How to Spend 72 Hours in Florence
One of our favourite Italian cities, it’s easy to spend days in Florence and still feel like you’ve barely scratched the surface. If you’re keen to get a taste for the very best of this magical city, here’s our recommendation for how to spend three days in Florence:
Start the day with a tempting pastry and cappuccino for breakfast, before making your way to the impressive Duomo. If you’re feeling active, we definitely recommend climbing up to the viewing platform – it’s 463 steps but the views are so worth it. Afterwards, reward yourself with a freshly baked artisanal panini as you stroll to Piazza della Signoria, home to mighty statues. Spend the afternoon discovering the incredible Uffizi Gallery. We’d recommend taking a tour to benefit from fast-track entrance; you’ll also be guided around the staggering collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including the Birth of Venus. This evening, take a stroll over Ponte Vecchio and continue to the charming Oltrarno district for a traditional Tuscan feast.
Head out early and join a tour with the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. Wander to Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina and enjoy lunch and a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking Pitti Palace. The gnocchi served with squid and tomatoes is delicious. Spend the afternoon exploring Pitti Palace and the beautiful Boboli Gardens. The hidden grottos and gentle fountains are perfect for a few hours of peace and tranquillity. Tonight, indulge in another Italian tradition and go for aperitivo (pre-dinner drinks).
This morning, head to Chiaroscuro’s espresso bar, where you can sample a selection of coffee beans from more than 15 countries. Discover the city’s great churches, including Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce and San Marco, each of which boasts a jaw-dropping design. After working up an appetite, make a beeline for the Mercato San Lorenzo; the very best of Tuscan cuisine is on show at this covered food market. Taste cheeses, meats, olives and fresh crusty bread, and enjoy some of the finest wine from local vineyards.
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