Day 1 – Visit the Uffizi Gallery
Home to some of Italy’s most prized possessions, the Uffizi Gallery should be top of your list of things to do when visiting Florence, or Firenze as the Italians call it. Queues here can be painfully long so to save time book your tickets online beforehand.
Afterwards bask in Piazza della Signoria, one of Florence’s bustling squares. Just off it on Piazza Cimatori is a ‘trippai’ (tripe stands) which sells, well, tripe! Grab a tripe sandwich because, as the phrase goes, ‘When in Rome…’ (or in this case when in Florence). From here take a stroll along the River Arno stopping along the way to study otters and rowers! From here you can also see the Ponte Vecchio, the best-known of all the bridges to cross the river.
Finish the night off in the Santa Croce district, known as the city’s most vibrant. It is full of bars,Red Garter and Lochness both on Via dei Benci being two of the most popular.
Day 2 – Climb Il Duomo
Visit Il Duomo, Florence’s famous cathedral. After marvelling at its interior, climb to the top of the dome for unforgettable views. Grab lunch and then get in another long queue, this time for Galleria dell’Accademia, home to the world’s most famous sculpture, theStatue of David.
Just before dusk make your way to Piazzale Michelangelo for views over the city and a sunset you won’t forget for a while. After the sun sets, have a bite to eat inOsteria Antica Mescita on Via San Niccolo before sipping on a few glasses of wine in Fuori Portaat the old city walls.
Day 3 – The Baptistry
Start the day in Piazzale della Republica before making your way back to Il Duomo, but this time visiting the Baptistry, the building which faces it. Here you will find some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics and frescoes. After some lunch visit some of the city’s churches, most of which are free to enter.
Even though it is just footsteps away from Piazza della Signoria, Vini e Vichi Sapori on Via dei Magazzini is one of the city’s better value restaurants and perfect for some evening food. From here go to The Fish Pub on Piazza del Mercato Centrale before partying the night into the early hours in Central Park, one of Florence’s biggest nightclubs.