From strolling across the iconic Ponte Vecchio and admiring famous artworks in the Uffizi to learning how to make gelato and shopping lively markets. Then, there are the medieval hilltowns and Chianti wineries of Tuscany, explored by Vespa. To ensure you don't miss out on the main attractions and authentic local experiences, read on for the six best things to do in and around Florence.

Food & Culture

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

Walking Tour of Florence

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 medieval center in search of architecture, art, and monuments while sharing historical accounts. You can choose between two options: the first is a Renaissance-themed walk stopping at the main sites and touring the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's famed David statue. The second option is to visit Santa Croce Church with its masterpieces by Donatello, Giotto, and Della Robbia and tour the Uffizi Galleries with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Read More

Florence Food Markets Tour

Taste local delicacies in Florence's vibrant markets 

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

Gelato Making Class

Learn the secrets behind making gelato and create your own flavor

Roll up your sleeves and learn the ins and outs of producing that perfect scoop of flavorful gelato with the help of a professional at the family-run gelateria and gelato-making school, Perché No Gelato Academy. 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

Beyond Florence: Tuscany

Florence is the capital of the Tuscany regione, 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

Wander the medieval Tuscan villages, including Siena with its impressive Duomo

Visit beautiful and charming towns, including medieval Siena and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Gimignano on a day trip into the scenic region of Tuscany. Indulge in stunning scenery, delicious wines, and lazy strolls of medieval hilltowns on this 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 also get to pair your lunch with a guided wine tasting and Italian pasta-making demonstration. Read More

Tuscany Wine & Cheese Tour

Sample Chianti and discover Tuscany's agricultural heritage (photo courtesy of Rich Martello)

Discover Tuscany's gastronomical legacy 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. 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

Discover 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 to learn about traditional Tuscan wine and olive oil production. Explore the cellars and learn 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! You'll enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch or dinner and olive oil tasting at a stunning boutique winery nestled among the iconic hills. Read More

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

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

Try to set aside at least three to four days to enjoy all Florence offers. Explore the heart of the historical center and get off the beaten path. And of course, if you have a week or more, you can add in other regions of Italy. Read this article to better understand how many days to spend in Firenze based on your preferences and interests. 

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