If I only had one day in Florence I would make the most of it and see as much as possible!

Obviously, most people will tell you that you need to spend a minimum of 3 days in Florence but don’t despair if you only have one day set aside for Florence.  You will still be able to see quite a bit!

Jet Lag will be your friend on this adventure!

Waking up early is not a problem when your body already wants to.  So take advantage of that feeling to wake up and start your day early!

You may be surprised at how wonderful Florence is when there are no crowds!

My husband and I did a morning run all the way to Piazza Michelangelo from our hotel and explored the most touristy sites along the way. (The main reason I am in workout clothes in all my pictures.)

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Piazza del Duomo

Florence Italy

The Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is know for its cupola. Take time to stop and admire its beautiful mosaic floor and amazing frescoes.

Entrance

Surprisingly, It does not cost anything to enter and observe the church.  Unfortunately, you do need to purchase the “Grande Museo del Duomo” pass to view all the monuments.

The monuments included in the pass are the cathedral, dome, baptistery, bell tower, and crypt.

Audio Guide

This is a church and reverence is expected, although the administration is working to allow more people into the church at one time.  In an effort to accommodate more people but still have the quiet respect the church wishes and audio guide is required for groups of four people.

Baptistery Gates of Paradise

The Baptistery

The baptistery is the oldest religious monuments in Florence.  Making this a important stop for your one day in Florence.

The baptistery has an impressive bronze door known as the gates of paradise.  It is so beautiful and intricate.  The doors depict the scenes from St. John’s life.  We loved admiring such a beautiful work of art.

There is also the Giotto’s very tall bell tower.  You can climb up the to the top for an incredible view.  You must book this ahead of time and select a time to climb.  This is definitely worth a stop.

Uffizi Gallery

Ufizzi Gallery

This is Italy’s top museum!  It holds the greatest collection of renaissance art in the world and is sure to be the highlight of your one day in Florence trip.  Works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael are located here.

Planning Ahead

The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:15 pm – 6:50 pm

Plan to spend at least 2 hours here.  I recommend using the Rick Steve’s Free Audio Tour.  You could purchase a tour which would probably be a great experience as well.

Admission

Admission is about 12 euros.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  There will be a line if you purchase tickets the day of.

Pro Tip

The best time to visit is after 4 pm when all the large tour groups have left.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

This famous bridge is a special landmark in Florence.  It is known as a romantic spot in Florence.  Personally, I did not get that vibe.

I thought it was extremely expensive shopping. Not to mention, gelato that cost 3 times as much as other places in the city!

Ponte Vecchio is Italian for old bridge.  The bridge crosses the Arno river at the spot that the Romans originally built it.  It was the only bridge in Florence to cross the Arno until 1218.

The Arno river is very impressive and admiring this bridge from a distance is just as satisfying as walking through it (in my opinion).

Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace

I really liked this museum!  More than what was displayed the building itself was so beautiful!  I loved looking at the home itself.

Surprisingly, I think I liked this one more than the Ufizzi (shock). It is totally worth a visit!

Planning Ahead

The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday’s from 8:15 am – 6:50 pm  Plan to spend about 2 hours here.

Admission

Tickets are about 10 euros and can be purchased online or at the museum.  When we went there was not a line to purchase tickets.

Piazza Michelangelo

Piazza Michelangelo

Piazza Michelangelo is on the south bank of the Arno River.  It provides a panoramic view of the city.  There are some sculptures in the square. Above all, most people come here for the spectacular view of the city.

We did a morning run from our hotel to the top.  It was so awesome! The views are incredible. The sunset is suppose to be incredible but we opted for the sunrise!

One Day in Florence Activity List

Pizza Making Class

Pizza making in Florence

Florence has so much to offer.  My friend Tanya was able to do a Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence. Check out her experience to give you one more reason to go to Florence.

Art Lessons

Art Classes in Florence

Florence is the city of art. You can take art lesson’s inside the Uffiizi starting at $58 dollars per person.  This might be a worthwhile experience if you enjoy expressing yourself through art.

Florence Food Tour

Florence Food Tour

This is my kind of tour.  I would love to spend 3.5 hours, with 5 stops, exploring the best food in Florence. The cost is about $87 per person.

Photography Tours

photography classes in Florence

Have a local take you around to the best photography spots in town! This is perfect for romantic sunsets or beautiful sunrises. Not to mention all the amazing art work all around.  If you are looking for a great morning photography tour check out Isango!   

Hop on Hop off Bus Tour In Florence Italy

We love hop on hop off bus tours in every city.  It is a great way to see the most popular sites.  Especially, if walking is an issue and you want to take a break! (You really walk everywhere in Europe.)  I love that this Florence hop on hop off bus tour is affordable and gives you a great overview of the city.  Some of the sites available to see are:

  • Beccaria
  • Santa Crocei
  • Teatro Verdi
  • Villa Cora
  • Porta Romana – viale Petrarca
  • Piazza Tasso
  • Zecca Vecchia
  • Piazzale delle Cascine
  • Shelly Cascine
  • Porta Romana

Let us know in the comments if you have done any of these awesome tours! 

Where to Visit Next In Italy

Where will your next stop be? Maybe Florence to Rome  or maybe down to the Amalfi Coast?  We loved everywhere we visited in Italy be sure to check out my adventures in Italy!

If you are planning a northern or central Italy vacation be sure to check out my other post  Venice , Pisa and Lucca, Romantic Venice, and Siena. 

If you are looking for a southern Italy itinerary be sure to check out Capri, Pompeii, Gaeta, and the Amalfi Coast.

Top Travel Tips for Italy is another great place to look for great Italy advice.

Italy Travel Guide

Be sure to check out my Free Italy Guide!  I created 13 Itineraries for awesome Italian cities.  This will help you plan your trip to Italy!

Facebook Travel Community

Also, if you have any questions be sure to join my Facebook Travel Community.  You can ask any question’s about your upcoming trips and the amazing community helps you plan your trip.  Plus, I will always answer any questions I can.  I also like to put any deals companies send me in our group!

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