If you’re reading this post, you’re probably very excited to be traveling to Florence soon, or you’re already in town and are looking for some fun activities to do in the cradle of the Renaissance. Florence offers plenty of things to do! And, there are some activities that you can't miss before leaving. What’s great about Florence is how well-rounded it is, as it offers both history and culture-related and open-air activities for individuals and families.
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Climb the Duomo and See Florence from the Top
If you like challenges, this activity is just right for you. Climbing the 463 steps of the Dome is one of the most challenging activities to do in Florence, though the final result is definitely worth it. You’ll be able to see the Dome square from the top, as well as the whole city centre and beyond. And the pictures will be stunning!
Watch the Sunset in Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the best points to view Florence’s skyline. While it might be quite challenging to reach it, as it takes a fair amount of hiking to get there, it is worth sitting on the stairs and watching the sunset. If you like to be organized, you could bring a blanket to wrap yourself up and sit more comfortably and even some wine and nibbles to have a DIY aperitif. If you’re lucky enough, you might come across a street show or meet other fellow travelers – this is a great spot to break the ice and start a conversation!
Go For a Walk Along the Lungarni
The ‘Lungarni’ are Florence’s river banks. The Lungarni cross the whole city centre, starting from the South of Florence and reaching the Fortezza area. These are a perfect spot to stroll along the city centre at any time of the day or go jogging. If you want to also stop for an open-air workout, you can go down the beach on Lungarno Serristori or stop at the little park along it.
Fiesole is a beautiful borough of Florence that is situated on top of a hill. Along with Piazzale Michelangelo, this is one of the best spots to view Florence from. You can come here for a walk, a picnic, or to enjoy a lunch or dinner with a view.
Wine Tasting in the Chianti Region
Wine is one of Italy’s best products. While you can go wine tasting in Florence’s city centre, it is worth going for a trip to the Tuscan countryside to enjoy a walk in the vineyards, a visit to a cellar and an explanation on how to taste wine by a wine expert. Indeed, wine production is a fascinating process that blends hard work, a long tradition and constant innovation. In Tuscany, the best wine varieties are red Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, which are produced with Sangiovese grapes following a centuries-old tradition.
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Photo Credit: Duomo di Firenze (Photo by Author), Duomo Bell Tower (Photo by Author), Chianti Region (Photo by Rowan Heuvel)