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Things to do in Florence

The choice of things to do in Florence is remarkable. Take in stunning Renaissance monuments and celebrated artistic masterpieces. Discover renowned shops and markets, tuck into fabulous food and experience the vibrant nightlife.

The cultural feast on offer is worth visiting Florence for, alone. Take in the city’s trio of iconic landmarks – the Duomo, Giotto’s Campanile and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Browse in historic shops selling premium-quality wares. See the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art, and sample rich rustic cuisine accompanied with wonderful wine. Then sip fruity cocktails at a hip nightspot while grooving to the latest sounds.

Shopping in Florence.
Shopping in Florence

Wander around stalls proffering a colourful array of fresh produce, hand-painted crockery and aromatic spices at Santo Spirito Organic Market. Treat yourself to a beautiful pair of bespoke leather shoes from Francesco da Firenze, or fabulously fragrant beauty products from the renowned Officina de’ Tornabuoni, serving customers since 1843.

Florence sightseeing.
Florence sightseeing

Take a stroll along the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge, stopping to browse in its shops and take in the medieval Torre dei Mannelli. Climb up to the Brunelleschi-designed dome of the stunning Florence Duomo for spectacular panoramic views. Or escape the city bustle for the beautiful rustic retreat of Fiesole.

Florence museums.
Florence museums

Florence boasts not one, but two internationally-renowned art galleries. At the Uffizi, over 50 rooms are filled with perhaps the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art from such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto and more. Marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic masterpiece, David, among other treasured artworks at the Accademia.

Food in Florence.
Food in Florence

Mingle with the locals while sipping cool Chianti and feasting on rustic Tuscan cuisine at the popular Al Tranvai. Or tuck into hearty homemade pasta and sample the flavours of southern Italy at Caffè Italiano Sud. Stroll through olive groves to La Beppa Fioraia, where mouth-watering meat dishes await.

Florence nightlife.
Florence nightlife

Sway to Latin rhythms under the stars at the open-air nightclub in Central Park. Or head to café-cum-bar Oibò, and groove to the latest dance sounds while sipping cocktails with the young crowd. If opera music is more to your taste, take in a performance at the Teatro Comunale.

 

Florence experiences

Discover the must-see attractions of Florence and Tuscany with these memorable experiences

Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour
Skip the Line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour

Skip the long lines at the prestigious Accademia and Uffizi art galleries with this not-to-be-missed tour. Led by your expert guide you will spend the morning exploring the Accademia Gallery, home to celebrated works including Michelangelo’s world-famous statue of David and San Matteo (‘St Matthew’). In the afternoon, you will then be guided to the special skip the line entrance of the Uffizi Gallery, where the superb collection of Renaissance masterpieces includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto and more.

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