Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Firenze

Two-day vacation in Florence

Florence is a one-of-a-kind city, a destination that attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its extraordinary beauty and its artistic and cultural heritage. A two-day holiday in Florence will give you the opportunity to discover some of the most iconic places in the city, such as the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Ponte Vecchio, but we also recommend spending some time exploring the most characteristic neighborhoods of the city and experiencing authentic Florentine life.

1st DAY

The historic center of Florence is easily walkable and the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is the ideal starting point for your visit. This masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, with its imposing Dome, is one of Florence's most iconic symbols. Climbing Giotto's Bell Tower, you can admire a panoramic view of the city that will leave you breathless.

In the afternoon, we recommend visiting the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world, which houses masterpieces of Renaissance art such as Botticelli's "Primavera" and "The Birth of Venus," Titian's "Venus of Urbino," and works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio.

For the evening, nothing is better than a romantic stroll on the Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in Florence to have been spared destruction during World War II. On the bridge, you will find jewelry shops selling unique pieces, as well as nearby souvenir shops and restaurants where you can taste typical Florentine cuisine.

2nd DAY

The second day could start with a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, which represents the heart political and administrative power in the city. The palace houses numerous rooms decorated with frescoes, including the Map Room, the Hall of Lilies and the Audience Hall. On the upper floor of the Palazzo Vecchio is the Silver Museum, where you can admire splendid period furnishings, silverware, crystal and jewelry.

In the afternoon, we recommend visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the most important Franciscan churches in Italy and the burial place of many famous people, such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, and Niccolò Machiavelli. The church houses famous works of art, including a cycle of frescoes by Giotto.

For dinner, you cannot miss tasting Florentine cuisine, one of the most renowned in Italy. In one of the city's typical trattorias, such as Trattoria del Fagioli or Trattoria da Mario or da Zazà, you can enjoy traditional dishes like Florentine steak (Bistecca alla Fiorentina), ribollita, crostini with liver pâté and peposo.

Of course, two days are just enough time to visit the main tourist attractions of Florence, but the city offers much more. If you have more time available, you can dedicate an entire day to the Oltrarno district, crossing the Ponte Vecchio to discover art workshops, craftsmen, and antique dealers.

Oltrarno is also a great area for eating and drinking. The area is famous for its wines and traditional Florentine food.

Another attraction of Florence is Palazzo Pitti and its Boboli Gardens. The palace was the residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and is a splendid example of Renaissance architecture. The Boboli Garden is one of the city's most beautiful parks, with fountains, statues and a breathtaking view of the city.

If you are passionate about modern art, do not miss the Palatine Gallery inside Palazzo Pitti. The Gallery contains a collection of 17th and 18th century paintings by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Rubens and Van Dyck.

If you wish to take a trip outside the city, Tuscany offers many wonderful attractions. You can visit the city of Pisa with its famous Piazza dei Miracoli and its Leaning Tower, or go to Siena, another medieval city famous for its Gothic architecture and its Piazza del Campo. Here, every year the famous horse race "Il Palio" takes place.

Florence is a city to be experienced fully, and every corner hides an artistic treasure or a fascinating story. The city offers countless opportunities for leisure and culture, and each visit can be customized according to personal interests and tastes.

We highly recommend spending a few days in Florence to discover all its beauties: from the picturesque streets of the historic center to the Renaissance masterpieces to the local culinary delights. You will be enchanted by the beauty of this unique city in the world!

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)