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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

Fantastic trip not to be missed. Highlight so far!!!

This was such a great day. Our hostess Martina was fantastic and we couldn't have hoped for more. Cinque Terre is a must see!!!

Very nice! Great guide and amazing views.

We were with two girls (21 & 22). We had to gather on the Santa Novella Station and there was a car waiting to get us to the company where the Vespa's were already outside. We had to follow two fiat's to fiesole, a beautiful town on the hill. Then we went to Piazza Michelangelo. Traffic is a little tricky but when we fell behind they all waited for us. Thanks Alessandro for a great morning!
3-Hour Panoramic Tour of Florence by Vespa Reviewed by Julia, 08/18/2016

Very nice and relaxed Wine Tour. Recommended greatly.

Was really nice to have this Tour with Inge who was capable to present the history of the places visited in so many languages! Interesting and fun tour. Some wine choices might be improved.
Florence: 2-Hour Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Reviewed by Francois David, 08/17/2016

Loads of places and decent time to see it all. Absolutely loved it!

We thought this might be a rushed long day but it turned out to be a perfect amount of time spent in every location made so simple by our guides confident and knowledgeable guidance. Would highly recommend Marianna as a guide !
Pisa & Cinque Terre full day tour Reviewed by Ben, 08/11/2016

Tour was well done. Guide very knowledgeable!

We enjoyed the day. Alessandro was great at moving us around and giving us tips to maximize our time there. Very enjoyable!
Pisa & Cinque Terre full day tour Reviewed by Brian, 08/10/2016

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