What to see in Florence and surroundings in 7 days

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Capital of Tuscany, Florence is a city rich in history and art, with numerous churches, museums and palaces. But not only that, because its surroundings, characterized by villages, hills and vineyards, are famous all over the world and every year attract millions of visitors from Italy and abroad.

If you are thinking of a week's vacation in these parts, here are some tips on a possible itinerary and on how to best organize your stay. Let's find out what to see in Florence and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
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  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week in Florence cost?
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your holiday in Florence and surroundings from Piazza Duomo, the beating heart of the Tuscan capital.
Visit the Duomo of Florence with a guided tour, which will make you discover the Crypt, the fabulous Brunelleschi's Dome (remember to book the visit online) and the suggestive Giotto's Bell Tower.
Admission costs € 18,00 including the baptistery.
End the morning at the Baptistery of San Giovanni, another masterpiece, dedicated to the Florentine patron. The hours vary according to the season, so we advise you to consult them on the official website for the day you decided to visit this wonderful complex.

For lunch you can reach the Central Market in 5 minutes, a restored historic structure, where you can find typical food and wine products and several restaurants. We suggest a good sandwich with the Lampredotto from I Lampredotto Lorenzo Nigro (average cost per person € 5,00).
After filling your stomach, take a tour of the historic shops and stalls selling leather products and fine fabrics on Via dell'Ariento.
Then continue the afternoon at the Accademia Gallery, where among the many works of great Italian artists you can admire the famous David Di Michelangelo. The Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 18:50 pm, with entry every 15 minutes (book entry with no queue timetable).

Tonight we advise you to have an early dinner at Trattoria Anita, where you can taste real Florentine cuisine (average cost per person € 30,00). Then at 20:30, starting from Via de 'Neri, treat yourself to a nice tour of the city by night by bike, to discover the center of Florence which is even more suggestive in the dark.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Duomo complex (cathedral, dome, bell tower and Baptistery San Giovanni OPA Pass € 18,00), central market (free), Via dell'Ariento (free), Accademia Gallery (€ 12,00), Via dei Neri (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Night tour by electric bike with ice cream tasting guided tour of the Duomo with priority entrance, timed entrance to Michelangelo's David
  • Lunch at Il Lampredotto Lorenzo Nigro (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Anita (Get directions)

2 day

Start the morning by visiting the Santa Maria Novella Church, overlooking the square of the same name, with elegant interiors and its unmistakable facade. Open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 17:30, Friday from 11:30 to 17:30, Saturday from 9:00 to 17:30, admission is € 5,00. On public holidays or Sundays, the church can be accessible to the public from 12:00 or 13:00, always until 17:30.
Then move to the neighbor Museum of the twentieth century which houses modern masterpieces of Florentine art and not only. it is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 20:00, Thursday from 11:00 to 14:00 and Friday from 11:00 to 23:00, admission is € 9,50.

For lunch, stop by Foody Farm, a rustic-chic place that offers typical dishes, excellent soups and mini burgers (average cost per person € 25,00).
In the afternoon reach the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the oldest Franciscan basilicas and imposing, and take the tour that includes the Church, the 16 Chapels, including the Pazzi Chapel, Three Cloisters, several tombs of famous people, the Opera Museum, the Last Supper and various internal and external areas.
The complex is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 17:30 pm, Sunday and holidays from 14:00 pm to 17:00 pm and the entrance costs € 8,00.
End the afternoon in Piazza Santa Croce, the perfect place for a pre-dinner aperitif.

In the evening we recommend that you eat the excellent Florentine steak which is served with various side dishes at the Osteria dei Pazzi (average cost per person € 35,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 28 min
  • Places visited: Church of Santa Maria Novella (€ 7,50), Museo Novecento (€ 9,50), Basilica of Santa Croce (€ 8,00), Piazza Santa Croce (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • guided tour of the Cathedral, Duomo and Terraces
  • Lunch at Foody Farm (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria dei Pazzi (Get directions)

3 day

Also for today there are many things to see, start your tour from the Fontana del Porcellino and after having donated the coin, make a caress so luck will be with you!
Reach the nearby Palazzo Vecchio, to see both outside and inside why here there are several works by Michelangelo and Donatello. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb to the top of the Asinelli Tower and enjoy the extraordinary panorama.
Since the visit will take you at least two hours, spend the whole morning here.
This complex is open from Friday to Wednesday from 9:00 to 19:00, Thursday from 9:00 to 14:00 and the museum + tower visit costs € 14,00.

Have lunch at the Vecchio Vicolo, a typical restaurant in the historic center of Florence, ideal for refreshing yourself before continuing your day (average cost per person € 25,00).
Dedicate the afternoon to visiting the Uffizi Galleries inside it houses masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Titian and many others. We strongly advise you to be accompanied by a guide to fully enjoy all the artistic heritage and to skip the line. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 18:50 pm, entrance costs € 20,00. The complete visit will take approximately 3 hours. When you have finished walking in the late afternoon light along the banks of the Arno and cross the famous Ponte Vecchio.
Enjoy this place full of history and charm and eventually return to the banks of the river and have an aperitif at the Rooftop Bar la Terrazza.

