The Ultimate 2 Days in Florence Itinerary (+ Tips!)

Iconic architecture, legendary food, and compelling history are just a few reasons to spend 2 days in Florence–one of our favorite cities on the planet!

Hoping to spend about 48 hours in Florence but not sure how to start planning your trip?

After spending months exploring Florence (including our most recent 2022 visit), we stand by this guide to seeing Florence in 2 days as the best way to see the highlights of the Cradle of the Renaissance with limited time.

Over the last several years, we have also loved having the opportunity to share this 2 day Florence itinerary with family and friends!

From world-class art to delicious gelato to fantastic markets, here’s how to spend a couple of days in Florence, Italy.

View of the cupola of Florence's Duomo from the bell tower, a worthy addition to your 2 day Florence itinerary
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How We Structured This Itinerary for Florence, Italy

Florence is one of our absolute favorite cities to visit, and we’ve designed this itinerary to help you fall in love with it in just two days!

Our shortest trips have been visiting Florence on day trips from Rome, and our longest trip included a full month of “living” in Florence, with many medium-sized trips mixed in as well!

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Based on our time in the Cradle of the Renaissance, we’ve included a mix of suggested tours, tickets, and independent attractions that will help you explore the best of the city efficiently.

In 2022 and beyond, planning ahead is more important than ever: after the last couple of years, many attractions (not just in Italy!) have moved to requiring reservations, and there’s a chance that will become the new norm.

If you stay in a central location, this itinerary is entirely walkable–helped along by the fact that Florence is a small city that lends itself to wandering! 

kate storm and jeremy storm sitting on the edge of the arno with the ponte vecchio in the background

The Ultimate 2 Day Florence Itinerary

Day 1 in Florence Itinerary: David, the Duomo + A Food Tour

Start with the Galleria dell’Accademia.

After putting on some comfortable walking shoes and grabbing a cappuccino and pastry at whatever bar catches your eye, it’s time to see David!

With only 2 days in Florence to work with, we recommend booking either skip-the-line tickets or a tour in advance to avoid what can be a long line.

Statue of David as seen as part of a 2 day Florence itinerary

We once waited in line for about half an hour in the middle of a weekend day in early November, and it can easily be triple that during busy periods.

The Galleria dell’Accademia is fairly small, you’ll be unlikely to spend more than an hour there unless you’re an enormous art buff.

David is definitely the star of the show (and absolutely worth seeing–the statue blew us away when we saw it in person!), but the musical instrument display and the unfinished Michelangelo sculptures are definitely worth seeing as well.

Book skip-the-line tickets to see David today!

Prefer the context of a tour?

This popular option covers both David and the Duomo!

collection of musical instruments in gallera dell'accademia in florence italy

Walk over to Mercato San Lorenzo.

Florence’s famous outdoor leather market is bustling and beautiful–it’s a great place to shop for small souvenirs, people watch, and take photos.

What we wouldn’t necessarily recommend is buying expensive leather goods from a stall here without further research (and plenty of haggling).

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We definitely aren’t leather experts, but suffice it to say that not all leather goods are created equal, and a tourist market can be a great place to overpay for a substandard product if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

That being said, the market is incredibly photogenic and a fun place to pick up small Italian souvenirs–Jeremy’s wallet came from this market in Florence!

Mask as seen at Mercato San Lorenzo in Florence Italy

Head into the Mercato Centrale.

Right next door to the outdoor San Lorenzo market sits the indoor Mercato Centrale, one of our favorite places in Florence and home to all kinds of delicious delicacies.

Mercato Centrale is bursting open with delicious food six days a week until around 2:30 PM (it’s closed on Sundays).

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The ground floor includes food stalls selling everything from fruit to fish to olive oil, and a few stalls selling cooked meals such as takeaway pasta.

Upstairs, you can find even more stalls selling prepared food, as well as tables to sit at, and in one corner, a kitchen designed for cooking classes.

If you’re hungry, this is a great place to grab a quick and affordable lunch as part of your Florence itinerary!

Kate Storm in a black sundress standing inside the Mercato Centrale, a must-see stop during your 2 day Florence itinerary

Optional: pay a visit to the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy.

