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I arrive in Florence on a sunny Thursday afternoon to meet a friend who is already waiting for me at the very conveniently and centrally located hotel, which we have strategically chosen. The plan: to live Florence to the fullest for 3 days. I find my friend, drop my bags and we are off. We aim for Piazza del Duomo. We talk of many things as we walk and do not realize, as we go through the tiny cobbled streets, pass the crowded cafes and gelataries, that Florence is gingerly working its charm and paving its way through our hearts. Finally we reach Piazza del Duomo, the epicentre of the Renaissance. Our enthusiasm at the sight of everything around us (Santa Maria del Fiore aka il Duomo, il Battistero di San Giovanni and il Campanile di Giotto) is shared by all other tourists pointing at the attractions encountered so many times on art history textbook pages, now taking life and shape in front of their eyes. People armed with cameras avidly snapping away, in a frantic attempt to capture the many beauties around one square under the Florentine sky. We join the queue and buy our admission tickets to the various monuments. To think this is only the start of our tour…

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12 Places

Day 1

Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Taverna Divina Commedia

Restaurants

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Art Museums, History Museums

Campanile di Giotto

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Sacred & Religious Sites

Day 2

Uffizi Gallery

Specialty Museums

Accademia Gallery

Specialty Museums

Buca Lapi

Restaurants

Day 3

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts

Ponte Vecchio

Bridges

Trattoria Mario

Restaurants

Anna3762014's City Tips

  • Bus passes are very convenient and available to buy in local convenience stores; however, Florence is not huge and can easily be walked around.
    Day 1
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    Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This is the very heart of Florence: The main church with the famous Cupola by Brunelleschi. The exterior walls are built in different marbles which combine with one another in a captivating game of hues, a style that has given Tuscan cities a most distinguished look throughout the centuries. The building was initiated in the early Italian Renaissance, in the 13th Century, and completed during the high Renaissance period. Although construction and decoration took several hundred years, once you enter and have the chance to admire it in its full splendor, you’ll conclude it was worth the wait!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • When visiting the Duomo, you have the option to buy a day ticket to all the attractions within Piazza Duomo. This is more convenient and will save you money and queuing time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Words Fail to Describe 12/02/2016
    • Duomo 12/02/2016
    • Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
    Address:
    Via della Canonica, 1
    Piazza del Duomo
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Other:
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    Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    If you want to give chronological sense to your art tour, it is important that you visit this attraction before the others in Piazza Duomo: Il Battistero is a more medieval accomplishment and more faithful in its interiors to earlier style trends. It is entirely decorated in gold and the light reflections are impressive.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Audio guides are available; do opt for one as it will make a difference.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • WOW! Maybe the most IMPRESSING site in the city 11/30/2016
    • One of my favorites in florence 11/24/2016
    • Baptistery of San Giovanni (Battistero)
    Address:
    Piazza di San Giovanni
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Taverna Divina Commedia
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Behind Piazza Duomo, this taverna has a good selection of local dishes to choose from, and a good wine list. Prices are very reasonable, considering the very central location, and while the food is not high standard or sophisticated cuisine, it is good food on a budget and I would recommend it at least for a quick bite. My personal favorite here is the 'pasta e ceci' with 'lardo di colonnata' - a typical Tuscan dish.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Ask the waiter about daily specials; not all dishes are always detailed on the menu.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,654 of 2,197 restaurants in Florence
    • Unpretentious atmosphere and food with great prices and friendly service 11/27/2016
    • Hidden Trap - Avoid! 09/13/2016
    • Taverna Divina Commedia
    Address:
    V. Dei Cimatori, 7R
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 215369
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
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    Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This museum is located directly behind the Duomo and contains the major oeuvres relating to the buildings surrounding the square. It gives visitors a very good background on how the famous Florentine buildings were constructed, as well as playing host to some of the most prominent Renaissance artworks. My personal favorite is Michelangelo’s Florentine Pietà. Although the one mostly referred to is situated in the Vatican museums in Rome, the one you'll find here is definitely worthy of attention, too. It is a later work by a more mature Michelangelo. The sculpture represents the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and Nicodemus holding Jesus as they take him down from the cross. The young Michelangelo is apparently also represented by Jesus himself, who is sculpted with a remarkably more vigorous and robust body than its counterpart in the Vatican.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Audio guides are available here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient artworks in a very modern museum 12/01/2016
    • A must see if you visit the Duomo andBaptistry! 11/28/2016
    • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo 9
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Other:
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    Campanile di Giotto
