What to see in Florence in one day

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Florence can be undoubtedly defined as the cradle of the Renaissance, thanks to its universally known and appreciated artistic heritage.

In its historic center, easily accessible on foot without the use of public transport, small treasures are enclosed, flagship of art and great Italian masters.

Below we suggest an itinerary as complete as possible, to be covered in one day, which includes artistic places, but also places of worship, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, known by all as the Duomo of Florence. Here what to see in Florence in one day!


  1. One day itinerary in Florence: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Florence: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Florence: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Florence: Morning

1 - First stage: Cathedral, Dome, crypt of santa reparata

Let's start our one-day itinerary in Florence, with a visit to the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria Novella. But first we have breakfast at Bruneleschi Bistrot, right in Piazza San Giovanni, with prices starting from € 3,00.

As soon as we are ready, we enter the Duomo, which houses frescoes by Giorgio Vasari inside. Admission to the Cathedral is free, although you often have to wait a long queue to enter.

At the end of the visit of the Cathedral, we continue from inside, towards the Dome, the majestic work of Filippo Brunelleschi: to access it, you need to buy a single ticket of € 18,00 per person and book the visit. Caution: booking is not recommended, but mandatory! Once you get to the top, you will have a spectacular view of Florence from above. The dome is open every day from 8:30 to 19:00, it is closed only on the first Tuesday of the month. With the same ticket, inside the Cathedral, it is possible to visit the Crypt of Santa Reparata, which preserves the remains of the ancient basilica of Santa Reparata and has a wonderful floor formed by a polychrome mosaic.

2 - Second Stage: Baptistery of San Giovanni

Right in front of the Duomo, you will find the Baptistery of San Giovanni, one of the oldest churches in Florence. The Baptistery is characterized by three entrance doors and is embellished with a magnificent mosaic on the vault.

The entrance ticket is included in the single ticket of the Grande Museo del Duomo and the access times are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00; Thursdays from 10:00 to 15:30; Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:45; Sundays and public holidays, from 13 pm to 30 pm. In any case, we advise you to check the opening hours for your day of visit on the official website, as special openings / closings may be foreseen.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 800 m / 10 min
  • Places visited: Duomo (free), Dome (€ 18,00), Crypt of Santa Reparata (included in the Cupola ticket), Baptistery of San Giovanni (included in the Cupola ticket)
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  • Where to have breakfast: Bruneleschi Bistrot (Get directions)

One day itinerary in Florence: Afternoon

1 - First stage: Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery

After enjoying Piazza del Duomo and all its monuments, we continue along via dei Calzaiuoli and, after a few minutes, we find ourselves in Piazza della Signoria. Before arriving in the square, however, we stop in one of the streets of the historic center for a quick lunch at La Prosciutteria in Florence, where the average prices are around € 10,00 per person.

Piazza della Signoria is one historic square in Florence, seat of the ancient and perennial diatribe between Guelphs and Ghibellines. Today it presents the Palazzo Vecchio (seat of the municipality, which we admire only from the outside), and the Loggia dei Lanzi, today an exhibition space.

A few steps from the square, we find the very famous Uffizi Gallery, a museum that collects some of the most important masterpieces in the history of art, including Botticelli's Venus. The Uffizi is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 08:15 to 18:50 (it is closed on January 1st and December 25th); the entrance fee is € 12,00; for children aged 18 to 25 residing within the European Union and in the countries of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, reduced admission is € 2,00, while it is free for children under 18.
We highly recommend buy the entrance ticket online, with a booking fee of € 4,00 to avoid long queues. The minimum time to consider for a visit is an hour and a half!

2 - Second stage: Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens

Leaving the Uffizi Gallery, we walk again in the historic center of Florence until we reach the Ponte Vecchio, one of the symbols of the city: it is a closed bridge that crosses the Arno at its narrowest point and is home to numerous and historic goldsmith shops (free and always accessible).

Continuing on the Ponte Vecchio, you arrive at Palazzo Pitti, an elegant building in Florence, now home to four museums. Having just been to the Uffizi, we will rather spend time in the Boboli Gardens, which extends just behind the Palace, and which is adorned with marvelous statues and impressive fountains. The cost of the ticket is € 6,00; for children aged 18 to 25 residing within the European Union and in the countries of Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, reduced admission is € 2,00, while it is free for children under 18. The Garden is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 08:15 to 16.30 in the months of November, December, January, February; until 17:30 in the months of March and October with solar time; until 18.30 in the months of April, May, September, October and March with summer time; until 19.30 pm in the months of June, July, August.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 34 min
  • Places visited: Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens
  • Tour: Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatine Gallery - Florence: Uffizi Gallery and city walking tour
  • Where to have lunch: La Prosciutteria di Firenze (Get directions)

One day itinerary in Florence: Evening

1 - First stage: Dinner, Lungarno

In the evening, you will be delighted to take a walk on the Lungarno, or the narrow streets that line the Arno river and which are not directly in the historic center, but in the immediate vicinity (free and always accessible).

In these streets it is possible to find numerous places for an aperitif and for dinner. We will stop atOsteria del Pavone, to taste typical Florentine meat dishes (average prices around € 45,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 23 min
  • Places visited: Lungarno
  • Florence night tour by electric bike with ice cream tasting
  • Where to dine: Osteria del Pavone (Get directions)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: for its artistic heritage, Florence can be visited all year round; however, to avoid the crowds of tourists and, above all, the queues for the entrance to the Museums, we recommend that you consider the low season and avoid bridges and holidays
  • Getting around: the car is the least suitable way to move around the city, due to traffic restrictions; for this reason, we advise you to arrive by train, as the station is in the historic center
  • What to bring: as you will move mostly on foot, especially inside the historic center, we recommend that you adopt comfortable and informal clothing and choose shoes without heels, so as not to have difficulties in the streets of the center
  • Visit to museums: you will not need a card for transport, but certainly one for admission to the Museums: we recommend that you buy the single ticket for access to all the monuments of the Great Cathedral Museum and book the entrance to the Gallery online of the Uffizi

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Of course, Florence has lots of other wonderful things to see, but in one day it will never be possible to see everything! It is therefore necessary to make compromises, organize a detailed program and, unfortunately, leave something out.

  1. Accademy's Gallery: due to lack of time, having already chosen the Uffizi Gallery, it will be better to dedicate the visit of this museum to the next time
  2. Giotto's Campanile: although very interesting, the view from above on the city of Florence is the same as that offered by the Dome of the Duomo
  3. Piazzale Michelangelo: it is the balcony on the city of Florence, but it is quite far from the historic center

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