8 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy 8 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy

8 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy

Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is a relatively small city with stunning architecture and delicious food culture. It is one of those cities, like Venice or Rome, that has to be on your Italy Travel Route. Stroll the city’s ancient, charming streets on foot in one or two days as all major things to do in Florence are around its UNESCO historical center.

Best Things to do in Florence

Florence is an ideal short city trip inside Europe. Follow the following things to do in Florence and have perfect 24 hours inside the city. As the city is popular, it is recommended to buy tickets weeks in advance.

1. Palazzo Vecchio

Start your day early to avoid the large tour group crowds. Palazzo Vecchio is the current town hall of Florence. The medieval-looking Palazzo and the Piazza Della Signoria square in front are the historic center of the city, a place for people to gather. On the inside, the hall and rooms are beautifully decorated and open to visitors. It is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.

Things To Do Florence Palazzo Vecchio

2. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Continue your walk towards Florence’s most popular thing to do: the Duomo of Florence (cathedral). The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is an architectural masterpiece that took over 140 years to complete. Its exterior is colored in white, pink, and green marble, and during the day, it seems to change color depending on the position of the sun.

things to do florence Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore

The cathedral is free to visit, and although it might look busy, the inside offers plenty of space, so the line is a short wait.

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8 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy

It is one of the largest cathedrals in the world and the world’s largest dome! Visitors are allowed on the top of the dome to have an incredible city view, but it takes 460+ steps to climb to get there. Tickets to climb the Duomo sell out weeks in advance, so if you want to do it, definitely plan ahead and book.

3. All’Antico Vinaio – Must do in Florence!

After all that walking, you must be hungry. Well, get ready for an experience at All’Antico Vinaio. This panini shop has tasty and affordable paninis (sandwiches), and there is always a line through the entire street, yes, the entire street, haha! But wait, don’t let that scare you off. They actually own three or four shops all next or opposite to each other that all sell the same, so although the line looks long, it goes really fast. This is one of those things to do in Florence you should see!

4. Ponte Vecchio

Make your way towards the Arno River, a short 5-min walk. Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345, was Florence’s first bridge over the river. It is so unique because it is the only bridge that wasn’t destroyed during the war. Nowadays, the bridge has shops selling gold and silver jewelry, so you won’t directly have the feeling you are crossing a bridge.

things to do florence Ponte Vecchio

The bridge is always accessible, so if you want to avoid crowds, visit it in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ready for a coffee and snack? Visit the little bakery S.forno.

5. Get the City’s Best Gelato

Cross the Ponte Vecchio, turn right, and wander through the beautiful streets on the other side of the river. This part is less visited and a nice getaway from the busy streets. Make your way to Ponte Alla Carraia, but before you cross the bridge, get a delicious Gelato at Gelateria La Carraia.

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6. Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce and the Santa Croce Basilica are a little more between the locals. Cafes and street performers are making the square an excellent place to sit down, relax, and absorb the charming Florence vibe for a bit.

Santa Croce florence

7. Piazza del Duomo at Sunset

Around sunset, make sure to be back at the Duomo of Florence and experience the sunset on the lively square Piazza del Duomo, in the dome on top, or at one of the rooftop bars like La Terrazza or Robiglio. However, the absolute best spot is the rooftop of B&B La Terrazza Sul Duomo, where you need to stay here to get to the roof. It is one of the things you must do in Italy.

Piazza del Duomo rooftop florence

8. Italian Dinner

A common misconception is that Florence is as expensive as Venice. Let’s prove them wrong. Have a delicious Italian dinner at Trattoria San Pierino or Ristorante Brandolino, where you have two freshly prepared portions of pasta and drinks for 20 EUR – 30 EUR.

How to Get to Florence

Florence has an international airport with flights arriving from major cities throughout Europe.

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You can get a tram that takes you from the airport to the city center for 1.50 EUR (1.50 USD).

By Car

Florence is accessible by car and not as hard to navigate compared to busier cities like Rome.

By Train

Florence is easy to reach by train as the city is well-connected to all major stations in Italy. The international airport offers direct flights to many European cities. Getting from Rome to Florence only takes 80 minutes with the high-speed railway line.

florence train

Where to Stay in Florence

Florence has plenty of great accommodation options, from cute guesthouses and budget-friendly hostels (search for your hostel here) to luxury hotels.

Santa Croce is the best area to stay with loads of small bars and walking distance from all the things to do in Florence. We stayed on the riverside, away from the busy streets at Palazzo Del Moro Firenze.

How Much Does Florence Cost?

Florence is one of the most popular cities to visit in Italy and the capital of the Tuscany region. As such, prices do reflect this, with accommodation and transport costs peaking in the summer months. Book your trip in advance, however, and you can find some great deals.

Costs of Traveling in Florence

Travel on a budget in Florence, from $420 − $480 USD weekly per person, mid-range $970 − $2470 USD, and high-end from $2410 − $3630 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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Best Time to Visit Florence

Florence is a great destination to visit all year round, particularly in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when the days are sunny, but the temperatures are perfect for sightseeing.


Summer is the busiest time to visit Florence, but the best time if you want to use the city as a jumping-off point to other destinations in Tuscany.

02/09/2023 https://www.saltinourhair.com/italy/florence/
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