Best Things to do in Florence



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First time in Florence, here are the essential places to see and enjoy. Your first visit should include the big landmarks like the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and museums like the Uffizi and the Accademia.

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Author: Katie Greenaway


San Marco Church

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Piazza San Marco 3
50121 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-238-8608


Santa Maria Novella

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piazza Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-215-918
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Day 1 - Florence


The first visit to Florence should be a relaxing and special one. On your first day, enjoy the enchantment of Santa Croce church. Then if the weather is gorgeous, take a stroll(I mean very slow) to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy the Tuscan countryside by taking some pictures or eating a gelato from the nearby vendors. If you still have the energy to climb more flights of stairs, conquer San Miniato just down the road from the Piazzale. The vista from the top is break-taking.


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Santa Croce Church

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Piazza Santa Croce 16
Piazza Santa Croce
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 244 619
fax: +39 055 246 6105
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Piazzale Michelangelo

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Piazzale Michelangelo
50125 Florence, Italy


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I Fratellini

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Via dei Cimatori 38r
2 blocks from Piazza della Signoria, off Via Calzaiuoli
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-239-6096


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San Miniato al Monte

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Via del Monte alle Croci 34
Via del Monte alle Croci/Viale Galileo Galilei (behind Piazzale Michelangiolo)
50125 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-234-2731
fax: +39 055 234 5354
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Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolò

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via di San Niccolò 60r
50125 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 234 2836


Day 2 - Florence


As you wake up, know that you will be seeing one of the most gorgeous art museums today in Florence. Galleria degli Uffizi holds pieces by Da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, and Caravaggio. Making a reservation in advance will make your trip to the Uffizi and the Accademia much more calm. The Accademia shows off the work of Michelangelo from his later years, some pieces are still unfinished. Lorenzaccio is a delicious and friendly pizzeria where you can enjoy people-watching from your table.


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Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery)

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Via Ricasoli 60
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-238-8609
fax: 055 238 8764
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Orsanmichele

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Via Arte della Lana 1
Via de' Calzaiuoli
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-284-944
fax: +39 055 234 6286
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Lorenzaccio (Il)

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Piazza della Signoria 32
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 29 4553
fax: +39 055 26 4353
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Gallerie degli Uffizi (Uffizi Galleries)

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Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Off Piazza della Signoria
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-238-8651
fax: +39 055 238 8694
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Volpe e l'Uva (Le)

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Location:

Piazza de Rossi, 1r
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 55 239 8132
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Day 3 - Florence


I bet you are wondering why I didn't put the Duomo as the first to see. It is a glorious site but since it is in the center, you can visit the inside and climb the dome whenever it feels right. The Museo dell Opera del Duomo is located right behind the church so it is a great second stop on the cobblestones of Florence. Much of the original statues and artwork from the Duomo are stored there. For a nice mid-morning snack or lunch, enjoy Enoteca Coquinarius. It is small, cozy and full of delicious wine.


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Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

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Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
53100 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-230-2885
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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Duomo Works Museum)

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Piazza del Duomo 9
Directly behind the dome end of the cathedral
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 230 2885
fax: +39 055 230 2898
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Enoteca Coquinarius

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Location:

Via delle Oche, 15r
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 55 230 2153


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Mercato Centrale

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Piazza del Mercato Centrale
50123 Florence, Italy


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Trattoria Marione

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via della Spada 27
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 39 55 214756


Day 4 - Florence


Grom is by far the best gelato you can taste in Florence. Take it with you on your walk towards San Lorenzo. While outside there is a bustling market, inside the church you will find many tombs of the famous Medici family. Also attached to the church is the Cappella dei Medici. The tombs were sculpted by Michelangelo and a grand sight to see. Ponte Vecchio being the oldest bridge in Florence, welcomes it's visitors to window shop and step in to the ancient gold and silver shops. For lunch, stop at Yellow Bar. It is a great afternoon sit for a pizza or a deliciously filling calzone. For an evening activity, take a walk before 7pm to the Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. This is a smaller more secluded market that is located close to Piazza della Signoria. Pass over the Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno, and head towards Santo Spirito. There is where one of the best pizzeria's are located. Borgo Antico is always crowded and the atmosphere is quite calm and serene in Piazza Santo Spirto.


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San Lorenzo

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piazza di San Lorenzo
Piazza San Lorenzo
50123 Florence, Italy

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tel: 055-216-634
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Grom

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Via del Campanile angolo via delle Oche
Florence, Italy

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Ponte Vecchio

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Ponte Vecchio
50125 Florence, Italy


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Yellow Bar

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Location:

Via del Proconsolo, 39r
50122 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 211766
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Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

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Location:

Via Porta Rossa
50122 Florence, Italy


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Borgo Antico

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Location:

Piazza Santo Spirito 6r
50125 Florence, Italy

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tel: +39 055 21 0437
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