While the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy is slightly out of the way on this itinerary for Florence, if you’re looking for a fabulous perfume, a historic building, or even just the chance to meander through another Florence neighborhood, it’s worth a visit.

Tucked behind an unassuming door in the Santa Maria Novella neighborhood sits the oldest and possibly most opulent pharmacy in the world.

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Established in 1221, the pharmacy was once a place of healing.

Today, it’s more of a place for unique soaps, perfumes, and lotions–some of them made from original recipes dating back hundreds of years.

The pharmacy is also located very close to Trattoria Marione, which is a fantastic place to stop for lunch if you’re hungry!

interior of santa maria novella pharmacy in florence italy

Stroll back toward the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Of course, you can’t wrap up the first day of your Florence itinerary without a chance to admire the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or more commonly, the Duomo!

The Duomo itself is free to enter, but the surrounding museums (including the bell tower, cupola, baptistery, and the underground ruins below the Duomo) all require a ticket.

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We’ve written an entire guide to visiting the Duomo, as making the most of your time there can require quite a bit of planning!

Here’s the short version, though: with 2 days in Florence, you don’t have time to see it all, but you should absolutely prioritize climbing either the dome (which requires booking in advance) or the bell tower (which is easier to access).

Vertical View of dome of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore at sunset

The interior of the cathedral itself is a bit plain compared to its exterior, but the interior of the Baptistery is magnificent and you should go inside if you have time!

This fantastic tour that we discussed above is an incredibly memorable way to experience both the Duomo and David.

Prefer to visit David independently and then explore the Duomo via tour? This tour is the perfect option.

Book your cathedral visit with dome access today!

kate storm standing in front of florence duomo front doors

Head to the Basilica of Santa Croce.

From one church to the next!

After finishing up at the Duomo, walk over to the Basilica of Santa Croce for a look at another stunning house of worship in Florence and some very memorable tombs, including those of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo.

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There’s also a memorial to Dante in the church, however, his actual tomb is located in Ravenna (another Italian city well worth a visit).

Santa Croce has a more ornate interior than the Duomo, and visiting both places means that you have now seen the two most famous churches in Florence!

kate storm and ranger storm standing in front of santa croce, a must see on an itinerary for florence italy

Make your way to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Florence’s skyline is unique: for years, buildings were not allowed to be built higher than the base of the cupola on the Duomo, and the result is a somewhat uniform skyline, with the incredible cathedral and cupola erupting out of it.

One of the best places to admire this view is from the enduringly popular Piazzale Michelangelo.

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It’s a bit of a hike to get up there (about a 20-minute climb from Santa Croce, quite a bit of it uphill), but it’s worth it to go a bit out of the way.

Not too tired when you reach the top and want to admire the Florence skyline from an even higher angle?

San Miniato al Monte is located only another 5 minutes or so of climbing up the hill and boasts another incredible view of Florence–and one that is a bit less crowded than the more popular vantage point at Piazzale Michelangelo.

View of Florence's skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo with Duomo in center, one of the best views to seek out when seeing Florence in 2 days

Finish up your first day in Florence with an incredible food tour.

It’s no secret that Tuscany is all about the food–and with only 2 days in Florence, one of the absolute best ways to make sure you try a wide variety of traditional dishes is with a food tour!

We adore taking food tours around the world, and this incredible evening food tour in Florence was no exception.

A food tour in Florence is a fantastic way to sample the best of what the region has to offer, without having to commit to a whole dish.

That is especially relevant for the famous bistecca alla fiorentina, which is simultaneously one of the city’s most iconic dishes and one of its most expensive (a typical steak you order at a restaurant feeds at least 2 people).

We loved our Florence food tour so much that we have returned to several of the featured businesses after the tour was over!

Book your evening food tour in Florence today!

Sliced bistecca alla fiorentina on a blue and white plate, a must-try food in Florence Italy

Day 2 in Florence Itinerary: The Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio + Beyond

Start your morning with a stroll toward the Piazza della Repubblica.

As the social and commercial center of Florence for thousands of years, Piazza della Repubblica is an unmissable sight during your 2 days in Florence and an excellent place to kick off your second day in the city.

