Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitBy October, the weather is still warm, but the tourist rush is winding down.
Things to Do in Florence
Top Attractions in Florence
- 1Uffizi Gallery
- 2Florence Cathedral
- 3Palazzo degli Uffizi
- 4Michelangelo's David
- 5Accademia Gallery
- 6Salone dei Cinquecento
- 7Giotto's Campanile
- 8Piazzale Michelangelo
- 9Ponte Vecchio
- 10Piazza del Duomo, Florence
- 11Palazzo Vecchio
- 12Piazza della Signoria
- 13Porta del Paradiso
- 14Chiesa di Ognissanti
- 15Porta Romana
- 16Florence Baptistery
- 17The Opera del Duomo Museum
- 18Pitti Palace
- 19Santa Maria Novella
Other Sightseeing Options in Florence
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What People Are Saying About Florence
You need to collect your tickets from the guides wearing the high viz at the meeting point. Don't cue in any of the lines or try to get your tickets from the ticket office at building 7 in the square. You will need to go and ask them for tickets they don't have a sign to identify themselves as Get Your Guide
It was a real experience to see the masterpieces, especially those of the Renaissance. With prebooking we could skip half of the line. However you still have to count with at least half an hour of standing in the line. Without the audio guide you are quite lost.
The assembly of the temple, baptistery and bell tower is amazing from the outside as well as from the inside. Gorgeous Gothic architecture, incredible cupola, frescoes, ... Supported by a clever guide.
We arrived on time to a throng of people gathered around the Duomo on a Saturday morning. Our instructions told us who to look for, and we were warmly greeted by the tour staff. We were joined by our guide Elizabetta while we waited to enter the Duomo. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Elizabetta had been an art student, so she knew her stuff when it came to describing the works of art on our tour. While the Duomo is impressive outside, it is surprisingly stark inside. (If you want to see a Duomo filled with centuries old religious art, try Siena.) However, the Baptistery was gorgeous, although small by comparison. The mosaic lining the dome of the Baptistery was spectacular. The real surprise was the Opera Museum. We learned that "opera" means work in Italian. In other words, this was the workshop for the decoration of the Duomo. The sculpture contained in the Opera Museum was amazing. All in all a great experience w/Elizabetta & staff.
Definitely worth getting a timed entry ticket, we avoided a very long queue and the gallery was amazing. Highly recommended