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Florence, Italy is a stunningly beautiful city – and our 3 Days in Florence Itinerary highlights exactly what to see and do. From the grand Duomo Cathedral to the Michelangelo masterpiece David statue to the best food in the city, we are providing a perfect plan for visiting Florence in 3 days.

That said, Florence is a destination to be savored. Therefore, we also share activities throughout our 3-Day Florence Itinerary that are designed to allow visitors to soak in the atmosphere of Tuscany.


3 Days in Florence, Italy FAQs

Before we jump into what to see in Florence, Italy, we want to answer a few of the frequently asked questions.


Where is Florence, Italy?

Before you can start to plan your Florence 3 Day Itinerary, you should know where the city is located! Florence is situated in Central Italy among the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the best things to do in Florence, Italy are conveniently located near the banks of the Arno River.

Later in the article, we share a map of Florence attractions so you can visualize the layout. Additionally, in our Florence Travel Tips section, we share advice on how to get there and around town.


What is Florence Famous For?

There are many things that Florence is known for – like Renaissance Art, extravagant architecture, grand churches, lush gardens and delectable cuisine. We highlight it all in our 3 Day Itinerary Florence, Italy.

The art of Florence, Italy is mesmerizing – and quite honestly, unmissable. Famous statues dot the landscape and museums are top attractions in Florence, which is often referred to as the Jewel of the Renaissance.

Florence is also nicknamed The City of Lilies – and the beautiful white lily (or Florentine Lily) grows abundantly around the city and in the manicured gardens.

Eating in Florence, Italy is just as exciting as seeing the sights! We share recommendations for restaurants (as well as tips for the most famous Florence foods to eat) later in the article.


How Many Days in Florence?

Travelers often wonder, How many days do you need in Florence? Is 3 days enough in Florence or too much? In our opinion, visitors need at least 3 days in Florence in order to see the best of the city at a reasonable pace.

Our 3 Day Florence Itinerary focuses on top sights and attractions. That said, there are cities near Florence, Italy that visitors can see on a longer trip – like stunningly beautiful Siena, historic San Gimignano, quaint Chianti, famous Pisa and pretty Lucca. We will wrap all of this into a One Week Tuscany Itinerary!


What Makes this the Best Florence Itinerary?

Our Florence Itinerary 3 Days Trip Plan showcases the must-see sights. For a first time in Florence, Italy trip, our itinerary provides a fabulous introduction.

In a day-by-day format, we feature what to see, do and eat in Florence for 3 days. Our trip plan includes visiting the most famous museums, churches, gardens and viewpoints – as well as feasting on the best Florence food.


Planning a Trip to Florence, Italy

Planning a Florence, Italy trip is a big task. In addition to deciding which attractions in Florence, Italy to see, travelers also need to plan how to get to Florence, where to stay and what to pack. Don’t fret! We also provide pertinent travel details that will help you plan your best vacation.

Travelers making a trip to Italy from overseas will also find it helpful to read our guide to Planning a European Vacation. Visiting Rome, as well? Great! Be sure to use our guide to Rome Sightseeing

As you begin to make your vacation plans for Tuscany, staying organized is essential! We recommend using a trip planner – like our Printable Travel Planner – to keep track of all the details.

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Best 3 Day Florence Italy Itinerary

Now that we have covered the basics, it’s time to jump right into the top things to do in Florence in 3 Days.

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On Day 1 of your Florence, Italy Itinerary, set off to discover the top sights in the historic Florence City Center. These sights can be visited in order for an easy-flowing Self Guided Walking Tour of Florence. Visitors can also opt to join a Guided Florence Walking Tour – like this popular one!

We feature many attractions along the route that can be entered (some require a ticket), but it would be impossible to visit them all in a single day. We recommend choosing just 2 or 3 attractions to enter today; there is time to circle back and enter other sights on Day 3.


Ponte Vecchio Famous Bridge Florence, Italy

Best View of Ponte Vecchio Famous Bridge Florence, Italy

Begin your 3-Day Florence Itinerary at one of the top iconic places: Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio – or Old Bridge – is the most famous bridge in Florence, Italy. Dating to Medieval times (although a bridge has likely spanned the Arno River at this spot since the 1st century), Ponte Vecchio is unique in that it is lined with shops.

The bridge retains its historic character because, unlike all of the other bridges in Florence, Italy, Ponte Vecchio was spared from destruction during World War II.

Exterior of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Running along Ponte Vecchio is the Vasari Corridor. The elevated passageway was constructed in 1565 on the order of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici to connect Palazzo Vecchio to the north to Palazzo Pitti on the south.

Today, the bridge is lined with jewelry shops – and walking across Ponte Vecchio is a must during a 3-day trip to Florence.


Fontana del Porcellino (Bronze Boar Fountain)

Rub the nose of the Bronze Boar Fountain, Florence, Italy

The Il Porcellino – or little piglet – fountain is one of the famous sights in Florence, Italy. The bronze boar sits on the south side of the Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. Visitors rub the pig’s snout to ensure a future trip to Florence.

It is also customary to put a coin into the boar’s mouth in the hopes that it falls in and grants a dose of good luck.

The market behind Il Porcellino Fountain is called the Mercato del Porcellino – or the Pig Market – although it is not, in fact, a meat market. Instead, vendors sell leather goods and scarves.


Piazza della Signoria

Neptune Fountain at Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Continue exploring Florence, Italy and make your way into Piazza della Signoria. Surrounded by ancient architecture and decorated with an array of Renaissance statues, Piazza della Signoria is an absolute must-see during your 3 Day Itinerary for Florence, Italy. 

Top things to see in Piazza della Signoira are the striking Palazzo Vecchio (which we detail next on our list of Florence Things To Do) and the spraying Fountain of Neptune. The David Statue that stands in front of Palazzo Vecchio is a replica – but it is the spot where the original David stood (until it was damaged in a protest in 1873 and moved to the Accademia Gallery).

Statues in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence, Italy

Under the arches of the Loggia dei Lanzi (on the south end of the square) are several replicas of some of the most famous Renaissance statues. It’s like an open-air museum – and it’s free to go in and get a closer view.


Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)

View of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Ranking as one of the most famous buildings in Florence, Italy, Palazzo Vecchio is the most prominent structure on Piazza della Signoria Square. Easily recognizable by its rough stone exterior, arched windows and off-center clock tower, Palazzo Vecchio is a symbol of Florence.

The Old Palace was built in the 1300s for protection – and the powerful Duke Cosimo I de Medici made it his personal residence in the mid-1500s. Later, it was used as a town hall and now as a museum.

While not a must-visit on your three days in Florence (there is only so much time and so much to see!), the elaborate rooms are lavishly decorated and house many masterpieces and Renaissance treasures.

View of the impressive Palazzo Vecchio Courtyard, Florence, Italy

A ticket is required to enter the Old Palace – however, it is free to visit the main courtyard, which is beautifully decorated with carved columns and frescoes. If you’re interested in visiting the museum, make the most of your time with a guided tour and skip-the-line entry. Details here!


Via dei Calzaiuoli

The elegant Via dei Calzaiuoli offers the best shopping in Florence, Italy. Featuring luxury brands and boutique shops, the store-lined street connects Piazza della Signoria to Piazza Duomo.

