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How many days should I stay in Florence and what to visit?

One of the most visited cities in Italy, Florence deserves to be visited calmly. Today we set up a 3-day itinerary in Florence! Here you will find tips, information and maps to help you take a tour of Florence!

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How many days should I stay in Florence and what to visit?

How much time do I need to visit Florence? I can answer you that, depending on your goal, a whole day is necessary, but Florence is the type of city that deserves calm and dedication! Rich in culture and with an impressive history, Florence will “hug you” and make you want to stay there for the rest of your life. Let’s know now How many days should I stay in Florence and what to visit? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy. When we are in Florence, time seems to have returned to a time full of art, culture and history: the time of the Renaissance! Some poets say that in order to get to know Florence, in fact, several lives are necessary and, therefore, I DO NOT advise you to go to this very special city in a hurry: choose a good time for yourself and enjoy Florence with tranquility and available time. Well, how many days should I stay in Florence? At least three! In three days it is possible to get to know the best of Florence with a lot of tranquility and to go to its most famous spots according to the schedule you find best. How about a balloon flight through Tuscany? Click here to learn more!

Important to Know

Florence offers visitors beautiful and, of course, unmissable spots! But many people can get lost with so many options, so in this post, we’ll tell you what to see in Florence in three days. Always remembering: buy tickets in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season, which are the months of June, July and August.

What to visit in Florence in three days?

The itinerary is up to you, after all, it is not difficult to travel through Florence and you can walk on foot with great ease. So, wear comfortable shoes and comfortable clothes, O.K.?! Let’s go!

1) What to visit in Florence? SANTA MARIA NOVELLA CHURCH (“NEW ST MARY CHURCH”)

It is in the square with the same name and preserves very important works of art such as a fresco by Masaccio, others by Pietro Uccello, some by Filippino Lippi, Giotto’s crucifix, Giorgio Vasari’s ‘Madonna del Rosario’, the ‘miracle of Jesus’ , by Bronzino and many others! The details catch our attention and the works are beautiful, eye-catching. All, too, priceless! Learn more about Santa Maria Novella Church by clicking here!

2) What to visit in Florence? CATHEDRAL SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE (“ST MARY OF THE FLOWER”)

The Cathedral along with Vecchio Bridge is the postcard of Florence! The city’s Cathedral overlooks the beautiful Piazza Duomo and is considered, in addition to one of the most beautiful, the fifth largest church in Europe. The atmosphere of peace and tranquility is impressive! Inside, there is a real jewel: the safe decorated with scenes from Vasari’s Last Judgment. If your breath allows you, climb the 463 steps to reach the top of the dome. The path can be a bit tortuous to get there, it is true, but the view from the top is AWESOME and you have a privileged 360 degree view of the city! Find out more about the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, Duomo, by clicking here!

3) What to visit in Florence? MEDICAL CHAPELS

One of the most visited spots in Florence are the Medici Chapels. The Medici were one of the families that ‘dominated’ Florence and helped make the city what it is today! The bodies of some members of the Medici family are buried here and you can get there from the back of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, in Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini. (Madonna degli Aldobrandini Square)

4) What to visit in Florence? PORCELLINO LODGE OR MERCATO NUOVO LODGE

At a crossroads between Via Calimala and Via Porta Rossa, it is very famous for the statue of a little pig and for the so-called ‘stone of scandal’. The stone of the scandal is visible only when the market stalls are not armed and reproduces, in full size, one of the four wheels of the Carroccio, symbol of the Florentine Republic. The place where the famous stone is, was the meeting point of the carts – Carrocio – with soldiers leaving on a mission for battles. The piglet statue is the most beloved, especially for the locals and children! Legend has it that if you rub your nose on the piggy and make a wish, it will come true!

5) What to visit in Florence? BAPTISTERY OF SAN GIOVANNI (BAPTISTERY OF ST JOHN)

In the square of the same name, Piazza San Giovanni (San Giovanni Square), the Baptistery is directly opposite the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Inside, there is one of Florence’s most important works of art: Buffalmacco’s Universal Judgment, from which Michelangelo drew inspiration to paint the Sistine Chapel. It is a unique beauty and, for those passionate about art, it is an indescribable charm! Not to mention its priceless historical, cultural and artistic value! It is worth visiting! You will be enchanted!

6) What to visit in Florence? CHURCH OF ORSANMICHELE (“ST MICHAEL’S  VEGETABLE GARDEN”)

Also called the Church of San Michele in Orto (“St Michael in the vegetable garden”) , its old name, it is on Via de ‘Calzaiuoli and it is incredible. It is not so popular with tourists, but it has a unique beauty and deserves to be part of your itinerary!

7) What to visit in Florence? PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA (“LORDSHIP SQUARE”)

It is one of the most beautiful squares in Florence, in addition to being considered the city’s main square. This is where the ‘old heart’ of Florence is located and it was here that the cultural center of the city received artists, poets and politicians. In this Square are important Palaces of Florence that “show off” in an incredible way to visitors of this beautiful place. One of the most beautiful palaces in the square is the Palazzo Vecchio (Vecchio Palace), which is the former residence of the Medici and nowadays houses the seat of the prefecture of the municipality. This Palace is a beautiful example of the noble and detailed civil architecture of the 14th century in the city of Florence.

8) What to visit in Florence? UFFIZI GALLERY

One of the most wonderful museums in the world! The collection of works Uffizi Gallery brings together beautiful works by artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Rafael, Tiziano and other very important names from all artistic ages. It mixes the works in a harmonious and elegant way and deserves a visit! Learn more about the Uffizi Gallery by clicking here!

