THREE DAYS TOUR
Three days in the city will allow you to discover the best of the historical center and do a small out-door trip also.
Here you’ll find an itinerary to discover the best monuments, churches and museums of Florence in three days.
The first day in Florence is dedicated to the heart of its historical center. You can visit it all on foot or by bicycle.
- The first stop is Piazza del Duomo, where you can visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It worth a visit due to the famous Duomo’s cupola made by Brunelleschi, as well as the Giotto’s campanile (bell tower), the Baptistery of St. John and Porta Paradiso.
- Keep going towards Piazza della Signoria and visit the nearby Uffizi Gallery (at least 2 hours tour).
- After lunchtime go to Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge): the most famous bridge in Florence where the goldsmith’s shops are located.
- You’ll reach the Museums of Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens. In the palace you will find the Fashion and Costume Museum, the Argenti Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Porcelain Museum, the Galleria Palatina.
- Finish the first day in Piazza Santo Spirito where you can visit the Church of Santo Spirito realized by Brunelleschi.
- The Medici Chapels Museum, inside San Lorenzo’s church. The place preserves the sculptures of Michelangelo, here is where the members of the Medici family are buried also.
- Santa Maria Novella’s square and its church of green and white marble made by Leon Battista Alberti and frescoed by Ghirlandaio.
- Piazza Santa Croce and its church, where Galileo and Michelangelo were buried.
- Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses the original copy of Michelangelo’s David.
- Piazzale Michelangelo, one of the most panoramic areas of the whole city
On the third day you can choose to visit some arts complexes and museums or to have a day trip outside Florence in the Chianti’s nearby locations.
If you stay in town you can visit:
- The Museo di San Marco, a place that contains the works of the painter Fra’ Angelico. The museum is housed inside the Dominican monastery and it was enlarged by Michelozzo in 1396. This typical example of a 15th-century convent conserves important paintings exhibited in the Pilgrims’ Hospital Hall (Sala dell’Ospizio dei Pellegrini). Among the most famous frecoes there is the Crucifixion and Saints in the chapter room, the Three Marys at the Tomb, the Annunciation, the Deposition from the Cross, and The Last Judgment. Worth mentioning is also the Cenacolo (Last Supper) made by Domenico Ghirlandaio. The underground cells host a rare collection of bells and some precious relics of Florence.
- Gardens and parks. You can choose the city park Parco delle Cascine, ideal for cycling or walking, among woods and meadows along the Arno’s river, the Rose Garden with Folon scultures and the Iris Garden. Then there is the Renaissance garden Giardino Vardini, considered one of the top ten Italian gardens. Just outside the city you’ll find Villa Peyron garden. additional interesting villas due to their ancient Medicean past are: Villa Petraia, Villa Demidoff with the medicean park of Pratolino and Villa di Castello.