The pedestrianized lane has always been an avenue of commerce – and sections of the street were once named for the goods sold there (or the families who sold them). Artists – such as Donatello – also had workshops on Via dei Calzaiuoli.


Church of Orsanmichele (and Museum)

Interior of Church of Orsanmichele, Florence, Italy

While the Orsanmichele Church is not as lavishly decorated as other churches in the city, it remains one of the best places to see in Florence, Italy. Built in 1337 to house the grain market, the structure was renovated into a church in the late 1300s (although many original elements were retained).

The statues in the niches on the exterior were provided by the city’s guilds; each trade organization commissioned a statue (usually of their trade’s patron saint) to decorate the church. The original statues are now in the Orsanmichele Museum.

Inside the dimly lit church is an elaborately jeweled 14th century tabernacle designed by famed Florence artist, Orcagna, enshrining a painting of ‘Madonna and Child’ by Bernardo Daddi.

There is a small fee to enter the church and museum.


Piazza della Repubblica

Walk through Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, Italy

The next stop on your 3 Days Florence Itinerary is Piazza della Repubblic – one of the oldest squares in the city. Dating to Roman times when it served as the Forum, for centuries it was a central gathering place and market. However, in the 1500s, it was turned into a Jewish ghetto.

Musicians at Piazza della Repubblica, Florence

Completely overhauled in the 19th century, the only nod to the past is the towering column, Colonna dell’Abbondanza, marking the previous intersection of two main streets. Today, the square is a lively place where street musicians perform. Repubblica Square is also where visitors find the famous carousel in Florence, Italy.


Coffee on Repubblica Square

Carousell, Republic Square, Florence, Italy

A few famous cafes in Florence, Italy are located within Piazza della Repubblica – and we recommend taking a seat at one of them to enjoy a refreshment.

Caffe Gilli on Repubblica Square is the oldest café in Florence (it opened in 1733 as a pastry shop) and right next door is Caffe Concerto Paszkowski, which was once a Polish brewery. On the opposite side of the square is Giubbe Rosse Café, a long-time favorite haunt for writers and nobility.


Palazzo Strozzi Art Gallery in Florence, Italy

Rocketship at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

The Strozzi Palace is one of the famous places in Florence, Italy. Built in the late 1400s in the Renaissance style, the aristocratic palace stayed in the Strozzi family until 1937, when it was sold and remodeled into an art gallery.

The museum hosts a permanent exhibition detailing the history of the palace – as well as rotating art exhibits.

A ticket is required to enter. We recommend checking to see what is on display before adding the museum to your Florence Three Day Itinerary. That said, it is free to walk into the ground floor courtyard where contemporary artworks are sometimes displayed.


Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

Chandelier and Ceiling in the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

Not a typical pharmacy, the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the cool places in Florence, Italy to visit. The history of the pharmacy dates to 1221 when Dominican friars started using natural remedies from their garden. They sold rose water (Acqua di Rose) to cure aliments and created perfumes for royalty.

The tradition continues to this day. Visitors can shop in the opulently decorated store (which was once a chapel) and visit the on-site museum to learn more.


Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

View of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

The Santa Maria Novella Basilica in Florence, Italy dates to the 15th century and it’s still one of the best sights in Florence, Italy today.

The interior of the church is adorned with amazing artwork. Some of the works to seek out are Masaccio’s Trinity painting (an early masterpiece on perspective), Ghirlandaio’s well-preserved frescoes (originally painted in the 1480s) and Giotto’s Crucifix (which stands alone).

Architecturally speaking, the Santa Maria Novella Basilica Florence, Italy ranks supreme. The ornate façade appears today as it did when it was completed in 1470. Additionally, the cloisters are not to be missed!

A ticket is required to enter, which grants access to the church, cloisters and museum.


Florence Central Market and San Lorenzo Market

Florence Central Market Building, Tuscany, Italy

The Central Market in Florence, Italy is a haven for foodies. Housed in a cast iron and glass building that dates to the 1870s, the food market covers two floors.

The ground floor of Mercato Centrale is occupied by the historic market. Vendors sell typical Tuscan products, produce, meats, cheeses and desserts. Visitors can find some of the best eats in Florence, Italy among the ground floor market stalls – especially cured meats and local cheeses.

Food Court at the Florence Central Market, Italy

However, travelers looking for the best lunch in Florence, Italy should go upstairs to the modern food court. The gourmet food offerings range from classic Florentine fare to international dishes with a flair.

Market stalls on the ground floor close by mid-afternoon, but the upstairs food hall and bar stay open into the evening.

Leather Belts for sale at the San Lorenzo Market, Florence, Italy

The market is not only contained within the building, but spills out into the streets surrounding it. Known as the San Lorenzo Leather Market, stalls overflow with leather goods and tons of trinkets.

After the market, make your way to My Sugar – an artisan gelato shop that dishes out some of the best gelato in Florence!


Basilico San Lorenzo

Stairs in front of Basilico San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy

One of the famous cathedrals in Florence, Italy (but not the most famous), Basilica di San Lorenzo has a history that stretches back 1600 years – and for 300 years, it served as the city’s cathedral.

During the 15th century, the powerful Medici family commissioned famed architect Filippo Brunelleschi to renovate the church. Even though Michelangelo was responsible for creating the façade – none of those designs ever fully came to fruition (and the façade remains unfinished to this day).

Regardless, San Lorenzo Church is still architecturally important – and it houses numerous artworks by famous Renaissance artists (like Donatello) – plus it is the final resting place for many of the Medici family.

View of the Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere, Florence

A monument to Lodovico de’ Medici (aka Giovanni delle Bande Nere, and considered the last great Italian mercenary) stands on the northeast corner of the square. Tickets are required to enter the church, museum and cloisters.


Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Courtyard of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

The next stop on your 3 Day Itinerary for Florence, Italy is the majestic Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The first palace of the Medici family, Cosimo the Elder commissioned the building in 1444 as a personal residence. The three-story, stone structure with arched windows was meant to appear subtle, while the interior was richly decorated.

The palace has played a significant part in the history of Florence. It was the home of Lorenzo the Magnificent (the Lord of Florence) and a workplace for a young Michelangelo (and other Renaissance artists).

Today, the Palace of Medici is the seat of the local government and a museum. A ticket is required to enter, but visitors can get a peak inside the courtyard. 


The David at the Accademia Gallery Art Museum 

See The David, Florence, Italy

There are many famous statues in Florence, Italy…but The David is legendary. Chiseled by sculptor Michelangelo in the early 1500s, the David is one of the most recognizable statues in the world.

The 17-foot-tall marble David stands in the Galleria dell’Accademia Art Museum in Florence, Italy – and it is a sight to behold. Originally intended to be one of many statues on the roof of the Florence Duomo Cathedral, the statue was instead placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio.

While the Academia in Florence, Italy is best known for The David, the museum is also home to a series of unfinished Michelangelo works, a collection of paintings by various artists and a small musical instrument exhibit.

Seeing the David Statue tops most lists of what to do in Florence in 3 days – and we agree that it is a must-see sight!

