16 Amazing Things to Do in Florence, Italy (Insider’s tips)

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Ahh Florence. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It showcases some of the best-preserved examples of Renaissance architecture and still retains a lot of its traditional Tuscan culture.

Whether you’re a couple looking for romantic activities or you’re looking for a city break with the family, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do in Florence to suit any type of traveller.

It’s well known for its museums, galleries, ornately designed basilicas, and piazza squares.

Mom and daughter overlooking the city of Florence
View from Bandini Gardens

But how do you know what to do in Florence? With so much to see, how do you put together your Florene itinerary? To help you out, we interviewed Laurel Perry Turner who owns and operates an authentic Tuscan tour company, specializing in experiencing Tuscany, not just visiting.

Since her first visit to Italy, almost 6 years ago, she was hooked and has traveled the region extensively since. Laurel shares with us her insider tips on the best attractions in Florence, where to eat, sleep, and how to around.

Go take a look!

Planning your trip to Florence last-minute?

Don’t forget to plan ahead when visiting Florence! Here are some of the top tours, hotels, and useful items you may need before your trip!

Top Experiences and Tours in Tuscany

  1. Florence: Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket (Top attraction in Florence)
  2. Timed Entrance Ticket to Michelangelo’s David (one of Italy’s top attractions)
  3. From Florence: Day Trip Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano w/Lunch (World Heritage + Wine)
  4. Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting (a taste of Tuscany)

The Florence Museum Gold Pass will help you skip the queues and marvel at the Statue of David, explore Uffizi Gallery and enjoy views from the top of Brunelleschi’s Duomo without hassle and with an audio guide. Get your pass here.

Top Accommodation and Hotels in Tuscany

  1. Repubblica Firenze Luxury Apartments | UNA Esperienze (Bucket list luxury Florence accommodation + with stunning views)
  2. Bellavista Impruneta Hotel Ristorante (A taste of the countryside close to the city)
  3. Hotel David (Family owned in a great location)

Is Florence Worth Visiting?

cypress tree off to the side of view of florence

Florence can very well be considered one of the art and cultural centers of the world.

Your first step into the city will be back in time.

Allow yourself to be swept away into the Renaissance as you are surrounded by beautifully preserved, architecturally perfect, historical buildings and breathtaking art at every turn.

Every few steps you will be taken by the smells wafting from the trattorias, osterias, cafes, and pizzerias! You will be surrounded by the sounds of lively conversations in one of the most beautiful languages in the world!

Even the complaining children sound beautiful! (Although, the Italians may not agree!)

In the end, it is the culture of hospitality and the kindness of the Italian people that make you never want to leave. For all these reasons and more, Florence is 100% worth visiting.

Florence also makes for a fabulous choice for a place on your Italian honeymoon itinerary.

Things to Do in Florence

So without further ado, here are the top attractions in Florence! Whether you’re looking to find the best of Renaissance art or you simply want to kick back and relax in a piazza, don’t miss these sites!

1. Visit the Duomo, Baptistry and Bell Tower

bell tower and dome of florence cathedral

Commonly known as, “The Duomo”, Cathedral de Santa Maria del Fiore is impossible to miss.

It is the skyline of Florence. Building began on the huge Gothic duomo in 1296 and it was consecrated in 1436.

Inside Brunelleschi’s Dome you will find one of the most breathtaking pieces of art you will ever see.

It is well worth the stairs you will climb to walk around the inner walls to see the paintings up close and to see an amazing view of the city from the outside.

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Inside view of Brunelleschi’s Dome

The Campanile, otherwise known as Giotto’s bell tower, is in Piazza del Duomo.

You can climb the 414 stairs to get an incredible view, but if you are choosing between climbing the duomo and the tower, go with the dome.

The Baptistery is from the 11th century and one of the oldest buildings in Florence.

Here you will find Ghiberti’s famous bronze doors, the “Gates of Paradise” (they are reproductions, the originals are in the Duomo Museum).

