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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

Our guide was very informative & professional and did an excellent job

This was the highlight of my stay in Florence and gave me a great amount of knowledge and context in terms of the Duomo and its place in the history of this great city.

Francesco was an excellent guide. Your staff were really great'

Your staff were very helpful as I had difficulty in finding the departure point. It was the highlight of my stay in Florence. Rosemary

Florence Uffizi Gallery Skip the Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Rosemary, 10/11/2017

Great way to cross-off bucket list cities!

This tour was an excellent way to see some highlights of Tuscany! We saw so much in one day, but I didn't feel rushed at each location--we were at each location just long enough to see what we wanted, but not so long to get bored. It was also a great way to learn about the history of the region and some of the things that you wouldn't know without a local guide! Another highlight for me was the ample amount of free-time we got. While it's a tour, we weren't forced to stay as a big group and do walking tours at each place. The only agenda they had planned was getting us to each city, a small wine tasting before lunch, and an optional walking tour in Siena. Everything else was at our leisure, which was the ideal way to do this tour. I highly recommend this particular trip!

Friendly and informative guide; so much for your money!

Manuel was absolutely amazing! He should get so much more recognition than he gets! We learnt so much about Tuscany and the different towns we went to, and the whole experience went so smoothly! The only thing I'd suggest is maybe giving more time in San Gimignano and less in Siena as due to the time you get to Siena, most restaurants are closed and the only ones open have rude staff and crazy cover charges. There isn't a lot to do there either. But still had a lovely time, thank you Manuel!

Very interesting tour and so great to skip long queues

Our guide Christina was very knowledgeable and kept the tour moving very well through gallery while sharing lots of interesting stories on some of the paintings and sculptures. A very worthwhile thing to do as the queues were very long and then we also had the advantage of having a pleasant tour with lots of interesting anecdotes - highly recommend.

Skip the Line: Michelangelo's David Guided Tour Reviewed by Sheenagh, 10/08/2017