In order to see the statue without waiting in a very long line, we advise purchasing a timed skip the line ticket or joining a guided tour. (We share more tips for buying tickets to Florence attractions in the Travel Tips section further below.)


Piazza della Santissima Annunziata

Inside Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy

The vast and airy Santissima Annunziata Square is one of the best places to see in Florence, Italy – yet, it is rarely visited by tourists. Featuring classic characteristics of Renaissance architecture, the square is balanced and proportionate. Arched porticoes line three sides of the square and an equestrian statue of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de Medici (designed by Giambologna) stands in the center.

View of the Columns at Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy

The namesake church on the northeastern end of the square dates to the 13th century and features the Miraculous Annunciation. To the east of the church is the Spedale degli Innocenti, the first orphanage in Europe, and is one of Brunelleschi’s early works (circa 1419).


Duomo Florence Italy

The one and only Duomo in Florence Italy

Of all the churches in Florence, Italy, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore that stands in the Piazza del Duomo is the most famous. In fact, the cathedral (or Duomo) – along with the Florence Baptistery of St John and Giotto’s Campanile Bell Tower – are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View from below the Campanile Bell Tower, Florence, Italy

Construction of the cathedral in Florence, Italy began in 1296. However, it was not completed until more than a hundred years later in 1436. Brunelleschi designed and built the dome – an engineering feat at the time and still the largest masonry vault in the world. It was much later – in the late 1800s – that the over-the-top, intricately decorated façade of white, green and red marble took form.

Look up at the Cathedral Dome, Florence, Italy

The Duomo in Florence, Italy is free to visit (although there will likely be a long line). Inside, the vast space is underwhelming, but there are a few noteworthy artworks and the ceiling of the dome is masterfully painted with The Last Judgement by Vasari and Zuccari.

Visitors interested in climbing up the most famous dome in Florence, Italy are permitted to do so with a ticket.

Climb to the Duomo Viewpoint, Florence, Italy

Top Tip: Buy combination tickets that include a guided Cathedral Tour with Skip-the-Line access and the Florence Dome climb.


St. John Baptistery in Florence, Italy

Doors of St. John Baptistery in Florence, Italy

Sitting directly across from the Florence Cathedral is the Baptistry of St. John. The octagonal baptistry dates to the year 1059 and the exterior color scheme matches that of the cathedral. It’s where many of Florence’s most famous citizens were baptized.

Gold Door, St. John Baptistery, Florence, Italy

However, it is the bronze doors of the baptistry, that cause such a stir. The entry doors that face the cathedral are the most famous doors in Florence, Italy. Designed in the 1400s – and taking 27 years to complete – the doors’ bas reliefs depict key scenes from the Old Testament. Called the Gates of Paradise, the doors there now are a replica (the originals are in the Duomo Museum), but they are nonetheless intriguing to see.

Tickets are required to enter the Baptistry and Duomo Museum – and can be purchased as a bundle.


Biblioteca della Oblate

Duomo View from Biblioteca della Oblate, Florence, Italy

While visiting a library may not rank high on some travelers Florence To Do List, the Biblioteca della Oblate is one of the best places in Florence, Italy to relax, sip a drink, enjoy the silence and take in the amazing view.

Enter through the garden – and then make your way up to the rooftop terrace. From the far side, you are treated to an exceptional view of Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Duomo Cathedral. The top-floor café sells coffee, beer, wine and bites to eat, too!


Museo Casa di Dante

Visit the Museo Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy

World-famous poet and author of The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, was born in Florence in 1265 – and the city inspired his most famous works. Incredibly influential and instrumental in the development of Italian literature, Dante left a legacy that still stirs people today.

Travelers spending three days in Florence, Italy can follow in Dante’s footsteps by visiting Museo Casa di Dante, the birthplace of the poet and now a museum dedicated to his life and poetry.


Badia Fiorentina Monastery

During your 3 Days in Florence Trip, you will visit many churches – but none are quite like Badia Fiorentina Church. That is because it is an inconspicuous place where silence is observed. The monastery was founded in 978 – and nuns and monks still reside in the abbey.

It is free to enter the historic monastery – and all are invited to attend the vespers (sung by the nuns and monks) at 6 o’clock in the evening.


Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Exterior of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Italy

For many travelers, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello is the best art museum in Florence, Italy. While not as famous as the Academy in Florence, it does have masterpiece sculptures by Michelangelo, Donatello and others.

The building that houses the museum is one of the oldest in Florence – dating to 1255. The former palace also served as a prison – and place of executions – until being transformed into a sculpture museum in 1865.

A fee is required to enter the museum – and you can purchase Skip-the-Line Tickets with a Guided Bargello Tour. 


Ponte Santa Trinita

Walk across Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy

Celebrate surviving your first day of sightseeing in Florence, Italy by enjoying the sunset from Ponte Santa Trinita.

Of all the bridges in Florence, we particularly liked Ponte Santa Trinita at sunset. It’s the best place to watch the soft light illuminate the pastel-painted buildings.


Dinner and Dessert in Oltrarno

Must-Eat Gustapizza, Florence, Italy

End the first day of your three perfect days in Florence on the south side of the River Arno in Oltrarno (which means beyond the Arno) savoring the heavenly creations from Gustapizza. Popular with tourists, locals and students (because their wood-fired pizzas are both delicious and affordable), there is always a line – but it usually moves pretty fast.

We tried the namesake Gustapizza as well as the Calabrese, and both were exceptional. We planned to return on our last night in Florence to try their pizzas topped with burrata (the Turtufo and the Pesto) but they were unexpectedly closed. Good thing we rubbed the boar’s nose to secure another visit to Florence!

After dinner, walk to Gelateria Santa Trinita and order one of the unique flavors – like black sesame. Enjoy the treat while you take in views of Florence at night from Ponte Santa Trinita.




Day 2 of our 3 Days in Florence Itinerary picks up where we left off last night, across the River Arno in Oltrarno. Spend the day strolling through one of the best districts in Florence, Italy. Pop into churches, visit more of the popular museums in Florence and wander through garden landscapes.

Just like Day 1, the Oltrarno sights to see on Day 2 are listed in order so that you can easily make your way around the area.


Florence Bridges Walk

View Ponte Santa Trinita from Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Begin with one of the best activities in Florence, Italy: A stroll along and across the Arno River.

Starting at Ponte alle Grazie, travel west, enjoying the different views from each of the bridges in Florence. At Ponte Amerigo Vespucci (the forth bridge), continue south into Oltrarno to the next stop on your Florence Itinerary: Porta di San Frediano.


Porta di San Frediano

View of the Porta di San Frediano, Florence, Italy

Florence was once encircled by protective walls and ornate gates. Although most of the fortifications have been demolished, the Porta San Frediano gate still stands.

The hulking, brick gate was built in the 1330s as the ‘Gateway to Pisa’. It has thick walls and heavy wooden doors, which are original – as are the iron rings (used to tether horses).

A portion of the wall is also preserved in the small park next to the gate.


Borgo San Frediano

Shop along Borgo San Frediano, Florence, Italy

From the grand gate, walk east on Borgo San Frediano. The narrow, atmospheric street is the main thoroughfare in the San Frediano neighborhood – and roaming the length of Borgo is one of the best things to do in Oltrarno.

