One Day In Florence – The Perfect 1 Day Florence Itinerary
Want to make a Florence 1 day itinerary? If I only had one day in Florence I would make the most of it and see as much as possible!
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 in Florence. You will still be able to see quite a bit!
Jet lag will be your friend on this 1 day in Florence itinerary!
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. (This is the main reason I am in workout clothes in all my pictures.)
In this post, we will list what to do in Florence for a day, Florence one-day tour options, and a complete Florence 1 day itinerary.
Let’s decide what should be on your “Florence one day itinerary”!
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1. Piazza del Duomo
Florence Itinerary – First Stop – Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore
The first stop on your one-day in Florence itinerary is the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is known for its cupola. Take time to stop and admire its beautiful mosaic floor and amazing frescoes.
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.
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 a quiet respect for the church’s wishes, an audio guide is required for groups of four people.
The baptistery is the oldest religious monument in Florence. Making this an 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 Giotto’s very tall bell tower. You can climb up 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.
A day in Florence Italy would not be complete without a visit to the Piazza del Duomo. I would highly recommend adding it to your Florence 1 day itinerary!
2. Uffizi Gallery
Florence Itinerary – Next Stop – Uffizi Gallery
The next stop on your 1 day in Florence itinerary is the Uffizi 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 Florence trip.
Works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael are located here.
The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:15 pm – 6:50 pm
Plan to spend at least 2 hours here. You can book a self-guided audio tour or you can book a tour with a Ufizzi tour guide.
You could also purchase a tour and skip the line entrance which would probably be a great experience as well.
Admission is about 25 euros.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. There will be a line if you purchase tickets the day of.
Pro-Tip for your Florence One Day Itinerary
The best time to visit is right when it opens or after 4 pm when all the large tour groups have left.
3. Ponte Vecchio
Florence Itinerary – Next Stop – Ponte Vecchio
The next stop for your day in Florence is 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 costs 3 times as much as other places in the city!
Ponte Vecchio is Italian for the old bridge. The bridge crosses the Arno river at the spot where 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).
However, it is a must-see in Florence 1 day experience. There are a few walking tours and even electric cart tours that include Ponte Vecchio.
4. David’s Michelangelo
Florence Itinerary – Next Stop – David
David of Michalengo is one of the most famous Renaissance sculptures. It was created in 1501-1504.
You can now view it at the Accademia Gallery.
For tourists, the ticket price is 12 euros. If can book a skip-the-line ticket for 25 euros. This is nice if you do not want to wait in a long line in the heat.
I think most people would agree that this is one of the top places to visit in Florence in 1 day.
5. Pitti Palace
Florence Itinerary – Next Stop -Pitti Palace
The next stop on your Florence one-day trip is the 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!
The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:15 am – 6:50 pm Plan to spend about 2 hours here.
Tickets are about 16 euros and can be purchased online or you can get a skip-the-line ticket. When we went there was not a line to purchase tickets. You can purchase tickets with a tour guide online as well.
6. Piazza Michelangelo
Florence Itinerary – Next Stop – Piazza Michelangelo
The next stop on this amazing one-day Florence itinerary is Piazza Michelangelo.
Check out the View
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 supposed to be incredible but we opted for the sunrise!
7. Palazzo Vecchio
The Palazzo Vecchio is the heart of politics. It is also an amazing museum and historical site. It has been used for centuries for varies uses.
Now you can tour and even climb a tower to get the best views of the city.
Admission is about 17 euros if ordered on the website(The website is not in English.) I would prefer to book my ticket on a site I can read. Getting a front-of-the-line pass is super nice during tourist season especially if you only have one day in Florence.
One Day in Florence Activity List
There are so many fun things to do in Florence but you might not have enough time with just one day in Florence.
Everything in this Florence itinerary is a suggestion so that you can decide what sounds the best and add it to your Florence trip. I highly recommend doing the 7 suggestions listed above for a day in Florence Italy.
Things to Do in Florence in One Day
If you have more time, you will love doing some of the fabulous tours during your one-day Florence itinerary!
Let’s check out all the fun activities in Florence you can choose from.
8. Pizza Making Class
Florence has so much to offer. My friend Tanya was able to do a Pizza and Gelato Making Class in Florence. She said it was amazing and higly recommends it!
Best Cooking Tours in Florence
9. Art Lessons
Florence is the city of art. You can take art lessons inside the Uffizi starting at 86 dollars per person. This might be a worthwhile experience if you enjoy expressing yourself through art.
Best Art Lessons In Florence
10. 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 $42 per person.
A less expensive option can be purchased online at Viator.
