With Tuscany proving to be one of the most beautiful and culturally rich regions in all of Italy, it’s no wonder it attracts millions of visitors every year. But what if you’re only passing through? To make the most of a short visit, we’re taking you on a one day tour of the Tuscan capital, Florence. Without further ado, let’s begin with breakfast!
8am – 9am: Breakfast at Giubbe Rosse
There are many great breakfast venues, but not many cafes can boast an intellectual twist with private exhibitions and literary discussion. That’s why we recommend starting your day at Giubbe Rosse. With a rich menu and friendly staff who will heartily recommend the best of their local produce, sitting out in the sun is the perfect breakfast. It’s located right in Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence!
9am – 11am: Florence Cathedral
Just five minutes away from your breakfast, it’s only fitting to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Built towards the end of the 13th Century, on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata (the remains of which can be visited in the crypt), the cathedral is home to many pieces of beautiful artwork, the largest of which being Giorgio Vasari’s Last Judgment. While you’ll be looking to get the most of out your 24 hours, we won’t blame you if you get lost strolling through Florence’s history and enjoying the sights of the Cathedral.
11am – 1:30pm: Ponte Vecchio and Boboli Garden
Sweeping down from the Cathedral, head south across one of Florence’s most appealing attraction, the Vecchio bridge. The oldest bridge in the city, it was formally the only means of crossing the Arno River in the city. Its current iteration, since 1345, has survived everything from World War II to when the Arno flooded in 1966. It also houses a bust of Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th century goldsmith, as trade on the bridge at that time was restricted only to goldsmiths and jewellers to improve the lives of all who crossed it.
Once you reach the other side, you can head down to Giardino di Boboli to take in the beautiful sculptures and horticulture. Decorated with ancient and Renaissance statues and filled with gorgeous fountains, strolling through the garden is serene. It’s also the perfect setting for you to indulge in some lunch.
1:30pm – 4pm: Shopping at Via de’ Tornabuoni
We couldn’t set out a day in Florence without giving you some time to enjoy the vast wealth of fashion on offer, and there’s no better place than Via de’ Tornabuoni. Looping round the east from the gardens, head north over the Santa Trinita bridge to find yourself in the heart of Florence’s fashion scene. From boutiques to flagship stores for international brands such as Gucci and Roberto Cavalli, you could easily wile away the day seeing Italian fashion at its best.
4pm – 6pm: Accademia Gallery
Be careful not to spend too much in Florence’s stores, mind you, as a day in the city wouldn’t be complete with seeing one of art’s absolute masterpieces, Michelangelo’s David housed in the Tribune section of the Accademia Gallery. A wealth of other work from the classic artist is also on show, with a private collection of historical musical instruments along with the history of the invention of the piano.
As well as the staple exhibits for everyone to enjoy, be sure to see the Accademia Gallery site to find out about any special exhibitions that are scheduled over the year. Time your 24 hours in Tuscany so that you see something extra special!
6pm – The End of the Night: Evening Meal at Fuoco Matto and Drinks at Casa del Vino
By now you’ve already explored Florence’s best fashion stores, cultural attractions and breath-taking landmarks. The only thing left is to dedicate your evening to the culinary expertise and delectable wine selections. Coming out of the Accademia Gallery, head west to find Fuoco Matto and indulge in an authentic Italian pizza. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations on wine to pair with your meal.
From there it’s just a few minutes’ walk south to the wine bar Casa del Vino for a more intimate experience, where you can enjoy the best Panino in the whole city! Wind down the end of your day by chatting with the locals and enjoying some wonderful wine tasting. You might just get some recommendations for the next time you visit.
You can squeeze so much out of just one day in Florence, soaking in the culture, scenery and culinary delights. And that’s just one city in the beautiful region of Tuscany, meaning before you know it you’ll be back again for even more!