Things to do in Florence: to visit
Start at The Duomo
The absolute symbol of Florence, right here. The Duomo, or cathedral, is a massive architectural masterpiece. But the thing is: it’s prettier on the outside than the inside. For real. Climbing the top however is a must-do, of course for the view but also for the road up itself.
So you can visit the inside of the cathedral for free, but the line to get in is insaaaaaane. We bought tickets to not only visit the interieur but to climb the cathedral and got a pretty good view of the cathedral from above. We bought our tickets on this website.
Next, go to the Uffizi Museum
If you buy one ticket in Florence, it should be to the Uffizi Museum. I think this says it al, coming from someone who’s not into museums at all. This museum houses so many famous masterpieces, such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus or the Venus of Urbino by Titian. A must-visit if you’re into Italian Renaissance. I would definitely recommend buying your tickets beforehand online, since the line in front the Uffizi to buy tickets can get freakishly long. We spent about 4 hours in the museum.
Walk over the Ponte Vecchio
One of the most famous bridges in the world. Back in the 1300s, building shops on bridges was quite common, but today, the bridge is still full of cute jewelry shops. Even if you’re not looking for some next bling, a little walk across the bridge is something you must do. You’ll have a beautiful view of the river Arno and there’s just some sort of special vibe on Florence’s oldest bridge.
Believe me: it’s a big city. I loved walking around, looking up and down, seeing all new things, stopping just to have a cappuccino or a gelato.
Visit Basilica di Santa Croce
This church is super pretty on the outside, but try visiting it as well. The church is huge and filled with funerary monuments, erected to the likes of Galileo, Dante, Machiavelli, …
Things to do in Florence: practical
How to get to Florence?
By car: the easiest way to get around in Italy, in my opinion (yay roadtrip!). Florence is easily accessible by car, if you ignore the many traffic jams and defensive drivers. Getting rid of your car is always a challenge, yet if you go to Careggi CTO parking, you’ll thank me later. It’s located on the outskirts of the city, and they ask only €4 a day. There’s a tram nearby that gets you to the city center in no time.
By train: all the bigger or popular places in Tuscany are connected to each other so yes, train is an option, especially since the train station in Florence is quite big and located right in the city center.
Where to stay?
I can only recommend one place, and that’s Scala Suites. It’s a cute little duplex apartment with everything you need. It had the cosiest living room and dining room. We even stayed in one day so I think that says enough about how nice it was.
So that’s it for Florence! Italy all the way? Say no more! Check out our Siena article. x