When I traveled to Florence, Italy a few years back I scoured the internet looking for things to do. Whenever I travel somewhere I always like to have a list to guide my way. I want to make sure that I am not missing anything important, especially if it is my first time visiting a place. I definitely like to balance having a schedule with just roaming around and allowing the unexpected to happen. But sometimes you need some ideas to start you off and get your day going. Whether you like to plan out your day or you like to keep it open to adventure here is a list of must see in Florence.
- Duomo open 7:30 to 12 and 3-6 (Piazza del Duomo)
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Ghiberti’s bronze doors) Open 9-7:30 (Piazza del Duomo 9)
- Cappelle Medici (Medici chapel and mausoleum, New Sacristy by Michelangelo) open 8:15-4:50 (Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini)
- Mercato Centrale (food stall) open Mon-Sat 7-2 (Piazza del Mercato Centrale)
- Palazzo Medici (palace with Capalle dei Magi) Open Thur-Tue 9-7 (Via Cavour 1)
- San Lorenzo (Filippo Brunelleschi designed basilica) Open Mon-Sat 10-5 (Piazza San Lorenzo)
- Santa Maria Meddalena dei Pazzi (Crucification by Perugino, fresco) Open 9-12, 5-5:20, 6-7 (Borgo Pinti 58, Santa Croce)
- Sinagoga (Jewish synagogue built in 1874, Museo Ebraico with Florentine Jewish History) Open Sun-Thur 10-5 (Via Farini 4)
- Santa Croce (artistically rich church,contains tomb of Michelangelo and Galileo) Open 9:30-5:30 (Piazza Santa Croce 16)
- Museo di San Marco (Dominican convent, frescos by Fra Angelico) Open 8:15- 1:50 (Piazza San Marco 1)
- Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s David) Open Tue-Sun 8:15-6:50 (Via Riscasoli 60)
- Galleria degli Uffizi (built 1560, holds Medici I art collection) Open 8:15 – 6:50 (Piazza degli Uffizi 6, Piazza della Signoria)
- Bargello (finest collection of sculptures) Open 8:15 – 1:50 (Via del Proconsolo, Bargello)
- Palazzo Davanzati (medieval palace) open 8-1:50 closed 1, 3, 5 Sun and 2, 4, Mon (Piazza Davanzati 13, Piazza della Repubblica)
- Via Tornabuoni (boutiques)
Florence may look big on a map, but it is a very walkable city. There is no transportation needed but the shoes on your feet.
I would love to hear more recommendations for Florence!