic cathedral's iconic, red-brick dome offers a sweeping panorama over waves of the city's terracotta rooftops amid rolling, Tuscan hills.

Florence Baptistry

Dedicated to the city's patron saint, John the Baptist, Florence Baptistry in white and green Prato marble boasts an inner dome with lavish, golden mosaics.

Church of Santa Maria Novella

It may appear ordinary from the outside, but it's the grandeur within that makes the Church of Santa Maria Novella well worth the visit. Its cloister also provides some moments of serenity.

Ponte Vecchio

Pastel-colored apartments upon shops selling art, jewelry, and souvenirs line the city's oldest and most unique bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. It's picture-perfect day and night.

Pitti Palace

Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the former Medici family residence. The Pitti Palace houses five museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the opulent Palatine Gallery.

Planning Your Florence Visit

How long should you stay in Florence?

A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.

Getting around the city

The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you're planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you'll have to park outside the "Limited Traffic Zone." Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.

How expensive is Florence?

Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it's free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you'll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called "pane e coperto" (literally "bread and cover"). It's an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it's not a tip for your server.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    By October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.

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What People Are Saying About Florence

Was a really enjoyable tour with the tasting and cooking, recommended.

I enjoyed both parts of the tour - the tasting at the markets was fun, and delicious. The cooking session had some useful hints and tips and a little bit of hands on as well - and it was lovely to eat the results. Julio did a great job. My only request would be for some stools to perch on during the cooking part - there was a lot of standing.
Florence: Market to Table Cooking Lesson Reviewed by Joanna, 09/20/2016

Great tour - from beginning till the end!

Great day - you get to see the best of the five lands. Very organised tour! Tour leaders were great too!
Cinque Terre: Full-Day Train & Boat Tour from Florence Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/19/2016

Best way to get your Florence introduction

Loved the tour, our guide Marzia had a lot of interesting stories of the town. The tour starts later because you walk with the guide to pick up the bikes at another stop. We took the 6 pm, after dark it's hard to get a good picture.
I Bike Florence Reviewed by Linda, 09/18/2016

A very enjoyable experience not to be missed.Food spectacular!!

I would do it again at the drop of a hat.I do look forward to receiving the many recipients promised online as the food we ate was really great.The spaghetti sauce MMMMM the Tirasmu delightful the chef giving the lesson was very entertaining,I only hope I can repeat the experience in my own kitchen. Ross McCubbin
Florence: Market to Table Cooking Lesson Reviewed by Ross, 09/17/2016

Good guide, too little time afternoon tour

The guides were informative and the ride pleasant , however, not enough time actually at the site. If you climbed the tower that's all the time you had, and rushed. If you took the church tour only, you had time to explore but the cemetery closes at 4:30 and the church tour ends at 4:20
Pisa: Half-Day Afternoon Tour from Florence Reviewed by Teresa, 09/15/2016

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