Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and being the capital of Tuscany, attracts many visitors that are there not only there to use it as a base to explore the rest of region but to be amazed at the masterpieces that can be found there.
Here is a 1 day itinerary in Florence, which blends in what we actually did with what our plans were had we stayed a full day in the city.
Assuming you are already in Florence, start your day visiting the Uffizi Gallery Museum. Our visit was at the end of the day after waking up super early in Rome and spending a fun day in Pisa, so needless to say, we were tired and if we had an extra day there, we would have visited the Uffizi in the morning.
Even if art is not your thing, you will see masterpieces you have seen at some point in books or on TV and I’ll tell you, it is pretty amazing! I always wanted to see Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and it was awesome to see it right in front of me. It was also interesting to see my daughter’s reactions during the visit: she was really engaged and asked lots of questions and absolutely loved Lippi’s “Madonna with Child and two Angels”. Although it is amazing, it can get overwhelming in terms of the number of artwork on display and the amount of people there.
We basically saw the entire place in an hour and a half, but it was because it had been a long day for us and at that point we were all hungry and tired. But we did get to see the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the city’s government from the Uffizi’s terrace. I would say about 3 hours would be ideal for a visit to the Uffizi and their gift shop.
After grabbing a quick bite to eat, head to Accademia Gallery. You will be probably going there to see Michelangelo’s “David”, but you will be amazed by all the other artwork.
Although we are always in favor of not doing two museums in one day, this was our original plan when we were considering spending a whole day in Florence. This is a must visit when in Florence but we haven’t visited yet – maybe third time in Florence is a charm 🙂
As the sunset approaches, go to one of the bridges with a view of Ponte Vecchio and just be amazed. We started watching the sun go down from one of the nearby bridges and then walked to Ponte Vecchio and saw some street performers there. It was beautiful and even though we were tired, it was totally worth it.
After that, we walked back towards Piazza della Signoria and decided to have dinner at one the restaurants there. We chose Il David Ristorante & Pizzeria and we had a great dinner, with great service and a great view.
The idea of this itinerary is not to make it a jam-packed day, but also see some of the highlights. Of course there are some many more places to see and things to do in Florence, I could easily plan for a whole week there and still wouldn’t be enough.
Take a look at Florence’s official tourism website to help you plan more days in this amazing city!