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How to Spend 1 Day in Florence

How to Spend 1 Day in Florence

Capital of Tuscany and known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence and its UNESCO-listed historic center are home to some of the world's greatest artistic and architectural masterpieces. If you only have one day to explore this iconic destination, here's how to see the main highlights.

Morning: It's All About Art Florence is home to three of the most important cultural institutions in Italy: the Uffizi Galleries, the Accademia Gallery, and the Florence Duomo. To enjoy works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo along with the soaring architecture of Brunelleschi and Giotto, time is of the essence. Join a guided tour that focuses on these landmarks and includes skip-the-line access so you don't waste precious hours waiting to enter. If visits to all three sounds overwhelming for a single morning, opt for an in-depth tour of just one and combine it with a more general Florence walking, Segway, or hop-on hop-off bus tour to see other sights such as the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

Afternoon: Florence for Foodies Florence masterpieces aren't confined to the city's museums and churches—you can find veritable works of art in its kitchens, as well. Dedicate the afternoon to discovering the excellent local cuisine with a food and wine tour, stopping at the city's bustling outdoor markets, landmark street food stands, and historic eateries and wine bars. If you'd like to learn how to re-create some of Florence's most famous dishes at home, join a cooking class where you can prepare local specialties like fresh pasta, pizza, and gelato before sitting down to enjoy your handiwork during a relaxing meal.

Night: A Romantic End

Italian cities are delightfully romantic, and Florence is no exception. The setting sun casts a golden light over the center, and the picturesque lanterns lining Arno river and city streets make for a postcard-perfect end to the day. Piazzale Michelangelo and the waters of the Arno river are two of the best spots to watch sunset. Reach the panoramic square on a walking, biking, or hop-on hop-off bus tour from the city center or opt for a sunset Arno river cruise for an unforgettable end to your day of Florentine culture and cuisine.

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Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

Skip-the-Line to Uffizi & Accademia with Michelangelo's David - Small Group Tour

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Make the most of your time in Florence with this combination tour covering all of the city’s iconic sights in one half day. Skip the line at the Accademia Gallery to marvel at Michelangelo’s 'David'; gaze up in wonder at the great red dome of Florence's Duomo from the outside; and explore the streets of the historic city center with insights from an expert guide. Then, skip another line to end the day with a visit of the immense Uffizi Gallery.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour

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Skip the line to see two of Florence’s top museums, the Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi Gallery. Led by an expert guide, first pay homage to Michelangelo’s 'David' at the Accademia, heading straight inside with your priority access ticket. Roam the impressive collection of art and opt for an included lunch, if you wish, before heading to the Uffizi Gallery. There, avoid the crowds again with your skip-the-line ticket and enjoy a guided walking tour, pausing at Botticelli’s 'Birth of Venus' and other Renaissance masterpieces.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

Skip-the-Line Florence Duomo with Brunelleschi's Dome Climb

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Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this skip-the-line entrance ticket and tour. Follow your guide through the cathedral and up to the terraces for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia Gallery Tickets

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Enjoy direct access to Florence’s Accademia Gallery with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Explore the home of Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece, the ‘David,’ and see the renowned sculpture up close. Get the chance to admire some of Michelangelo’s unfinished works, including ‘Prigioni,’ along with paintings by Sandro Botticelli and more.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

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Try your hand at Florentine cuisine on this cooking class. Journey first to the city’s Central Market alongside expert chefs to select local ingredients for your lunch. Then head to the cooking school to learn how to make Tuscan favorites such as bruschetta, homemade pasta, and dessert. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Chianti wine.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Semi Private Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

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Avoid the long lines at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with this skip-the-line ticket and guided tour. Led by an expert art guide, you’ll head straight inside upon your arrival and discover the masterpieces of this expansive museum. See da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’, Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus,’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Doni Tondo’ as your guide discusses their history and varying interpretations. Visit the rooftop terrace for a picturesque city view before concluding your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

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Indulge in a true taste of Florence on this food and walking tour. Led by a foodie guide, travel through the streets of the Renaissance city and stop at the top local haunts. Check out the fresh produce at the San Lorenzo Market, try the bold flavors of an Italian coffee, and peruse a Florentine delicatessen. You’ll sample plenty of specialties along the way, including cheeses, breads, olive oils, gelato, and Italian wine. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Segway Tour

Florence Segway Tour

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Explore the heart of the Renaissance by Segway on this our of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. Cover more ground than a walking tour as you hear the history behind this famous city from your guide. Headphones are provided so that you can hear the commentary more clearly as you glide through the streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

Florence River Cruise on a Traditional Barchetto

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Glide under the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge and across the Arno River on a Florence river cruise. Hop aboard your barchetto—a small traditional boat that is one of only four still operating in the city. As you see the sights like the famous Uffizi Gallery from the water, toast your fellow mates with a glass of Prosecco.
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  • 1 hour
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Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting

Florence Bike Tour with Gelato tasting

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Saddle up for a bike tour through the streets of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the iconic Ponte Vecchio. As you travel around the historic sites, learn interesting facts and anecdotes about this Renaissance city from your guide. Pull over to enjoy a complimentary coffee or gelato before finishing up your Florence biking excursion.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Small group Uffizi Masterclass by an Art Expert

Skip the Line: Small group Uffizi Masterclass by an Art Expert

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Immerse yourself in famous Florentine art with a skip-the-line tour of the Uffizi Gallery and an external tour of the Vasari Corridor, a once-secret passageway used by the Medici family. See masterpieces from Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Botticelli, and more as you follow your art expert guide through one of the world's most renowned museums.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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