The area is especially known for retaining a traditional Florence vibe. Within the depths of the neighborhood are a few of the best things in Florence, Italy – like boutique shops, hip cafes and locally-owned trattorias.


Libreria Café La Cite

Cozy interior of the Libreria Café La Cite, Florence, Italy

An oasis along bustling Borgo, Libreria Café La Cite is one of the best coffee shops in Florence, Italy. Stepping inside the café is more akin to visiting a friend’s house than a shop.

Order a beverage, peruse the books on the shelf, find a quiet corner and take a moment to just relax in the tranquility of the bohemian coffee shop.


Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Cappella Brancacci

Exterior of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence, Italy

The Church of Santa Maria del Carmine is another one of the famous churches in Florence, Italy. Although the exterior is rather mundane, the interior hosts some of the best-preserved frescoes in the city.

The frescoed Cappella Brancacci inside the Santa Maria del Carmine Church was commissioned in the 15th century and completed over a span of 60 years. Through the subsequent centuries, the frescoes have survived multiple renovations and fires.

Now, through careful restoration, the Brancacci Chapel in Florence is once again an impressive display of vibrant colors. Visitors can enter the chapel with a ticket.


Piazza Santo Spirito

Cafes and Bars at Piazza Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy

Santo Spirito Square is a hive of activity and one of our favorite squares in Florence. Cafes spill out in all directions, kids run in circles around the fountain and locals relax in the sunshine on the steps of the Santa Spirito Basilica.


Basilica of Santo Spirito

Exterior of Basilica of Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy

The Santo Spirito Church in Florence, Italy is a must-see! While starkly plain in appearance from the outside (the façade was never finished), the 97-meter-long church ranks as one of the best examples of classic Renaissance architecture.

Brunelleschi designed the church – some say it is his best work – but he passed away during construction and it wasn’t completed until 1487. His designs, however, were followed and the interior is notably harmonious, with an emphasis on a perfectly proportioned geometrical plan.

The length of the church is decorated with 38 side chapels – and each one is adorned with notable artwork. That said, the most famous piece of art in Santo Spirito is the sculpted wooden Crucifix that Michelangelo carved at age 18.

The church is free to visit, however, a ticket is required to enter the sacristy (where the Crucifix is displayed).


Via Maggio

Palazzo di Bianca Cappello at #26, Via Maggio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Lined with some of the best art galleries and antique shops in Florence, Italy, Via Maggio is a delightful place to discover in Oltrarno. The street has long been associated with culture and creativity – so it is not surprising to find a plethora of artisan workshops along the route.

Additionally, noble families took up residence along Via Maggio. A few of the old palaces are still found on the street, such as the opulent Palazzo di Bianca Cappello at #26, which features a decorative façade (and is now a luxury hotel). 


Piazza Passera for Lunch and Gelato

Sandwich Shop, Piazza Passera, Florence, Italy

The small and quaint Passera Square is tucked deep into the Oltrarno District. Ringed by restaurants and cafes, it is a natural gathering place for both locals and tourists and an excellent spot for lunch on Day 2 of your Florence, Italy 3-Day Itinerary.

We recommend ordering a classic Florentine sandwich from Schiaccia Passera (the La Svampita is our favorite) and then getting a scoop from Gelateria della Passera right next door for dessert.


Church of Santa Felicita

Interior of the Chiesa di Santa Felicita, Florence, Italy

The Santa Felicity Church has a long history that dates to the 2nd century (and many believe it to be the second oldest church in Florence after San Lorenzo).

The church was almost completely rebuilt in the 18th century – but several elements of the previous structures survived. The Brunelleschi designed Capponi Chapel, which dates to the 15th century, ranks as one of the best chapels in Florence, Italy.


Pitti Palace

Admire the Pitti Palace Ceiling, Florence, Italy

Built as a residence for a prominent banker, Luca Pitta, in the 1450s, the palace was aggressively expanded when the Medici family purchased it in the mid-1500s. Today it contains one of the largest art galleries in Florence, Italy.

View the Palatine Chapel, Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy

In fact, there are five museums located within the massive space. They are the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Museum of Russian Icons and Palatine Chapel, Palatine Gallery and Royal Apartments, along with the Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Costume and Fashion.

View the Pitti Palace Art, Florence, Italy

A ticket is required to enter Pitti Palace, but all five museums are included. To see the best artwork in a short timeframe, we recommend joining a tour (which also includes the gardens, and are next on our list of Things To Do Florence). 


Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

Statue in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy

The finely manicured Boboli Gardens are the most famous gardens in Florence, Italy. The planned Italian garden, which sits behind the Pitti Palace, was designed as a private park for the Medici Family.

Featuring fountains, statues, grottos and forested paths, the elaborate Giardino di Boboli feels like an open-air museum.

People walking in the Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy

A ticket is required to enter the Boboli Gardens – but you can purchase a combined ticket with the Pitti Palace (enter the palace first and then continue to the gardens via the courtyard). The Boboli Garden ticket also allows access to Villa Bardini Gardens, which we visit later on Day 2 of your three days in Florence.


Forte di Belvedere

Exterior of Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy

The enormous Belvedere Fort was built in the late 1500s – both as a means of protection and to flaunt Florence’s stature and wealth. The solidly constructed brick building sits prominently on a hill above Boboli Gardens, but is currently closed to visitors – with no indication of a reopening date.


Villa Bardini Gardens

Statue Fountain at Villa Bardini Gardens, Florence, Italy

With panoramic views over the Florence rooftops, the enchanting Bardini Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Florence, Italy to see.

Situated on a hillside in Oltrarno, the location has been used as a green space since the 1200s. The Mozzi family owned the land for more than 300 years and continually enhanced the garden with ornamental statues, a grotto and planted flowers.

Stairs at the Villa Bardini Garden, Florence, Italy

Highlights of the Bardini Gardens are the elegant Baroque staircase and the Wisteria Tunnel (at least when the flowers are in bloom!). A ticket is required to enter. 


Giardino della Rose

The fabulous Rose Garden is one of the famous attractions in Florence, Italy…and it’s free! Boasting more than 350 species of roses, the fragrant Rose Garden was created in 1865.

In addition to rose bushes, there are also lemon trees, a Japanese temple and a series of interesting statues. The hillside Rose Garden is open year-round, but is most beautiful in May when the roses are blooming.

The nearby Giardino dell’Iris is another spectacular free Florence garden, but it is only open for a few limited weeks during the spring.


Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Stairs leading to Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy

Sitting on the highest hill in the city at the top of a steep staircase is the brilliant Church of San Miniato al Monte. The church was built in 1013 and is one of the famous sites in Florence, Italy.

It is free to go inside the church – which is just as marvelously embellished as the façade. With dazzling mosaics, historic monuments and a creepy crypt, it is well worth a look around.

Impressive Interior of San Miniato al Monte, Florence, Italy

The San Miniato Church complex is inclusive of a brick bell tower, an active monastery and the serene Cemetery of Porte Sante.


Chiesa di San Salvatore

A modest church built in the Renaissance style in the 1500s (and renovated in the late 1800s), the Church of San Salvatore is one of the lesser-visited Florence sights.

