Florence in 48 hours
The cradle of the Renaissance, with a wealth of museums, art and culture, but also an excellent destination for a 48-hour mini-getaway. Florence is one of the best cities to for a weekend away. Whatever your reason for visiting, there are a few must-see things you absolutely cannot miss. Tuscany is a wonderful area and Florence is its flagship.
1. DAY 1.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's worth enjoying in the surroundings of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Piazza Duomo, a 15th-century wonder and the third largest church in Europe after St. Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Milan. Here you will discover the beauty of Brunelleschi's dome and climb up Giotto's Tower for the most stunning views out over Florence.
Take Via dei Calzaiuoli, the city's main street and shopping area, which will take you directly to Piazza della Signoria where you can admire the grandeur of Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the City Hall, and the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air museum with magnificent statues and arches.
Leave Piazza della Signoria behind and walk towards the Uffizi Gallery. This treasure chest of art is one of the most visited in the world and remember, a visit can take up to a whole day, it depends on you! We advise you to book your tickets to avoid long queues at the entrance and possibly take advantage of a guided tour to not miss the best. Masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio and many others are waiting for you, a vast artistic panorama in which it will be difficult to make a selection.
After a full immersion in culture, you can choose a typical trattoria and spoil yourselves with some great food! In addition to the excellent cuts of meat such as the T-bone steak (Fiorentina), we suggest you try a Ribollita, a soup made with stale bread and seasonal vegetables. Satisfied? You can continue to Ponte Vecchio, an iconic location in Florence. Over it is the Vasari Corridor, which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti with a private and exclusive route. For a unique memory go to Ponte Santa Trinità and enjoy the picture postcard views of Ponte Vecchio!
The last stop of this day takes you to Palazzo Pitti, ancient Medici residence, home to several museums and the magnificent Boboli Gardens, with its wealth of sculptures and verdant architecture; it is an excellent place to end the first day of your stay, immersed in the beauty of nature and the setting sun.
2. DAY 2.
The early bird catches the worm! Start with a visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella: with its Gothic style and marble facade. A great place to start the day. Inside are frescoes by Ghirlandaio, the Trinity by Masaccio and a Crucifix by Giotto.
Curious fact: a few steps from here, in Via della Scala 16, is the Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. This is the oldest pharmacy in the world and with its original frescoes, a visit is a short and truly unique experience.
A few minutes’ walk from Santa Maria Novella, you can visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, which has a great artistic heritage that includes masterpieces of painting and sculpture. Enter and admire the marble beauty of Michelangelo's David in all its magnificence. The emotion will be great; the perfection of this statue will satisfy the heart and mind with an unparalleled pleasure.
After a quick lunch, head to Piazza Santa Croce and visit its basilica. This white architectural beauty that dominates the scene of the square is home to the tombs of Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and Galileo, as well as to the beautiful frescoes of Giotto.
It's time to enjoy the view in total relaxation, and from one of the highest and most beautiful spots in Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, from where you can enjoy a magnificent sunset over the city.
If you are looking for a gift or a souvenir know that Florence is known for the processing of Tuscan leather. Wandering through the streets of the historic center you will come across several accessory shops and artisan workshops specialized in leather processing: the prices are affordable and the quality is that of Made in Italy.