What to see in Florence and surroundings in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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Among the most visited Italian cities in Italy, Florence certainly occupies the first places. The Tuscan capital is the symbol of art in the world, representing a real open-air museum, rich in monumental beauties, elegant and sumptuous Renaissance and medieval buildings, statues and statues, welcoming and historic squares: Florence is the perfect postcard city, an artistic magnet that attracts tourists, who, once they have left, will hardly forget about her.

In five days it is possible to wander through the streets of the city visiting the main and numerous points of interest, passing through the magnificent Duomo complex, admiring Piazza della Signoria, up to the many museums with their works that tell myths, history and the life of the most important artists in the world.
Let's find out together what to see in Florence and surroundings in 5 days!


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  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

For a first approach to the city, we always recommend a guided walking tour in the historic center, to have useful reference points and learn about the city's stories and anecdotes.
Start the tour from Piazza Santa Croce, where the Franciscan basilica of the same name stands. The Basilica of Santa Croce houses numerous works of art, as well as the tomb of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and other illustrious personalities (Mon-Sat 9: 30-17: 30).
In just ten minutes you will reach Piazza della Signoria, the central square where the Palazzo Vecchio dominates, the building dating back to the '300. You can visit the sumptuous rooms and the museum inside (Fri-Wed 9: 00-19: 00, Thu 9: 00-14: 00, book your entrance with audio guide).
Have lunch at Trattoria Antico Fattore (€ 30,00).

Now dedicate part of the afternoon inside the wonderful Uffizi Gallery, one of the richest places of art in the world, where important works by artists such as Giotto, Cimabue, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci are preserved (Tue-Sun 8: 15-18: 50, the tour with priority entrance is recommended to skip the long lines).
At sunset, admire the colors from the Ponte Vecchio overlooking the Arno River.

For dinner, stop at the Osteria Cinghiale Bianco, inside an ancient tower (€ 40,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Santa Croce (free), Basilica of Santa Croce (€ 6,00), Piazza della Signoria (free), Palazzo Vecchio (€ 14,00), Uffizi Gallery (€ 20,00), Ponte Vecchio (free) .
  • Daily shopping: € 110,00
  • walking tour in the historic center Uffizi: tour with priority entrance Entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio with audio guide
  • Lunch at Trattoria Antico Fattore (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Cinghiale Bianco (Get directions)

2 day

Dedicate the day to visiting the splendid Piazza Duomo where you will get lost among the marvelous monumental buildings of the Florence Cathedral complex (we recommend the purchase of the skip the line for the visit to the Duomo to avoid the long lines). Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly known as the Duomo of Florence, and climb the 463 steps of the dome of Maestro Brunelleschi, a truly unmissable experience (every day 8: 30-19: 00, Sat until 17:40; the guided tour of the dome without the line is recommended).

Quick lunch at Panini Toscani (€ 12,00).
Then complete your visit to Baptistery of San Giovanni (Mon-Sat 11: 15-19: 00), with its octagonal shape and marvelous mosaics, and also climb the Giotto's Campanile, 84,70 meters high (every day 8: 15-19: 00). Spend the rest of the afternoon inside the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, which houses works by Michelangelo (the Pietà Bandini), by Donatello (the Maria Maddalena), by Lorenzo Ghiberti (The door of Paradise) and many others. .

In the evening take a nice walk towards the elegant Republic Square, and for dinner stop by Ristorante Totò for an excellent Florentine steak (€ 35,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Piazza Duomo (free), Complex of Piazza Duomo (€ 15,00, including Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi's Dome, San Giovanni's Baptistery, Giotto's Dome, Museum of the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore), Piazza of the Republic (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Florence Cathedral, Dome & Terraces: Florence Cathedral Guided Tour: Skip-the-Line Dome Skip-the-Line Tour: Florence Cathedral and Brunelleschi Tour
  • Lunch at Panini Toscani (Get directions), Dinner at Totò Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

Start the day by strolling in the beautiful Boboli Gardens (every day 8: 15-19: 30), the green area that embellishes Piazza de 'Pitti, where the homonymous Palace stands, the Pitti Palace, which you can visit admiring its works inside (Tue-Sun 8: 15-18: 50, you can take advantage of the unique visit of Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens and Galleria Palatina). Now go to the splendid Basilica of Santo Spirito, designed in the 400th century by Brunelleschi (Mon-Sat 10: 00-12: 00 and 16: 00-18.00).

Have lunch seated at the tables of the Trattoria La Casalinga (€ 25,00).
Cross the Ponte Santa Trinità, the beautiful arched bridge dating back to the th century, and reach Piazza Santa Trinità and visit one of the most impressive buildings in Florence, or Palazzo Strozzi, dating back to the Renaissance and similar to a fortress, hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions (every day 10: 00-20: 00).
Reach the nearby Piazza Santa Maria Novella, a green spot in Florence, and visit the beautiful Santa Maria Novella (very variable times, consult the official website).

