Recommended: Top 5 things to do in Florence.
01. The Campanile
The bell tower, Campanile, is in Piazza del Duomo. The first story was designed by Giotto and it is commonly called Giotto’s Campanile. This Cathedral is open to public! Buy a ticket and climb the 414 stairs (no lift) for great views of the Cathedral and its dome and the city of Florence and surroundings.
02. Galleria degli Uffizi
The Galleria degli Uffizi holds the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art but it’s also Italy’s most crowded museum.
Housed near the Piazza della Signoria in a long narrow building that was to be the offices (uffizi) of the magistrates of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Uffizi Gallery houses much of the private collection of the Florentine first family – the Medici. If you love art, don’t miss this!
03. High Fashion and Mainstream Shopping in Florence.
If you’re looking for haute couture fashions, such as Gucci, Pucci, or Ferragamo (the latter two design houses being native to Florence), head to the area around the streets of Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova, and Via dei Calzaiuoli.
These streets in the Santa Maria Novella district are teeming with the latest fashions from the biggest Italian and international designers.
04. The Ponte Vecchio: Florence, Italy’s Most Famous Bridge.
One of Florence’s most photographed landmarks, the Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s most famous bridge. The Ponte Vecchio, which spans the Arno River from Via Por Santa Maria to Via Guicciardini, is also Florence’s oldest bridge, having been spared from bombing during World War II.
Note that the popular bridge – which is typically packed with tourists – is also a prime target of pickpockets. Be mindful of your belongings when browsing the baubles!
05. Off The Beaten Path
This is probably something that you might not have considered. But, what is better than visiting the locals residing in Florence and having a meal with them? This is when cultures are exchanged and ideas are shared. The feeling of learning about the insights of the country and its people may just be the highlight of your trip!
Andrea, our Florence host, is always welcoming travellers and backpackers, families and many friends over to his place for a good, sumptuous meal. His wife cooks the delicious home-cooked food, bringing out an authentic taste that can only be found at home in Florence.
Do give it a shot! Be different, be adventurous!