Florence, Tuscany

Seven-day vacation in Florence

A week in Florence is the ideal time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and history of this fascinating Italian city. Florence is a city rich in artistic, cultural, and culinary treasures, and seven days go by very quickly! Here's a guide on what to visit and what to do during your stay in Florence.

Day 1: Historic Center of Florence

Start your visit in the historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the Duomo, one of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Gothic architecture, and the Baptistery, known for its famous Gates of Paradise. Stroll through the pedestrian streets in search of the main squares and historical buildings, such as Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune, and the Loggia dei Lanzi.

Day 2: Museums of Florence

Florence is famous for its museums, which house some of the greatest artworks in history. Visit the Accademia Gallery, where you can admire the original of Michelangelo's famous David and other masterpieces by the great artist, and then head to Palazzo Pitti to see the Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery. Finally, stop by the San Marco Museum, where you can admire the masterpieces of Beato Angelico.

Day 3: Oltrarno

Spend the third day of your vacation in Florence in the Oltrarno area, on the south side of the Arno River. Here you can see traditional artisanal art and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine, which houses the famous Brancacci Chapel with frescoes by Masaccio. Walk through the Boboli Gardens and admire the view from the hill of Piazzale Michelangelo. From here, you could climb to the church of San Miniato al Monte, one of the most important sacred places in Florence. After visiting San Miniato al Monte, descend from Piazzale Michelangelo to the Rose Garden, an oasis of peace in the heart of Florence. Here you can admire numerous varieties of roses and sculptures by Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon, enjoying an incredible view of the city.

Day 4: Basilica of Santa Croce and Uffizi Gallery

A must-see stop is the Basilica of Santa Croce, built in 1294. Inside, you will find numerous masterpieces such as Giotto's frescoes and Donatello's sculptures. The Basilica also houses the remains of illustrious figures such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Rossini. After visiting the Basilica, head to the Uffizi Gallery, the most important museum of Renaissance art in the world. Among the most famous works are Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's Tondo Doni, as well as works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Caravaggio.
The Gallery offers a journey back in time to the golden age of Florence. You will leave the Gallery with wonder in your eyes and indelible memories of so much beauty. The Basilica of Santa Croce and the Uffizi Gallery are essential visits for those who want to discover the grand artistic heritage of Florence and the Italian Renaissance.

Day 5: Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Dedicate the fifth day of your vacation to exploring the complex of buildings and artworks in Piazza Duomo: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, an architectural and artistic masterpiece, where you can visit the interior and the excavations of the ancient Santa Reparata, climb Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower to admire a fantastic panorama of the city. Don't forget the wonderful Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, where original works of art by Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, and many others are preserved.

Day 6: Excursions outside the city

Florence is strategically located for visiting some of the most beautiful and famous cities in Tuscany. Take the time to explore the surroundings of the city, rich in history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, such as Fiesole and Settignano. Or you can go on a day trip to picturesque Siena, about 70 km south of Florence. Siena is famous for its medieval architecture, particularly its beautiful cathedral and the famous Piazza del Campo. Another option is the city of Pisa, famous for its Leaning Tower, which is about 80 km west of Florence. You can admire the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, where all the city's most famous monuments are located, the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Leaning Tower.

Day 7: Relaxation and shopping

Dedicate the last day of your vacation in Florence to relaxation and shopping. You can take one last walk through the streets of the historic center, perhaps visit the Bargello Museum to admire the masterpieces of Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Michelangelo, Verrocchio, Cellini, and others. Also, Florence is known to be one of the capitals of Italian fashion, and here you will find high-quality shops and luxury brands. You can also find open-air markets where you can buy souvenirs and typical Tuscan products, such as prized olive oil and Chianti wine (Mercato Centrale covered market).

During these seven days, for lunch, we recommend trying Tuscan cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city, such as the famous Trattoria Mario or Trattoria Del Fagioli, or if you want to taste a light snack, you can stop at one of the characteristic bars in the city, such as La Ménagère or Sant'Ambrogio Market for a simple but delicious sandwich from the tripe vendor.

At dinner, you can continue to enjoy renowned Tuscan cuisine, which includes delicious Florentine steaks, Tuscan crostini, pappa al pomodoro, and beans in a flask, or restaurants that offer a modern reinterpretation, or opt for international cuisine restaurants that Florence offers in abundance. One evening, to end your vacation in style, we suggest enjoying a romantic dinner with a panoramic view of the city, perhaps in one of the restaurants on the hills of Fiesole.

Florence is a city rich in history, art, culture, and gastronomic delights, offering endless opportunities for discovery and enjoyment. With a week at your disposal, you will have time to visit all the most famous places and discover some hidden treasures of the city and its surroundings.
Enjoy your vacation in Florence!

Some comments form guests, always welcome

Nice clean place next to Piazza Santa Croce. Close to good restaurants and pasticceria, and taxi stand at the piazza. The hosts Chiara and Francesco are wonderful, helpful and responsive. You can really see they make a great effort for guests to feel at home. Communication is easy.(Airbnb)

Perfect place for our weekend getaway! Nice apartment- Francesco was great and super easy to communicate with. Location was convenient to restaurants and night life. Would definitely recommend! (Airbnb) (Airbnb)