Yes, we know it’s almost impossible to condense the things to do in Florence in a list of 10! You would need at least a couple of days to fully enjoy the city, visit most museums and neighbourhoods and to REALLY get the taste of the city, the vibes that locals breathe everyday!But we know most of you only have a really short time to spend in Florence, so we thought it might be useful to have a one day program with the 10 most intense, unique and “typical” experiences you can live in town.
1) 9 am – Visit the Uffizi Gallery
The Galleria degli Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world. The Renaissance masterpieces that you will find are quite unique and one of a kind (we are talking about paintings by famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, for example). During the high season waiting times can be up to five hours, that’s why we recommend you to reserve a ticket in advance to have a shorter wait.
2) 11.30 am – Sit down at the Loggia dei Lanzi and watch the beautiful Piazza della SignoriaThis beautiful open piazza is just in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and it hosts many astonishing statues, such as a David replica and the Fountain of Neptune. The Loggia dei Lanzi (an amazing outdoor sculpture gallery) cherishes the statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa by “Benvenuto Cellini”, the Rape of the Sabine women by Giambologna and many others. In the square you will also find a great number of restaurants and bars, just sit down on the steps of the Loggia or in a bar, and admire the beauty!
3) 12.00 pm – Visit San Lorenzo’s MarketTake the time to visit one of the food markets in the center of Florence. There are two closed markets: one is San Lorenzo’s (the largest and oldest), the other is Sant’Ambrogio. Here you’ll get the chance to live the real florentine feel… you will smell, see and touch the freshest products and above all you will get to taste whatever catches your attention! You should also know that the first floor of the “Mercato Centrale” (which is another way to call San Lorenzo’s market in italian) now hosts high quality bars, restaurants, cafés where to eat, have a drink, and relax.
4) 1.30 pm – Eat a Panino con Lampredotto
The abomasum sandwich called “panino con lampredotto” might sound strange, but it is delicious. You can only have this local delicacy in Florence, so this is your chance! There are lampredotto stalls near every important square in the city, have a look at our map of the top stalls here. But once you’re in San Lorenzo we would suggest you to pick up one the trippaio just in front of the market, you’ll save some time!
5) 2.30 pm – Visit the Duomo and get to the Top of the CupoloneClimbing the Duomo, with the huge cupola by Filippo Brunelleschi, is one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have in the center of Florence. From there you can dominate the whole city and have a unique view. But, beware! The steps to get on top are 463, pretty challenging even for the trained ones! Do you want to know more about how many steps there are in the Florence’s Duomo?
6) 5 pm – Have an aperitif-snack at The Biblioteca delle OblateAfter climbing the Duomo you definitely deserve a nice rest. Why don’t you have a snack or an aperitif at the Caffetteria delle Oblate, with the great view of the Cupola? The caffetteria is located on the roof terrace of one of Florence’s public libraries: the Biblioteca delle Oblate.
It’s a popular studying spot for students during the day, but in the evenings the program and views of the city create an atmosphere comfortable for everyone.
7) 6.30 pm – Walk along the Arno River and Cross The Ponte VecchioThe Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s landmarks and certainly the most photographed bridge in the city. The most famous bridge of them all was built at the narrowest point of the Arno and is the only remaining one with houses and shops on it. In part this is because something important was built on top of them: the Vasari Corridor. This “secret” passageway, built by Vasari for Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1565, links Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace. In 1593, the jewelry stores that tourists so love were brought to the bridge on command of Ferdinando, the Medici heir who thought that the previous tenants – butchers – smelled too bad to have their shops right below his corridor.
If you want to know more, read our article “5 things you didn’t know about Ponte Vecchio”.
8 ) 7.30 pm – See the sunset from Piazzale MichelangeloPiazzale Michelangelo, with its magnificent panoramic view of the city, is located in the Oltrarno district and probably is the most famous square in Florence. The view from this observation point is justly famous and has been reproduced on countless postcards and snapshots over the years. To get there you could walk the tiny streets of San Niccolò neighborhood, where you will probably see Clet’s Studio in San Niccolò. Clet is a famous french artist that decided to set up his studio in Florence, a quick visit will surprise you!
9) 9:30 pm – Get lost in OltrarnoThe Oltrarno, the district on the other side of the river from Piazza Della Signoria, is one of the more “intimate” areas of Florence, and in many ways feels like a small town. In this area you will find a lot of history and art heritage: monuments, museums, churches, palaces, parks: Pitti Palace, Santo Spirito Square, Boboli Gardens, but also handcraft shops, artisan workshops, mosaic-makers, wood carvers, gilders, goldsmiths carrying on a century-old tradition of both spirit and working methods. And, last but not least, a great number of restaurants and cafes maintaining the typical atmosphere.
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