By: Tanya Lesiuk of DoTravel Magazine
Only 2 days in Florence?? Can you really see all the top Florence attractions with such a short Florence itinerary (especially if you’re planning a half day trip from Florence to Pisa too)?
I know what you’re thinking.
That’s IMPOSSIBLE! That’s not even enough time to sample all the best gelaterias in Florence.
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.
With a great Florence travel guide and some expert Florence travel tips, 2 days in Florence is more than enough to experience many of the top things to do in Florence, Italy (and the perfect addition to any rromantic road trip through Florence and Tuscany).
Take a read through this 2 days in Florence Itinerary guide and find out how you can create the perfect weekend in Florence itinerary.
***Psst, if you have time, check out these awesome day trips from Florence.***
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Two Days in Florence: How to Create the Perfect 2-day Florence Itinerary
So, you only have two days in this magical city and aren’t sure where to start?
Have no fear!
Florence is a VERY walkable city, even if you have an insanely delicious gelato in hand or and an expertly brewed espresso in the other.
Eating and drinking your way through the city is by far the best way to start your two-day Florence adventure.
But what about some of the other amazing things to do in Florence?
Well, exploring the second you arrive!
Now, I’m not a psychic so I can’t predict, with 100% accuracy, how or where you’ll arrive in Florence, but I can make a good guess.
More than linkely:
Also nearby, is the central bus station which is just around the corner.
International train arrivals and some national arrivals will arrive at Firenze Campo di Marte, a station near the ring road, just slightly outside the historical center.
***Looking for a place to stay while you’re in Florence? Then check out some of the best hotels in Florence, which include Portrait Firenze, Palazzo Vecchietti, My Friends Guesthouse, Hostel Gall d’Oro. or any of the best hostels in Florence! You could also try staying at this incredible, luxury, Airbnb Firenze***
Day 1 (Enjoy this Florence itinerary on its own or combine it with the day 2 Florence itinerary for the best Florence Visit)
If you want to get an early start:
I’d suggest eating breakfast at your accommodation before heading out for the day.
For anyone accustomed to a traditional Italian breakfast:
ust grab a quick shot of espresso because that’s all you’ll need to kick-start your adventure.
One more essential Florence travel tip:
Now that you’re fully caffeinated:
Tour the interior and explore the incredible architecture all around you.
Marvel at the marble floor and venture into the crypt for a more in-depth look inside the Duomo.
Wait, we’re starting the day off in a crypt? That sounds a bit ominous.
Don’t worry, we’ll be going back upstairs to see light the of day.
Grab a ticket and climb up the narrow staircase, to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome.
Breathe in this magical moment and take in the spectacular views of Florence all around you.
After you’ve savored the astonishing views:
Walk across the street to the impressive Baptistery, the octagonal building that sits right in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Fiore.
One of the most ancient churches in Florence:
The Baptistery is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and is home to exquisite Florentine Romanesque architecture, stunning 13th-century mosaics, and the magnificent tomb of Baldassare Cossa.
A trip to the Uffizi gallery!
Just make your way there by foot and be sure to pass Palazzo Vecchio along the way.
Ticket in hand:
Walk into the Uffizi Gallery, and explore this virtual paradise for art lovers.
Home to some of the most famous works of art in the entire world, this gallery has 101 rooms and showcases such iconic masterpieces as Elector Palantine’s Cabinet, Woman with a Veil, Birth of Venus, Medici Venus,a nd so much more.
If you’ve had your fill of art for the morning and need a short break before continuing, feel free to enjoy your first gelato of the day.
Yes, calories don’t count while you’re on vacation.
And there will be time later on in the day to grab a second or third gelato for all you dessert lovers.
This is Italy and lunch is typically served later in the day.
A delicious gelato is a way to quell your hunger before lunch. And Gelateria dei Neri is a fantastic little gelato shop that offers patrons a uniquely delicious selection of gelato flavors.
Prefer to save your gelato for after lunch?
Fantastic because the Vivoli – Via Isole delle Stinche, is within walking distance of our next Florence point of interest. the Basilica di Santa Croce.
The largest Franciscan church in the world, this basilica is home to over 300 tombs, the most famous of which are those of Michelangelo and Galileo!.
It’s been a jam-packed morning.
Get lost amidst the labyrinth of charming side streets and be sure to steer clear of the multitude of tourist traps in the area.
Now that your stomach is satisfied, let’s take a relaxing stroll across the Ponte Alle Grazie, over the Arno river, and to our final destination the Boboli Gardens.
At last, paradise found.
Here you’ll find an immense green space where you can escape the crowds to breathe in tue fresh air.
Be sure not to miss the Buontalenti Grotto, the garden’s centerpiece.
The gardens make a great place to rest and digest the remainder of your lunch. Peacefully pass the afternoon, quietly enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature.
Following your visit to the gardens,
Walk past Palazzo Pitti before heading across the Ponte Vecchio, the most iconic bridge in Florence.
Enjoy the rest of your evening wandering through the small streets of the historic center and relaxing around the local bodegas; you deserve it.
Day 2 – Continuing Your 2 Days in Florence
Yes, I’ll admit it:
Day 1 was pretty jam-packed with Florence things to do but it was all for a reason.
Now that you’re better acquainted with the city and know how to get around, you can take it easy today.
Let’s start the day by visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia, where you catch a glimpse of the Statue of David.
There’s always a queue because well duh, it’s the Statue of David.
If you purchase your skip-the-line ticket, you’re guaranteed to get inside sooner.
But in addition to the Statue of David:
There’s plenty to see here, so don’t rush. Just take the morning to explore the museum with ease and visit other iconic masterpieces like Madonna of the Sea and St. Mathew by Michelangelo.
Enjoy the neighborhood surrounding Piazza San Marco, and stop for lunch at nearby L’Osteria de L’Ortolano for a hearty meat stew, a delicious charcuterie board, or a nice minestrone.
After you’ve eaten:
Explore the next attraction on this Florence itinerary, the Palacio Medici Riccardi.
Once the personal residence of the Medici Family, you can now explore this Renaissance palace as a museum.
Be sure to visit some of the museum highlights, which include the frescos of Luca Giordano in the large hall, the entrance staircase designed by Foggini, and the chapel, decorated with frescos, done by Benozzo Gozzoli in 1459, that depict the Procession of the Magi.
If you’re hungry after your museum visit (and it’s still lunch time):
You can stop by Trattoria Sergio Gozzi for some delicious, Tuscan style dishes that include simple pastas, as well as Panzanella salads, meat ragu, potato topini, and more.