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Inside the Palazzo Vecchio. One of the many beautiful buildings to explore in Florence.
Inside the Palazzo Vecchio

What is there to see and do in Florence?

You’ll love Florence as this beautiful city is an absolute joy for visitors. Stay near the centre of this historic city and you can walk everywhere since it’s quite a small city. You’ll be spellbound by Renaissance architecture at every turn. Museums and art galleries abound. For a breath of fresh air meander through some of the marvellous gardens.

We were in Florence for three days as part of our 10-day tour of Italy in November 2018. It was absolutely the highlight of our trip and I know you’re going to love Florence too. There are so many things to do that it can seem impossible to know where to start. Firstly, take a look at my trip report to get an overall idea.

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Florence in one day

If you’ve only got 1 day in Florence, don’t despair, you can still fit quite a lot in. Don’t try to fit too much in though. You want to remember wonderful Florence positively not feel exhausted. Anyway, you’ll want to take time to absorb the atmosphere as you walk around. The city just oozes history and you’ll really want to soak it all in

I put together this itinerary of things to do in Florence in one day. It’s a doable list of things to do and at the end, you’ll have seen plenty of superb museums and art galleries. You’ll marvel at the stunning architecture of the Duomo complex and still have time to sample the world-famous gelato.

How to make the most of Florence in a Day

Use the Firenze Card

Since we had 3 days and wanted to pack in as much as possible we purchased the Firenze card. I put together this list of things to do in Florence if you have the pass. It’s basically a list of everything we did while we were there. Unfortunately, even 3 days isn’t enough to see everything that Florence has to offer but that just means you need to come back.

As soon as I decided to go to Florence I put the Uffizi and Accademia galleries on my list. Of course, some of the main things to do is to visit the Duomo Complex, the Ponte Vecchio and the Pitti Palace. You’ll love them all, by the way. The smaller Galileo museum may be less well known but in my opinion, it’s a must-see when visiting Florence. Ever since I read the play Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht I’ve been fascinated by Galileo. He was absolutely a man ahead of his time. Take a look at this article for a list of fascinating things to do at the Galileo museum.

How to get Ultimate Value from the Firenze Card

So now, we’ve looked at all the many things you can do in Florence on a city break I hope you’re inspired to travel there yourselves. If you’d like any further information on getting to Italy then check out this article on planning a trip.

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