Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitBy October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.
Things to Do in Florence
Top Attractions in Florence
- 1Uffizi Gallery
- 2Giotto's Campanile
- 3Michelangelo's David
- 4Accademia Gallery
- 5Florence Cathedral
- 6Ponte Vecchio
- 7Florence Baptistery
- 8Palazzo Vecchio
- 9Piazza della Signoria
- 10Crypt of Santa Reparata
- 11Salone dei Cinquecento
- 12Pitti Palace
- 13Piazza del Duomo, Florence
- 14Piazzale Michelangelo
- 15Santa Maria Novella
- 16The Opera del Duomo Museum
- 18Piazza della Repubblica
- 19Basilica of Santa Croce
- 20Chiesa di Ognissanti
Other Sightseeing Options in Florence
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What People Are Saying About Florence
The guide was helpful, pleasant with a good attitude. We found that the walk to & fro the bus in Siena was far too long. The bus should be parked very much closer to the meeting point after a full, long day tour. The walk back to the bus was almost as long as the guided walking tour of Siena.
we had a splendid tour in English. the guide was very attentive nice with very wide knowledge about history religion and architecture. truly a big difference seeing the most important places and the highlights of Uffizi gallery.
We really enjoyed all of the stops. And our tour guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food and location at lunch was great too!
This tour was excellent - the meeting place was well signposted and easy to find, the team were organised and professional, and explained what we'd be doing and set everything out initially, which I thought was useful to know. Skipping the line was the only reason I bought the ticket, but the real value actually came from the guide herself, she was very knowledgable about Uffizi and the city itself, and happy to chat throughout the tour and answer questions. Mid way through I had the chance to grab a coffee from a coffee shop en-route during a 5 min break, which was perfect timing. If you plan to see the Uffizi Gallery I'd highly recommend this tour purely for the additional insight and convenience you'll get from the guide. I would book again :)
A long trip but very nice , we would never able to visit all these incredible areas on our own just one issue when I booked it was only for age from 16+ , so the guide told me that they do not travel with under age so please be more exact so people understand it better , thanx for our tour guide who immediately rang his office and we paid an extra €80 for our daughter and this was in exceptional case