Whether you’ve decided to remain in Florence for a weekend or need a list of things to do when your friends and family visit, here is a compilation of the best things to do in Florence!
Duomo: Biggest church in Italy. It’s in the center of the city so you’re going to walk past it a million times and probably use it as a reference to figure out where you are. If you get a chance climb up to the top –- the view is incredible and totally worth it.
Ponte Vecchio: Aka the bridge with all the buildings on both sides. There are a bunch of stores that sell gold and jewlery all along it and the view is gorgeous. You can make it a quick walk through or stop and window shop, but this is a quick and easy thing to check off your Florence bucket list.
Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens: The Pitti Palace is the palace that the Medici family lived in which is now a museum with a lot of famous artwork. Inside the palace are several different museums in addition to the Boboli gardens in the palace’s backyard that is especially beautiful. The gardens are fairly large with many different paths so you can walk around for a while and bring food and drinks and relax.
The Leather Market: Best place to buy all your leather goods – you can negotiate the prices on the strip with the vendors.
Mercato Centrale: This is the market where locals come every day to buy their food. They have the most incredible breads, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, pasta, fish, meat, dried fruit, etc. Everything is so ridiculously fresh and so cheap, you will never want to go to a supermarket again. Sample everything when you walk around it!
Piazza della Repubblica: This piazza is distinguished by its merry-go-round. Surrounding the piazza are a lot of delicious cafes and shopping. When it’s warmer out, there’s a lot of live music that people come and listen to for hours. There is also a rooftop cafe on top of the department store La Rinascente — if you go to the top floor of the store you can sit up on the terrace and get coffee or drinks with a view overlooking the Duomo.
Piazza della Signoria: A lot of famous sculptures are here – the most famous being the fake David. Always lively and things going on here – you will walk through it a lot. There is a ton of history in this Piazza with the Medici Palace and Uffizi Gallery.
Uffizi Gallery: One of the most famous museums in Florence with a lot of Renaissance paintings inside. However, it’s a fairly large museum and some say it’s exhausting so be prepared.
Accademia Museum–The David: You obviously have to see the David, and this is one sight that will not disappoint. It is definitely worth seeing- you won’t believe how big it is! You can buy tickets in advance – they’re easily purchased online or if you have visitors their hotel can do it for you if you ask.
Piazzale Michelangelo: Walk up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo for the best panoramic view of Florence. You can sit up there during the day or go during sunset. There are usually people playing live music up there and a bunch of little stands where you can get little trinkets, scarves or food. A common activity for students is going at sunset with a bottle of wine and sitting on the steps for an hour or two. It’s also a great place to run to because there are a lot of steps which makes it a great workout.
Piazza Santa Croce: Every single important person is buried in this church. It’s nice to hang outside when it’s beautiful out –you can lay on the benches, eat, listen to live music, people watch, etc.
Basically, just walk everywhere and take in every sight you see. Every street has something adorable on it and for the most part people are friendly. There are millions of little stores and restaurants that are hidden that are exciting to find and are a fun way to get to know the city. Also, if you’re ever bored you can always walk into a bakery or gelateria and treat yourself to a dessert…when in Flo right?