What to do in Florence in four days?
Art, culture, architecture and must-see spots: Florence brings together all this and more. If you have a four-day Itinerary in Florence, capital of Tuscany, consider yourself a blessed person, as it is possible to visit very special places during this period. Bags packed? Let’s go to understant what to do in Florence in four days? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Florence can be explored on foot without any problem. Organized in a spectacular way, it concentrates most of its sights in the historic center and, therefore, there is no need to use a car or public transport. Have four days in Florence? Excellent! That’s what you need for our itinerary that starts now!
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You can easily tour Florence on foot, without any problem. Organized in a spectacular way, it concentrates most of its sights in the historic center and, therefore, there is no need to use a car or public transport. Do you have four days in Florence? Excellent! That’s what you need for our itinerary that starts now!
1) What to do in Florence in four days: FIRST DAY
It is practically impossible to start a tour of Florence if it is not for the most important point in the city: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square)! With a great location, it is possible to get there with a 10-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, which is also one of the most elegant streets in the city. LEARN ALL ABOUT FLORENCE HERE!
Piazza del Duomo
In the Piazza, you can find the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (“St Mary of the Flower”), which is one of the most beautiful, in addition to being one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Its facade is characteristic and the dome made by master Brunelleschi. In front, you will find the Baptistery of St John and right next to the bell tower of the Duomo, by Giotto, where you can climb the 414 steps to have a UNIQUE view of the entire city. To buy tickets for the Cathedral, book the ticket through the Official Website Click here! or CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH WEBSITE!
- If traveling during high season, buy ALL tickets in advance!
Piazza della Signoria
From Piazza del Duomo, we follow the charming Via dei Calzaiuoli, so that we can reach another important city square: Piazza della Signoria (“Lordship Square”). Here you can see the beautiful Fountain of Neptune, Vecchio Palace and Loggia dei Lanzi. A few meters away, you will find the magnificent Uffizi Gallery, where priceless masterpieces are gathered. Here you can see, for example, Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and “Spring”. The visit lasts at least 2 hours and, believe me, it seems that time starts to be counted in seconds, as it is all of an AWESOME beauty! To buy tickets in advance, go to the Official Website: www.uffizi.it/ or CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE IN ENGLISH!
Break for lunch…
Leaving the Gallery, you can take a break for lunch! After having a coffee, we continue the tour!
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Now we are going to cross one of the most famous bridges in the world! We are talking about Vecchio Bridge, which is one of the most famous and characteristic symbols of the city. Here, you will be able to observe the old jewelers and their charming windows. The bridge is all covered, but in some cracks it is possible to see a part of the River Arno. When you cross the bridge, a few steps away, you will find the imposing Pitti Palace. Here you will find the beautiful Boboli Gardens and the incredible Palace Museums. Boboli Gardens are embellished with small caves, fountains, lawns and beautiful paths.
Inside the Pitti Palace, which was built by Fancelli, one of Brunelleschi’s students, you will find – right on the first floor – the Palatine Gallery, with its collection of paintings from the 16th century. When you reach the mezzanine, you can visit the Museo degli Argenti (Argenti Museum), with the precious pieces that belonged to the Medici. Then you can visit the Royal Apartments with their period furniture; the building also houses the Gallery of Modern Art, with its 19th century paintings; the Porcelain Museum and the Costume Gallery, with relics of clothes from the last 300 years. At Pitti Palace, the tour can take a few hours, depending on what you plan to visit. To buy your tickets online on the Official Website, click here or CLICK HERE AND BUY YOUR TICKET THROUGH AN ENGLISH WEBSITE!
Piazza Santo Spirito
When you leave Pitti Palace, go to Piazza Santo Spirito (“Holy Spirit Square”), where you can visit the church of the same name, also built by Master Brunelleschi. The facade is already charming and, inside the church, you will find true treasures!
After a busy day, a nice dinner and a well-deserved rest back at the hotel! Take advantage of my advice and tips on accommodation in Florence:
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2) What to do in Florence in four days – SECOND DAY
We can say that the first day was just a ‘warm-up’! We set out for our second day of tour, where we will start with the majestic Medici Chapels, together with the church of San Lorenzo. Here are the remains of one of the most powerful families in Florence, the Medici family.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Head to Piazza Santa Maria Novella (Santa Maria Novella Square), which faces the church of the same name. It is famous for its facade, made of green and white marbles and for its Tronabuoni chapel, a work by Leon Battista Alberti decorated with Ghirlandaio frescoes.
Piazza Santa Croce
Then you can go to Piazza Santa Croce (Santa Croce Square), with its beautiful cathedral where important Tuscan characters like Galileo and Michelangelo were buried. A strategic stop to recover your energy and, let’s move on!
We finally arrive at the splendid Accademia Gallery, which is home to one of the most impressive works of art in the world: Davi, by Michelangelo. It is difficult to describe the beauty of this work, as well as the feeling of being in front of it. Two other copies of the work are found in Florence: one at the Michelangelo Palace and one at the Vecchio Palace, but the original is here at the Accademia. To buy tickets on the Official Website click here, or CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKET IN ENGLISH!
