WHAT TO SEE IN FLORENCE IN ONE DAY: MY TIPS TO VISIT IT WITHOUT LOSING TIME
Seeing Florence in one day may seem to be a mission impossible!
It’s not easy to decide where to go and, to make the most of the little time at your disposal, you have to make choices.
In this post you’ll find my tips on how to arrange your day in Florence and not to miss its most important marvels.
What to see in Florence in one day
To visit Florence in one day my advice to you is to focus your energies and time on the historic centre, the place where there are the most interesting places and that can be visited on foot.
FLORENCE IN ONE DAY: PIAZZA DEL DUOMO
The first stop of every tour of Florence should start from Piazza del Duomo, which offers the chance to see a huge quantity of masterpieces few steps away from each other.
From the Brunelleschi’s Dome to Giotto’s Bell Tower, just to mention some works to see, you’re spoilt for choice!
To enter Florence Cathedral, that is to say the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, you need to wait until 10 am, but before you can ascend its 400 steps which will lead you to Brunelleschi’s Dome, from where you’ll enjoy a view over Florence.
The visit to the Cathedral is free of charge, but to go up to the Dome you need to book your ticket.
When I visited it I booked a priority ticket to the Dome, which included a guided tour and also the access to the Cathedral, the Crypt and the Museum of the Works of the Cathedral in Florence.
The visit to the Dome lasted an hour and I saved a lot of time because I avoided the queue at the entrance.
You can book on the page – Florence Dome Climb: Priority Entrance Tour
FLORENCE IN ONE DAY: PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA AND PALAZZO VECCHIO
After visiting the marvels of Piazza del Duomo, go towards Piazza della Signoria, where you’ll admire the façade of the Palazzo Vecchio and, a few steps away from it, the Uffizi Gallery.
Since you’ll visit Florence in only one day, I advise you not to enter the Uffizi Gallery, because you need a lot of time to visit the museum.
However, you can enter the Palazzo Vecchio and explore one of the symbols of Florence, which since the Middle Ages has been the seat of the political and historic events of the city.
You can also visit the Palazzo Vecchio in only one hour, by booking a priority access and a high resolution video guide. To follow the itinerary, at the entrance you’ll be provided with a tablet. To book go to the page – Palazzo Vecchio: Museum & Video Guide
FLORENCE IN ONE DAY: PONTE VECCHIO AND BOBOLI GARDENS
The last stop to visit Florence in one day passes from Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.
I advise you to spend the last part of the day walking through the grottoes, paths, fountains and lawns of the Boboli Gardens, which is one of the first Renaissance gardens.
To see the Boboli Gardens you need to book your entrance ticket and there are a lot of possibilities: from guided tours to combined ticket which includes the admission to the Pitti Palace.
Have a look at all possibilities and choose the possibility that satisfies your needs on the page – Boboli Gardens: Tickets and Tours