10 Top Things To Do In Florence
Florence is a beautiful city surrounded by rolling hills that are covered with villas, farms and vineyards. Thousands of people visit Florence every year just to see the famous pieces by historical artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Botticelli… Here are some other things not to miss in Florence.
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- Best time to visit Florence
- Where to stay in Florence
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1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Duomo
This Cathedral, better known as the Duomo di Firenze, is the centrepiece of the city. The famous Dome was the tallest building in the world until 1881. The exterior and front facade of the Cathedral are monumental – covered in white marble and red, pink and green designs; the colour and style is breathtaking.
2. Giotto’s Campanile
Giotto’s Campanile looks like it’s a part of the Cathedral, but they are actually separated. Built in the same Gothic design as the Cathedral, this structure is a true masterpiece. You can even climb it to top, only 414 steps.
3. Pizza time!
When in Italy you have to try Pizza, which is a must! Italians know how to make the most tasty, light and airy, delicious pizza. We sat right next to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and enjoyed the pizza with a perfect view. We recommend Mister Pizza, great location, service and food. If you don’t believe us, believe this pictures! We went there for dinner 3 days in a row, don’t judge us 😀
4. Palazzo Vecchio
While the Duomo is the most important religious building, the Palazzo Vecchio is the most important administrative building in Florence. It was even a residence to the Medici family. You can even climb its tall bell tower for a perfect sunset.
5. Ponte Vecchio
The famous old bridge in Florence. Spanning the river Arno, Ponte Vechhio is a unique bridge with shops and apartments built right on top of it. On the bridge you will find jewellers, art dealers and souvenir shops.
6. Piazzale Michelangelo
Located on the South banks of the River Arno, the Piazzale Michelangelo is located high on a hill offering the best view of Florence. In the center of the square stands a Bronze statue of David. This place is pretty crowded in the evening, when even locals come and watch the sun set over the Florence.
7. Basilica of Santa Croce
While the Duomo is majestic in its size, the Basilica of Santa Croce is truly beautiful and inviting. The Basilica takes center position of the square and frames it perfectly. Perfect place to sit in front of the Basilica and just enjoy people going by their day.
8. Piazza della Signoria
The main structure of the Piazza is the Pallazo Vecchio with its huge clock tower and statues of David and Hercules. Next to the palace is fountain of Neptune. A lovely square to sit and enjoy Italian vibe.
9. Have the best Gelato!
We did the tasting of many gelatos in Florence, so you wouldn’t have to. Festival del Gelato has the most creamiest gelato and the tastiest sorbet you will ever find in Florence. Highly recommend!
10. The best panini in Italy!
All’ antico Vinaio is one of the few genuine Florentine fast food places left in the city. It is always busy, line stretching through the whole street, so be sure to some early, for a breakfast when it’s not that crowded. The taste of the panini is wonderful, they offer their creations of panini, or you can make your own. Price is from 5€ which is very reasonable considering the amount you’re getting.
How to get around in Florence
By foot! We recommend walking around Florence. Florence has beautiful hidden streets that you will fall in love. Explore them and you will find many cute little cafes and restaurants. Florence has a pretty simple public transportation if you’ll need to use it – Ataf city transport. For 1,5€ you can use bus or tram for 90 min.
Best time to visit Florence
Florence is beautiful every time of the year so whenever you find time come and visit it. In the summer it can get pretty crowded but don’t be discouraged by that. It’s worth visiting Florence.
Where to stay in Florence
We stayed a bit further from city center and we didn’t regret it. The prices are considerably lover and it’s only 15 min walk from the center. We stayed at Hotel Aida, which offered cheap secure parking since we were traveling by car. The rooms were nice with high ceiling and they offer breakfast.
If you want to stay in the city center we would recommend B&B La Terrazza Sul Duomo. Why not stay right next to majestic Duomo di Firenze with a priceless view!