Whether you’re a solo traveller or a romantic couple, a cultured group of friends or a loud family, Florence has so much in store for you! It’s a medium-sized town with a huge artistic heritage from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, gothic cathedrals, parks and quirky cafes and bars, as well as typical Tuscan restaurants.
And these are our best tips on how to spend two days in the city of the Renaissance!
Visit a museum
Florence is one of Italy’s richest art centres, and you cannot visit it without stopping at one of its museums. If you’re an art lover, then you can visit the Uffizi, Florence’s main art gallery, a bit like the Louvre when in Paris or the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. The Uffizi contain a huge art collection of mostly Florentine and Italian art, ranging from the Middle Ages to mid-20th century, with masterpieces such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the Primavera, or Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni. If you like sculpture, it’s worth visiting the Accademia delle Belle Arti, where you can find Michelangelo’s original David. The Bargello is only second to the Uffizi, with a collection of items and paintings from the Renaissance. When in San Lorenzo, you might want to visit the Cappelle Medicee, the Medici’s personal chapels, showcasing their wealth and patronage of the arts.
Not only museums, but also churches are incredible in Florence. Do you know what Are the Most Awe-Inspiring Churches in Florence?
Go for a walk
Florence is an open-air museum, so if you take a walk anywhere in the city centre, you will always end up in a magical corner with cobble stones and old-fashioned buildings. You can go for a long walk along the Lungarni, the river banks, passing from Ponte alle Grazie, Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita, whilst having a gelato. If you enjoy spending time in nature, you can visit the Boboli Gardens near Piazza Pitti, or the Cascine park - where lots of locals like to go jogging – in the North-West of Florence, or climb up to the Giardino delle Rose near Piazzale Michelangelo. Let yourself be amazed by Florence’s hidden gems!
Have dinner or aperitif on a rooftop bar
After having tried the traditional Florentine bistecca, panino al lampredotto and ribollita, why not having aperitif on a rooftop bar overlooking Florence’s magical skyline? Florence is rich with hotel rooftop bars where you can have well-made cocktails or the typical Spritz with nibbles, or even a romantic dinner over a glass of Chianti red wine. If you visit in the summer or spring season, you’ll also be able to sit and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city.
If you wish to find the best restaurant for your trip, click here: What Are the Best Restaurants in Florence?
By souvenirs, we don’t mean fridge magnets! There are so many Made-in-Italy quality products you can purchase when in Florence. Italian high-quality leather, personalized perfume, well-bodied Chianti red wine, cured meats and cheeses from Tuscany. This is a great chance to give your wardrobe an Italian-style update and to bring some of the best Italian flavors back to your kitchen. Discover more on what to shop in Florence!
Lock your love on Ponte Vecchio & touch the Porcellino’s nose
As you wish to come back to Rome by throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, or touch Juliet’s breast in Verona for good luck, Florence’s got its fun traditions. You can go to the middle of Ponte Vecchio and lock your love or friendship with a small padlock with your names on it. This is a tradition that began with Italian pop singer Tiziano Ferro’s ‘Ti scatterò una foto’ in Rome and that rapidly spread throughout Italy, though town halls have been taking many locks down due to their heavy weight, to avoid their tragic fall in the city river or elsewhere…
Another tradition is touching the Porcellino, the piglet’s statue in the Mercato Nuovo, by holding a coin and touching its nose, then its mouth and letting the coin drop. This tradition is for good luck, though you could make a wish or set the intention of coming back to Florence with it!
©Photo Credits: Photo by Louis Charron; Photo by Tord Sollie; Photo by Eugeniva Belova