FLORENCE IN 1 DAY
If you only have one day to visit Florence you’ll have to make choices since it’s not possible to see everything. The historical centre offers a great number of activities and you can cover it all on foot or by bicycle.
Here you have some tips on how to organize your day in Florence.
STAGE N°1: PIAZZA DUOMO
The first stop of your tour is Piazza del Duomo. It is within a few minutes by foot from Santa Maria Novella train station, usually 10 minutes’ walk traveling across one of the most elegant streets of Florence.
Here you can visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the most beautiful and big European cathedrals, also known as Florence Duomo, with its peculiar façade and dome made by Brunelleschi.
The Baptistery of St. John is just opposite to the Duomo, and next to it you’ll find the Giotto’s campanile (bell tower) that can be visited by climbing its 414 steps: a quite challenging action rewarded by the spectacular view across Florence.
For more info and tickets: https://www.museumflorence.com/
STAGE N° 2: PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA
From Piazza del Duomo go on to Via dei Calzaiuoli in order to reach Piazza della Signoria . Here you will find the Neptune Fountain, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery of Renaissance art.
Within walking distance is the Uffizi Gallery that preserves important masterpieces of Italian art, including many Renaissance works such as “La nascita di Venere” (The Birth of Venus; dated 1485) and “Primavera” (Spring; dated 1482) by Botticelli.
To avoid long wait lines you can book your visit and buy the tickets online. An average visit lasts at least 2 hours.
STAGE N° 3: PONTE VECCHIO
After a short lunch break, cross the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), a symbol of the city from which you will be able to observe the old goldsmith shops and jewelry showcases. The bridge is almost all covered and have only a small view of the Arno River Once you reach the Oltrarno (literally the other side of the Arno) go to Palazzo Pitti.
STAGE N° 4: BOBOLI GARDENS AND PALAZZO PITTI
Boboli Gardens and the museums of Palazzo Pitti. The Boboli Gardens are an example of Italian gardens, embellished with caves, fountains, meadows and paths. On the first floor of Palazzo Pitti, created by Fancelli (pupil of Brunelleschi), there’s the Galleria Palatina with its collection of 16th century paintings. On the raised ground floor resides the Museo degli Argenti (also known as Tesoro dei Granduchi), which showcase the jewels belonged to the House of Medici. Following you’ll find the Appartamenti Reali (Royal Apartments) setted up with the furniture of the antique period, the Modern Art Gallery with its 19th century paintings, the Porcelain Museum and the Costume Gallery with its dresses from the last 300 years.
This stage takes at least a couple of hours depending on the number of museums visited.
More information at: www.polomuseale.firenze.it
STAGE N° 5: PIAZZA SANTO SPIRITO
From Palazzo Pitti you can reach Piazza Santo Spirito where you will find the church of Santo Spirito – realized by Brunelleschi – with its famous façade and precious treasures inside.