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Once the home to Florence’s Roman Forum, Piazza della Repubblica was later used as a popular marketplace in the Middle Ages and then as a Jewish ghetto during the 16th century.

Today, the piazza is a bustling, busy place, home to a beautiful carousel, plenty of restaurants and shops, and usually a street musician or two. 

kate storm in front of carousel in piazza repubblica, one of the best florence photo spots

Stroll down Via Calimala toward the Fontana del Porcellino.

The walk down Via Calimala from the Piazza della Repubblica is filled with some of Florence’s most high-end shopping.

If you’re looking to splurge on designer clothes or sunglasses, you’ve come to the right place!

Even without the inclination (or cash) for shopping, though, the street still makes a beautiful walk.

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It’s almost always busy, and as you get close to the Fontana del Porcellino, you’ll see some street artists start to pop up here and there.

The Fontana del Porcellino consists of a large bronze boar (what else, in Florence?) with an extra shiny nose.

Legend says that if you rub his nose, you’ll be guaranteed to come back to Florence one day!

On our most recent trip, we even had our dog Ranger touch his nose–a little silly, yes, but why take any chances after the last couple of years!

The fountain is located on the edge of Mercato Nuovo (also sometimes called the Mercato del Porcellino), on the far side from where you’ll be approaching from if you are coming from the Piazza della Repubblica.

jeremy storm and ranger storm touching porcellino statue during a couple days in florence italy

Wander toward the Piazza della Signoria.

Just a short walk away from the Fontana del Porcellino sits the Piazza della Signoria–one of the prettiest piazzas in Florence.

This piazza is home to the Fountain of Neptune, the Palazzo Vecchio, and one of the famous “fake Davids” here!

Perhaps most memorably, the Piazza della Signoria home to the Loggia dei Lanzi, whose collection of incredible statues is essentially a small, free, outdoor museum.

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We loved taking a seat and people-watching in this piazza, and have spent several memorable nights eating some gelato on the steps that lead to the statues while listening to a talented busker and enjoying the hustle and the bustle of the city around us. 

Piazza della Signoria, no matter what time of day you visit, is always magical.

If you want to add another epic view of Florence to your 2 day Florence itinerary, consider heading to the top of the Palazzo Vecchio while you’re here.

The Palazzo Vecchio is home to one of our personal favorite views of Florence!

Tourists sitting in front of statues displayed in Piazza Signoria, as seen as part of a Florence itinerary

Tour the legendary Uffizi Gallery.

As the Cradle of the Renaissance, visiting the heart of Florence’s Renaissance art collection is an important part of any 2 day Florence itinerary!

Home to masterpieces by not only hometown heroes like Da Vinci and Botticelli, but also other celebrated Italian artists like Caravaggio, exploring the Uffizi is an incredible experience.

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(And that’s even before you get a chance to admire the stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio from its windows!).

How long you spend at this world-class art gallery can be highly dependent on your personal preference, but a fast pass through the masterpieces is considered to take about 2 hours, with 3-4 hours needed for a more thorough visit.

opulent interior of the uffizi gallery in florence with several statues

Booking a ticket or a tour in advance is virtually required, as the lines for the museum can get very long and it is even known to sell out!

We personally love the context of a tour in the Uffizi–the context of a guide truly brings the art to life, and as a bonus, you’ll likely move much more efficiently with a guide than on your own (they know where everything is, after all).

We loved this Uffizi tour, but if you are looking for something longer, this well-reviewed tour is also very popular.

Book your Uffizi tour today!

Prefer to explore independently?

Grab skip-the-line tickets for your preferred time now!

view of ponte vecchio and arno river from uffizi gallery
The views from the Uffizi Gallery are pretty wonderful, too!

Take a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

When you’re finished at the Uffizi, make your way to the nearby Ponte Vecchio and stroll across it while admiring the jewelry sparkling from every shop window and the views of the river on either side.

The Ponte Vecchio is iconic, and we enjoy the walk so much that we make sure to stroll across it at least a couple of times every time we visit Florence.

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Enjoy a tasty lunch in Florence.

Once you’re on the other side of the river, it’s time to find food: there are countless restaurants to choose from, but if you’re hoping to eat pizza during your 2 days in Florence, the best place in the city is right around the corner.

