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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

cofusing start to the trip but great fun once it was sorted

Confusing to start with when we arrived at the train station in Florence. It says "Meeting point" on the voucher but infact it is actually the 1st bus stop (outside McDonalds) where you exchange the voucher for a ticket once you board the bus. Once we got that sorted we had a fantastic day hopping on and off the bus. There are 3 routes you can choose from. It was a very hot day when we did the trip and got a little cooked up on top. A good tip is to sit at the back on the open area because the canopy gives some shade.

Fun, efficient way to see alot of sites in Florence in a short time

Typical Segway tour. My 11 and 14 year old daughters love riding these things so it is a great way for me to get them to see the sites of a city without the boredom/protests which they put up when we are walking. This tour was led by an energetic guide and we hit many of the highlights of this historic city in a short time.
Florence: 3-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Tony, 07/16/2016

We couldn't have had a better guide than Marco!

This was the second tour we have done and were so please to have Marco as our guide yet again. Everything was well organised and we were well looked after. Marco was wonderful at explaining things to us throughout the tour, going into great detail and answering any questions we might have had. He had a lovely personality and truly felt like a friend showing us around the city, not like a guide just spitting out facts and trying to finish the tour as soon as possible.

Very interesting and fun tour of Florence by foot.

We had a great tour of Florence by foot - our guide was very knowledgable and it was really nice learning about the history of this amazing city. Would recommend to anyone.
Experience Florence by Foot - Guided Tour Reviewed by Charlie, 07/11/2016

Just enough time to see Cathedral and Leaning Tower.

Trip was just long enough for the guided tour of the Cathedral and to view the tower. There really wasn't enough time to queue to climb the leaning tower though as it was roughly a 10-15 minute walk from where the bus stopped to the Cathedral. would have been good to have an extra hour.
Pisa: Half-Day Afternoon Tour from Florence Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/05/2016

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