Do you want to climb to the top of the Duomo? Take this Florence Dome Climb Tour through Get Your Guide, which offers you priority entrance. You may also want to join this guided walking tour with Walks of Italy that will skip you pass the line to the top of the Dome and more!

2. Explore the Uffizi Gallery

sculptures inside gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi holds the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art.

It is essential to buy reservation tickets before going to avoid the long line. Trust me on this one, the line can be hours, as they only allow so many people in the museum at one time.

Your reservation is not a ticket, just a pass to get in the much shorter line to enter.

In the museum, you will see works from Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael. One of the highlights of the museum is the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli – you could easily spend a whole day here.

3. See the Statue of David at Accademia Gallery

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Incredible

Florence’s Galleria dell’ Academia, holds Michelangelo’s David, easily the most famous sculpture in the world.

There is nothing quite like turning the corner and seeing the overwhelming magnetic presence of a 17ft high David taking up all the space. Now, I can see why this is still to this day – years later – known to be the best sculpture in the world.

One of my favorite parts of this museum is the collection of musical instruments, I never tire of this exhibit. It is also quite advisable to get reservations for this museum.

Get your timed-entry ticket here!

We Visited David on a three-hour guided walking tour of Florence with Walks of Italy, seeing the highlights and learning and incredible amount of Florence history and culture. It made me love and appreciate Florence so much more. Here is our full review post of the Florence walking tour.

4. Relax in the Boboli Gardens

view over florence and lush gardens
Boboli Gardens

On the other side of the Arno River, you will find Giardino di Boboli, a beautiful and sprawling English-style garden on a hillside behind the Pitti Palace.

With its origins dating back to 1418, when Luca Pitti acquired the land, these gardens have evolved over the centuries, shaped by the hands of the Medici family and subsequent modifications by the Savoys. They opened to the public in 1766 and have enchanted visitors ever since.

It is a lovely place to slow down and enjoy the greener side of Florence.

Be sure to spend an hour or so exploring the garden’s manicured lawns, fountains, and labyrinths of hedges and tree-lined pathways. We walked in from the Piazzale di Porta Romana, the southernmost gate in the 13th century ways of the Oltrarno section, so we did not miss walking up the Viottolone, the sloping pathway framed by cypress trees.

5. Sip Espresso at Palazzo Pitti

woman and girl standing outside Pitti palace in Florence
Pitti Palace

Palazzo Pitti, Pitti Palace, is Florence’s largest palazzo, once owned by the Medici family. You can visit 8 different galleries in the palace.

We learned on our Best of Florence walking tour that Eleonora di Toledo, the Spanish wife of Cosimo I de Medici found Palazzo Vecchio quite dull, so she bought the Pitti Palace with a small part of her dowry. She wanted those beautiful gardens all to herself. 

Be prepared, it is massive and can wear you out quickly.

6. Admire the Statues of Piazza della Signoria

fountain with neptune in the middle
Neptune fountain

Piazza della Signoria, the historic and political center of the city, is just off of the River Arno and next to the Uffizi Gallery.

Here, you will find statues including the Fountain of Neptune and a replica of the Statue of David.

I love watching as tourists stand in awe, clicking away at the breathtaking show of art filling the piazza! It was this square where the famous Bonfire of the Vanities was held.

7. See Dante’s Tomb in La Basilica di Santa Croce

Protected by an imposing statue of Dante, it sits with its beautiful facade in front of a modest piazza.

The Santa Croce was built for the common citizens of Florence, just a 15-minute walk from the much more grand Duomo.

This is my favorite church in Florence. It houses the tombs of the likes of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile, Rossini, and the empty tomb of Dante.

For this reason, Santa Croce is also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell’Itale Glorie).

Dante's empty tomb in Santa Croce
Dante’s empty tomb in Santa Croce

Florence keeps the empty tomb of Dante in hopes that one day it shall be filled with his decayed remains. They are currently housed in the city of Ravenna, his final resting place, after being exiled from Florence.