That said, the San Salvatore Church is located on the way to the next attraction – Piazzale Michelangelo – and it is worth taking a moment to step inside. According to rumors, it was Michelangelo’s favorite church in Florence, which he admired for its simplicity.


Piazzale Michelangelo

Crowds gather at Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Without a doubt, Piazzale Michelangelo is the place to go for the best views in Florence, Italy. There are two terraces connected by a grand staircase. The west-facing outlook offers a sublime panorama over the most famous landmarks in Florence, Italy – like Ponte Vecchio and the massive Duomo.

Duomo View from Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

The square is dedicated to Michelangelo – and naturally, a bronze copy of The David stares over your shoulder as you admire the view.

Michelangelo Square is regularly touted as the best place in Florence, Italy for sunset. Visitors can sit at the terrace café – or bring your own beverages and enjoy it on the steps while listening to an array of street musicians.


The Rampe del Poggi and Porta San Niccolo

Waterfall fountain, Rampe del Poggi, Florence, Italy

From Piazzale Michelangelo, a series of stairs and paths lead down to a 19th century landmark: the Rampe del Poggi. Designed to help reinforce and stabilize the hill, the Rampe del Poggi is a multi-level fountain featuring arched grottos and dripping ponds.

At the base of the hill on the south bank of the Arno River is a 14th century tower, Porta San Niccolo. Standing alone in Piazza Poggi, the defensive tower was once part of the city walls. For a small fee, visitors can climb to the top for terrific 360-degree views.


Via di San Niccolo

Enjoy a beverage along Via di San Niccolo, Florence, Italy

The picturesque Via di San Niccolo leads to yet another charming little district in Oltrarno to discover.

The route takes visitors past Stefano Bemer Shoemaker (a wonderful little shoe workshop to look in on), by residences with green shutters and to a quaint intersection surrounded by cafes, restaurants and gelato shops. Take a seat at Enoteca Bevovino, one of the cool bars in Florence, Italy, and settle in to watch the passersby.


Dinner in Oltrarno, Florence, Italy

Try the Burrata, Florence, Italy

There is no shortage of fantastic restaurants in the Oltrarno District – so we recommend staying again for dinner.

Our top picks for Oltrarno restaurants are Osteria Cinghiale Bianco (reservations are a must), Trattoria 4 Leoni on Passera Square (one of the best trattorias in Florence, Italy) and Osteria Santo Spirito (delicious pastas at excellent prices). 

For after dinner drinks, find a seat at an outdoor table on Santo Spirito Square – or if you are a craft beer fan, swing by Archea Brewery. Salute!



Visit Santa Crocce Church, Florence, Italy in 3 Days

One the final day of your 3 Days Itinerary in Florence, Italy shop with locals at an authentic market, visit the most famous Florence museum and feast on classic Florentine cuisine. As previously, our suggestions are listed in order so that you can discover Florence, Italy sights at your own pace.


Coffee Mantra

Start your day with a coffee or espresso at Coffee Mantra, where they use locally roasted beans and are dedicated to the craft. For a local Florence experience, join others drinking coffee at the counter and you are sure to get drawn into a conversation.


Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio

Shop with locals at the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, Florence, Italy

Once sufficiently caffeinated, enter Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio for quite possibly the best shopping in Florence, Italy. The market opened in 1873 and vendors sell traditional foods and goods – like local cheese, wild boar meat, dried beans and in-season produce.

Antique wares at Nuovo Mercato della Pulei, Florence, Italy

Adjacent to the marketplace is Nuovo Mercato della Pulei – one of the best flea markets in Florence. Shoppers can sift through the bric a brac of copper pots, ceramic vases, vinyl records and second-hand clothing.


Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze

View of Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze, Italy

The Santa Croce Basilica is one of the best places to go in Florence, Italy. Nicknamed the Temple of the Italian Glories, due to it being the final resting place for so many famous Florentines (like Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli), the church is heavily decorated in artistic works.

The Franciscan church was built in the 13th century – and while most of the building is red brick, the façade was embellished with white marble in 1863. Inside, visitors can see the 16 family chapels, colorful frescoes and funerary monuments.

There is a fee to enter the church, cloisters and museum. Visitors can also join a guided tour.


Lunch from a Famous Florence Sandwich Shop

Eat at the Famous Florence Sandwich Shop, Italy

In the vicinity of the Santa Croce Church there are numerous popular take-away spots for a quick and tasty lunch.

We recommend getting another schiacciata sandwich – but this time, try one from the famous Florence deli shop, All’Antico Vinaio. They have multiple locations on the same street, so try and get in the shortest line, but they all move pretty quickly.

Sandwich making at Pino’s, Florence, Italy

Alternatively, Pino’s is a small family shop that also creates superb schiacciata sandwiches (although, there will likely be a line there, too!).

Travelers interested in getting a taste of the Florentine tripe sandwich, Lampredotto, should stop by the L’Antico Trippaio kiosk for the local’s favorite street food.  

Get a Vivoli Gelato, Florence, Italy

After lunch, get your daily dose of gelato at the historic Vivoli or try the ricotta and fig gelato at Gelateria dei Neri.


Uffizi Gallery

Courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Containing even more famous art in Florence, Italy, the Uffizi Gallery is a top sight for travelers spending three days in Florence.

The museum was originally built by the Medici family as offices (or uffizi), which they decorated with their ever-growing collection of art. After the family’s collection was transferred to the City of Florence, a museum was opened in 1865.

The massive museum features a string of interconnecting rooms that display the most famous artwork in Florence, Italy – including works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli.

See the Birth of Venus at Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and La Primavera are two of the most famous paintings in Florence, Italy displayed at the Uffizi Gallery.

Because the museum is so vast (there are 50 rooms and more than 1800 pieces), we recommend joining a Guided, Skip-the-Line Tour for a quick and concise introduction to the artwork.


Additional Florence Sightseeing or Chianti Wine Tour

Go On A Chianti Vineyard Tour from Florence, Tuscany, Italy

On the final afternoon of your 3-Day Trip Plan for Florence, Italy, choose between visiting any sights that piqued your interest but you may have skipped or join a Half-Day Chianti Winery Tour.


Dinner at the Best Steakhouse in Florence, Italy

Find the Best Steakhouse in Florence, Italy

Known for grilling exceptional Florentine Steak, Trattoria Za Za is the most famous steakhouse in Florence, Italy. The humungous steaks, which can easily be shared by two people, are served rare – which is the traditional method for Steak Florentina (although they can be cooked to your preference).

Eat Florentine Steak at Trattoria Za Za, Florence, Italy

The best steaks in Florence, Italy are perfectly paired with roasted potatoes and a glass of the house wine. As Trattoria Za Za is a top restaurant in Florence, we recommend making a reservation well in advance.

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Best Restaurants in Florence, Italy

Dog outside Caffe del Borgo, Florence, Italy

Deciding what to eat in Tuscany is just as important as planning what to see on your 3 Day Itinerary for Florence! While we have already recommended some of the best food in Florence, Italy – we have a few additional tips.


What To Eat in Florence

Before we get to the best places to eat in Florence, Italy, we want to highlight some of the best things to eat that are famous in Florence.