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Monuments & Statues, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    It’s 85 meters tall, and of course, I took the stairs all the way up, which is exactly what I advise other visitors to do! The reward at the top? Florence — the view of the entire cityscape in all its glorious colors and gentle forms. It makes for a memorable experience.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do take a good camera — views from the top are stunning!
    • My advice is that you do this in the hours of sunset, when the Tuscan sun blushes a reddish tone and sets behind the city’s elegant roof tops.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Narrow, hard but definetley a must to do it! 12/01/2016
    • 450+ steps to the top 12/01/2016
    • Campanile di Giotto
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo
    Historical Center
    10000, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Uffizi Gallery
    Specialty Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Possibly the most important museum in the city. If you are an art lover, you have found Mecca. This gallery includes works by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Da Vinci, to name but a few...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do opt for a guided tour, worth it for the cultural background — plus you are given little anecdotes and facts that are not always reported in books.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the World's Greatest Museums 12/03/2016
    • WOW, the collection here is out of this world 12/02/2016
    • Uffizi Gallery
    Address:
    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8651
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
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    Accademia Gallery
    Specialty Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This unique gallery is located near Piazza San Marco, and it's famed for hosting the original statue of David by Michelangelo. (The most photographed version in Piazza della Signoria, is, in fact, a replica.)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website calendar for guided tour timings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent! 12/02/2016
    • Academia Gallery 12/02/2016
    • Accademia Gallery
    Address:
    Via Ricasoli 58 - 60
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8612
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
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    Buca Lapi
    Restaurants (Italian, Steakhouse, European)
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Florence is not a metropolis by any standard: It is a fairly small city, easily toured on foot and not overpopulated. Still, the sheer amount of art it contains is overwhelming, and exploring it all makes for hungry work. If a delicious Florentine steak (when in Florence!) is just what your appetite is craving, Buca Lapi is the place for you. The atmosphere is warm, the smells are sensational, and the steaks are perfectly cooked, rare and served in generous portions.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Waiters are kind and knowledgeable - ask for a Tuscan red wine recommendation.
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 2,197 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Consistently Very Good 11/30/2016
    • Perfect Evening 11/28/2016
    • Buca Lapi
    Address:
    1R Via del Trebbio
    Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 213768
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    One of my favorite churches: Its colors are vivid and you get an immediate sense of harmony and peace when you venture inside. The main attractions here are the Crucifix by Giotto, Masaccio's Holy Trinity and the Crucifix by Brunelleschi.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guided tours are recommended for getting the most out of your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant attraction! 11/28/2016
    • Must See 11/27/2016
    • Church of Santa Maria Novella
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Novella
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 210113
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    9:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Fri
    11:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This Basilica is located a little outside the city center and therefore tends not to be as crowded as the other churches in Florence. Reaching the building preceded by incredibly steep steps is an experience in itself, and attention must be paid to the church's stunning mosaic decoration.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Getting here: Take a bus from central Florence.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "ITALIA" 12/01/2016
    • Take the bus and have a scenic view 11/29/2016
    • Basilica San Miniato al Monte
    Address:
    Via delle Porte Sante 34
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 234 2731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    Ponte Vecchio
    Bridges
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Head to Ponte Vecchio on foot and explore this ancient photogenic bridge, first built in Roman times, and then rebuilt in the Middle Ages. It crosses the Arno River and makes for an evocative stroll.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Best time to visit is sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 408 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An odd little place 12/02/2016
    • Beautiful! Even in late November, this was stunning! 12/02/2016
    • Ponte Vecchio
    Address:
    Via Por Santa Maria/Via Guicciardini
    50125, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294290
    Other:
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    Trattoria Mario
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This is a great local place for good local food at a good price, situated near to the outdoor market. Tripe, a most popular Florentine dish, is one of their specialties, and the ribollita is delicious, too. Ribollita consists of a chunky soup whose main ingredient is usually cannellini beans, also very typical of the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is not a place you would go to on a date, but ideal if you are traveling on a budget.
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 2,197 restaurants in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • #1 in Traditional Florence Food 11/24/2016
    • Perfect for lunch 11/22/2016
    • Trattoria Mario
    Address:
    Via Rosina, 2r
    Corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 218550
    Price range:
    $7 - $21
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Other:
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