8. Witness Incredible Views from Piazzale Michelangelo

View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

It is a must to see the sun setting over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo!

This is, by far, the most famous view overlooking the city and has been reproduced on countless postcards and photographs. You will also find a bronze replica of David that is thought to be safeguarding the city.

You can either take the hike up to the top, take the bus, or hire a cab.

If you choose to walk to the Piazzale, make sure you wander through the Oltrarno, the neighborhood on the other side of the Arno river from the duomo, which is all too often overlooked.

At the very least, try to walk down after the sunset.

9. Shop Along The Ponte Vecchio

colorful shops on ponte vecchio bridge over river rno
Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio was Florence’s first bridge to cross the Arno River and is the only surviving bridge from Florence’s medieval days.

Lined with shops selling gold and silver jewelry, you’ll have a great view of the city along the Arno River.

This bridge is a true landmark of the city of Florence.

At night, it can be quite romantic to take in a local musician busking at the center of the bridge, while gazing upon the city lighting up the river.

9. Visit The Bargello

Bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina and Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy
Bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina and Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy

The Bargello is the national sculpture museum, located in Florence.

The castle-like building was built in 1255–1350 as the original seat of government. It contains the greatest collection of Renaissance sculptures in Florence and is one of the best collections in Italy.

What you must see here is the huge room filled with Donatello’s masterpieces.

Take in the sights of Florence on an eco-cart tour of the historical highlights of the city.

10. Check Out The Palazzo Strozzi

The internal courtyard of the Strozzi palace in the historic center of the city
The internal courtyard of the Strozzi palace in the historic center of the city

At the Palazzo Strozzi, you will find a constant rotation of exhibits. It is often overlooked because the current exhibits will not be listed in the guidebooks.

I try to never miss an exhibit here when I am in town! Mixing the ancient with the modern, Palazzo Strozzi has never disappointed me.

With all exhibits in English as well as Italian, the breathtaking presentations are certainly an underrated gem of the city.

11. Wander Around The Oltrarno Neighborhood

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Exploring the streets of Oltrarno

You will hit almost all of Florence’s major neighborhoods while exploring the sites, but it is the neighborhood across the river you don’t want to miss.

The Oltrarno, “Across the Arno” is the artisans’ neighborhood, filled with quaint streets and wonderful shops and restaurants.

It is, by far, the most missed gem by tourists in Florence.

The Oltrarno’s lively tree-filled center, Piazza Santo Spirito, is unique unto itself. Lined with bars and a more bohemian-style crowd, this is where you will find the locals.

Be sure to check out the San Miniato al Monte basilica, a true architectural wonder in the area.

12. Try Traditional Tuscan T-Bone

plate of Florentine steak and potatoes
The famous Florentine Steak

The bistecca alla Fiorentina, the Tuscan t-bone!

This mouth-watering piece of meat will never allow you to taste steak the same again!

While I am a bit biased, as this is the place where my travelers stay, Bellavista Impruneta Hotel Ristorante is known for having the best Florentine bistecca around.

It is a stunningly beautiful 30-minute bus ride through the Tuscan countryside to the small village of Impruneta where you will find this gourmet treat.

They also offer gluten-free options. Here are some other restaurants in Tuscany you may want to visit.

13. Shop ‘Till You Drop at the Markets

people sitting at crowded tables inside market
Mercato Centrale

Florence has a few markets that are perfect for shopping for souvenirs to take home. Here are some of our favourite markets…

Piazza Santa Trinita – This piazza sits just off the river, Via de’ Tornabuoni, and is home to Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Versace, and many more.

Here, you will find beautifully quaint streets lined with the biggest names in high fashion. Even if haute couture is not your thing, it’s worth the window-shopping stroll.

For more luxury shopping, head to the Mall Firenze.

