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24 hours in Florence: What to See & Do

If there is one city that I have absolutely loved from the bottom of my heart, it is Florence. This Italian city, the capital of Tuscany, has everything to make your heart fall in love with a place. Funnily enough, when planning activities in Italy, I didn’t plan to spend more than 24 hours in Florence because it didn’t have as many points of interest as the other major Italian cities. And boy, was I wrong! Looking back, I would’ve loved to spend at least three days in Florence.

And again, it’s not that there is much to see, but rather the vibes of the city and the people are immaculate, and I would’ve preferred spending more time there!

This is how I spent 24 hours in Florence, Italy. In this itinerary, I will take you on a journey through the city’s top sights, allowing you to experience the best of Florence in just one day. I’ve got you covered, and I hope you will enjoy it!

We arrived in town the night before, so our day could start fresh. And it went like…

Duomo di Firenze / Santa Maria del Fiore

24 hours in Florence: What to See & Do

The Duomo di Firenze, commonly known as Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most interesting and iconic landmarks in Florence for many reasons.

First off, the architecture. The Duomo di Firenze, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, took two centuries to be built and is a prime example of Gothic architecture, featuring intricate details and stunning sculptures. Honestly, the building looks so unique and special that I always thought it had been photoshopped a bit, but it truly looks like a drawing! And the inside… The windows, frescoes, and sculptures are a feast for an artist’s soul.

You can also climb all the way to the top of the dome and have the city’s skyline in front of you!

If you are somewhat of a historian, you know that the Medici family had a massive impact on the Renaissance by commissioning several artists and played a significant role in how the Duomo di Firenze is presented today. You can take this little tour, very budget-friendly, to see how the family has shaped the city by visiting a few hidden spots.

I would suggest going early in the morning so that you can take all the pictures you want in peace without having a million tourists around you.

Location of the Duomo di Firenze

24 hours in Florence: What to See & Do

Accademia Gallery

Then we went to the Accademia Gallery.

It is one of the most visited museums in Florence, even in Italy. It is home to the most popular work of Michelangelo, David. Just like the Last Supper in Milan, David is a must-see while visiting Florence. Standing over 17 feet tall, this masterpiece is considered one of the greatest works of art ever created, and its beauty is truly awe-inspiring. Just for David, you should get your tickets but the rest of the museum is equally interesting!

You will find other Michelangelo masterpieces, including his unfinished work, and works by other Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and many more.

Location of the Accademia Galleria

Scuola del Cuoio

I mentioned in an older post the types of souvenirs you should bring back for your friends and for yourself to commemorate this trip, and this spot is where you should go. It’s a leather school where you can purchase on-site the most unique creations and also they do tours of the school and learn about the art of creating a purse or a belt.

Location of the Scuola del Cuoio S.r.l.

Ponte Vecchio

From the Scuola del Cuoio, you can make your way to Palazzo Pitti through one of the oldest still-standing bridges. This bridge, dating back to the 14th century, has survived floods and wars and crosses the Arno river.

It was created with the end goal of having shops on it, and those are still present today, making it perfect for last-minute gift shopping for artisanal goods. One place you have to stop at is the Il papiro, just between the Palazzo Pitti and the bridge, where you can get some handmade stationery in this cool old fashioned store!

Location of the Ponte Vecchio

Palazzo Pitti

The Palazzo Pitti, a Renaissance palace, was built in the mid-15th century for Luca Pitti, a wealthy banker who aimed to rival the Medici family. However, Pitti was unable to complete the construction of the palace due to financial difficulties and eventually sold it to the Medici family in 1549.

The Medici family significantly renovated and expanded the palace, making it their principal residence. They commissioned famous architects, artists, and designers such as Brunelleschi, Vasari, and Ammannati to create this luxurious residence.

The Palazzo Pitti is an important symbol of the wealth and power of the Medici family, and it is definitely worth a visit on this tour.

Location of the Palazzo Pitti.

Piazzale Michelangelo

End your 24 hours in Florence at the Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s a square located on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River. It was named after the famous Italian artist, Michelangelo, and offers one of the most stunning panoramic views of the city.

The square itself is also an important landmark, featuring a replica of David (If you didn’t get to go to the Accademia, this is your chance to see it) and several other statues. It is particularly nice at sunset when the sky turns orange and the city lights up.

Location of the Pizzale Michelangelo

Souper at Matto Matto

I usually never write about restaurants as I have absolutely 0 experience and I’m not that picky with food and can eat pretty much anything, but I had to give a special mention to this restaurant. And if you are only going to be 24 hours in Florence, you have to try Matto Matto Pizzeria Grill Ristorante. It had the best gnocchi I had in my whole entire life and the pizza was simply heavenly. I still dream of that meal!

And this is where you end 24 hours in Florence, but definitely stay longer if you can!

Until next time,

Sofyah.

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Sofyah Ov is the founder of Sofyahscorner. Through her travels, she emphasizes the art of living comfortably while adventuring, showing readers how to strike a harmonious balance between world exploration and the soft life. Having lived in 3 different continents, the writer, passionate traveler, and lifestyle enthusiast would love to teach you how you can have it all!

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