The Italian city of Florence is an architectural masterpiece. Walking down the city streets, you feel the (romantic) history. And the mountains are the perfect backdrop for lots of pictures.
Even if you have just one day in Florence there is still plenty to see. Check out our guide of the things you don’t want to miss in Florence, Italy!
One of the most famous buildings in Florence is the Duomo. The official name of this cathedral is “Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore,” but it is also called the ‘Duomo’ by Italians.
The cathedral is located in the Piazza del Duomo, one of the busiest squares in Florence. With a height of 114 meters, this cathedral is the largest building in the city.
The Duomo consists of multiple areas. The inside of the cathedral is accessible to everyone. If you are in for a physical challenge, it is possible to enter the dome of Brunelleschi. Make sure to buy your tickets for this in advance.
After a climb of 463 steps, you are at the top of the dome of the cathedral. The breathtaking view is well worth the climb.
The Uffizi Museum
Another Florentine attraction is the Uffizi Museum. This museum exhibits art from the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque period. With different art disciplines and a collection of thousands of masterpieces, this museum is really a must for art lovers.
In the Uffizi Museum you will find works by great artists such as Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, and Giotto.
The Uffizi Museum can be found in the south of downtown Florence. The museum covers an area of more than thirteen thousand square meters. There is so much to see that you could cover a full day here if you’d like. When you have seen enough art, you can sit down on the terrace on the second floor. While enjoying a drink, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.
The Palazzo Pitti is a palace located south of the Arno River near the Boboli Gardens. The palace dates back to the year 1458 and currently serves as home to four different museums. You will find various Italian works of art in these museums, as well as the rooms of ancient Italian monarchs.
If you buy a ticket for Palazzo Pitti you will have access to all the museums in this palace. Behold the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Palatine Gallery and the Costume Museum.
Do you need a short break? Then visit Palazzo Pitti’s cafeteria for a snack and a drink.
The statue David by Michelangelo
In Florence you will also find one of the most famous statues, namely Michelangelo’s statue David. On the picture above, we have cut off the 18+ parts. But you will probably know the statue.
The real statue is inside the Galleria dell’Accademia. To view this statue, you need a ticket for this museum.
Want to see the statue without paying an entrance fee? Then you will find a replica of the statue in the Piazza della Signoria. Even if you do not go for the replica of the statue, it is definitely worth a look. There are other beautiful works of art
The gardens of Boboli
The gardens of Boboli are located behind the Palazzo Pitti. They date back to the sixteenth century and were designed by Niccolò Pericoli. One of the main features of the gardens is symmetry
Trees and plants are placed in a symmetrical order. This gives the garden an aura of peace and regularity. You can also consider the Boboli Gardens as a large outdoor museum. There are beautiful Renaissance statues to behold, but you will also find fountains and caves.
To avoid surprises when you want to enter the Boboli gardens, we mention that you need a ticket to enter the beautiful gardens. One of the reasons for the entrance fee is that there are several staff members maintaining the gardens every day.
The most famous bridge in Florence is the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is located over the Arno River and was built in the year 1345. The Ponte Vecchio is characterized by the stores that are located on and near the bridge. It is mostly jewelers who do business in this beautiful place. You can find the Ponte Vecchio in the south of the Florentine city center near Piazzale degli Uffizi.
The Ponte Vecchio is known for the padlocks with which couples immortalized their love on the bridge. The lock was hung on the bridge and the keys were then thrown into the Arno River. The locks caused so much damage to the bridge that it was decided to ban it. If you do hang a padlock on the bridge, you risk a hefty fine. You can still immortalize your love on the quay near the bridge.
The last interesting fact about the Ponte Vecchio has to do with a secret passageway that has gained fame through the book Inferno by Dan Brown. This secret passageway is also called the Corridoio Vasariano. This is a passageway more than a kilometer long that connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Pallazo Pitti. Above the stores on the Ponte Vecchio you will find the secret passageway. To gain access to the Corridoio Vecchio you need a ticket.
Tips for visiting Florence
Now that we have highlighted the biggest attractions of Florence, we would like to give you a few more tips for your visit. First, we want to emphasize that the sights in this city are extremely popular. Do you want to be assured of a ticket? Then book your tickets a few weeks in advance to make your visit to the city of Florence a carefree and unforgettable experience.
Secondly, it is important to know that you can buy combined tickets. For example, you can buy tickets to visit the Uffizi Museum, the gardens of Boboli and the Pitti Palace. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this all on the same day, you have five days to visit these attractions.
Finally, it is good to know that the cheapest tickets are available from the official web pages of the sights. There are also external websites where you can purchase tickets, but the tickets here are often a few euros more expensive.