San Lorenzo and the Mercato Centrale – Centered on the Medici’s old church of San Lorenzo, between the train station and the Duomo, these streets are filled with markets!

Here you will find the massive indoor food market and San Lorenzo’s famous leather markets. Leather goods are one of the biggest trade items in Florence so if you’re wondering what to take home, keep an eye out for some leather shoes, purses, wallets, and journals.

It is a fun and lively place to visit and don’t be afraid to haggle with prices.

14. Visit the Palazza Vecchio at Night

My favorite thing to do in Florence at night is to explore the sites! Visit the museum in Palazzo Vecchio at night and you will get a treat like you never imagined!

No lines, no crowds, and a beautifully quiet view of some of the greatest masterpieces in the world!

Plus, there is nothing like seeing all of the buildings and statues lit up in the night sky!

A view of a city at night
View from the top of Palazzo Vecchio

15. Take a Day Trip to Chianti

small stone village on hill with views of tuscany countryside and rolling hills
Tenuta di Mensanello, Chianti Tuscany

Taking a drive through the Chianti, home to the most well-known Italian red wine in the world is something every Tuscan visitor should do.

Extending over the provinces of Florence and Siena and covering all of the area between, Chianti offers a unique landscape with green, rolling hills covered with fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, and countryside homes in stone.

You will want to find yourself in Sienna at the end of your drive. Second only to Florence in importance in the history of Italian art, Siena is a must-see in Tuscany.

Stop and people-watch in Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful piazzas in all of Italy, as you soak in all that Siena has to offer.

Church and medieval buildings on a hill in siena
City on a hill

Take a virtual tour of Siena and get a taste of how magnificent this city really is!

If you do not want to hire a car and drive yourself, you can take a bus or hire a day excursion driver to bring you there.

See more about our Tuscany farm stay at Tenuta di Mensanello, only about 30 minutes from Siena. It was a Tuscan dream!

Where to Eat in Florence

  • Gusta Pizza – These guys are so busy, they don’t even need a website! The lines can sometimes be long, but it will be well worth the wait. Some of the best pizza in town!
writing on slips of paper
Pizza Love Letters from under the glass table at Gusta Pizza
  • Authentic Tuscan Cuisine – La Beppa Fioraia- Tratoria Storica Fiorentina is a favorite of the locals. It is a bit on the higher end, but not outrageous. This lovely restaurant is worth the walk to the other side of the river. The food is incredible and the staff quite friendly.
  • Gelato – Is there anything more important in Italy? You must know that not all gelato is the same! Don’t be fooled by the pretty displays, go with the recommendations and where you see a line, there is a reason for it. Remember, it is essential to eat at least 2 scoops a day!
  • My favorite gelateria is La Carraia. Located across the river, but right on it, La Carraia is not only delicious and fresh, but you can get a scoop for only one euro!
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La Carraia Gelateria

Where to Stay in Florence

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Our hotel room in Florence

If you’re wondering where to stay in Florence, the Hotel David is an absolutely lovely hotel that is conveniently located. It is not central, so you can avoid the crowds and all the night-time noise.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. There is WiFi, free parking and gluten-free menu options. Family-owned and operated, it is really a wonderful place to stay.

Just outside the city center is the Bellavista Impruneta Hotel Ristorante. If you would like to get a little taste of the countryside while still being close to the city, this is the place for you. Bellavista is located in the quaint village of Impruneta, just a 30-minute countryside drive or bus ride from the city.

Owned and operated by the Becucci family for over 100 years, authentic Tuscany is what you will find here.

There is always someone ready to answer any of your questions and help you in any way. Comfortable rooms, gourmet cuisine, and as the name implies, beautiful views! The village of Impruneta is a gem all to itself!

Getting Around Florence

kalyra walking along arno river in florence

Florence is a beautifully walkable city.

Almost any site can be reached on foot. Just be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes, it will be worth the investment! The brick streets and uneven walkways are not conducive to small heels.