Very few pizza places in Florence actually use the wood-burning oven that is necessary to make “true” Napoli-style pizza, but Gusta Pizza has one and uses it well.

The pizza lives up to the hype: we love it and definitely recommend it.

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If the restaurant is crowded (it probably will be), feel free to take your pizza to go and enjoy it outside–we’ve enjoyed ours while sitting in front of the Palazzo Pitti more than once!

Not in the mood for pizza?

Il Cernacchino and Il Panino del Chianti are two of our favorite panini shops in Florence that are near the Ponte Vecchio, and you can’t go wrong with a visit to either!

Kate Storm and Jeremy Storm at Gusta Pizza in Florence with sliced pizza in front of them. Gusta Pizza serves the best pizza in Florence Italy

Make your way to the Boboli Gardens (and maybe Palazzo Pitti).

Right after stuffing yourself with pizza is the perfect time to go for a walk, right?

The Boboli Gardens are the perfect place to stroll around, (hopefully) soak up some sunshine, and enjoy beautiful views of Florence.

Be sure to make your way through the garden all the way to the Porcelain Museum–the views of Tuscany from there are sublime.

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The Boboli Gardens are located right behind the Palazzo Pitti, as both the palace and gardens once belonged to the famous Medici family.

Today, the imposing Palazzo Pitti is a beautiful art museum.

Odds are that you won’t have the time or inclination to visit, having just finished up at the Uffizi, but if you want to see as much as humanly possible during your 48 hours in Florence, you might be able to squeeze it in!

Book your tickets for the Boboli Gardens today!

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Head back across the Arno River via the Ponte Santa Trinita.

After wrapping up at the Boboli Gardens, it’s time to head back across the Arno River.

… But first, go ahead and pick up a scoop (or two, who’s counting?) of gelato!

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We have never eaten a bad gelato in Florence (and we’ve sampled more than our fair share), but one of the shops we particularly love is not far out of the way on this itinerary.

Gelateria della Passera serves delicious, creamy, homemade gelato for very competitive prices, and their gelato makes the perfect snack to eat when heading back toward the Arno River.

This time, cross the river via the Ponte Santa Trinita to get an amazing view of the Ponte Vecchio itself!

Kate Storm in a red dress sitting on a bridge in front of the Arno with the Ponte Vecchio visible in the background--be sure to seek out this view during your 2 days in Florence Italy

Step inside the Church of Santa Trinita.

Located just a short walk from the bridge that shares its name, this gorgeous Florence church is free to visit and well worth stopping inside!

Like many ornate places in Florence, it’s hard to tell from the outside just how special it is once you step inside–and that’s part of the appeal.

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With roots in the 11th century, the Church of Santa Trinita is best-known for its 15th-century frescoes (head up to the front of the church, to the right of the altar), but everything about it is captivating.

It doesn’t take long to see, even if you pay 1 Euro to duck into the small crypt (not necessary, but cool to see if you have a minute).

front facade of santa trinita church florence italy

Settle in for a multi-course Tuscan meal.

As you get ready to say goodbye (for now) to the Cradle of the Renaissance, finish up your second day in Florence with a full, multi-course Tuscan meal!

This includes four traditional courses: the antipasto (appetizer), primo piatto (this is where you’ll usually find pasta dishes, though it can be other things), secondo piatto (the meat course), and dolce (dessert).

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Even then, it’s not over–coffee traditionally comes after the dolce course, and an amaro (a bitter shot, such as grappa, to aid digestion) may follow the meal.

Writing a full list of delicious restaurants in Florence would literally be a full-time job, but a few that we’ve loved include Osteria dell’Enoteca (a bit more upscale), Trattoria Anita (casual and cozy), and La Stracotto (love their lasagna).

Restaurants usually open for dinner in Florence around 7:00 or 7:30, so don’t plan to eat before then.

And, if you have your heart set on a particular place and/or aren’t planning to arrive right when your restaurant of choice opens, strongly consider making a reservation!

kate storm at a restaurant in florence with lasagna and red wine

Where to Stay in Florence, Italy

We have stayed all over Florence, from renting apartments in the heart of the historic center to basking in the (comparative) peace and quiet of hotels in Oltrarno.

