If you're already in the process of putting the finishing touches on your upcoming vacation in Florence, chances are high that you already have an extensive list of activities to keep you busy. If you're still looking for creative things to fill up your itinerary, take a look at our guide to the best things to see and do in Florence.
One of your first stops in Florence will be back in time. Walk through any of Florence's galleries and allow yourself to be whisked away into the Renaissance, as you view beautifully preserved works of art and equally as impressive architecture. From Michelangelo's David to Botticelli's Venus Rising, some of the most renowned pieces can be found in Florence.
Inside Brunelleschi's Dome, travelers will be privy to viewing beautiful works of art as they climb the 414 interior stairs, circling around the inner walls to view the paintings up close, as they make their way outside to take in stunning views over Florence's city center.
Finding the perfect souvenir while traveling in Tuscany isn't a complicated task thanks in part to the charming hill towns that dot the landscape. However, dusty back roads aren't the only route to exceptional souvenir finds; there are charming artisan vendors right within walking distance of downtown Florence. The city is well-known for beautiful ceramics, but you don't need to be an expert to find great pieces at reasonable prices. Check out shops on the outskirts of the city and pick up a set of hand-painted plates or a beautiful biscotti jar, these will make great accent pieces for your own home or serve as wonderful gifts. Hand-stitched scarves are also a great souvenir from Florence.
You've found your friends and family back home the perfect souvenirs from Florence, now it's time to find something for yourself! Florence is famous for its leather markets and also boasts a number of artisan workshops that produce both quality leather products engraved with gold leaf and traditional Florentine paper. For a truly memorable experience, visit one of these workshops and watch as an artisan monograms your purchase. Whether you're looking for the perfect belt, wallet or purse, every item is meticulously handcrafted from some of the world's finest pelts.
Forgo the busy restaurants and opt for a relaxing experience at a side street café. Enjoy a glass of Tuscan wine or Prosecco with snacks for an "aperitivo", which is a common drink special with two or three small snacks included in the price of your beverage. Stick around for dinner, or move on to the next café to savor delicious home-made lasagna or world-famous Florentine steak.
It might be hard to envision yourself saving room for gelato after indulging in tasty apperitovs and succulent steak, but do yourself a favor and at least try! As with practically every other city in Italy, gelato is fantastic in Florence. With so many different gelato shops spread throughout Florence, you're able to spend every day of your trip testing out different establishments!
Typically, no matter when you'll be traveling, the weather in Florence is usually quite agreeable. You'll be spending a lot of time walking around Florence, so plan to stop into some of the city's smaller shops and pick up some local favorites to try back at your hotel. Carrying quality Tuscany food staples like delicious cheese and salami to fresh produce and olive oil, these outdoor markets and street vendors could keep you busy for days.
Walking along the Arno River in Florence is a truly unique experience. Travelers are able to venture away from the crowds while still being able to see the city's architectural splendors, while also watching the rowing clubs practice near the Ponte Vecchio. Views from the Ponte Vecchio near sunrise and sunset are phenomenal, and travelers will find an array of shops and other sightseeing opportunities close by.