Whether you’re visiting in the warm or cold weather, whether you have just arrived or you’ve been in town for a few days, spending a whole day walking around in Florence and eating Italian food is always fun! Florence is a unique place to be in and there are so many ways to enjoy it. Check out our recommendations on how to spend one day in Florence.
Florence is a touristy, busy town at all times of the year. But if you manage to get an early start, you’ll find that even the busiest areas such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo and Piazza Signoria are quieter. You’ll be able to take great pictures and enjoy the silence before all the buzz starts! It’s also worth having a typical Italian colazione with a cappuccino and a croissant. Alternatively, you can have a caffè (espresso), a caffè macchiato (coffee with milk), a caffèllatte (latte) or another drink, and a pastry you fancy, such as a sfogliatina (puff pastry), a bombolone (doughnut), cannoli and many more.
Once you are ready to take on the day, why not visit a state museum? If you’re feeling drawn to classical art, you can visit the Uffizi or the Accademia, or enter one of the main churches, such as Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce or the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo. But if it’s a warm day, you could visit the open-air Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace’s Museums.
Feeling hungry? You can now stop at L’antico vinaio or another sandwich spot in via dei Neri and taste a typical (and cheap) schiacciata with cured meats and pecorino cheese, or have a panino col lampredotto at a lampredottaio stand. [inserire articolo eat on a budget una volta pubblicato] You can also visit the Central Market in San Lorenzo and try some local specialties or food from other Italian regions.
Florence is an open-air museum, so you don’t necessarily have to enter a museum or a cathedral to enjoy all of its beauty. You can simply stroll along the lungarni next to the river Arno, walk over the main bridges such as Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, and the main squares, such as Piazza Duomo, della Repubblica and della Signoria. If you feel like diving off the beaten path, you can check out Oltrarno, Santo Spirito and San Niccolò, stop at a local, independent café and have a look at artisan shops.
If you’re feeling like purchasing some souvenirs or go shopping, you can stop at San Lorenzo Market and check out the exterior stalls and shops that sell high quality leather goods and accessories. You can also go shopping in the city centre and in via Tornabuoni for high fashion and luxury items.
The day is almost over. Why not celebrate by having a typical Aperol Spritz or a glass of Chianti red wine on a rooftop bar? You can sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the city centre while having nibbles or a full aperitif. This is the perfect time to relax and chat at the end of the day or to plan your following day in Florence.
These are our suggestions on how to spend one day in Florence, are you ready to live it?
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