Florence in two days: what to do in a weekend

Duomo Firenze | Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore

If you want to go to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, and wish to visit in just two days, you have come to the right place.
The city of Florence, with its wealth of works of art and monuments, may seem like a labyrinth of beauty impossible to explore in such a short time. However, with a well-planned itinerary, you can get to know it thoroughly even in just two days, savoring the essence of what makes this city a jewel of world art.

In this post I will guide you to discover Florence in two days, thanks to the selection of some significant places that this city offers.

Florence in two days



We begin our journey into the heart of Florence with a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo of Florence), one of the most emblematic symbols of the city. The cathedral, with its imposing white, rose-green marble facade, is a masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
What captures the attention of every visitor, however, is Brunelleschi’s Dome, which is visible from everywhere in the city of Florence and stops us in our tracks to understand the greatness and talent of Renaissance artists in Florence. In fact, Brunelleschi’s dome is a masterpiece of 15th-century engineering that still leaves us stunned by its perfection and beauty.
The ascent to the dome offers a chance to look closely at the walls and imagine the construction technique. Moreover, once you reach the top you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Florence, which on some days can extend to the Tuscan countryside.


After the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Brunelleschi’s Dome, I recommend you visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence, world famous because it houses Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous sculptures in art history.
This majestic marble statue, representing the young biblical hero, is a symbol of human strength and beauty. The gallery also houses other works by Michelangelo, such as the Prisoners, is a collection of Renaissance paintings.



I recommend that you devote your second day to visiting the Uffizi, one of the most famous museums in the world.
The building, designed by Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century, houses a priceless collection of artworks, with masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael and Caravaggio, to name a few.
Among the most famous works inside the Uffizi are Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, masterpieces that represent the Renaissance ideal of beauty.
A visit to the Uffizi an immersive experience in art history, where each room reveals a new treasure.


I conclude our two-day itinerary in Florence by recommending a visit to the Cappelle Medicee, part of the San Lorenzo complex. These chapels serve as mausoleums for members of the Medici family and are an example of Renaissance art architecture
The Chapel of the Princes, with its opulent decoration and Medici sarcophagi, is an expression of power and wealth. The New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo, houses some of his most famous funerary sculptures, including the tombs of Lorenzo the Magnificent and Giuliano de’ Medici.
Michelangelo’s secret room was also recently unearthed. In fact, it seems that the artist for a few months of his life hid in this place to escape the wrath of the pope, and while waiting he drew sketches on the walls in which some figures from the Sistine Chapel are known. All the more reason to visit the Medici Chapels.

This two-day itinerary in Florence offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the artistic and cultural heart of Florence. Are you ready to discover all the beauty of Florence?

If you’ve already seen this iconic places in Florence, perhaps you might be interested in a tour of the city’s less touristy places. Check out my tips for discovering secret Florence and the unusual places that few people know about.

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