Pici Cacio e Pepe

Eat the Pici Cacio e Pepe, Florence, Italy

A traditional Tuscan pasta dish made with a thick, spaghetti-like noodles tossed with cheese and pepper, Pici Cacio e Pepe is simple…and satisfying. It features on many trattoria and osteria menus in restaurants around Florence.


Pappardelle Ragu di Cinghiale

A long-loved pasta dish from Tuscany, Papparedelle Ragu di Cinghale is made with long, thin egg noodles with a savory wild boar sauce that is utterly delicious.


Tuscan Schiacciata

Get a Tuscan Schiacciata in Florence, Italy

Schiacciata is a flat bread that is similar to focaccia, but markedly different (especially in the baking process). Tuscan Schiacciata bread is used to make the delectable deli sandwiches that Florence has become so well known for.

We think Schiacciata is the best sandwich in Florence, Italy – and we ate one every single day of our trip! Thankfully, it is one of the cheap eats in Florence, Italy – with most costing less than 7 euros.



Try the Lampredotto sandwich, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The Lampredotto is, perhaps, the most famous food in Florence, Italy for locals – but it is one that not all travelers are keen to try. Lampredotto is a sandwich stuffed with tripe (grilled cow stomach). A Lampredotto sandwich is typical fast food in Florence, Italy – so you will often see it served from food trucks and corner kiosks.



Comfort food at its finest, Ribollita is a hearty soup made with vegetables and stale bread. It originated in the Middle Ages as a way for lower classes to use up leftovers.

By the way, you might notice that the bread in Florence lacks a familiar flavor. It’s because Tuscan bread is made without salt (and, thus, tends to dry out quickly).


Florentine Pizza

Eat the best Florentine Pizza, Tuscany Italy

Like in most of Italy, Florence excels at making pizza. Florentine Pizzas are typically thin and crispy, with the crust breaking easily apart as you eat it. They may also include spinach as a topping. Neapolitan-style pizzas, with their signature soft dough, are also found at many Florence pizza restaurants.


Bisteca Fiorentina (Florentine Steak)

Must Eat Florentine Steak, Tuscany, Italy

The most widely known Florence food is the gargantuan Florentine Steak. Traditionally, Bisteca alla Fiorentina is made from the meat of Chianina, a specific Tuscan cattle breed.

A monstrous 2-pound Porterhouse steak in Florence is grilled over hot coals and served extremely rare.



Must Eat at My Sugar Gelato, Florence, Italy

During the hot and crowded summer, the best food to eat in Florence, Italy may actually be gelato! Gelato was born in Florence in the 1500s; it was created as a cold dessert for the (as you may have guessed) Medici family. Today, it seems there are gelato shops on every corner in Florence – but a handmade artisan gelataria (look for stainless steel tubs and a lack of unnatural colors) are the best!


Tuscan Wine and Craft Beer

Shop at a Tuscan Wine Shop, Florence, Italy

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, Florence is a haven for wine connoisseurs and an excellent place for beginners, as well. The most notable local wines are Chianti (red wine) and Vernaccia (white wine). While there are numerous wine shops in Florence, we didn’t find very many dedicated wine bars where you could partake in tastings.

Get your Alibi Craft Beer and Kitchen, Florence, Italy

While Italy is not particularly known for craft beer, there are some local Florence breweries that are making some tasty brews. Visitors who want to try craft beer in Florence will need to seek out tap rooms (our suggestions below), as most bars do not serve it.


Where To Eat in Florence, Italy

Eat at Osteria Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy

We shared our top restaurant picks in our 3-Day Florence Itinerary, but here’s a recap to help you decide where to eat.


Restaurants for the Best Dinner Florence, Italy

  • GustaPizza – Our pick for the best pizza in Florence, Italy
  • Trattoria Za Za – Top pick for the best steak in Florence, Italy
  • Mercado Centrale – Food court with both expensive and cheap restaurants in Florence, Italy
  • Trattoria 4 Leoni – Best dining in Florence, Italy for Tuscan specialties
  • Osteria Cinghiale Bianco – Good place to try boar in Florence, Italy
  • Osteria Santo Spirito – Comfort food in a spacious square (try the truffle gnocchi)


More Options for Dining in Florence, Italy

  • Trattorio Mario – Basic, no-frills Florence restaurant known for Ribollita soup
  • Il Profeta – Fine dining in Florence, Italy – with a signature, secret-recipe dish, “John Travolta Pasta”
  • La Giostra – Elegant Florence dining option with an extensive wine list
  • Vini E Vecchi Sapori – Top-ranked by many for serving the best pasta in Florence, Italy
  • Antica Pizzeria Regine – One of the best pizza places in Florence, Italy recommended by locals


Florence Sandwich Shops

  • All’Antico Vinaio – One of the most famous paninis in Florence, Italy (slightly expensive and long lines)
  • Pino’s Sandwiches – Top sandwich shop with friendly service
  • I’ Girone de’ Ghioti – Big sandwiches that are worth the wait
  • Schiaccia Passera – Our pick for the best panini in Florence, Italy (don’t mind the grumpy owner)
  • La Buticche di Lampredotto – Best Lampredotto for Cheap Eats in Florence, Italy


Florence Bakeries and Cafes

  • La Cite – Best Café in Florence, Italy for a relaxing atmosphere
  • Coffee Mantra – Consistently rated for the Best coffee in Florence, Italy
  • Caffe Gilli – Best café in Florence for people watching (and one of the best bakeries in Florence, Italy, too!)
  • Ditta Artigianale – Best breakfast in Florence, Italy (multiple locations)


Best Gelato in Florence, Italy

It is impossible to designate one gelato shop as serving the best ice cream in Florence, Italy – because there are so many good places! Instead, here’s our list (in no particular order) of the gelato shops we tried during our trip to Florence in three days.

  • Vivoli
  • Gelateria Santa Trinita
  • Gelateria della Passera
  • My Sugar
  • Gelateria dei Neri


Beer, Wine and Rooftop Bars

We are highlighting our top choices for the best bars in Florence, Italy by category.


Craft Beer in Florence, Italy
  • Alibi Craft Beer and Kitchen – One of the best pubs in Florence, Italy for sampling an array of local beers
  • Archea Brewery – Variety of Italian craft beers – including their own – on draft and in bottles


Best Wine Bars in Florence, Italy
  • Le Volpi e l’Uva – Little wine bar with long list of wines by the glass and flights
  • Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina – Classy wine bar with tasting flights and rare Italian wines
  • La Prosciutteria – Good spot for a glass of Chianti and a meat and cheese board


Rooftop Bars in Florence
  • Loggia Rooftop Bar – Elevated terrace overlooking Santo Spirito Square with sunset views and good cocktails
  • La Terrazza Bar at Continentale Hotel – Fashionable bar with Arno River and Ponte Vecchio views
  • Westin Excelsior SE STO on Arno Rooftop Bar – Chic spot for sunset drinks and amazing views


More Ideas for your Florence, Italy 3 Day Itinerary

Arches at Parco di Piazza dei Ciompi, Florence, Italy

Our outline of how to spend 3 days in Florence, Italy is a great place to start planning your trip! That said, there are a few Florence experiences that you could add to your Three-Day Florence Trip Plan.