For dinner we suggest the Trattoria Coco Lezzone, famous for its pappa al pomodoro and ribollita as well as the numerous traditional Tuscan dishes (average cost per person € 25,00). Finish off with an evening stroll through the city center.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 14 min
  • Places visited: Pig Fountain (free), Palazzo Vecchio (€ 14,00), Uffizi Gallery (€ 20,00), Ponte Vecchio (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Uffizi Gallery with scheduled admission Walking tour of Florence and visit to the Uffizi with no queue entrance to Palazzo Vecchio and the tower
  • Lunch at Vecchio Vicolo (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Coco Lezzone (Get directions)

4 day

We advise you to start this day by reaching the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte overlooking Florence by bus 12 from the center (Prato Barbetti stop). Visit the interior, the Crypt, the Sacristy, the Cloister and the Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal, and admire the exterior, a typical example of Romanesque-Florentine style.
Admission is free and is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00, on Sundays from 8:15 to 19:00.
Then with a 5-minute walk you reach Piazzale Michelangelo, from where you can take wonderful panoramic photographs. Finally, end the morning walking through the avenues of the beautiful and fragrant Rose Garden, open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00.

For lunch, stop at the Ristorante Pizzeria i Tarocchi, a rustic place that serves pizzas cooked in a wood oven (average price per person € 15,00). If the day allows it, you can also take it away and enjoy the outdoor break along the Arno.
In the afternoon, visit Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, two connected attractions that will leave you speechless again. Inside the palace you can admire royal rooms where numerous collections of art from the 500th century to the modern era are exhibited. While the green area is a true open-air museum where botany and architecture intertwine perfectly.
The palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 to 18:50 and the entrance is € 13,00, the Boboli Gardens every day from 8:15 to 19:30 and has a cost of € 10,00, .

Spend the evening for dinner at the Osteria Santo Spirito, known for its gnocchi with truffles and cold cuts (average price per person € 22,00). Then end the evening with a beer from Archea Brewery, a famous craft brewery.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 1 h
  • Places visited: Abbey of San Miniato (free), Piazzale Michelangelo (free), Rose Garden (free), Palazzo Pitti (€ 13,00), Boboli Gardens (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatine Gallery Close-up walking tour of Florence and Pitti Palace Boboli Gardens and hidden messages
  • Lunch at Ristorante Pizzeria i Tarocchi (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Santo Spirito (Get directions)

5 day

For this fifth day we recommend an itinerant excursion in Chianti, a beautiful area near Florence, at discovery of cellars, vineyards and villages. Leave with a rental car (€ 25,00 per day) or with an organized tour.

As a first stop, in the morning reach Greve in Chianti, 28 km from the Tuscan capital. Take a walk in the alleys of the historic center between arcades and medieval buildings and visit Piazza Matteotti.
End the morning in Panzano in Chianti, enter the narrow streets that wind behind the square and you will find the church and the old fortress.

For lunch, stop at the Antica Macelleria Cecchini, a famous place where the owner between a Florentine and a platter of cold cuts recites the verses of the Divine Comedy (average cost per person € 35,00).
In the afternoon, passing by the Castle of Bibbione, go in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, a pretty town with the important Collegiate Church of San Cassiano from the 7th century, the Church of the Misericordia with important works by Ugolino da Siena and the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù. All the churches are open from 30:19 to 30: and admission is free.
As a last step you reach Albergaccio di Sant'Andrea in Percussina, where the Macchiavelli house is located, now transformed into a famous wine shop where you can taste the wines of the area, open from 11:00 to 19:00.

For dinner, return to Florence and eat at the La Buchetta Food & Wine Restaurant, a place inside a 400s building that offers Tuscan dishes among wine shelves (average cost per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 87,3 km / 2 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Greve in Chianti (free), Panzano (free), Bibbione Castle (free), San Casciano in Val di Pesa (free), Albergaccio di Sant'Andrea in Percussina (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Chianti Hills: Colors and Flavors Tour from Florence From Florence: The Best of Chianti From Florence: Chianti Wine Tasting
  • Lunch at Antica Macelleria Cecchini (Get directions), Dinner at La Buchetta Food & Wine (Get directions)

6 day

This morning, always with your car (car rental from € 25,00) or with an organized tour, head to San Gimignano, the medieval town Unesco Heritage, at 60 Km from Florence.

Visit the village famous for its famous medieval towers and the picturesque old town: start by admiring Piazza del Duomo, with the important church and the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo del Popolo and the twin towers of the Salvucci.
Then move to Piazza della Cisterna, the economic and commercial hub of the village and conclude with a tour of the walls where you can observe the five access gates to San Gimignano.

