Florence draws crowds for a few reasons. It's the home of Italy's gelato heritage, the jewel of the Renaissance, and the city hosts some of the world's best art and architecture. Stroll across the 1,000-year-old Ponte Vecchio bridge while absorbing the city's charms. Visit parks and gardens for exceptional views, explore the two famous art galleries, Accademia and Uffizi, or wander through the idyllic Tuscan countryside and visit medieval villages. There's something to see or do at every turn in Florence.

Getting Oriented

The stunning Duomo of Florence at dusk.

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, an Italian region producing some of the country's most popular wines and hosting some of the most charming medieval villages. Florence sits as its crown jewel, a historic metropolis known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You can't walk far without stumbling upon incredible architecture, art, history, or gastronomy, meaning its charming medieval center is a must-see. 

Don't miss Florence's two world-renowned art galleries, the Accademia and Uffizi galleries, where you can see acclaimed masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Peruse the jewelry shops on Ponte Vecchio, a 1,000-year-old bridge that spans the Arno River. Or relax in one of the parks and gardens, many of which offer exceptional views of the city. Peruse its vibrant markets and enjoy gelato by afternoon and a signature Negroni or glass of Chianti by night.

Florence is also set in an ideal location for exploring Italy's countryside. Zip through Tuscany by Vespa or take a food and wine tour through Chianti, visiting charming towns like Siena and San Gimignano. Learn more about what Florence and its stunning surroundings have to offer.

Discover Florence

Florence is one of the most historic cities in the world with much to see, including architecture, art, and delicious food. Make the most of your time by exploring the city's highlights, including its markets and famous gelaterias. 

Florence Highlights Walking Tour

Discover the art, architecture, and history of Florence, the capital of the Italian Renaissance.

Discover the art and history of Florence on a walking tour, where a guide will lead you through the old city center in search of fascinating architecture, art, monuments, and historical tales. You can choose between two options, with the first being a Renaissance-themed walk stopping at the main sites and touring the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's famed David statue. The second option visits Santa Croce Church with its masterpieces by Donatello, Giotto, and Della Robbia and tours the Uffizi Galleries with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Read More

Florence Food Markets Tour

Discover the vibrant markets of Florence and taste local specialties. 

Get to know Italian culture through its world-renowned gastronomy and explore Florence's vibrant markets. Start at the most authentic food market in the city, Sant’Ambrogio, where true Florentines do their daily or weekly shopping. A guide will take you to discover the best stalls, the importance of local and regional ingredients, and Cucina Povera, the area's famed peasant food. Then head to San Lorenzo Market in a historic Medici household to taste some regional specialties like extra virgin olive oil, Tuscan prosciutto, Chianti wine, and balsamic vinegar. Read More

Afternoon Gelato Making Class

Learn the secrets behind creamy gelato and make your own flavor.

Florence is known for its exceptional gelato, so there's no better place in Italy to get a hands-on experience than at the family-run gelateria and gelato-making school, Perché No Gelato Academy. Roll up your sleeves and learn the ins and outs of producing that perfect scoop of creamy goodness with the help of a professional. Discover the differences between gelato and traditional ice cream, and practice the special techniques (and local secrets) unique to gelato-making. Choose your flavors and craft your own special scoop (or two or three!). Read More

Explore Tuscany

Florence is the capital of Tuscany, so a visit to the city is only complete with an experience in the idyllic countryside. Visit medieval towns and explore the renowned wineries that dot the iconic hills. 

Tuscany Day Trip to Chianti, Siena & San Gimignano

Peruse the medieval Tuscan villages, including Siena with its impressive Duomo.

Enjoy a day trip into the popular and scenic region of Tuscany. Visit some of the most beautiful and charming towns, including medieval Siena and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano. Indulge in stunning scenery, delicious wines, and lazy strolls on an all-inclusive Tuscan adventure. Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at an authentic Chianti farm accompanied by a tour of its vineyards and wine cellars. You'll pair your lunch with a guided wine tasting and Italian pasta-making demonstration. Read More

Tuscany Wine & Cheese Tour

Explore Tuscany's wine and agricultural heritage.

Discover Tuscany's gastronomical heritage with a tour of the region's idyllic countryside. You'll savor regional staples like Pecorino, the best-known and loved Tuscan cheese, homemade pasta, red wine (like Chianti Classico), and extra virgin olive oil. Tuscany has a distinct agricultural heritage, known as sharecropping. Learn how this method evolved after WWII and how the boom in wineries came about in the 1970s. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of a Chianti winery and learn about traditional winemaking methods while tasting a few varietals. Have lunch on the farm before stopping in the medieval village of Radicondoli on the way back to take in the stunning landscapes. Read More

Tuscany by Vespa

Cruise the charming towns of Tuscany by Vespa.

Explore the wineries and scenic landscapes of Tuscany in the most authentic way possible: by Vespa scooter! Zip along country roads, passing through olive groves and vineyards. You'll stop to tour two wineries, learning about traditional Tuscan wine and olive oil production. Explore the cellars and learn all about wine production techniques from the expert staff. Although you can't sip on this trip, you can take a bottle or two back to Florence! At a stunning boutique winery nestled amongst the iconic hills, you'll enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch or dinner and olive oil tasting. Read More

How Does Florence Fit into an Italy Itinerary?

Enjoy the sunset over Florence, Ponte Vecchio, and the Arno River.

Florence pairs well with major Italian cities like Rome, Venice, or Milan. It's also close to Pisa, Cinque Terre, and the Italian Riviera, plus the culinary-centric region of Emilia-Romagna, also known as "Food Valley." Florence is a great hub for a family-focused vacation. Still, it's also ideal for those looking to explore art and history, traditional Italian gastronomy and wineries, and a mix of urban and rural destinations. If you plan a cross-Italy adventure, Florence makes an excellent stopping point as you move from north to south and is certainly a must-see city for Italian history and heritage.

Try to set aside at least 3-4 days to enjoy all that Florence has to offer. Explore the heart of the historic center, but also get off the beaten path in Florence. Get a better idea of how many days to spend in the city based on your preferences and interests.

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