Florence is a city that can be considered an open-air museum in which art is breathed through all its streets, squares, museums and galleries. Although almost always full of tourists, there is something that plays in your favor: we can visit everything easily since the historic center is not very big. We know that there are many things to see and do in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but we have made a list of the 50 that we think are most essential, making a selection of the ones we liked the most. We have been, the first time combining it with Pisa and the second with Cinque Terre.
1. Impress yourself with “The Gate of Paradise”, one of the gates of the Battistero di San Giovanni in which the reliefs represent scenes from the Old Testament made in bronze.
2. Take a panini in Sandwichic and devour it with a glass of wine or a beer in one of the squares of the city. Their hot focaccia type bread is delicious.
3. Climb to the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, and enjoy the views of the historic center of Florence.
4. Find some bargain or some gift in the San Lorenzo Market with all kinds of products, from food, to bags, to souvenirs …
5. Visit the Palazzo Vecchio, with its spectacular Cinquecentos Hall.
6. Go up at dusk to the Piazzale Michelangelo, the viewpoint with the best views of Florence.
7. Go walking to Ponte Santa Trinita with good views of the river Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.
8. Florence has a lot of history and if you do not want to lose any detail it is advisable to take a guided tour in Spanish to visit Florence and enter the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy without queues.
9. Sit down to have a coffee or dine in Piazza della Repubblica, one of the most historical squares in Florence.
10. Take a night tour of the city, passing through Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio to Piazzale Michelangelo, to see all of Florence illuminated.
11. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous collections of paintings in the world with important works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli or Titian.
12. Relax in the Gardens of Boboli, one of the few green areas of Florence.
13. Visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo Galiei or Machiavelli in the church of Santa Croce.
14. Eat a table of cheeses and sausages in La Prosciuteria, for less than 10 euros with drink. You will fall in love with this place and you will feel that it is one of the best things to do in Florence.
15. Cross the Ponte Vecchio, the symbol of Florence and the oldest stone bridge in Europe.
16. Enter a souvenir shop and buy a small sculpture of Michelangelo’s David, a typical souvenir from Florence.
17. Book a day to take a trip to the villages Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti, some of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany. One of the best tours in Florence, without a doubt.
18. Have a glass of wine and the famous Florentine antipastos, such as crostini di fegato, at the Enoteca Pitti Gola and Cantina.
19. Enter the Battistero di San Giovanni and see the wonderful Byzantine mosaic of the dome.
20. Stay groggy when walking through the Piazza del Duomo and see the Cathedral, the Campanile of Giotto and the Battistero di San Giovanni in white marble.
21. Take a hotel not far from the historic center. We stayed at the Globus Hotel with a good location and a great value for money.
22. Enter the Church of Santa Maria Novella and enjoy the details of its interior and the works of The Trinity and the Crucifix of Brunelleschi.
23. Try the lampredotto in Aurelio, a typical dish of Florence where the corns are cooked in a broth and put in a sandwich.
24. Delight in the beauty of Piazza della Signoria, its fountains and monuments make it an open-air museum, one of the best things to see and do in Florence.
25. Enter the New Sacristy of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, designed by Michelangelo in which are housed the tombs of the young generation of the Medici that form part of the whole Chapels of the Medici.
26. Save half a day to take an excursion to Pisa to see Piazza dei Miracoli and climb to its leaning tower.
27. Enter the Lodge of Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria, a small open-air museum in which the sculpture of the Perseus with the head of Medusa stands out, one of the best things to see and do in Florence.
28. Enter Signum stationery, a marvel of shop where you can find from old postcards of Florence to posters, magnifiers, posters, old maps …
29. Finding the Grotto of Buontalenti near the Palazzo Pitti, some legends say that it was the place where La Opera was sung for the first time.
30. Get away from the tourists and organized groups walking through the Barrio de Oltrarno.