Florence is an incredible city of culture, complete with world famous art, elaborate architecture and gorgeous Tuscan cuisine.
Ask any traveller about their favourite Italian city and there is a good chance they will utter the word, “Florence”.
From gazing upon Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery, to completing a lifelong goal of viewing Michelangelo’s David in person, to gorging on Tuscan feasts and fine wine at one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Florence is a world cultural icon that should not be missed.
So, for bon vivants who delight in fine art, food and wine, you might be wondering how long you can spend enjoying these things in Florence?
Forever, of course!
But you may not have forever to do so, so instead you might want to devise an itinerary based on the things you want to enjoy in this splendid town.
Hopefully, this little guide can help.
For a refined artistic experience
Florence is a city that proudly hosts some of history’s most instantly recognisable masterpieces. Not only this, the galleries that house these masterpieces are some of the most incredible in the world.
What makes the Accademia and Uffizi galleries even better is the fact that you can easily experience them both in one day, taking in the likes of Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters in one tour.
You should certainly allow yourself a couple of hours at the Uffizi Gallery, as they’re a great number of masterpieces that go beyond The Birth of Venus, and at least half an hour at the Accademia, providing you ample time to experience the David and other select works.
If you want to live like a Tuscan
Then you are going to need more time. Life in Tuscany is peaceful and tranquil: the countryside is dotted with rolling hills and vineyards, and life seems to move at a slower pace, with the people enjoying the natural wonder and fine produce the region has to offer.
So, if you want to live like a Tuscan, you are going to need a few more days. From visiting charming rural towns like Lucca and Siena to heading out to view the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa, there is so much to do in this wondrous region and that can be done over the course of a few days.
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Explore the Florence Tours
Florence Duomo Tour with Brunelleschi's Cupola
Climb the steps to the Duomo Terraces for unique views of Florence with Skip the Line Tickets.
Half Day Pisa Tour from Florence
Explore the historic Piazza dei Miracoli, Piazza dei Cavalieri and the Famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Tuscany Day Tour – Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Chianti Winery Lunch
See the best of Tuscany, including a wine tasting class and a delicious Tuscan style lunch.
Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour
Admire the Uffizi Gallery’s extensive art collection including The Birth of Venus with local guide.