Visit Florence, built on the banks of the Arno, it is one of the world’s most famous cities. Hence, below you can find a detailed itinerary on what to see in and around Florence in a 3-day itinerary. Keep in mind there is the immense cultural heritage, food and wine and its typical products of this Tuscan city.
This itinerary is intended as a suggestion to visit the main cultural and artistic attractions of Florence.
Florence is not a big city, but encompasses numerous works of art to be discovered. Therefore in three days you will be able to see all the major attractions of the city.
First Day: visit Florence starting from the Church of Santa Maria Novella
Because of the difficulty to look for parking and the numerous restricted traffic areas, you may want to get into the city by train and get off at the Santa Maria Novella railway station. The first day in Florence is dedicated to the heart of its historic center. You can visit everything on foot or by bicycle.
First of all the Church of Santa Maria Novella is one of the most beautiful in Florence. And it is just a short walk from the station. In addition, besides the beautiful church you can visit the adjacent museum, three monumental cloisters and the adjoining convent.
After the visit we recommend going towards the most central area of the city. Especially relevant, you will not be disappointed by the spectacle of the magnificent Piazza San Giovanni. In here there is the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, the most beautiful and interesting church in the city and in the world. You can visit the church internally. Furthermore do not miss the chance to climb the dome, which offers a breathtaking view over Florence. There are also the valuable and famous paintings of Giorgio Vasari. In the Piazza del Duomo you can also admire the Baptistery of San Giovanni and Giotto’s Campanile.
Continuing from here to Piazza della Signoria you can visit the nearby Galleria degli Uffizi (for at least 2 hours). If you are especially art lovers, it will be certainly a must to come here. Since it is the most famous and visited museums in the world you cannot miss it.
To complete the day we recommend a walk along Ponte Vecchio, with all its typical goldsmith shops.
In the evening you can opt for a dinner in the center in some typical restaurant, enjoying the Tuscan specialties.
Second day in Florence: Piazza della Signoria
During the second day you may want to stroll even in the downtown area. Visit Florence going to the discovery of Piazza della Signoria, one of the most famous in Italy. Here it was the heart of the civic life, especially with Palazzo Vecchio, partly become a museum. You can choose to visit other museums whereas the cities, because it really offers many. The most relevant are: the Archaeological Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of the Bargello and the Museo degli Argenti.
Worthy of note there are also the Medici Chapel, the church of San Lorenzo. Inside it there is preserved the statue of Michelangelo and the tombs of the representatives of the Medici family. A must see it is the Piazza Santa Croce and its church, where there are the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo.
If you want to see Florence in one of its most scenic spots, go up to Piazzale Michelangelo, and you will enjoy a magnificent view. In addition do not miss the statue of David by Michelangelo in the original marble in the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
Finish the first day in Piazza Santo Spirito where you can visit the church of Santo Spirito, designed by Brunelleschi.
Third day: a truly perfect ending to your visit to the enchanting city of Florence
Crossing again Ponte Vecchio, you will arrive at Palazzo Pitti.
You have come to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens Museums. In the palace there are the Costume Gallery, the Silver Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Porcelain Museum. The most famous is the Palatine Gallery, in which there are works by Botticelli and Raffaello. In addition, inside it, there is the famous “Salone del Cinquecento”.
For the last day you will be left a very quiet and pleasant walk in a garden. Not an ordinary garden, but the most beautiful garden in Florence, the Boboli Garden. It is one of the best examples of Italian garden, with 2,000 statues spanning a period of several centuries. In a panoramic position, including fountains, manicured flower beds, walkways and mature trees, you can end your journey. Probably it is a truly perfect ending to your visit to the enchanting city of Florence.
In conclusion we really suggest you to visit Florence! Its museums, palaces and churches house some of the most important artistic treasures of the world. In any case, when you feel tired of seeing museums and art galleries, walk out! Please know that in Florence it is nice just to go across the beautiful streets of the historic center. Visit Florence, its treasures are waiting for just you!