Do you have a long weekend and want to escape from your daily routine for a while? Florence is the ideal destination for two days!
Let's suppose the two days in Florence are Saturday and Sunday, so you will likely be there on Friday afternoon. So, what do you do on your first day? Take advantage of every moment, because there is no time to waste! After leaving the suitcase in your room, head to the city's historic center.
Without a hurry but also without rest, go to Piazza del Duomo, the center of all Florence's activities. Here, you can admire the main attractions of the city not to be missed: the Baptistery of St. John, the Cathedral of Florence and its bell tower of Giotto.
Later, go to Piazza della Repubblica and have some rest in one of its cafes or restaurants, eating and drinking like a true florentine.
The next stop will be Piazza della Signoria, a lively square, a real must of Florence: among others, here you can admire the Palazzo Vecchio, the Lanzi Loggia and the Fountain of Neptune.
Beyond Piazza della Signoria, passing through the Uffizi Museum, you will find the main river of the city, the Arno crossing the Ponte Vecchio, the most famous monument in Florence.
Start your second day in Florence at 9:00, visiting the famous museum Academy Gallery, where you can admire the famous artwork of Michelangelo: David's sculpture.
Continue your two days in town by visiting the Cathedral of Florence.
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To get there, take Via Ricasoli until you reach Piazza del Duomo. Inside you can climb up to the dome, an exciting experience that is worth doing. At the top you can admire an amazing view of Florence and the paintings that decorate the dome, with some interesting representations of “The last judgment” of Brunelleschi.
In the same square, you can find the Baptistery of St. John, with the Gate of Heaven. Continue for Santa Croce Square, walking along Via dell'Oriuolo and turning in Via Giuseppe Verdi. On the square there is the Santa Croce Church, one of the most impressive Catholic buildings. Inside it, there are the tombs of several notable people.
But no one can leave Florence without a visit to one of the most popular destinations, the Uffizi Gallery. The collection is made by works of great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Titian. You can visit the gallery by yourself or taking part to a guided tour. We suggest the Uffizi Gallery Tour made by Guided Florence Tours, one of the most reliable guides in town.
It's now time to visit Florence from above: Piazzale Michelangelo will be the last stop of the tour, where you can take amazing pictures of the tuscan capital, the last chance to admire the whole city.
Before leaving, we hope that you have another hour or so to visit Santa Maria Novella.