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So much to see, so little time: this guide is all about the best places to visit in Florence in 1 day.
Florence is an architectural jewel and visit its treasures it all in less 24 hours represents a great challenge even for experienced traveler. If you have the choice I definitely recommend spending more than one day in Florence. With so many other places to see in northern Italy, I however understand that for many visitors this is just one of the stops and since I want to help you make the best out of your time, I have pointed out the best museums in Florence and other places that should not be missed. Florence in a day itinerary is also included.
Since major sights are located nearby, the best way to explore Florence is on foot. Before walking, make sure to to get rid of the luggage and store it in the hotel or at the. Great things is to have sorted is further transportation sorted to be fully able to enjoy one day in Florence to the maximum. Are you ready? Let’s decide what do in Florence in one day.
Heading to Italy with your family? Make sure to check fellow blogger’s post on visiting Italy with children.
FLORENCE IN A DAY ITINERARY
Morning: The Accademia and stroll around the center
Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze, or “Gallery of the Academy of Florence” belongs to the best museums in Florence. As many as 1,5 million people per yearly comes where to observe the fine pieces of Italian renaissance, making it the second most visited museum in Italy.
You should definitely find your way to legendary Michelangelo’s sculpture David but there are many other things to see as well: you can adore other works by Michelangelo as well as paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period from 1300 to 1600.
Once you are done with the museum, you can have stroll in the city centre dotted with many amazing sights and piazzas. You will be surrounded by historical buildings deigned by the iconic artists – many objects including the cathedral and churches were decorated by Brunelleschi to Michelangelo. It feels like and open museum as well.
Lunchtime: The San Lorenzo Market
Sitting down and eat something light and yummy will definitely help to cool down to people with only one day in Florence. Pasta, pizza or salads are always a great choice in Italy. You can choose the restaurant of your choice, or head for a bit outdoorsy experience to The San Lorenzo Market where you can choose from many lunch options. Lampredotto, tripe sandwich beloved my local people, is a great thing to try!
If you are done eating, go to admire at least some of the numerous cathedrals and churches. The must-see is Santa Maria del Fiore, symbol of the town and most beautiful cathedral. There is a statue of Brunelleschi outside in the piazza. If you are lucky and there if no cue, climb the Dome following 464 steps. The views are amazing!
Looking to explore Italy? You should definitely consider spending a weekend in Rome.
Afternoon: The most popular museum
Are you ready for another museum visit? The city is filled with many jaw-dropping museums but there is another one among recommended places to visit in Florence in 1 day. Galleria degli Uffizi or “Uffizi Gallery” features the finest paintings. With its huge collectionsof Renaissance paintings and sculptures it is often regarded as the most famous fine art museums on the Earth.
There are two art pieces you should visit for sure: The Birth of Venus and Primavera by Sandro Boticelli and Titian’s Venus of Urbino. Since it’s the most popular museum in the city, there are often long lines, especially in peak season (from April–to October) and on holiday weekends. Since you have limited time only, it is good idea to book your ticket and skip the line.
Once finished with museums, it is time to enjoy some more moments in Florence. Great place to say goodbye to the city is crossing historical Cross Ponte Vecchio and enjoy walking on the other side of the river. Alternatively, you can chill down with glass of Italian wine, too. You made it! Congratulations to all who manage to spend one day in Florence and still have energy left!
A fellow travel blogger created an extensive list of all the things to do in Florence.
If you are done visiting Florence, you can head continue your Tuscany exploration by visiting Val d’Orcia.Alternatively, head to the south to change for Veneto region and visit the most romantic city Italy, get inspired by my Travel tips for first Visit of Venice, Italy.