Weekend in Florence: what to see in 3 days

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Among the Italian cities most besieged by tourists for its fabulous cultural and recreational attractions, Florence is undoubtedly worthy of a visit. How to juggle in a single weekend in the Tuscan capital? What to admire e where to taste the typical dishes of the Florentine tradition? Here are tips and an itinerary to help you enjoy the wonders of the city in the round.


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1 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Museo Novecento, Ghirlandaio's Last Supper

A guided tour in the historic center is the best way to start discovering the history, culture and most influential characters of the Cradle of the Renaissance!

Reach the neighbor Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, an architectural masterpiece of the second half of the fifteenth century, with its unmistakable external facade and its elegant interiors.
After contemplating this fifteenth-century architectural marvel, immerse yourself in a more modern atmosphere with a visit to the nearby Museo Novecento, which houses within it masterpieces of Florentine contemporary art and beyond.
Close this morning poised between sacred and "profane" by giving yourself one free visit to the nearby and evocative Cenacolo del Ghirlandaio, the refectory of the Convent of Ognissanti frescoed with valuable works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including a couple of the famous artist (located in the church).

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Central Market, Via dell'Ariento

Reach Central Market Square for a hearty lunch at the Trattoria Za Zà (with average prices between € 15,00 and € 40,00 per person: unmissable dishes such as pappardelle with duck sauce and the timeless ribollita).
At the end of the lunch, stay on the food and wine theme by visiting the Central Market Florentine. This is not a simple local market, but a fully restored historic structure used as a restaurant area (if by chance you still have space in your stomach, treat yourself to a sandwich with lampredotto!), with shops where you can buy some of the typical local specialties and the freshest products.
The afternoon in Florence is undoubtedly dedicated to shopping: just a stone's throw from the Central Market Via dell'Ariento, a street known for its varied stalls where you can find gadgets and souvenirs of all kinds, from leather products to fine fabrics, passing through the inevitable city magnets.
Alternatively, we suggest a guided bike tour (from € 35,00) to discover different alleys and details of the city.

3 - Evening: Accademia Gallery, dinner

Close this first day in Florence by giving yourself a visit to the nearby one Gallery of the Academy of Florence, inside which, in addition to marvelous pictorial and sculptural works of art by the greatest Italian artists, you will be captivated by the perfection of the famous David of Michelangelo: it alone is worth the ticket price (access and guided tour of the Accademia Gallery from € 37,00).
After feasting your eyes, close this intense first Florentine day by dining at the neighbor Academy restaurant (a must to taste is the rabbit rollata with lard from Colonnata and stuffed with scamorza cheese and olives; prices from € 10,00 to € 40,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 42 min
  • Places visited: Santa Maria Novella (full € 7,50, reduced for children 11-18 years € 5,00, free for under 11, disabled and residents of Florence); Museo Novecento (full price starting from € 8,50, reduced for university students and 18-25 year olds starting from € 4,00, free for under 18 and disabled with their accompanying persons); Cenacolo del Ghirlandaio (free); Central Market (free); Galleria dell'Accademia (full € 8,00, reduced for children 18-25 years, free for under 18).
  • Entrance with reserved timetable for Michelangelo's David ticket and audio guide for Santa Maria Novella
  • Breakfast at Bar Pasticceria Piccioli (Borgo Ognissanti 118 / R - Get directions), Lunch at Trattoria Za Zà (Piazza del Mercato Centrale 26R - Get directions), Dinner at Ristorante Accademia (Piazza San marco 7 / r - Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Duomo

The place recommended for your breakfast is a real institution in terms of coffee (and more): it is Chiaroscuro Florence, where for about € 4,00 you can enjoy a roasting specialty with sweet or savory accompaniment.
A few steps away you reach the first, very important attraction of the morning: the Duomo o Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (30-minute guided tour from € 19,00) religious building of extreme importance, inside which it is also possible to admire other wonders, such as the Crypt or the fabulous Brunelleschi's Dome (to see it you must book the visit also online) or the suggestive Giotto's Campanile at the top of which, after having climbed the beauty of 414 steps, you can enjoy an exclusive view of the entire city. We suggest wearing clothing that is appropriate to the sacredness of the place.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Baptistery of San Giovanni, Basilica of Santa Croce

Located not far from the Florentine Cathedral, try the delicacies offered by La Cantinetta Osteria with Kitchen (prices from € 15,00 to € 30,00 per person): accompany a juicy rib of beef with one of the wines kept in the local cellar.
The cumulative ticket inherent to the attractions belonging to the Il Grande Museo del Duomo circuit also allows access to the particular Baptistery of San Giovanni, a building that captures the attention from its external appearance to surprise, inside, with its golden Byzantine mosaics.
It's time to move from the Duomo area and walk to the famous one in a few minutes Basilica of the Holy Cross. Embark on a breathtaking tour of the entire complex, which includes, in addition to the Basilica, the Pazzi Chapel, the Opera Museum, the Last Supper, three cloisters and other indoor and outdoor areas.

