First visit to Florence?

Five things to see and do you cannot miss!

Are you planning your first visit to Florence and you don’t know what to do?
These are the five things you cannot miss!

A city walk

A city walk is the best introduction to the history of the city and it is definitely worth booking a guided city walk during your first visit to Florence. It will also help you to orient in the historical centre. During the walk you will learn about the medieval past and about the impact of the Medici family on political and social life of Florence and Tuscany. The city walk guides you through the most important squares of Florence and gives you the possibility to admire the artworks displayed in the urban space of Florence!

Florence, Ponte Vecchio
View on Ponte Vecchio, photo: Agata Chrzanowska. All rights reserved.

Piazzale Michelangelo and the Rose Garden

During your first stay in Florence it is definitely worth crossing the Arno river, climbing the hill above the city in order to reach the Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale Michelangelo offers one of the best view points on Florence. On the way to the Piazzale, you can discover the beautiful Rose Garden.

View on Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
View on Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Photo: Agata Chrzanowska. All rights reserved.

If you have more time, you can visit also San Miniato al Monte church, located above the Piazzale Michelangelo. This visit will bring you back to the Middle Ages.

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The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery hosts the most important art collection in Florence. If you’re staying two or three days in the city, it is worth visiting the museum during your fist visit to Florence.

During the visit to the Uffizi you will discover the history of the Italian art and you will have the possibility to admire the masterpieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

If you want to visit the Gallery without the huge crowds, avoid Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. These are the most busy days at the Uffizi.

Remember to book your ticket in advance using the official website of the museum!

Tuscan food

During your first visit to Florence you have to try our Tuscan cuisine! The choice is really vast!
You can start with the ice-cream or you can try the famous bistecca alla fiorentina, the Florentine style T-bone steak.

There are also many vegetarian dishes, like the pappa al pomodoro, which is the very thick tomato soup.

Don’t forget to taste the food together with a glass of Tuscan wine!

Bistecca alla fiorentina
The Florentine style T-bone steak, the Bistecca alla fiorentina.
Photo: Agata Chrzanowska. All rights reserved.

Michelangelo’s art

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born and raised in Florence. We are really lucky because you can find Michelangelo’s art in many Florentine museums. You don’t have to run to see his David in the very crowded Accademia Gallery!

In the Bargello museum you can admire his Bachus and the touching Tondo Pitti. The Medici Chapels preserve his New Sacristy with the magnificent tombs designed for the Medici family.

At the Casa Buonarroti you can admire the works from the early years of Michelangelo’s career! There are Michelangelo’s sculptures also at the Palazzo Vecchio and at the Cathedral Museum.

You can organize a real treasure hunt looking for the hidden masterpieces of this incredible sculptor!

What do you think? Are there any other things you cannot miss during your first stay in Florence?

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