Our biggest piece of advice for where to stay for only a couple of days in Florence is this: location is everything.

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As long as you’re within a 15-minute walk of at least some of the major landmarks such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, or Uffizi, you’ll be able to easily navigate Florence on foot.

If you stay far enough out that you need to take a bus to reach the center (Florence doesn’t have a metro system), you’ll limit the amount of time you can spend exploring.

Each of these properties gets excellent reviews and makes a wonderful place to stay during your first time in Florence!

kate storm and jeremy storm visit the duomo florence italy


B&B Le Stanze del Duomo — Though Florence hotels can be a bit pricey and stretch the definition of “budget”, B&B Le Stanze’s beautiful rooms and an impeccable location in Florence will be sure to have you swooning!

Located practically next door to the Duomo, B&B Le Stanze del Duomo offers simple rooms with a divine location.

Check rates & book your stay at B&B Le Stanze del Duomo!

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Bargello Guest House — Located in the heart of Florence, this property is only a short (read: less than 5-minute) walk away from some of Florence’s highlights like the Palazzo Vecchio.

Staying here, you’ll be within easy walking distance of the best of what Florence has to offer.

We loved our stay in this unassuming guest house!

Check rates & book your stay at Bargello Guest House!

Kate Storm in a red dress entering a large wooden door in Florence
The entrance to the Bargello Guest House!


Hotel Lungarno — Nestled right against the Arno River and home to one of the best views of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence (not to mention some of the best views of the rest of Florence from their top deck), Hotel Lungarno is famous and well-reviewed for very good reason.

This is our personal “if we ever really want to splurge” hotel in Florence, and we’d love to check in one day!

You can’t go wrong using Hotel Lungarno as your base for one day in Florence!

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Lungarno!

Photo of the side of Florence's Duomo at blue hour with cupola in the background. Checking out the Duomo is one of the best things to do in Florence at night

Getting Around During 2 Days in Florence

Florence is a small, compact city.

Assuming you’re staying within a comfortable walk of the city center, for most people, this entire 2 day Florence itinerary can be completed on foot!

Buses and taxis are available in Florence, but we very rarely use them.

Florence is just too much fun to wander through to bother with anything else, and due to driving restrictions in the historic center, buses and taxis can’t always get you where you’re going anyway.

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We absolutely, without a doubt, do not recommend renting a car while staying in Florence.

If you’re taking a Tuscany road trip after leaving Florence, it’s much easier to pick up your rental car as you leave the city than deal with the hassle of having it during your couple of days in Florence.

However, if you find yourself in a situation where it’s unavoidable to have a car in Florence, an easy way to handle it is by booking a hotel with a private garage–we loved staying at Hotel Silla for many reasons, but their easy-to-reach private garage was definitely one of them!

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More Than 2 Days in Florence?

If you have more than 2 days in Florence, you absolutely won’t run out of things to do in the city.

Even after all of our trips to Florence, we’re still finding new things to love about the Cradle of the Renaissance with each visit!

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With extra time, consider adding on a couple of day trips out of the city.

We have a full guide to the best day trips from Florence here, but a couple of iconic options include a trip to Pisa and Lucca, or a trip to Siena, San Gimignano, and a winery.

Assisi, Orvieto, and Bologna are three of the best day trips from Florence outside of Tuscany.

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You can also add on a trip to one of Florence’s lesser-known museums, like the Stibbert Museum, Bargello Museum, the Galileo Museum, or the interior of the Palazzo Pitti.

Alternatively, two of our personal favorite experiences that we’ve ever enjoyed around Florence are a cooking class at a Tuscan farmhouse and a Vespa tour that took us into the hills around Florence.

Both were absolutely unforgettable!

Book your Vespa tour or Tuscan cooking class today!

Kate Storm and Jeremy Storm holding up a pizza at a cooking class in Tuscany

Essential Tips for Visiting Florence in 2 Days

Keep an eye on museum closures.

Keep in mind that some of the biggest museums in Florence, including the Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, and the Palazzo Pitti (which is home to the Boboli Gardens) are closed on Monday.

