Florence is one of the most enchanting cities in Europe and Spring is probably the best season to visit. If you don’t have much time you can admire of all the principal things spending only a day in Florence.
It is the capital city of the Italian region: Tuscany and like most of the Italian cities it has Roman origins. Here you will find an itinerary to follow in order to see the principle sites during a day in Florence.
The attractions in Florence are so many that I have difficulty advising where to start. Probably, the Cathedral is the best site to see first. It is made up of three different buildings: the Duomo, the Campanile di Giotto and the Baptistery.
The construction of the Florentine Duomo began in 1296 and was completed in 1436, so taking 140 years. You can admire the colorful marble from the outside first and if you are lucky, the line to climb to the top will be short. There are 463 steps to reach the top, but if you are fit, the climb is worth it in light of the lovely view of the classic Italian red roofs, a truly unique panorama!
The inside of the Duomo is quite seducing. The entrance is allowed but make sure you are dressed appropriately, with your shoulders and legs covered. (Follow this rule in all of the principal Churches in Italy during spring and especially summer.)
Next to the Duomo you will find the Campaline di Giotto, obviously named since it was designed by Giotto. It is also possible to climb to the top of the tower, but if you opted for the Duomo it would not be necessary as the view would be the same. Construction of the Campanile began when the first stone was laid in 1334.
From the Duomo you can find your way to Piazza della Signoria. Here you will see Palazzo Vecchio, today the city’s town hall. In front of it, you can admire a copy of Michelangelo’s David. The original, instead, is inside the Galleria dell’Accademia – cost for a a ticket is 8 Euros.
Galleria dell’Accademia – Via Bettino Ricasoli, 60
In the same Piazza you will find the Loggia dei Lanzi which is a plein-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art including the Medici lions. I suggest that you return to see it in the evening because the lights are amazing.
For the more fashionable travelers, in the Piazza Signoria you can also find the Gucci Museum, which is open every day of the year. The cost for a ticket is 7 Euros, but on Thursdays there is a discount after 8 p.m.
Gucci Museo – Piazza della Signoria, 10
Another site right by Piazza Signoria is the Galleria degli Uffizi which is one of the oldest museums in Europe and the world. It was the Uffizi that used the word “gallery” in its name for a museum dedicated to works of art. The entrance is 8 Euros. Like most museums in Florence, it is closed on Mondays! The entrance fee is really worth it, not only for the works of art and architecture of the building itself, but just for the view of the Arno river and the Ponte Vecchio.
After visiting Piazza Signoria, walk over to the Ponte Vecchio, probably the most romantic spot in Italy so even if you only have a day in Florence make sure you don’t miss this spot.
Probably the last stop you sould make is Palazzo Pitti which was at first the town residence of a Florentine banker, Luca Pitti. Afterwards, the Medici family bought it and made it their second home.
Palazzo Pitti – Piazza de’ Pitti 1
If you still have time don’t miss the Piazzale Michelangelo and the San Miniato church.
These are the most famous places to see in Florence. Of course, there are many others to discover depending on the time you have.
If you want to see the Museums, I strongly suggest you visit the official website and reserve you ticket in advance since the lines are long and you don’t want to waste precious time.
If you are interested in seeing all of the museums take a look at the Firenze Card which covers admission to the principal sites but probably to enjoy the all of the museums that this city offers you will need more time than just one day in Florence.