Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Florence

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  • Julie K
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    Breathtakingly beautiful views! Long trek to get to the top but definitely worth it! Go early and don't forget your snacks and wine 🍷
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
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    The Uffizi Gallery is one of the best Museums in Europe, hosting the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio and much much more artists. This was my second time visiting this museum and the experience was immense once more. I would certainly go again in the future. We went there before pre-booking our tickets. I highly suggest those who will be visiting to pre-book their tickets and slot for easy access. I also highly suggest that visits are done very close to the open hours. This time round, I went close to closing hours and the amount of crowds and tours going round of the museum made me a bit frustrated. However, you can never miss this spot in Florence.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Zoe
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    Buy your ticket before going there--you will get stuck in an endless queue otherwise, even in April, which you'd think is not high season. We were glad we had our tickets, especially as we visited on a drizzly day.
    The building and plaza all around are just so beautiful. Visiting the inside of the building was a bit of a letdown, especially after visiting Santa Croce the day before. In S. Croce, you can walk anywhere inside, all the way up to paintings, tombs, etc. At the Duomo, all the area directly close to anything on the walls is cordoned off, unless you are part of a group, and so you, if you visit on your own, you can admire things only from the central alley/hub inside the place. How disappointing.
    We had also bought tickets to visit the baptistery, a few steps across from the Duomo. Disappointment again, as all the ceiling is being worked on (repaired??), and so you can only admire all the scaffolds! The floor's tile work is very pretty though, as is too the bit of wall paintings that is visible.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • Judith H
    Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
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    Do not miss David in Florence. This facility needs to make tickets available to tourists rather than so many third parties meaning you are paying double for this experience .
    Written June 9, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    This is the public square where you can find the iconic and landmark Duomo, Campanile di Giotto and Baptistry buildings in the Historic Centre of Florence. There are other attractions in the area such as Loggia del Bigallo (museum), lots of souvenir shops, casual eateries and unfortunately massive crowds of tourists as well due to the relative small size of the square where people congregate to visit the Duomo attractions.

    If you want leisurely visits wandering the square, visit first thing in the morning prior to the attractions opening and the tour groups arriving. Or pass by in the evening when the majority of people have left and returned to their hotels. However, it is difficult to beat viewing the remarkable buildings here during midday when skies are blue and sunlight shines upon the charming marble patterned building facades.

    Note that you can enter Duomo (free) but do expect quite a queue as everyone else is doing the same and they actively try to manage the number of people going inside to see the inner frescos of Brunelleschi's Dome.

    If you want to climb the dome to get up close look at the frescos, you need to acquire one of the Duomo Pass tickets that includes this attraction. Passes also include different combinations of access to Baptistry, Duomo Museum and a climb up the steps of Campanile as well.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
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    Piazza della Signoria is a very beautiful square which is beneath the Palazzo Vecchio. It contains amongst many statues located in the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune. The fountain is indeed as expected a majestic work of art, beautiful both in the morning and at night with artificial lightning upon it. Piazza della Signoria is a must visit when in Florence as it is not as busy as the Piazza Del Duomo.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Zoe
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    If you have time for only one place to visit and must choose between the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore) or Santa Croce, my advice is pick Santa Croce.
    Yes, S. Croce is smaller than the Duomo, but also you can get up close to all the exhibits inside S. Croce. At the Duomo, the area directly close to the exhibits on the walls is cordoned off for the use of groups only, and so you can see paintings etc only from the central alley of the Duomo, where you can barely more around so crowded it is.
    Larger as is the Duomo, with more exhibits, we ended up spending a lot more time at S. Croce, simply because we could get close to the exhibits, read about them, learn about the people there, admire the artworks.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • kmtrixi
    Oshawa, Canada101 contributions
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    This is a wonder market to explore. It has everything from meat, fish cold cuts, cheese, bread, pastries and wine. Surrounding the market are stalls and stores selling leather goods
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
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    Palazzo Vecchio is indeed a beautiful historic site, both from the exterior and interior. This time round I went to visit from the outside and from the free access section. Indeed it is just a teaser of what beauty is held inside, including the huge paintings and tapestries and the visit to the clock tower with a view of Florence and the Duomo. I highly suggest that one should visit, it does not attract very huge queues to visit the exterior. You also get to view one of the David's outside.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
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    The Campanile is a very wonderful attraction in Florence. This is my second time that I climbed this campanile. Once again, it was filled with crowds, even though we booked the trip for first thing in the morning. The climb is a bit difficult but at the end very worth it. Highly recommended for tourist who enjoy history and beautiful views. I strongly recommend that you book for first thing in the morning as queues are then very long during peak season.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kurt C
    Malta25 contributions
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    Ponte Vecchio is another landmark in Florence. In my opinion, it is the least impressive landmark but still a rare beautiful sight to view especially from afar. A nice quick stroll through it is recommended. And if you are after luxury gold and brands of jewellery, the shops within the bridge are for you.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Kennette B
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    This is a beautiful place that harkens to an older Florence where religion was essential and life was slow and elemental. The views from the courtyard are wonderful, and as we went late in the day for the chants, we were treated to a glorious sunset over the rooftops. The interior of the church was austere, and we had no trouble following our ears to the monks. There were not many of them, but the acoustics are such that each voice was multiplied. The walk down was more pleasant than the walk up, but the effort was more than rewarded by a wonderful memory.
    Written May 29, 2024
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  • Chloe
    Bristol, UK17 contributions
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    We queued for around 45 mins to get in to the church for free. It was well worth it! There are side entrances with much shorter queues for those that have paid for to climb the dome or bell tower so make sure you get into the right one!
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    The Historic Centre of Florence is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1982). It straddles the Arno River and includes numerous public squares and cobblestone streets lined with historic palaces, churches, museums, loggias filled with sculptures as well as hotels, retail shops and endless places to have a coffee, cornetto, gelato, panini or enjoyable sit down meal. Visitors can spend several days enjoying the beautiful Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and architecture as well as the world class art and sculpture viewing opportunities along with great food and wine in Florence.

    Of Europes many popular sightseeing cities, Florence has to be up there with the very best when it comes to beauty and volume of things to do, see and taste. Given it's proximity to Rome and other Italian gems, makes it particularly convenient to include for holiday making in Italy. While some just pass through for a night or two, it would be best to allow 3-4 nights if at all possible. By then, most will have had their fill and be ready to move on. Yet, Florence and Renaissance enthusiasts will easily find stays of up to a week or more reasonable as well. We have been fortunate to have been able to make a handful of 4 night stays in the city over the years and have never managed to complete our sightseeing or dining bucket lists during these visits, always leaving quite a few places for future trips.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Marisse M
    Wrexham, UK161 contributions
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    At the time we arrived, 10.30 am on a Friday, there was hardly any queue and we bought our combined tickets for the Pitti Palace and Boboli gardens at E22 per person. We were glad we did this, because it would have been an extra 3 euros each if we had reserved tickets. There are different sections of art rooms on different floors. The Palatine gallery was packed full of ornate pictures, decorative frescos and statues so overwhelming, we couldn't take it all in. Many paintings were skipped with a cursory glance. I loved looking at all the decorative ceilings. We then went to the modern art section and this seemed to be quite interesting in a different way with more disguisable and familiar scenes. The final section was a collection of costumes which should not be missed. The Boboli gardens are massive and you need comfortable footwear to walk everywhere. There are also several statues and water features within it. We wish we had taken a picnic.
    Written May 20, 2024
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