It is recommended to spend at least three days in Florence to enjoy at its best the renaissance charm of this city, breathing the local atmosphere and tasting the typical Tuscan food. However, a lot of tourists have only a small amount of time available, therefore it can be useful a one-day itinerary that includes some of the most typical and unique sights that you can experience in the city.
One of the tips to best enjoy the Florentine attractions is to wake up early in the morning, to avoid long waits and queues to enter the museums and the main churches. Another good trick would be to buy tickets online, or alternatively, purchase the Florence Card that allows you to skip the lines and visit virtually every museum of the city. Let’s see what to see in Florence in one day.
Do not miss a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, hosting a rich collection of masterpieces by Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Raffaello and Leonardo Da Vinci. It is one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world, with over 100 rooms plenty of art. A visit of about two hours is recommended. During the high tourist season, the waiting line to enter can take up to five hours; for this reason it’s better to book an online ticket.
Piazza della Signoria
Next to the Uffizi Gallery there is this beautiful square that houses Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi, where there are many statues, like Perseus and Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini, and the Ratto delle Sabine by Giambologna. In Piazza della Signoria there is also a copy of the David and the Fountain of Neptune.
San Lorenzo Market
A true must-see in Florence is the historic food market, where you can “taste” the true Florentine atmosphere and try fresh products. On the first floor there’s the new “Central Market”, with shops and stalls, where you can eat local specialties from all over Italy.
For a quick lunch, try the famous lampredotto that you can find in many stalls around the city squares: a true Florentine delicacy.
Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore
One of the most incredible experiences that can be done in Florence is to climb the Brunelleschi’s Dome and have a panoramic view of the entire historical center. The steps to get to the top are 463, not a few even for the most trained!
This is the museum that hosts the Michelangelo’s David, perhaps the most famous statue in the world. The Academy Gallery certainly deserves a visit: the collection is considerably smaller than that of the Uffizi, and is a more “relaxing” museum. Tourist will admire many works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Orcagna. Purchasing the online ticket is recommended, as well as taking a guided tour of the Academy Gallery to enjoy these masterpieces at their best.
What is the best place to end a hard day in Florence? The Piazzale Michelangelo, of course! From up there you’ll have a wonderful view of the whole city from above, illuminated by the sunset lights. If you want to step back to the city, we recommend the staircase that ends in San Niccolò, a historic district full of restaurants and nightclubs, where you can relax and indulge in a good dinner to try the Florentine Steak, the signature dish of the city!