Florence

Florence

Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city center is packed with stunning palaces, churches, and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.
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    Visit Florence during spring is an obvious option, it is one of the best times of the year to visit due to warmer temperatures and all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom. In Florence there is so much to see and experience outdoor that a pleasant weather is the ideal, and alternate this with a good Italian ice cream can make your holiday unbeatable. In addition, the century city of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and it has been ranked as one of the world’s most visited destination by Euromonitor International.

    Top sights in Florence

    Uffizi Gallery

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    Florence Cathedral

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    Accademia Gallery

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    Leonardo da Vinci Museum

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    Piazza del Duomo, Florence

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    Giotto's Campanile

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    Florence Baptistery

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    Salone dei Cinquecento

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    What to do in Florence

    Florence is the soul of Tuscany, and it brims with the influences of the Renaissance. You’ll discover a myriad of architectural wonders and a profusion of exquisite artwork, all of which culminate into one cultural masterpiece of a city.

    Uffizi Gallery
    The Uffizi Gallery is the city’s top museum, and the place to see Botticelli’s stunning “Birth of Venus.” It’s also wise to book your entrance ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line.

    Accademia Gallery of Florence
    Michaelangelo’s “David” stands in the center of the Tribune and rightfully so. Classical music lovers will also enjoy the exhibit at the Accademia Gallery‘s Museum of Musical Instruments.

    David
    It’s Florence’s, if not the world’s, most famous statue, and people have been admiring “David’s” chiseled physique since its unveiling in 1504.

    Palazzo Vecchio
    A replica of “David” at the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio indicates his original position here until 1873. The renowned Hall of Five Hundred is a part of the building’s museum section.

    Florence Cathedral
    Known as il Duomo, the view from the Gothic cathedral’s iconic, red-brick dome offers a sweeping panorama over waves of the city’s terracotta rooftops amid rolling, Tuscan hills.

    Florence Baptistry
    Dedicated to the city’s patron saint, John the Baptist, Florence Baptistry in white and green Prato marble boasts an inner dome with lavish, golden mosaics.

    Ponte Vecchio
    Pastel-colored apartments upon shops selling art, jewelry, and souvenirs line the city’s oldest and most unique bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. It’s picture-perfect day and night.

    Pitti Palace
    Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the former Medici family residence. The Pitti Palace houses five museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the opulent Palatine Gallery.

    Planning Your Florence Visit

    How long should you stay in Florence?

    Some people will tell you one or 2 days in Florence is plenty, and that’s true if you only want to see the tourist sites. A minimum of four nights will allow you to see the top sites without rushing from one to another. Give yourself a week or more for a full Renaissance immersion.

    Getting around the city

    The heart of Florence is compact, and you can easily explore all that the city has to offer by foot. The historical center is a UNESCO Heritage Site, and traffic is restricted from entering. If you’re planning to rent a car for a trip around Tuscany, you’ll have to park outside the “Limited Traffic Zone.” Consider 15 euros extra per day for a parking garage space, since free parking is a rarity.

    How expensive is Florence?

    Keep in mind the entrance fees for the all the top sights, including the majority of churches. Although it’s free to enter the Florence Cathedral, you’ll have to buy a ticket to go up the dome for the breathtaking views. Restaurants in Italy also add a service fee called “pane e coperto” (literally “bread and cover”). It’s an extra few euros charged per person seated at the table, but it’s not a tip for your server.

    Good to know

    Language

    Italian

    Currency

    Euro (€)

    Country Code

    +39

    Time Zone

    UTC (+01:00)

    Best time to visit

    Don’t forget to check out the best time to visit Tuscany, too! Considering the weather, we would say Florence’s (and Tuscany’s) best travel months (also its busiest and most expensive) are April, May, June, September, and October. These months combine the convenience of peak season with pleasant weather.

    What people are saying about Florence

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laura went above and beyond as our tour guide!
    This was my 4th GetYourGuide tour and all were very good. However, in this case, Laura provided an exceptional experience that really stood out. She was very passionate and knowledgeable. My wife (honeymoon) does not usually appreciate art or history, but she was hooked throughout the entire tour. Absolutely would recommend, just for the art, but if you get Laura you are in for a special treat.

    Ultimate Uffizi: Priority Entrance Small-Group Tour reviewed by James

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great Tour for those interested in the Dome
    We very much enjoyed our visit to Giacomo. We felt that he gave us a very good overview of the dome’s construction and the paintings on the cupola. Plenty of time to recover at different levels from the climb, people who were slower were encouraged and not made to feel that they were delaying the group. View from the top is spectacular. Thank you, Giacomo, for a great tour

    Florence Dome Climb: Priority Entrance Tour reviewed by Karyn

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent tour, not only art highlights but the history of Florence
    Julia was an amazing guide. She was able to put everything together– the art, the history, and why the Uffizi is such a special place. One can easily buy a ticket and go look at the art, but we gained such an appreciation for the art – the technical aspects, it’s a political message, and why the artist themselves were so special. Thank you — I can’t say enough good about this tour!

    Ultimate Uffizi: Priority Entrance Small-Group Tour reviewed by Marcia

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tour guide Keiko was great! Very knowledgeable organized.
    We loved our trip to Chianti and Sienna. The wineries were awesome, the scenery was beautiful. I would love to have an opportunity to stay in the “wine country” in Italy sometime. The tour bus driver was SUPERB! Skilled, safe, efficient. I feel that the tour bus drivers are often under-appreciated!

    Chianti: Authentic Wine Tasting Experience from Florence reviewed by Susan

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