Florence Food Tour

Combine sightseeing with Tuscan cuisine on this highly-rated guided tour. Participants get a personal introduction to Florence while savoring some of the best foods. Sign up here!


Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner

Rather than sort out reservations for Florence restaurants, join one of the top-rated cooking classes in Florence, Italy – and then feast on the 4-course dinner that you helped prepare. Get the details!


Italian Opera in a Historic Church

Enjoy a spectacular evening at an opera concert in Florence, Italy. The 70-minute opera in an intimate setting is a fine way to end a busy day of sightseeing. Reserve your seat!


Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

Situated in the heart of Tuscany, there are ample options for Florence day trips. With just three days, it will be difficult to squeeze in a full Florence day trip, but we are sharing a few of the popular options.

Additionally, travelers planning to stay longer can use our complete Tuscany Itinerary for ideas on where to go and what to see!


Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena Day Trip from Florence

Embark on a full day trip to three Tuscan gems: Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena – plus enjoy an included lunch and a stop at a winery. This trip ranks as one of the best day tours from Florence, Italy as it visits some of the most popular places in a short amount of time. Find out more!


Half Day Chianti Wine Tour

Travel through the rolling hills of the most famous Tuscan wine country on a Florence day trip to Chianti. This popular tour features two wineries, with vineyard tours, tastings and snacks. Book it here!


Florence Map of Attractions

Use this link to Google Maps for an interactive version of our map of Florence, Italy marked with sights. BLUE for Day 1; PURPLE for Day 2; GREEN for Day 3; YELLOW are additional food and drink options. 

We also recommend purchasing a paper map of Florence, Italy – like this one – so that you can familiarize yourself with the area.

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How Many Days to Spend in Florence, Italy 

View of the Boboli Gardens Fountain, Florence, Italy

Travelers often ask, How many days in Florence is enough? We understand. Deciding how many days to stay in Florence, Italy is a major decision.

We think it is best to visit Florence, Italy in 3 days – at a minimum. However, we know travelers have different timelines, interests and budgets. Therefore, we are sharing a sample itinerary for 1 to 7 days in Florence, Italy.


A Day in Florence

Trying to plan a concise One Day Florence Itinerary is a huge task – but it’s not impossible. In fact, travelers can create an ideal Florence Itinerary 1 Day Trip by choosing from our first day above.

If time allows, we recommend seeing some of the sights in Oltrarno that we highlight in Day 2.


Weekend in Florence, Italy

When determining what to visit in Florence in 2 days, we suggest using the first 2 days as outlined above.

Ambitious travelers with only 2 days in Florence and Tuscany could follow our trip plan for Day 1 and then join the full day tour to the best Tuscan towns on the second day.


Florence and Tuscany 3 Day Itinerary

Our detailed day-by-day trip plan includes sights and attractions that are in Florence. Visitors interested in creating a 3 Days in Florence and Tuscany Itinerary could do so by following our advice for what to do in Florence on Days 1 and 2 – and then on the third day, take the full-day tour of Tuscany.

Visitors could also plan an alternate Itinerary for Florence in 3 Days by eliminating some of the neighborhood navigation and visiting specific museums instead.


4 Days in Florence Itinerary

Visitors planning a 4 Day Florence Itinerary can see all the best sights – and take a whirlwind tour of Tuscany. Use our day-by-day outline as it is written, then on the last day take the full day trip.


5 Days in Florence Trip

Travelers visiting Florence in 5 days can add in even more sightseeing. Use our outlined guide for how to visit Florence in 3 days and on Day 4, take the full day trip around Tuscany.

On Day 5, join a Food Tour or Cooking Class and then revisit your favorite neighborhood or go to any other museums of interest.


One Week in Florence Itinerary

We think the best way to spend a week in Florence is to spend equal time exploring the top sights and the surrounding region. By using Florence as a base,  you can visit the best city attractions and travel to other amazing destinations in Tuscany.

We share our ideal trip plan in our Tuscany Itinerary for 1 Week!


Florence Travel Tips

Tips for your Itinerary for Florence Italy in 3 Days

Now that you know what to do in Florence in 3 days, we have a few hacks for your vacation to Italy.


Tickets to Florence Museums and Churches

When considering what to do in Florence for 3 days, you may notice that many of the attractions require a ticket. Visitors need to pay an admission fee to see the best museums, many churches and even some of the city gardens.

The cost of tickets can add up – so you may need to prioritize sights. Additionally, tickets to many Florence attractions are sold for a specific date and time…and they do sell out!

Furthermore, the line to purchase tickets can be incredibly long – and when you only have 3 days to see Florence, you don’t want to waste time!

We think it is best to purchase tickets in advance. In some cases, joining a tour can both expedite the entry process and enhance the visit. Local guides can swiftly show participants the best artwork and provide interesting information.

We are featuring a few of the popular ticket options and tours to consider for your 3 Day Trip to Florence, Italy.


Timed Tickets to Florence Attractions

Florence’s most famous sights – Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace and the Duomo – all require tickets…and they can be purchased online for a specific time and date. These tickets allow you to skip the ticket line (but not the security line).

However, be aware that these tickets are non-refundable and include a service charge.


City Pass Florence

The Florence City Pass includes entry to the most famous art museums for one price. However, as all these museums in Florence have transitioned to timed entry slots, tickets still need to be reserved in advance.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide if this Florence 3-day attractions pass is the right option for your trip. Learn more here.


Tickets with Tour Guides

On a short 3-day trip in Florence, visiting the top sights with a tour guide can be very beneficial. We already mentioned a few of the best single attraction tours, but here’s the complete list to help you choose if any of these are right for you.


Single Attraction Tours


Guided Combination Accademia and Uffizi Tour

This highly rated tour is top rated by travelers who want to make the most of their time in Florence. Guests of the small group tour are guided by a professional through the city’s two best museums – and visit the Piazza del Duomo in between. Get this ticket!


Accademia, Dome and Cathedral Tour

On this small-group tour, participants get a personal introduction to some of the best Florence attractions. See The David at the Accademia, climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s Cupola and tour the Cathedral with a knowledgeable guide.

Additionally, guests are given a ticket valid for 72 hours to visit other Cathedral sights (the museum and the Baptistery). Read the reviews!


Uffizi, Florence Cathedral and Dome Climb

Join a local guide to tour the Renaissance masterpieces at Uffizi Gallery – then continue with the small group to climb to the top of the dome and finish with a guided tour of the Cathedral. This offer also includes a 72-hour ticket to access the Duomo Museum and Baptistery. Join the tour!


Tour Pitti Palace Museums and Boboli Gardens

Let a guide lead the way through the most impressive parts of the Pitti Palace Museums. Then, continue into the lush landscape of Boboli Gardens and learn stories about the powerful Medici family. Reserve your Tour!


When to Visit Florence

Florence is a popular destination year-round – and there are pros and cons to visiting in each season.

Summertime is the busiest, hottest and most expensive time to go to Florence. There are many festivals in Florence, Italy during the summer that give some travelers reason enough to visit. In our opinion, if possible, it is best to avoid Florence in the summer.