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If one of your 2 days in Florence is a Monday, you might need to make some adjustments!

The Duomo and Duomo museums are open on Mondays, and all the museums close on some holidays.

close up view of florence duomo and baptistery, tips for visiting florence cathedral santa maria del fiore

If you have mobility concerns, choose a place to stay carefully.

Narrow, steep staircases are very common in Florence–we’ve climbed many of them to reach apartments or hotel rooms!

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Elevators/lifts are also far from a guarantee, especially at small, family-run properties.

If you have mobility concerns, look carefully at the property you’re considering before booking!

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Definitely book museum tickets or tours in advance.

We covered this a bit above, but it bears repeating!

Florence’s top attractions, including the Galleria dell’Accademia that houses David, the Uffizi Museum, and the cupola of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, generally have exceedingly long lines.

Without careful planning, this can eat up hours of your limited time in Florence, and make the experience feel more like Disney than Italy.

By booking tickets in advance, you’ll save enormous amounts of time during your 2 days in Florence!

Shop Florence tours and skip-the-line tickets today!

Kate Storm on a white Vespa in the Tuscan countryside--riding a Vespa is an incredibly fun experience during a Tuscany itinerary!

Hotels and Airbnbs will make a copy of your passport.

… Or take a picture, or write down the number… you get the idea.

This is done for tax purposes on their end and is totally normal, so don’t worry about it!

kate storm in a green sweater in the bardini gardens with view of florence italy behind her

Start early, and have breakfast Italian style.

The biggest key to making the most of only a couple of days in Florence is getting an early start.

For example, the Galleria dell’Accademia opens at 8:15 AM, and we recommend being there right as the doors open to get a great jump on exploring on your first day in Florence.

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Before arriving, have a quick breakfast Italian-style: a cappuccino drunk standing up at the bar (aka coffee shop), plus a sweet pastry if you’re hungry, is the perfect way to start an Italian morning.

And I’m serious about standing up–Italian bars charge extra for the luxury of drinking while seated!

Embrace the tradition, save a few pennies, and drink standing–it’s more fun that way, anyway.

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About Kate Storm
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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

27 thoughts on “The Ultimate 2 Days in Florence Itinerary (+ Tips!)”

  1. From everything I’ve heard about Florence and Tuscany more broadly, it is a truly wonderful place. No wonder you are drawn back again and again. The culture and unique surrounding natural beauty is inspiring. I can’t wait to see and experience it myself and this post has gone a long way toward convincing me that I need to go sooner rather than later!

  2. I started my day in Florence with Galleria dell’Accademia as well <3 I really love the museum and that gorgeous David statue. I even bought a book there! I also went to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the sunset there. The view was so amazing :) I really love this guide as it brought back many memories.

  3. I have always wanted to go to Italy and Florence would be among the top of my list to visit! You’ve only convinced me to want to explore it. What a great roundup of sights to see. I’m sure that 2 days won’t be enough, but at least I’d know now that in 2 days, I can see enough to truly experience this beautiful city!

    • Oh, you definitely can! Florence is physically much smaller than its giant reputation, but that doesn’t take away from how epic of a destination it is!

  4. I have actually spent a month in Tuscany as well and I have been to Florence quite a few times. Your 2 days itinerary covers the main attractions of the city very well and I love that you gave recommendations about Mercato Centrale. It’s a fabulous place to explore the local cuisine, isn’t it? I loved gazing at the city from its bridges as well and there is no better place to watch the sunset from than Piazza Michelangelo.

  5. I just love Florence and Tuscany that are truly amazing places full of history. Even the Ponte Vecchio Bridge is full of history, as I wrote a whole post on it. That is a great 2 day itinerary that you have put together there, especially as there is so much to see and do in this wonderful city. I can completely understand why you would visit outdoor San Lorenzo market and the indoor Central Market 6 times with all that amazing produce.

  6. Every person I know who’s been to Florence raves about the city, and from reading this post I can see why. I would love to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Uffizi museum. Great tips about buying tickets in advance, especially on a short visit you don’t want to wait in more queues than you need. I also love the tip of climbing the bell tower for the Duomo at sunset. Less crowds, and I can imagine the views (and the lighting) would be pretty stellar as well.

