Florence, the capital city of Tuscany in Italy, is famous for Renaissance art, architecture, and sculpture. Thus Florence is known as Cradle of Renaissance. This stunningly romantic city attracts millions of tourists every year, and therefore it should be included in your 10 days Italy itinerary. I will take a Quick Florence Tour – Cradle of Renaissance in this article with one day in Florence itinerary.
Florence contains numerous museums, cathedrals, bridges, monuments, art, sculptures, and architectural wonders. Florence is also famous for Tuscany gourmet, artworks from Michelangelo, handmade jewelry, leather products, and world-famous wine from Tuscan vineyards.
Facts about Florence
Forbes ranked Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Also, Florence is a vital fashion city, and for this, it also falls under the top 15 fashion capitals of the world therefore, Florence should always be placed on your Italy bucket list.
Things to do in Quick Florence Tour – Florence Itinerary
Santa Maria del Fione / Duomo / Florence Cathedral
This domed cathedral captivates the skyline of Florence and is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Florence’s skyline is incomplete without Duomo Florence, and it stunningly dominates the panoramic view of this city. This majestic cathedral was constructed in the 13th century in Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture.
This cathedral’s dome is considered the world’s largest masonry dome. It is famous for its façade of red, green, and white marble, stained glass windows, frescoes, and stunning sculptures. It also has Baptistery and Bell Tower. Tourist queue to climb 400-500 steps of the Bell Tower to have incredible views of Florence city. Entry to this place is very crowded during peak seasons/ summers.
A medieval stone arch bridge on the river Arno has several jewelry shops. This bridge is also famous as Lovers’ Bridge. Ponte Vecchio is among the famous landmarks in Italy which you can consider in your Italy landmark tours.
The 13th century Palace was a town hall before and was a center of local government. This palace has lavish courtyards and ornate chambers. At present, it is a museum with all preserved artifacts and ancient government details. You can also visit Uffizi Gallery to see the unique works from the Renaissance period.
It is located on a hill on the southern bank of the Arno river. This 19th-century square/Piazza is known for having panoramic views of the whole of Florence city with a backdrop of the Tuscan landscape.
Also, you will find the replica of David, Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, on this hilltop. It is believed that this statue safeguards the city. Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to Florence’s renowned artist Michelangelo. This original marble statue of David can be seen in Galleria Dell’ Academia. You can also get a clear view of Florence’s prominent landmarks like the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Palazzo Vecchio. This hilltop can be reached by car, taxi, or bus(public transport). It can be visited either during day or night.
Pisa is located about 85kms (50 miles) west of Florence. Pisa can be reached by train, bus, or any other tour service. Trains run more frequently from Santa Maria Novella Train station to this historic city. Check Trenitalia official website for train timings and frequency. Superfast and slow trains operate and take around 1 or 1.30 hours to reach Pisa.
After reaching Pisa station, you have to take a public bus to get North side of the river as the Leaning Tower of Pisa is located there, and the railway station is at the southern end of the river.
ATTRACTIONS OF PISA – Florence in One Day Itinerary
Piazza Dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) is the most famous historical and world heritage site. This square consists of the Cathedral(Duomo), Baptistery, Monumental Cemetry, The Opera del Duomo Museum & Sinopie Museum, and Pisa’s most famous Leaning tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the most recognizable building on earth, which is actually the cathedral’s bell tower. This slanting/leaning tower was constructed unintentionally, and tilt developed due to the unstable foundation. You can go to the top of this leaning tower by taking 294 uneven-stepped staircases to have picturesque views of Pisa. Tickets can be purchased online and onsite. There can be a massive crowd on ticket windows during peak season. It is better to buy online if you are going in summer.
Cathedral(Duomo) entry is free. Other monuments and museums require a ticket, and you can purchase combo tickets, as it is a cost-effective option if you plan to see all.
I had 24 hours in Florence. Thus I missed visiting many museums and other attractions. I would recommend a 3 to 4 days trip to Florence, in which 2 days can be reserved for Florence city and 2/3 days for side-trips to nearby Tuscany countryside and towns. If you are looking for some AirBnB accommodation then check Firenze Airbnb.
TIPS – One Day in Florence Itinerary – Quick Florence Tour
- If you are visiting in summer then purchase tickets online to avoid huge Q’s.
- To avoid Q’s visit to Florence in the shoulder season. I visited Florence in February which is an off-peak season, and I avoided the massive crowd at tourist attractions and so transit or entry to all places was very smooth.
- Try to book your stay near the famous Florence Cathedral, as it is centrally located in all places.
- Florence is famous for Italian street food; therefore, you must go for fantastic food tours here with a historical backdrop.
- Enjoy Tuscan Gourmet. Read why Florence is for foodies and know more about the Food Guide to Florence. Or you can enroll in some best cooking classes to learn Italian cuisine in Florence.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN FLORENCE
Florence is a walkable city, but due to uneven bricked, or stoned pavements, you need to wear comfortable shoes. For long distances, you can take public buses as they are a very efficient and better way to go around. Look at their bus timetable on their official website.
HOW TO REACH FLORENCE – One Day in Florence Itinerary
- Florence has International, and National Airports are located 5 km away from the city center.
- Florence can also reach by trains from major European cities through Euro rail.
- Italy can be covered by road trip also and this historical city can also be reached through Rome within 3 hours. I would recommend including Florence on your bucket list Italy road trip.
- Read more about Rome in a day. I visited Florence from Venice. Read more about Italy in 9 days.
Now you know about one day in Florence itinerary and can plan your quick Florence tour with this article.
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