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What to do in Florence in 2 days?

Florence is magical and needs to be visited calmly, but it is possible to get to know this beautiful city in two days! So we set up a two-day itinerary especially for you who have little time in Italy!

Ana Patricia in Florence

What to do in Florence in 2 days?

Among the most famous Italian cities in the world, it is impossible not to see Florence. The capital of Tuscany, in fact, can boast about its impressive amount of artistic wonders, works and monuments. The glimpses of the city are so beautiful that they make deciding what to see in Florence very complicated. Let’s visit Florence in two days? So, what to do in Florence in 2 days? 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!”

Our introduction

Florence is a chest full of many surprises that are waiting to show themselves in the eyes of curious tourists. But is it possible: Visiting Florence in two days? Yes!! Find out now. And if you only have one day, be sure to read our Special Post on What to do in Florence in one day?

It is necessary that, for each exploration, there is time, so we will see how to do it when what weighs more is precisely the lack of time. In this case we need to create an essential route, because choosing what to visit in Florence in two days is difficult, but with commitment and desire to get to know the city, it is possible.

1) What to do in Florence in 2 days? FIRST DAY

You can only start from Piazza del Duomo (Cathetral Square), which is in a beautiful open area, where the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flower), the Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery of St. John (San Giovanni) are located. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo di Firenze (Florence Cathedral), is considered one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, and the Giotto’s Campanile, designed by the artist, has now become an unmissable destination not only to appreciate the admirable structure, but also to admire the magnificent view of the city.

Baptistery of St. John

There is also the Baptistery of St John, completing the complex, the city’s patron saint, which ends in a set of monuments that are spectacular. I remind that the ticket to visit the complex must be purchased in advance. Visiting the Dome is possible only by booking online, whereas to visit only the Cathedral (Duomo) a ticket is not necessary. Find out here How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy in advance “.

Snack time

After visiting these beauties, stop for a light snack or a juice in one of the cafes in the city center. Learn more about food in Italy by clicking here!

Piazza della Repubblica and the Church of Orsanmichele

Continue your tour passing the Piazza della Repubblica (“Republic Square”), which is part of the heart of Florence downtown. In the streets that radiate around the square, you will, in fact, find all kinds of shops. Let’s move on passing by the Church of Orsanmichele. At this point, you will be heading towards Piazza della Signoria (“Lordship Square”) and the shopping streets. Here, let yourself be lulled by the sweet notes sung by street artists, with a drink in one of the bars around the square.

What to do in Florence in 2 days?

Copy of David by Michelangelo

The Piazza della Signoria (“Lordship Square”) has a copy of Davi, by Michelangelo, and you can see the excellent examples of original Mannerist arts, such as the Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini and Rapture of the Sabines by Giambologna. We will end the day in the political center of the city, where you can admire the elegant Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”), the seat of the old and the current Florentine government. After such a busy day, you only need one dinner at a typical restaurant in the region and then just a lot of rest, tomorrow is another day full of unmissable gems.

What to do in Florence in 2 days?

2) What to do in Florence in 2 days? SECOND DAY

On the second day, after a hearty breakfast, we are recharged and rested. Then we started the morning visiting the wonderful Medici Chapel. Super crafted, it is an unmissable visit, not to mention the tombs, all sculpted also by Michelangelo, which are incredible. No comments!!!

Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and the Ponte Vecchio

With a visit to Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the church that houses the crucifix painted by Giotto, a wooden crucifix sculpted by Brunelleschi and the Trinity by Masaccio. After visiting this magnificent church, we will go to the Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”), with its jewelry stores that follow each other in a continuous golden glow. Here is the beautiful view of the city from its two viewpoints.

Ana Patrícia in Florence

Pitti Palace

The tour will continue arriving at the Pitti Palace. The palace has already received “great lords” like Medici, Lorraine and Savoia. Inside, there are museums, such as the Art Gallery, with masterpieces by Rafael and Titian, the Winter Salon, the Prince of Naples Salon, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Costume and Fashion, entirely dedicated to fashion and the Carriages Museum.
Then we can take a tour of the Boboli Gardens. The masterpiece of these gardens in the residence of the Medici family, had the work of Niccolò Tribolo, Giorgio Vasari and others, creating, together, the sculptural complexes in the winding alleys and woods of ancient trees. Boboli Gardens are definitely the most elegant gardens in Florence.

Do you still have the breath and energy to continue the tour that day?

Visit Piazzale Michelangelo

Then take the opportunity to enjoy this magnificent city and then gather all the remaining forces to visit Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square). It is located in one of the high spots of Florence, if you want you can go there by bus. It is impossible not to sigh before the extraordinary view from the square, the experience is exciting. From Piazzale Michelangelo, designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi, you will be surprised by the view of all the beauties of the Tuscan Capital, by admiring the view; you can sit in a cafe and have a snack or a light dinner.

What to do in Florence in 2 days?
View of Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

What to do in Florence in 2 days?

Bonus for your Tour

If you still have energy and time on that day be sure to visit the Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), another wonderful example of the Italian Gothic movement. Here are buried high-caliber geniuses like Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Ugo Foscolo, Vittorio Alfieri and Gioacchino Rossini .

Important Notes

Important to know why some attractions were not included for this two-day itinerary.

Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)

In these two days, the visit to the Uffizi Gallery was not included because, although it is an unmissable sight in Florence, you will need some more time to visit all the facilities (I recommend at least 3 hours). So, if your interests are to go and see works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Giotto you will have to return to the city of Florence, with a few more days or you will need to remove from the itinerary some other attraction mentioned above to have time to go to the Gallery, or you may be starting your visit early and ending late.

Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery)

The same goes for the visit of the other super important museum in Florence, the Accademia Gallery, which was founded in the second half of the 18th century as an Academy of Fine Arts, where the works that belonged to some churches that were desecrated together with a part of the private collection of the Médici and Lorenas family (family that ruled Florence after the death of the last Grand Duke Medice) served as models for new artists, students of Fine Arts to study and copy and thus learn from the great artists of the past. Find out how to visit the Accademia Gallery by clicking here!

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What to do in Florence in 2 days?  Two days are not enough, it is true, and it is difficult to choose what to see in Florence, you can only say that Florence is one of those absolutely essential stopovers, when you are in Italy.

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