Seriously, the food in Italy is amazing! If I had time to add one more item to my Florence Italy itinerary a food tour would make the list!
Best Food Tours in Florence
11. Photography Tours
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 artwork all around.
Sunset Photography One Day in Florence
After a complete day of touring, spend the rest of your one day in Florence with a sunset photography tour. Get great shots and make amazing memories.
12. Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour
We love to 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:
Stops on a Bus Tour
- Santa Crocei
- Teatro Verdi
- Villa Cora
- Porta Romana – viale Petrarca
- Piazza Tasso
- Zecca Vecchia
- Piazzale delle Cascine
- Shelly Cascine
- Porta Romana
This is a great option if you only have one day in Florence and you are not sure what you want to see.
Are you Ready for your One Day in Florence?
Hopefully, this guide will help you decide what to do for your day in Florence.
There are so many great things to add to your Florence 1 day itinerary. You will have to decide what you would like to do the most. Good Luck!
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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!
Also, I highly recommend getting an Italy Travel Guidebook before you start planning your trip!
If you are planning a northern or central Italy vacation be sure to check out my other posts –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 Italian advice.
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It’s been years since I’ve been to Florence, this back brought back some great memories. Loved your photos!
Florence looks amazing! I love the architecture. Thank you for sharing!
Florence is a neat city, It was cool to see all the buildings!
Loved reading this and seeing all the photos. I need to go back! 🙂
Thanks! I will probably go back to Italy when my kids are older!
WOW…. amazing photos! One more thing to add to my bucket list!
I feel like my bucket list is so long nowdays!
Enjoyed viewing the images of Florence. It has been many years since I have visited. It brought back good memories.
I’m glad you like the pics!
We loved Florence so much! Got to see all of these. We’d return in a heartbeat ?
Florence is a really cool place for sure!
I haven’t been, yet! It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing this insightful information.
No problem, Hopefully you will get to go someday!
Love Italy and this post makes me want to return as there is so much more to experience!
It’s been really fun writing about Italy!
These look like some amazing places to see in Florence! We will have to check them out for sure! Thanks!
Italy is a fun city to visit!
Wow! I love all the architecture, so detailed and timeless!
For sure! It is a neat city!
I went to Italy and didn’t get a chance to stop by Florence… These photos wish I had added it to our list!
If you love art, It is a great place to visit! Some people absolutely love Florence!
This looks like so much fun. Hoping to visit Italy soon. The pictures are great!
I’m big into American History but I’m always humbled when I see photos like these. Our country is so young and there is so much ancient beauty and wisdom in the world…. Thank you for sharing!!
I love American History too! The more I travel, I just love learning about all the history of the places!
Italy is so beautiful. I don’t know how you paired it down to just 5 things to do. I can’t wait to visit and will bookmark this for later.
I know you could easily spend 3 days in Florence!
Oh I hope I can spend more than one day!
We spent 3 days but ventured to Pisa and Lucca!
Florence is beautiful! So much history everywhere you go.
It is true! I love learning the history!
Wow what an amazing day! Beautiful pictures and thank you for the food recommendations!
We trusted Rick Steves with food recommendations and they were all wonderful!
This looks like such a beautiful and relaxing trip.
We love running all over the place so it was pretty awesome!
Ahh this looks like so much fun and is giving me major wanderlust! Italy is definitely on my go to list, so I will keep this post in mind for when I do go!
Oh good be sure to pin it and you can look it up when you go!
Wow!! This place looks amazing with so much to do!! I am adding this to my bucket list NOW lol
Italy is a great country!
Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking pictures!
Another great post Lisa! All of these spots look like a must see!
Thanks! They are pretty awesome!
I love absolutely loved Florence, spent several days there, and I’ve decided I’d like to spend a few months there! The empty streets, now that’s terrific, but as a non mornings person, I’d never have the opportunity to experience it.
I totally would love spending a month in Italy! I did get to spend a month in Germany and loved that!
I just reread this to do some research. I love the protips you offer … they are super helpful and your tips definitely align with my ideas of a great tip! Thanks Lisa!
Oh good! I love to share what I learn when I go places!
These photos are gorgeous! Florence has been on my list for a while, I need to make it happen!
I loved Italy! It is a great vacation!
I so enjoy reading about your travels. One day I will be able to visit these places, too. Until then . . . Pinterest for later.
Thanks for sharing!
Oh for sure!
I so enjoyed Florence! We did an overnight there but basically had one full day and visited most of the same spots you did. I was very moved to see the David sculpture!
Yes, we loved our trip to Italy!