The bus system is quite reliable. Getting around by bus is pretty easy too, you just need to know where to get your tickets and what the routes are.

The Santa Maria Novella train station is conveniently located in the city and fairly easy to navigate. As with any train station, be aware of your belongings at all times.

Getting To and From Florence

golden sunset glow on ponte vecchio bridge

You can either fly directly into Florence or into Pisa and take the train into the city.

I prefer to fly Luthansa. With layovers in Germany, I find the airports to be accommodating and easy to navigate and the airline to be reliable.

I try to avoid a layover in Paris whenever I can, getting stuck in a massive airport can easily make you miss your connection.

My favorite 3rd party travel booking site is Skyscanner, I have saved hundreds of dollars booking through them.

You can also take a bus or a train in, which will bring you to the Santa Maria Novella station, right in the middle of the city. Trainline is our prefrred booking platform for trains in Europe.

Finding WiFi in Florence

bust of Benvenuto Cellini
Famous goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini

I have never had any problem finding a bar (the Italian name for cafes) that offer free wifi to customers. I usually just get a coffee and a pastry and have a seat outside.

The city of Florence now offers free WiFi in 12 piazze and parks. Access is via password in compliance with Italian laws, and is limited to one hour a day.

Unfortunately, to get the password you’ll need an Italian cell phone. I’m hoping this will change soon.

One of the easiest and cheapest things to do now is to purchase an eSim and get connected immediately on your own phone for a fraction of the cost of data roaming or tracking down a local SIM. See available options and prices.

Best Time to Visit Florence

No doubt, spring, and fall are the best time to visit Florence. In October and November, you’ll find the weather is still sunny but it’s a comfortable temperature (plus fewer crowds).

The summers can be quite hot and horribly crowded. The winter is a bit cold, but you will not encounter many tourists at all.

Visiting in the off-season will give you a much deeper experience of not having to fight the crowds and it will be significantly less expensive all the way around, especially the airfare!

Tips for Visiting Florence

rooftop bar overlookng the dome and tower of florence duomo

Before you go to Florence, I have just a few suggestions to maximise your trip:

  • Get lost! I love walking down random streets and experiencing the true quaintness of less-traveled paths.
  • Just remember to always carry a map or download the offline Google Maps! If you get really lost, just ask anyone to lead you to the Duomo.
  • Taste Florence. If you really want to know about eating in Italy, take time for this Florence food tour! You will not be disappointed!
  • Don’t forget to stop into one (or a few) of the countless wine shops (enoteca) to find out what Tuscany is really famous for!
  • Book your museum tickets in advance. The queues for tickets can be horribly long! Save yourself some time and book in advance.
  • Don’t go mad on espresso. Coffee in Italy tends to be a lot stronger than what you might find in other countries in Europe, so be mindful of that.
  • Book small group walking tours directly through our preferred tour companies: LivTours, Walks of Italy, and Devour Food Tours. All have been tested and approved by yTravel!
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Palazzo Strozzi

Final Thoughts on Things to Do in Florence

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Babae Wine Window

I am in love with falling in love!

Every time I visit this remarkable city, I fall in love all over again! From the food to the culture, the architecture and the art, the language, and the people – Florence is a city that you will hold in your heart forever!

We hope this guide helped you to plan your trip to Florence and gave you some inspiration for what to do in Florence.

More Italy Travel Tips

Are you planning to visit other parts of Italy? Then you may enjoy these other guides. including an itinerary of our 2 Week Italian trip.

