Florence attractions

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Planning your Florence visit




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Get lost (but don’t worry, you’ll like it!)

Florence is a pedestrian’s dream – you can find something of interest in every shop window, the historic center teems with life and many streets are too narrow for cars or buses to squeeze through. As such, the fastest way to get where you want to go is by foot. If you really prefer wheels over walking, bicycles are available for hire and are much more recommended than the occasionally slow, inconvenient buses and trams (not to mention the costly taxis!)

The city where summer ends slowly

If you’re trying to decide on the best time to visit Florence, you’re in luck! This city is temperate for the majority of the year, but from June until September, tourist crowds descend on Florence. Combined with the oppressive summer heat, the peak of summer can be a bad time to travel. To avoid the worst while enjoying the best of Florence, plan your visit for the spring. Or, if you’re not scared of a little cold, January and February are significantly less busy.

Art, culture, and Florentine steaks

To experience Florence in person is to step into a living, breathing history book. Home of the Renaissance movement, the city was the heart of European politics, culture, and art for hundreds of years. Today, Florence is alive with magnificent museums, fancy designer stores, sensational restaurants (see the title above) and awe-inspiring art and architecture, making it one of Europe’s most truly unmissable experiences.

What to do in Florence for 3 days

Uffizi Gallery

Step into the Uffizi Gallery where time – and beauty – stand still. This museum is a treasure trove of Renaissance and Baroque art, featuring iconic pieces such as The Birth of Venus and Adoration of the Magi. Skip the line and lose yourself in the wondrous works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Botticelli and Titian.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore defines the Florence skyline, and its interior is equally jaw-dropping. This architectural marvel is as beautiful in design as the frescoes that adorn its white and green marble walls. Don’t miss a chance to ascend the Duomo and enjoy the stunning vistas. It may be a modern city today, but the view of Florence is no less stunning!

Accademia Gallery

Florence's Accademia Gallery is home to one of the most famous Renaissance sculptures in the world: Michelangelo’s David. This 5.17-meter icon embodies the 16th century’s blend of art and protest – it’s no coincidence that he’s glaring towards Rome! Be sure to check out other incredible works from the likes of Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and Uccello.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The humble town of Pisa makes for a perfect day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Florence. Though Pisa is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site Piazza dei Miracoli, the odds are that you know it more for its 800-year-plus Leaning Tower. Scale its 296 steps like Galileo once did and take in the beautiful town from above.