Take back the car e reach Monteriggioni overlooking the top of a hill whose slopes are planted with olive trees and vineyards. But first stop along the way for a lunch break at the Bettola dei Vinandri which offers excellent platters of local cold cuts and cheeses accompanied by white pizzas (average cost per person € 8,00).
In the afternoon visit this other village starting from the walkway of the castle walls from where you will have a breathtaking view of the Chianti hills. The visit costs € 4,00 and is open from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 14:00 to 16:00. Then, walking in the historic center, go to the discovery of the Porta Franca, of Piazza Roma with the church of Santa Maria Assunta where you will meet several pilgrims because a stretch of the Via Francigena passes here.
If you have time visit the Monteriggioni in Arme Museum which houses various reproductions of weapons and armor from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the ticket is included in that of the walkway.
In the late afternoon, get back to your vehicle and return to Florence in about 1 hour.

For dinner this evening we suggest you go to the Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo, an elegant restaurant with a panoramic terrace overlooking the city where you can admire all of Florence illuminated (average cost per person € 35,00). And if you are not tired, finish with a romantic walk to Ponte Vecchio, which will look completely different at night.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 142 km / 2 h 34 min by car including travel from / to Florence
  • Places visited: San Gimignano (free), Monteriggioni (free), Monteriggioni Castle with walkway + Monteriggioni in Arme Museum (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • From Florence: tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti From Florence: Chianti, Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni
  • Lunch at Bettola dei Vinandri (Get directions), Dinner at the Loggia del Piazzale Michelangelo (Get directions)

7 day

For your last day of vacation stay in the center of Florence and in the morning visit the Bargello Museum, il oldest Italian museum dedicated to medieval and Renaissance art. We suggest you start from the ground floor where the Michelangelo Room and the Courtyard are located, continue to the First floor with the Donatello Room and other rooms, and conclude with the top floor.
It is open every day from 8:15 to 14:00 (last admission at 13:20) and is a place full of charm and things to see that will occupy you the whole morning. The ticket costs € 8,00.

For lunch we recommend eating All'Antico Vinaio, synonymous with quality where you can taste delicious sandwiches to eat outside (average price € 8,00). If there is too much line, La Prosciutteria is equally valid, almost opposite.
In the afternoon go to the Casa Buonarroti, the museum building dedicated to Michelangelo, where it is possible to admire two famous marble reliefs, masterpieces of Michelangelo's early youth: the Madonna della Scala and the Battle of the Centaurs. The art gallery is open every day from November to March from 10:00 to 16:30 and from March to November from 10:00 to 17:00, admission is € 8,00.
End the day in the San Lorenzo district, a 10 minute walk, famous for its leather processing where you will find numerous shops and shops.

As a conclusion of your holiday, we recommend that you spend the last few hours at the Konnubio restaurant, a nice place with simple but refined furnishings and refined cuisine (average price per person € 35,00).
Here you will be a moment from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then in the evening enjoy a last walk through the streets and monuments of the historic center of Florence.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 28 min
  • Places visited: Bargello Museum (€ 8,00), Buonarroti House (€ 8,00), San Lorenzo District (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • private tour of the Bargello National Museum
  • Lunch at All'Antico Vinaio (Get directions), Dinner at Konnubio (Get directions)

How much does a week in Florence cost?

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

Florence is a fairly expensive destinationhowever, by organizing it is also possible to save money. Outside the city there are several farmhouses with kitchenette that allow you to significantly lower the cost of the trip. As for food, if you intend not to spend too much, we suggest street food or cooking in the apartments.
Since an expense item is the inputs, remember to purchase the museum card if you don't want to miss any attractions. The cost is € 85,00 for 72 hours, but it includes everything and you will also skip the lines.
Finally, if you are aiming for savings, the ideal way to visit the surroundings is to organize yourself.
If you don't mind the expense, Florence has numerous luxury hotels, starred restaurants and organized tours are perfect for visiting the city and its surroundings.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 67,00 per room -
  • Skip the Line: Florence Cathedral and Brunelleschi Tour 24, 48 or 72-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 10 City Treasures
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 750,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Florence: at any time of the year, however, spring and autumn are the most suitable periods thanks to the presence of mild but not sultry temperatures and sunny days - find out more
  • plane, bus or train. Buses leave from the airport to the city center (€ 6,00); landing in Pisa by Airport Bus Express (€ 14,00 one way ticket). Alternatively, from many Italian cities you can reach the Tuscan capital by train that arrives at the Santa Maria Novella station in the city center.
  • in the historic center if you intend to move mainly on foot or by public transport; outside the old city if you have a car and want to visit the surroundings
  • Getting around: the historic center can be visited on foot and by public transport; to discover the surroundings it is useful to rent a car or own - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: 24, 48 or 72 hour tourist bus pass; alternatively weekly pass for public transport at € 18,00. For museums there is the Firenze Card at € 85,00 which allows you to skip the lines and visit all the attractions

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