Then, more walking: let’s go to Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)! Here, you have an AMAZING view of the entire city! The sunset here is a long-awaited moment, so you will not always find this place empty, but it is worth it, because seeing the city dye golden with nightfall is a unique experience!
We have nothing left to do but to have dinner, take a walk around the hotel and, after a glass of wine in the hotel bar, bed!
3) What to do in Florence in four days THIRD DAY
After a good rest, we wake up refreshed and today we are going to discover the Florentine Chianti. Florence connects to Chianti by the SS222, which is also known as Chiantigiana. I offer you some visit suggestions here… Learn here: How to get to Chianti from Florence?
Greve di Chianti
In Greve di Chianti, visit the beautiful Piazza Matteotti (Matteotti Square) and the church of Santa Croce, where you will be able to see the fantastic works of Andrea della Robbia. A must-see in the city, of course, is the charming Wine Museum. The museum features over a hundred types of objects related to the noble drink and is fantastic! Read also Chianti Wine Road and its best wineries
From Greve, we left for Panzano, which is a charming village with a breathtaking view of the Tuscan hills! Not to mention that the city also houses an old castle and the butchery Cecchini, famous for the ‘bistecca alla Fiorentina’, IMPECCABLE, cited with all praise in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Castellina and Siena
Castellina is the limit of the Florentine Chianti and marks the border with the Siena area. Heading to Siena, visit the Archaeological Museum of Chianti in Siena, very interesting!
- If you are going to taste in a winery in the region, DO NOT DRIVE! You can hire a private transfer, or buy wine to taste at your hotel, along with some cold cuts. Here is a tip for a different dinner in Florence!
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Back to Florence: a dinner, a glass of that wine you bought and, good rest!
4) What to do in Florence in four days – : FOURTH DAY
We wake up well and rested and left for our last day of the tour! Today, the day is dedicated to lovers of museums, parks and artistic complexes! If you are not a big fan, you can go to some city near Florence.
- If your hotel is close to a train station, plan your trip for a round trip (see here for some options for a round trip from Florence). Good to know that, the ideal round trip should only take – and at most – four hours (round trip) of your day! If the round-trip time is longer than that, depending on the chosen city, it is not worth it, as it will be very busy!
The suggested Museum is the Museum of the works of Fra ‘Angelico, or Museum of San Marco. Located in a Dominican convent, it was expanded by Michelozzo in 1396 and is a typical example of a 15th century convent. To this day, it still preserves renowned works exhibited in what was an old pilgrims’ asylum. Some of the most famous works are: Crucifixion with the Saints, the Three Marys in the Tomb, the Annunciation, the Testimony on the Cross and the Last Judgment. The Last Supper, created by Ghirlandaio, is also impressive! The underground rooms hold a precious collection of bells and other very interesting relics!
Do you want to take a stroll through gardens and parks?
You can go to the Parco delle Cascine, which offers nature, tranquility and beauty that mix between forests and meadows along the Arno. The Rose Garden, with the most interesting statues of Folon, and the Iris Garden are not to be missed. The Villa Bardini Garden is considered one of the ten most beautiful in Italy, so, in fact, the visit can be quite interesting!
A little outside the city, you will find the Garden of Villa Peyron, in the Fontelucente forest. Other very interesting places, especially for their historical interest during the Medici period are: Villa Petraia, Villa Demidoff with Parco di Pratolino and Villa di Castello.
After a walking tour near the hotel and a good dinner, it’s time to return to the hotel to pack your bags, take a last breath in the Fiorentino air and good night!
A little more about Florence
When we talk about Florence, Tuscany, we immediately think of several words to define it: elegant, historic, artistic and beautiful – these are some of them. Florence is much more than the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. It presents itself in a unique way, with its wonderful museums, which exhibit the works of the greatest painters and sculptors of all time. Its palaces, which have been part of Italian history for centuries, in addition to symbolizing power in a unique way. It displays impressive churches, with fascinating interiors and is designed in a set of streets that take us back to the past, in the most unpretentious way possible.
Despite so much history, the city has a young, active, modern soul – but makes a point of presenting itself with class and tradition. It has about 380 thousand inhabitants, and is of Etruscan origin. Florence was ruled by the powerful Medici family, from the beginning of the 15th century to the middle of the 18th century and, therefore, it houses many monuments in honor of that family. In artistic terms, Florence is a scene of works by Renaissance artists, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto di Bondone, Sandro Botticelli, Rafael, Donatello, among many others.
Did you know that the symbol of Florence is a fleur de lis? The symbol is used on the city’s coat of arms and banner (in Italian: giglio bottonato or giglio di Firenze). It became a symbol of the city in the 11th century and, today, the flower appears red on a white background. Before this change – the colors were inverted and what we see today was determined in 1251, when the Ghibellines continued to display the symbol of Florence, however, it bothered their opponents and, dissatisfied, the Guelphs (who dominated the city at the time), inverted the colors to differentiate themselves from their enemies. And so it remains today!
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What to do in Florence in four days? Florence is fascinating! If you want to spend your four days just walking the streets of this fascinating city, rest assured that you will not get tired easily, as every corner, every Piazza and every Palace is always surprising before our eyes! It is, indeed, a magical city!
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