BIO – Laurel Perry Turner lives with her three children in Clearwater, Florida. She is a travel and portrait photographer, writer, and owner of Capturing Tuscany, an authentic Tuscan touring company. Laurel is currently writing a book about the people of Giglio Island, Italy and their experience with the Costa Concordia disaster. You can follow her blog, >Capturing la Vita. You can also connect with Laurel on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest 

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69 thoughts on “16 Amazing Things to Do in Florence, Italy (Insider’s tips)”

  1. Fantastic article and pictures – so extremely helpful and informative. Alas, it’s thrilling and heartbreaking for me at the same time! It’s my dream to go to Florence, and I thought we would be doing so this Spring for my 10th anniversary…but financially just realized it’s not yet to be. 🙁 You have a new fan though, Laurel – I will be reading, watching, and planning for my someday Florence trip!!

    And thanks Craig & Caz for bringing such great content.

    1. Hi Tami! Thank you so much for your great feedback! There is no way I could do what I do if my passion for this region wasn’t so deep. When you do make it there… and you WILL… It will change you forever! I wish you the best on your journey to finding your way to Italy, please keep in touch.
      Laurel

  2. Hi Tami! Thank you so much for your great feedback! There is no way I could do what I do if my passion for this region wasn’t so deep. When you do make it there… and you WILL… It will change you forever! I wish you the best on your journey to finding your way to Italy, please keep in touch.
    Laurel

  3. I am so glad I found your blog as my husband and I are off to Europe and the UK for 8 weeks in April/May next year. It has been 30 years since I have been over there and Florence was always my favourite place of all. I have got acres of travel books which just send your head into a spin. I love this post of yours as it is so personal and makes everything to do with visiting Florence sound easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you!

  4. Great summary of Florence. I was just there and enjoyed many of the things Laurel mentions, including Palazzo Strozzi. Their Thursday night events with free entrance and the outdoor cafe scene are great!!

  5. You’ve caught the magic of Florence wonderfully. Such a beautiful place. I’ve only been once, 19 years ago and it was the height of summer so it was very overcrowded. It would be great to go back in the Spring and appreciate it more.

  6. Delhi Information

    Seriously amazing information! Florence has been on my list for a while, but your endorsement really makes me want to go!

  7. What a terrific summary of what to enjoy in Florence – thank you! You mentioned so many of our don’t- miss stops. We get there as often as we can, and are eager to share this favorite with new Music and Markets guests later this month. Can’t wait to return!

  8. Florence is a really great city, but I never had the chance to visit Chianti. If the photo is anything to go by then I’ll have to visit it next time I have the opportunity.

  9. Fantastic article! Your post covered everything – no further research necessary, I’m ready to go to Florence! It wasn’t at the top of my list of places to go but after reading this article, I will definitely make my way there in 2013.

  10. Great tips Laurel! I think a side trip to Sienna is a great idea if you’re in the region – I thought it was such a beautiful town to wander through and [mildly] less overrun with tourists than Florence.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Reena. Yes, Siena is more quiet than Florence, especially in the off seasons. I was able to remove a bucket list item this past summer at the historic Palio race in Siena (not a time to avoid crowds). It was an experience I will hold with me for the rest of my life. Siena is in my top three towns in Tuscany, for sure. You can read my story on the Palio here- http://capturinglavita.com/the-palio/

  11. Really nice and informative post about Florence and its surroundings like Chianti area and Siena. Also consider Lucca as a day trip destination for your tour in Tuscany, I’m sure you won’t forget this small but fantastic city!

  12. What a wonderful post! We missed Florence on our recent trip to Italy but we have plans to visit on our next trip for sure. Your post contains so much valuable information on Florence and the surrounding area that I feel well prepared for our visit, thank you so much! I loved the photography too.

  13. Hi

    Read your article and fell in love with florence, am keen to visit there. As am getting married in november , we are planning a trip there. Is it a great idea to explore Italy in november?

    1. laurel-Capturing la Vita

      Florence is beautiful in November! It can be a little chilly, so plan on dressing in layers. The best part is the lack of crowds.

  14. Thanks alot for the beautiful article and details abt this amazing city, i m visiting italy and ofcourse florence in june with family. got gud tips from you.

    thanks alot

  15. Florence is really a great Italian travel destination, attracts many tourist because of its architecture and culture. On my last vacation I really enjoyed there.

