Is it possible to discover Florence in just one weekend? It may seem a difficult task, but thanks to this program designed for those who have little time, with a little 'organization and booking online tickets for the most important museums, you can do it on foot, being the historic center very collected!
This itinerary is ideal to visit the city in 48 hours but at the same time to fully enjoy all the beauty offered by the cradle of the Italian Renaissance!
If you arrive in Florence in the afternoon, after arranging the suitcases in the room, take a walk in the magnificent historic center. Once you get to Piazza del Duomo, which has always been the postcard image of the Tuscan capital, continue towards Duomo, where you can admire Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni in all their glory. Then walk along Via de 'Pecori and then turn left towards Via de' Brunelleschi to contemplate the luxurious streets of the historic center. Continue until you reach Piazza della Repubblica, one of the most important in the city, as well as being the largest.
Take Via Pellicceria, you will arrive at the Fontana del Porcellino, which is linked to one of the most characteristic rumors: if you caress the famous bronze animal, surely you will return to the capital! Walking along Via Porta Rossa you will get to Piazza della Signoria, one of the most lively and emblematic places where once all the Tuscan nobility met. Then cross the Piazzale degli Uffizi to reach the Arno river and marvel at the view of the Ponte Vecchio, perhaps the most romantic place in Florence and home to the main goldsmiths' workshops.
After this wonderful walk you can look for a typical local restaurant to enjoy a traditional dinner (10 things to taste in Florence).
Try to go to bed early to be fresh and rested the next day: it will surely be full of surprises and emotions!
Start your day in one of the city's most important museums, the Accademia Gallery, where Michelangelo's famous David is located. To avoid the line for tickets, you can book them directly at the following link: http://www.accademia.org/it/acquista-biglietti/ (controllare il link)
After contemplating the extraordinary sculptures of the museum, head towards Via Ricasoli, until you reach the Duomo of Florence: climb up the dome and look closely at the fantastic works of Brunelleschi.
Even here it is better to buy the ticket online: https://grandemuseodelduomo.waf.it/it/biglietto-il-grande-museo-del-duomo
Before leaving Piazza del Duomo, stop to admire the nearby Porta del Paradiso, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, considered as one of the Renaissance masterpieces thanks to the contribution of artists such as Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Michelozzo.
Reach the Church of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan building in the world, inside you will find the tombstones of the greatest and most powerful artists of Florence such as Michelangelo, Rossini, Macchiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and works of incommensurable artists such as Giotto, Gaddi and Donatello. At the link for ticket purchase: http://ticka.santacroceopera.it/
After all this beauty it might be time to rest and eat something, before entering the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in the world hosting works by the likes of Leonardo, Raffaello, Botticelli, Donatello, Parmigianino, Brunelleschi, Caravaggio, Tiziano and many others.
Here is the link for tickets: https://webshop.b-ticket.com/webshop/webticket/eventlist?production
After this first day totally dedicated to art and culture, you can spend the rest of the evening enjoying an aperitif and a good dinner in one of the many bars and restaurants in the city.
To make the most in the last day, start at Palazzo Vecchio, the building where the Florentine courts based. Its interiors are spectacular and the museum exhibits works by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Donatello, Verrocchio and many other immortal artists. The visit is really worth: http://bigliettimusei.comune.fi.it/1_museo-di-palazzo-vecchio/
Once you have left the Piazzale degli Uffizi, cross Ponte Vecchio and walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, also called the balcony of Florence because of the breathtaking view of the city: it is definitely an obligatory stop for tourists and Florentines.
Returning to Ponte Vecchio you will have two choices: reach the Bargello National Museum, the perfect place to contemplate the Italian sculptures of the 14th-16th century by artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Cellini, Giambologna, Ammannati and other important sculptors, or walk along the river bank to the Ponte alla Carraia, along Via dei Fossi and to reach the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of the most beautiful and important churches of Florence, where you can see centuries of art history and admire works by artists of the Italian Renaissance such as Leon Battista Alberti, Massaccio and Brunelleschi.
These masterpieces are perfectly placed in an architectural context with Gothic features: https://tickets.smn.it/
Is your time already finished and the return is imminent? Do not despair, you can come back to this magnificent city at any other time!
Meanwhile you come back from this short vacation with the awareness of having made the most of every moment admiring masterpieces and absolutely unforgettable places!
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