With just 24 hours in Florence, it’s essential to make it count. It’s easy to walk the city so you’ll get to see plenty along the way to each of your attractions. Here’s an ideal way to make the most of your day.
Yes, get up that early, if it’s winter, wait for sunrise. Grab your camera and wander. This is the very best time to photograph the city without the tourists and crowds. You’ll get amazing images of the basilicas and statues that line the streets and you’ll also get some incredible photos of sunrise over the Arno from Ponte Vecchio.
Grab your morning pastry and cappuccino while you’re at Ponte Vecchio from Café Neri Ponte Vecchio. This café is packed full of fresh cannoli and pastries that are impossible to resist.
One of the most popular art museums, Uffuzi Gallery gets crowded fast, so get there right as they open and book your ticket early to skip the queue. If you can plan ahead to visit your favourite Renaissance artworks early you’ll have more time to enjoy them before the crowds arrive.
Enjoy the less crowded side of Florence (Oltrarno), grab a bite to eat on the go and visit some of the artisan workshops on your way to The Palazzo Pitti, the palace that was the home of the ruling Medici family. It’s now a gallery with over 500 Renaissance paintings.
Visit Accademia Gallery in the afternoon when most of the tour groups have gone and crowds a bit less. See Michelangelo’s original David in his 5-plus metres of solid marble glory.
If you’re experiencing art overload hike up to Piazza Michelangelo for views of the city you won’t soon forget. Also a great place for photos!
Visit Mercato Centrale for some shopping, Chianti tastings and to experience the general buzz of the central market. You’ll find almost everything you’d want to take home on the bottom level of this local market.
Either head upstairs at the market to enjoy dinner from one of several food vendors where you can try a bit of everything - and then some. Alternatively, make a booking for dinner at one of the city’s remarkable restaurants.
Celebrate your full day of sight-seeing with a post-dinner drink at a local enoteca or wine bar and rest your weary feet or get a late night dessert at a local gelato bar and treat yourself before returning to your accommodation for a well-deserved sleep.