9) What to visit in Florence? VECCHIO BRIDGE

One of the oldest and most famous bridges in the world is another postcard from Florence. In fact, it was one of the only ones that was not destroyed during World War II. At the beginning of its history, this was where the butchers were. By order of the Medici, who considered the Bridge to be the main entrance to Florence, they removed the butchers from there and set up gold shops to show the wealth of the city to anyone who visited it. Crossing the River Arno at its narrowest point, it is one of the most visited and most beautiful places in Florence, especially at sunset. Learn more about the Vecchio Bridge by clicking here!

10) What to visit in Florence? PITTI PALACE

In Piazza Pitti (Pitti Square), it is a beautiful Palace that houses several museums such as the Palatine Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery, the Costume Gallery, the monumental apartments, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Carriages, the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Fashion. The construction was commissioned by the Pitti family in 1457, intended to ‘keep’ the family’s art collections, being a monumental palace, later the Palace became the official residence of the Medici. Well preserved, the details of their rooms are impressive, it is difficult to observe everything, because everything is so beautiful that the eyes end up “getting lost”! Learn more about the Pitti Palace here. 

11) What to visit in Florence? BOBOLI GARDENS

Think of a special place! Now think of a beautiful place! When you visit the Boboli Gardens you will understand everything! Made like the Grand Ducal Garden of the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens are today a historic park that not only represents an incredible example of ancient Italian gardens, but also houses works full of beauty from the period of Roman antiquity until the 19th century. Extremely well maintained is a charming place, full of charm and that will surely enchant you! Learn more about the Boboli Gardens by clicking here!

12) What to visit in Florence? CHAPEL OF SANTA MARIA DEL CARMINE (ST MARY OF CARMINE)

In Piazza Santa Maria del Carmine (Santa Maria del Carmine Square), in the Oltrarno district, the Chapel is known for its beautiful frescoes started by Masaccio and Masolino and completed by Filippo Lippi. It is a magnanimous example of Renaissance art from Florence’s golden age. With delicate and well outlined touches, they fill our eyes and make us understand the importance of this typical Florence artistic movement.

13) What to visit in Florence? PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO (MICHELANGELO SQUARE)

If you want a panoramic view of Florence, your destination is Piazzale Michelangelo! With a breathtaking view, Piazzale offers a WONDERFUL view of the entire city. Located in the highest part of the city, it offers an incredible view, especially at sunrise and sunset!

14) What to know in Florence? BASILICA OF SANTA CROCE (BASILICA OF THE HOLY CROSS)

One of the most beautiful churches in Florence, the Basilica is located in the square of the same name, Piazza Santa Croce (Santa Croce Square), and is, without a doubt, one of the largest representations of the Gothic style present in Italy. Furthermore, it is here that great artists, writers and scientists who have contributed directly to Fiorentina history are buried. There is immeasurable artistic value and it is a beauty that really impresses! Read more about the Basilica of the Holy Cross. 

Florence Museum Hours

In this table you will find all the opening hours of museums in Florence. You can also find entrance times for other important places of interest in the city: churches, palaces, gardens, etc. It is important to know that the schedules may change, so it is always good to consult the link here. 

MUSEUMOPENING HOURCLOSING DAYS
Uffizi GaleryTuesday to Sunday: 8:15 am – 6:50 pmMondays

January 1st, December 25th

Medici ChapelsDaily: 8:15 am – 2:00 pm1st, 3rd, 5th Mondays of the month

2nd, 4th Sundays of the month

January 1st, December 25th

Boboli GardensNovember – February: 8:15 am – 04:30 pm

March 8:15 am – 5:30 pm

April, May 8:15 am – 6:30 pm

June-August 8:15 am – 7:30 pm

September, October 8:15 am – 6:30 pm

First and last Mondays of the month

January 1st, May 1st, December 25th

Veccio PalaceMonday to Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Thursdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friday to Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Holy Cross (Church and Museum)Monday to Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Sundays 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

June 13th, October 4th
Santa Maria Novella (Church and Museum)Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Fridays 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 


How to get to Florence?


Florence is well connected to the rest of Italy, as well as to Europe, being easily found, both by land and by air.

1) How to get to Florence? BY AIRPLANE

Amerigo Vespucci Airport is next to the highway exit, just 4 km from the city center. The airport also connects the Tuscan capital, with most major European cities. To reach the center of Florence and the airport you can use one of the several taxis, usually available at the exit from the arrivals area, or using the “Vola in Bus” bus that connects the airport to the train station in Florence Santa Maria Novella. How to get from Amerigo Vespucci Airport to Florence Center?

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2) How to get to Florence? BY TRAIN

Trains run very well within the capital of Tuscany and with the other regions, as of 2009 some high-speed trains were also introduced – Frecciarossa, allowing movement in Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan to be carried out in a very short time.

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3) How to get to Florence? BY CAR

Florence is also a turning point on the Italian highway network. Being very well connected with the main cities in the north of the country, while going south, Rome is just an hour and a half by car. The A1 motorway is the main artery connecting Italy from north to south, with four exits to Florence. TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLE OF ROUTES. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog  Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

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Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

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Conclusion

How many days should I stay in Florence and what to visit? Don’t be in a hurry to visit Florence! If possible, take a whole day to get lost in the charming streets of the city and discover street corners, shops and interesting places with incredible details! And if you feel insecure, have no time, and need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier ????

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