Autumn can be an excellent time to visit Florence. Crowds, temperatures and prices are all substantially less. Additionally, the fall foliage in the Tuscan countryside is stunning – and it’s harvest season for wine vineyards and olive groves.

Many travelers bypass Florence in the winter, but it is a fantastic place to spend Christmas in Europe! The winter weather is fairly mild (it rarely snows or drops below freezing), plus Christmas in Florence, Italy is marked by twinkling lights, markets and festivals. 

We think spring is the best time to go to Florence. The crowds are manageable, the weather is comfortable and prices are reasonable. The one downside is that in early spring, the flowers are not yet in bloom (but the ease of everything else makes up for it!).


How To Get To Florence, Italy

Florence can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. Unless you are already in Italy, we think the best way to get to Florence is by plane.


Airports in Florence

The airport in Florence, Italy is the Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) – also called the Amerigo Vespucci Airport. Other airports near Florence, Italy are Pisa, Bologna and Rome, all of which have easy train connections. We arrived on a flight to Florence from London and departed by train from Florence to Rome.

Find the best routes at the best prices on SkyScanner – but first, read our Tips for Finding Cheap Flights.


Amerigo Vespucci Airport Florence, Italy to City Center

Travelers arriving by plane can use the easy and affordable tram to get from the Florence, Italy airport to the city center. Alternatively, book private transport direct to your hotel in advance.


Florence Train Station (and Bus Station)

The Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station is the main train station in Florence, Italy. It located in the city center near the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella Church.

The main Florence Bus Station is adjacent to the train station, but somewhat hidden behind the buildings.


Getting Around Florence, Italy in 3 Days

We think Florence is best explored on foot, but there are other options you may wish to consider.


Bike Rentals in Florence, Italy

Travelers who want to tour Florence on two wheels can rent a bike. Pedaling around can be a great way to cover more ground in a short amount of time. Rent a bike in advance and get routes, maps, information and use of a helmet.


Buses in Florence, Italy

Travelers will not likely need to take buses to get around Florence, but there is a robust bus system in Tuscany for getting to nearby destinations on day trips.


Bus Tour in Florence, Italy

Visitors seeing Florence in 3 days may find it useful to buy a ticket for the tourist bus. You can give your feet a rest and be chauffeured around on a double-decker, open-top bus with a 3-day ticket. Buy it here!


Car Rental in Florence, Italy

When you visit Florence in 3 days, you won’t need a car. In fact, driving in Florence, Italy is not advised. Many streets in the city center are pedestrianized, there is very limited parking and traffic laws are treated more as guidelines.

That said, travelers who want to explore the countryside of Tuscany on their own can rent a car. Before making that reservation, however, read our Top Tips for Renting Cars


Where To Stay in Florence, Italy

There are ample choices of accommodations in Florence, Italy that fit a range of styles, sizes and budgets.


Best Hotels in Florence, Italy

We are sharing a few of the top-rated places to stay, but first you should review our Tips for Finding the Best Hotels for Cheap.


Palazzo Bianca Cappello

Rich with history and adorned in elegance, the Palazzo Bianco Cappello is one of the best hotels in Florence, Italy for a luxury stay. Situated in the Oltrarno District, the property gets high marks for comfortable rooms and delightful staff. Check rates and availability for your Florence 3 Day Trip!


Hotel Davanzati

Offering good value for money, Hotel Davanzati might be the best hotel in Florence, Italy for budget-conscious travelers. Located in the heart of downtown Florence, it is steps from the top attractions – plus they offer a fabulous, included breakfast and happy hour! Check rates for your stay!


Hostel Santa Monaca

Travelers looking for a cheap hostel in Florence, Italy can book a bed in a dorm at the Hostel Santa Monaca at a bargain price. Check availability!


Airbnb Florence, Italy

There are Airbnbs in Florence, Italy for travelers who want more space and access to a kitchen. Just be aware of any extra fees – as they can add up in a hurry when staying in Florence for 3 days.

In addition to Airbnb, visitors can also find holiday apartments in Florence on Booking.com.


What To Pack for your Florence 3-Day Trip

Our final tips are all about what to pack in your backpack or suitcase. You can find all of our advice on our Packing Tips page. Need a packing checklist? Grab your FREE Packing Checklist here!


Comfortable Shoes

Florence is a very walkable city – but only with the right shoes! We pack lightweight and versatile shoes that, above all, are comfortable to wear for long days of sightseeing.

I wear these sneakers and Kris prefers these trail shoes – but you can read our reviews and advice for How To Choose the Best Shoes for Travel


Modest Dress for Churches

Some of the churches in Florence require visitors wear modest clothing to enter. We recommend bringing a versatile wrap to cover shoulders and/or knees if you plan on going inside churches while wearing tank tops or shorter shorts.


Travel Camera

Florence is stunningly gorgeous! Upgrade to a real DSLR camera for your trip to capture the beauty of Tuscany.

We travel with a Canon Rebel and use a 18-135mm lens. Not only does it take quality photos, but it’s also priced affordably – making it the best camera for budget travelers


Zippered Day Pack

With long days of sightseeing, you will need to carry a day bag where you can stow all of your everyday essentials. It is important to make sure you carry a zippered bag – as pickpockets can be a problem in Florence.

We use small backpacks that are big enough to fit a camera, lightweight jacket (or wrap) and all of our personal items.

Pro Tip: Read our advice on what makes the Best Day Bags for Traveling.


Sun Protection

Outside of the winter season, travelers will want to pack plenty of sunscreen – as that Tuscan sun can be quite intense. It is also smart to bring a wide-brimmed travel hat to shade your face and your favorite pair of sunglasses

It can also be a good idea to bring a lightweight rain jacket or a travel umbrella in case of rain.


Italy Trip Insurance

Travel insurance can be useful in the worst travel situations – like if your flight cancels, airlines lose your luggage or you get sick while abroad. If you don’t already have trip insurance, check the rates and coverage at World Nomads.


Travel Documents for Italy

Of course, you will need to pack all of your important travel documents! In addition to your passport, we think it is a good idea to pack copies of email confirmations, other pertinent information and your travel planner

We keep all of our documents in a travel organizer so that they are easy to access when we need them!


Facts About Florence, Italy

Here are a few Florence facts you should know before you set off for your trip!


Currency and Money

The currency in Florence, Italy is the Euro. We think it is best to use an ATM on arrival to withdraw cash, but you may also want to exchange some money at your bank before leaving for your trip.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Florence. We use a Chase Sapphire Preferred – as there are no international fees, plus we earn bonus points on all our travel expenditures.



The language spoken in Florence is Italian. Although most Florentines speak English, it is always a good idea to learn a few words in the local language. Buongiorno is the best way to greet someone during the day and always say Grazie for thank you.


History of Florence

We share important bits of Florence history throughout our itinerary but travelers who want an in depth history should pick up a Florence guide book – like this one – before their trip. There are also bookstores in Florence, Italy, such as laFeltrinelli Book Store, that have books in English.


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2 thoughts on “Best 3 Days in Florence Itinerary (Italy)

  1. Mary Boggs

    Wonderful guide. We are going to Florence in Oct 2024 and this was very helpful. Looking forward to your Tuscany guide.

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