End the day by dining at the Osteria Pastella, where you will eat homemade pasta while listening to live music (€ 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 33 min
  • Places visited: Boboli Gardens (€ 10,00), Piazza de 'Pitti (free), Palazzo Pitti (€ 16,00), Basilica of Santo Spirito (free), Piazza Santa Trinità (free), Palazzo Strozzi (€ 12,00) ), Piazza Santa Maria Novella (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,00
  • walking tour of the Renaissance city Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatine Gallery
  • Lunch at Trattoria La Casalinga (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Pastella (Get directions)

4 day

Piazza San Marco is the beautiful square square north of the city, where the church of the same name stands, walk for a while among the trees and then head towards the Accademia Gallery, which guards the David, the work of Michelangelo (Tue-Sun 8: 15-18: 50, it is advisable to purchase a timed entrance for Michelangelo's David to avoid long queues). Now head to a meeting place for many Florentines and tourists, namely the Central Market (every day 8: 00-00: 00). Here you can shop for high quality local food products.

Eat something light at the Capannina Bistrot (€ 18,00).
Reach the Basilica of San Lorenzo, yet another majestic building of the city of the Renaissance period (every weekday 10: 00-17: 00). End the afternoon at the Bargello Museum, where there is one collection of Renaissance statues among the most important in the world (every day 8: 15-17: 00).

To enjoy a truly remarkable panoramic view of Florence, you just have to reach Piazzale Michelangelo, which you can reach along the Rampe del Poggi. End the day by dining at the tables in the Loggia in Piazzale Michelangelo (€ 35,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 46 min
  • Places visited: Piazza San Marco (free), Accademia Gallery of Florence (€ 12,00), Central Market (free), Basilica of San Lorenzo (€ 4,50), Bargello National Museum (€ 8,00), Piazzale Michelangelo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Piazzale Michelangelo private walking tour timed entrance to Michelangelo's David
  • Lunch at Capannina Bistrot (Get directions), Dinner at La Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo (Get directions)

5 day

Last day in San Gimignano, then reach the Santa Maria Novella station and get on a regional train to Siena getting off at the Poggibonsi-S.Gimignano stop (1 h, € 7,90), from here get on board a bus line 130 until Saint Gimignano (20 min, € 2,60). Alternatively, we suggest a guided tour from Florence which includes San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti.

From the stop in Piazzale Montemaggio, start walking towards the gateway to the city, Porta San Giovanni. Continue towards the Tower and Casa Campatelli, one of the 14 remaining towers of the 72 that once dotted San Gimignano (every day 10: 00-17: 30).
Reach the city center, where the Cathedral in the homonymous square, a building with a rigid Romanesque exterior and marvelous interiors, rich in frescoes and decorations (every day 10: 00-19: 00).

Have lunch with something delicious at Bar Le Torri (€ 15,00).
Continue your tour passing near the famous one Devil's Tower and then visit a very special museum, the Torture Museum, a macabre but worthwhile path if you are curious to discover something more about the past (every day 10: 00-19: 00).

In the evening, go to Piazza della Cisterna, with its typical medieval appearance, and before returning to Florence, have dinner in the restaurant with panoramic views Le Terrazze (€ 38,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 114 km / 2 h by car including travel from / to Florence
  • Places visited: San Gimignano center (free), Torre and Casa Campatelli (€ 7,00), Cathedral of San Gimignano (€ 3,50), Torture Museum (€ 10,00), Piazza della Cisterna (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti: tour, lunch and tasting From Florence: tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti San Gimignano: private winery tour, wine and oil tasting
  • Lunch at Bar Le Torri (Get directions), Dinner at Le Terrazze (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person.

Florence is one Italian tourist destination par excellence, therefore it is a city that offers the possibility for anyone to spend a few days among its beautiful streets.

La variety of accommodation present, from luxury hotels to b & bs, to cheaper hostels, it allows you to find prices suitable for all budgets, so if you are thinking of staying in a 5-star hotel, or in a modest room, you will be satisfied in any case.

It is certainly worth bearing in mind i costs of entrance tickets to the various museums, which are not always cheap; in this regard it is useful to book tickets online when possible, avoiding kilometric queues at the entrances and trying to buy unique packages for multiple attractions, in this way you will save time and a few euros.

  • starting from € 44,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 484,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Florence: from April to October, but it must be considered that in the summer the heat is quite torrid and the number of tourists is remarkably high - find out more
  • well connected to the main Italian cities by bus and train, the Firenze Santa Maria Novella station is a 15-minute walk from the center. The airport is 5 km from the center, reachable by tramway line T2 (20 min, € 1,50) or by taxi (fixed rate € 22,00)
  • the historic center is comfortable but the prices are very high; low cost accommodations are located near the Santa Maria Novella station, a few steps from the historic center; Santa Croce and San Niccolò areas suitable for those who want to spend the evenings in the clubs, given the wide variety; San Frediano is immersed in a more residential atmosphere, suitable for families, offers very affordable prices and a short walk from the historic center
  • Getting around: the center of Florence is a completely pedestrian area, the main attractions can be visited on foot. To reach more distant places it is possible to use the tramway and buses (average daily cost € 9,00) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Firenze Card, with which you can visit, avoiding the queues, most of the museums in the city. The Card is valid for 72 hours from entering the first museum and costs € 85,00

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