    • We’re definitely all about skipping lines on short visits! We didn’t bother on this trip since we were going at such a leisurely pace, but with just a couple of days it definitely opens up a lot more of your time.

  7. Your post certainly covered the main sights in Florence. I know the city fairly well as I used to have a supplier there for years and visited at least five times a year. But you left out some pleasures Florence is famous for. Browse the galleries with hand-marbled paper and eat some ice cream, best off the main tourist drag – Florence has some of the best Italian gelati of the world! And if you want to spoil yourself buy a good leather jacket or leather bag in Florence – another handicraft the city is well known for (out of peak season the prices can be bargained down and are rather cheap).

    • Oh yes, gelato is a must while in Florence! I included one shop on here, but I think we ate gelato at least every other day while there lol.

  8. I have never been to Florence but it is so high on my bucket list. It looks like a postcard and I am in love with your night shots. The itinerary is just perfect for a weekend get away. Definitely need to get more concrete on my travel plans to Florence ;)

    • It’s definitely worth being high on the list! The night shots were such a happy accident–we were trying to avoid the worst lines for the bell tower–but it worked out so very well!

  9. My favorite tourist stop in cities are the markets. I love browsing through merchandise that is unique to the locale —sometimes this is very unique and something I’ve never seen before. Loved your vibrant photo of the masks. I also love admiring the city from above, which I think it often overlooked if the city isn’t graced with skyscrapers. Florence is truly a beautiful city. Great post!

  10. Hello
    Going to Florence in May with my adult daughter. We will be there 2 days also. I am feeling so overwhelmed planning out time there. It was very refreshing to reach your itinerary. It appears much more doable than trying to do everything
    Thank you

  11. Kate,

    Are you still a full-time traveler? I really enjoyed this article about Florence. We are planning to be in Florence Oct 13-16. We reserved timed ticket for the Accademia Gallery at 8:45am. But we did not buy other tickets in advance. We do not plan on visiting the Uffizi. At that time of year, do you think we will need reserve tickets for other sights and restaurants?

    • Hi Stephen!

      Are we still traveling full-time–yes and no! We’re no longer fully nomadic (I’m typing this from our apartment in Lisbon), but traveling continues to be our full-time job and we’re on the road more often than not. :-)

      You’ll definitely want restaurant reservations, especially for dinner. Italians love reservations, and while you may be able to get into restaurants without one, you’ll probably get turned away from some places too. It’s easiest to just do as the locals do and reserve your table in advance (making your reservations earlier the same day is usually fine, though).

      If you find yourself without a reservation one night, showing up as soon as the restaurant opens will usually be enough to get a table.

      Sightseeing-wise, the only other attraction I’d say you really need a reservation for in October is climbing the Duomo. Booking tickets in advance can be handy at the other sights, but the big 3–cupola of the Duomo, Galleria dell’Accademia, and Uffizi–are where it’s more or less mandatory.

    • It’s definitely worth the trip! In our experience, travelers who love Italy will generally have a wonderful time in Portugal, too. :-)

  12. Hi! Thanks for the wonderful article. In your itinerary, do you recommend going inside the Palazzo Pitti and Palazzo Vechio? Can i buy just a ticket of the boboli garden or is it with the Palazzo Pitti only? Do you recommend buying the Firenze card?

    • Hi Arushi,

      That depends a bit on how fast your natural sightseeing pace is, but if you have time, I’d definitely recommend going into the Palazzo Vecchio! The view from the top is one of our favorites in Florence, and it’s much less crowded than other viewpoints.

      Palazzo Pitti is gorgeous, but with only 2 days in Florence, I wouldn’t prioritize it. You can buy a separate ticket to the Boboli Gardens (which also allows access to the Bardini Gardens), you don’t need to purchase entrance to the palace as well.

      The last time I ran the numbers, the Firenze Card wasn’t worth it for this itinerary, but you can always double check to be sure. :-) Keep in mind that you’ll still need to make reservations to visit the Uffizi and Accademia with the card, it doesn’t guarantee an entry time.

      Hope you guys have a great time in Florence!


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