  16. A thousand thanks to you, Laurel ! Lucky me that I found your site and your travel tip to Florence. Your articles is so great and it hit me to my trvel inspiration. I love to go there as your advice. Thank you again!

    1. Laurel- Capturing la Vita

      Thank you, Tata! I’m so glad I was able to help. I am always posting new stories and info on Florence. I never run out of inspiration there.

  17. Thanks for the wonderful tips!
    We are planning to head to Florence next weekend, and your post makes me want to go there TODAY! 🙂

  18. Great to see Il Duomo all over again. Florence has a ridiculous amount of culture all across the city, i remember taking the tourist bus around for several hours in the blistering heat.

    Those who have a few days should certainly take the opportunity to see some of the smaller towns in Tuscany too, as they have their own charm.

  19. There is a new thing to do for the tourists who visit Florence, this is Hell tour inspired by the famous book by Dan Brown, which tells of Dante’s Inferno, several tour operators have organized tours that lead to mysterious and medieval places that were inspired by the great poet Dante during the writing of his literary work.

  20. I have seen many differents cities over the world. Florence is defenitely one of the most beautiful one. I have never seen a city with so much charme. the history, the food and people, everything is perfect! love it! 🙂

  21. Dear Laurel, Florence is really beautiful old city where everyone can find what to do and what to see. That is why we added it’s tourist attractions to our new service for travellers. Now everyone can find all most interesting places and sightseeings of Florence on the map on one page: http://www.itouristmaps.com/italy/florence/ . Hope this will be helpful for you and your readers! Once again thank you for a great article and beautiful photos.

  22. I’m thrilled I came across your site… We were debating whether we should include Florence in our Europe iternary…. Now we are definitely going to …
    Do u have any tips on visiting Florence in December?

  23. I LOVED this post. We have been wanting to do a tour of Italy and Florence is on the top of our list I love art and can’t wait to see all the museums. Of course, who can’t look forward to all the wonderful food that awaits you. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

  24. Barbara McDaniel

    Thank you! This is an amazing trip through Florence. I’m so excited to be going to Italy for the first time in April. We have traveled all over the world but have never made it to Italy. Your information will be tucked into purse as Florence is our first stop for the conference and then the on to Rome, etc. cants wait! Thank you for this wonderful tour.

    1. I love Italy ! Especially Florence ! my suggestion is to rent an apartment for about 4-5 nights, there are several global websites but I suggest you something more local… like http://www.florenceapartmentsrentals.com they rent apartments in Florence for family too and also have a Shuttle service for day tours in all Tuscany !
      Cheers

  25. genevieve boutros

    helful information. every book i read about beautiful tuscany makes me very eager to visit soon.

  26. This is such a great post, makes me want to go back and do it all again. So true – I agree that the best thing to do is get lost in the beautiful city. I’ve written about more off-the-beaten path things you should do to get the most of Florence:

  27. Hi Laurel, thanks for this great post. It is really helpful and informative. I am planning my trip to Florence this year and this post provide me so much information. I added several places from your post to my must-go list, Kudos!

  28. Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens is like a walk back in time through the opulent and palatial residence of princesses, grand dukes, and monarchs of Florence

  29. Wow. You covered so many aspects of Florence. I particularly enjoyed reading about where to go for a night on the town because that is the type of thing that is really hard to know without a little insider’s advice. Thanks so much!

  30. Thank you for sharing this great article about things to do in Florence. As for someone who has been living there for the past 18 years, I can tell that these are insider tips!

    It is nice that you have also included off the beaten paths tips, there are so many things to do and see out there. I see that you talk a lot about food in your article and so glad you mentioned the bistecca alla Fiorentina! I have written an article solely on the beef steak Florentine style, you can check it out here: http://www.fibnb.com/insights/florence/florence-food/beef-steak-florentine-style/

    Thanks again for all those tips!

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