3 - Evening: dinner, Piazza di Santa Croce

A few steps from the Santa Croce complex you reach the Baldovino Bistrot (prices from € 9,00 to € 40,00 per person): from appetizer to dessert (the panna cotta is highly recommended), you can choose between traditional Tuscan and Florentine dishes and the evergreen pizza.
Close this pleasant evening with a digestive walk and relax in Piazza Santa Croce, perhaps the less mainstream area of ​​the city, but no less popular with tourists, the ideal location for an after dinner aperitif with friends.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral and Baptistery of San Giovanni (full cumulative € 18,00, reduced for children 6-11 years € 3,00, free for disabled people and children under 6 years); Basilica of Santa Croce (full € 8,00, reduced for children 11-17 years, free for under 11 years, residents in Florence and its province, disabled people with their accompanying persons); Piazza Santa Croce (free)
  • Dome of the cathedral of Florence: guided tour entrance and guided tour in Santa Croce
  • Breakfast at Chiaroscuro Florence (Via del Corso 36 / r - Get directions), Lunch at La Cantinetta Osteria con Cucina (Via Borgo San Lorenzo 14r - Get directions), Dinner at Baldovino Bistrot (Via San Giuseppe 22R | Near Piazza Santa Croce - Get directions) directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: breakfast, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio

Breakfast at Coffee of the Borgo (breakfast from € 3,00 to € 6,00 per person), where the most irreducible accompany the order espresso with a substantial ... sandwich!
The first attraction of the day is the Uffizi Gallery, hosting a vast collection of masterpieces by Caravaggio, Giotto, Michelangelo and Raphael, just to name the most famous (admission without queue for the Uffizi Gallery from € 20,00).
To reach the first attraction of the Florentine afternoon, take the opportunity to cross the Old Bridge of Florence, one of the emblems of the city, and take the time to admire the shop windows of shops and to immortalize your holiday with a photo with the Arno in the background.

2 - Afternoon: lunch, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens

Not far from Ponte Vecchio, treat yourself to a completely new lunch break. Merit ofFood of Chianti (prices from € 5,00 to € 20,00 per person), where you can taste sandwiches made with raw materials of the highest quality.
As a digestive, stock up on museum attractions, all enclosed in one large structure: Palazzo Pitti, the earthly symbol of the power of the Medici dynasty over all of Tuscany (Private tour of Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens from € 57,00).
Behind this imposing structure do not miss the chance to visit one of the top naturalistic attractions of the Tuscan city, the Boboli Gardens: not a simple green area, but a real open-air museum, where botany walks hand in hand with architecture and sculptural art (Boboli Gardens: tour with priority entrance from € 39,00).

3 - Evening: dinner, Fontana del Porcellino

It's time for dinner: go back, crossing Ponte Vecchio again (a real show at dusk) and reach the La Giostra Restaurant to treat yourself to a Fiorentina of ten and praise (prices starting from € 50,00).
Your Florentine mini-holiday is thus coming to an end; before leaving, however, do not forget to give the legendary a caress Porcellino Fountain: only after giving him the coin of the order can you say that you have fully captured the Florentine mood.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,3 km / 1 h 6 min
  • Places visited: Uffizi (full price from € 12,00, reduced for EU citizens 18-25 years from € 6,00, free for under 18 and the handicapped); Ponte Vecchio (free); Palazzo Pitti (full price from € 10,00, reduced for EU citizens 18-25 years from € 5,00, free for under 18 and the handicapped); Boboli Gardens (full price from € 6,00, reduced for EU citizens 18-25 years from € 3,00, free for under 18 and the handicapped); Porcellino Fountain (free)
  • Timed entrance to the Uffizi Gallery Florence: tales of the Pitti palace
  • Breakfast at Caffè del Borgo (Borgo dei Greci 29 / r - Get directions), Lunch at Alimentari del Chianti (Piazza de Pitti 3R - Get directions), Dinner at La Giostra Restaurant (Borgo Pinti, 12r - 18r - Get directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Florence: best period from late spring to the first weeks of autumn
  • in addition to the Florentine airport Amerigo Vespucci - Peretola (by bus from € 6,00 to the city center), it is possible to reach Florence landing in Pisa, Galileo Galilei airport and taking an Airport Bus Express bus (€ 14,00 a one way ticket) - Compare flights to Florence
  • the best area to stay overnight in the Tuscan capital is the one just outside the historic center, especially if you come by car (the center is a very limited traffic area) -
  • Getting around: in addition to walking, in Florence the bike-sharing service is used (rates starting from € 0,69). Alternatively, buses and trams can easily cover distances (prices starting from € 1,50 for a one-way ticket), or you can take a taxi (starting from € 5,00 per person, depending on the route from travel) - find out more about getting around Florence

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