One day in Florence
If you are visiting Florence for a day, here's a free guide of what you can do and see all in only one day!
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A day in Florence!

I know that there is so much to do and see in Florence and it can be overwhelming to narrow down all the amazing things to experience, so I have created a guide of my top recommendations of what to do if you find yourself in Florence for only one day.

Start your day in the heart of Florence!

Have breakfast at Mercato Centrale. In this market, you will definitely feel what it's like being a local. This market has two floors, on the ground floor you will find mostly fresh food products and some food stalls/restaurants. The second floor you will find more options of food stalls, cafes, and restaurants with various cuisines. 

Mercato Centrale
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Right outside Mercato Centrale you will find the leather market. Florence is known for their high quality of various leather products. I recommend stopping here for any of your leather needs, bags, wallets, keychains etc. Tip: If you visit Mercato Centrale during lunch time, try out "Lampredotto." It's a Florentine dish, a sandwich that is made up of cow's innards. I know it doesn't sound good, but I promise it's very delicious and definitely a must try! Especially since you can only try it here in Florence.
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The SS. Annunziata di Firenze
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The next stop on our list is Basilica della Santissima Annunziata. This Renaissance Basilica with rich Baroque interior is one of the most beautiful churches in Florence in my opinion. This basilica leaves you stunned by the magnificent frescoes, vaults, motifs, and all of the other details. The exterior may look simple, but the interior is a true marvel. This basilica is free of entry, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
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‌This iconic 19th century Gothic Revival Cathedral with Renaissance style interior is the most iconic building in Florence and definitely a must see! Getting in the Cathedral is free, but to climb up the dome, the bell tower, the crypt, and the baptistry you will need to buy a ticket(and a couple of days. their ticket is valid for 3 days and it's for a reason). So I suggest you start with lining up for Cathedral early in the morning, be there around 8 to start lining up. They open at 8:30 Tip: If you have the time, I highly recommend climbing the dome, as it has a gorgeous panoramic view of Florence.
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If you are looking to buy tickets for museums and atttractions, check out www.headout.com and use my code to get 8% discount : IAMSOPHIA 

(This code is valid for all attractions around the world)

Piazza della Repubblica
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This square is surrounded by 19th century buildings, a beautiful arch, and a charming carousel. There are plenty of bars and cafes around this square, so this place is a nice resting stop.  Tip: If you want to have an amazing view of Piazza della Repubblica and the Duomo, try having a coffee or a drink at the Rinascente roof top.
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I Fratellini
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Grab a classic lunch among locals - panino! This hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop serves a classic variety of paninis, and is right on the way to our next stop - Piazza della Signoria! Tip: Pair your delicious panino with a glass of wine!
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Piazza della Signoria
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‌This is probably the most beautiful and interesting square in Florence! In this Piazza, there are a lot of things to see around here. You will see Palazzo Vecchio(you can enter the first floor and see the courtyard for free), the Loggia della Signoria(free entrance), Grand duke of Tuscany bronze, Fountain of Neptune, and the Uffizi Gallery nearby.  Tip: At the left side of Palazzo Vecchio, there's a fountain that has both natural and sparkling water!
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Ponte Vecchio
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Another iconic structure in Florence. The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world and the oldest stone bridge in Europe. It is also the oldest bridge of the city, hence the name "Ponte Vecchio" which means old bridge. On this bridge, you will see a beautiful view of the Arno river, and it becomes more romantic at night time. You will also find some luxury gold and jewelry shops all along this bridge. Tip: Head over to the next bridge, Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Grazie, for a full a full view of Ponte Vecchio.
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Cantina del Gelato
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This is one of my favorite gelato shops here in Florence. Grab some gelato before heading to your next location! Try the traditional Italian flavor - Stracciatella.
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Piazzale Michelangelo
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End your day at Piazzale Michelangelo with a beautiful panoramic view of Florence. Watching the sunset here is just magical! And if you're lucky, there will be someone who will be playing some live music.   Tip: Bring a box of pizza or snack to enjoy while you watch the sunset!
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I hope this guide will help you enjoy your time in Florence!

If you are looking for more recommendations, check out my other guides!

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One day in Florence
If you are visiting Florence for a day, here's a free guide of what you can do and see all in only one day!
9 Places • 17 Saves • ago
Free

A day in Florence!

I know that there is so much to do and see in Florence and it can be overwhelming to narrow down all the amazing things to experience, so I have created a guide of my top recommendations of what to do if you find yourself in Florence for only one day.

Start your day in the heart of Florence!

Have breakfast at Mercato Centrale. In this market, you will definitely feel what it's like being a local. This market has two floors, on the ground floor you will find mostly fresh food products and some food stalls/restaurants. The second floor you will find more options of food stalls, cafes, and restaurants with various cuisines. 

Mercato Centrale
@iamsophiasanchez
Right outside Mercato Centrale you will find the leather market. Florence is known for their high quality of various leather products. I recommend stopping here for any of your leather needs, bags, wallets, keychains etc. Tip: If you visit Mercato Centrale during lunch time, try out "Lampredotto." It's a Florentine dish, a sandwich that is made up of cow's innards. I know it doesn't sound good, but I promise it's very delicious and definitely a must try! Especially since you can only try it here in Florence.
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The SS. Annunziata di Firenze
@iamsophiasanchez
The next stop on our list is Basilica della Santissima Annunziata. This Renaissance Basilica with rich Baroque interior is one of the most beautiful churches in Florence in my opinion. This basilica leaves you stunned by the magnificent frescoes, vaults, motifs, and all of the other details. The exterior may look simple, but the interior is a true marvel. This basilica is free of entry, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
Add to
Details

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
@iamsophiasanchez
‌This iconic 19th century Gothic Revival Cathedral with Renaissance style interior is the most iconic building in Florence and definitely a must see! Getting in the Cathedral is free, but to climb up the dome, the bell tower, the crypt, and the baptistry you will need to buy a ticket(and a couple of days. their ticket is valid for 3 days and it's for a reason). So I suggest you start with lining up for Cathedral early in the morning, be there around 8 to start lining up. They open at 8:30 Tip: If you have the time, I highly recommend climbing the dome, as it has a gorgeous panoramic view of Florence.
Add to
Details

If you are looking to buy tickets for museums and atttractions, check out www.headout.com and use my code to get 8% discount : IAMSOPHIA 

(This code is valid for all attractions around the world)

Piazza della Repubblica
@iamsophiasanchez
This square is surrounded by 19th century buildings, a beautiful arch, and a charming carousel. There are plenty of bars and cafes around this square, so this place is a nice resting stop.  Tip: If you want to have an amazing view of Piazza della Repubblica and the Duomo, try having a coffee or a drink at the Rinascente roof top.
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Details

I Fratellini
@iamsophiasanchez
Grab a classic lunch among locals - panino! This hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop serves a classic variety of paninis, and is right on the way to our next stop - Piazza della Signoria! Tip: Pair your delicious panino with a glass of wine!
Add to
Details

Piazza della Signoria
@iamsophiasanchez
‌This is probably the most beautiful and interesting square in Florence! In this Piazza, there are a lot of things to see around here. You will see Palazzo Vecchio(you can enter the first floor and see the courtyard for free), the Loggia della Signoria(free entrance), Grand duke of Tuscany bronze, Fountain of Neptune, and the Uffizi Gallery nearby.  Tip: At the left side of Palazzo Vecchio, there's a fountain that has both natural and sparkling water!
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Ponte Vecchio
@iamsophiasanchez
Another iconic structure in Florence. The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world and the oldest stone bridge in Europe. It is also the oldest bridge of the city, hence the name "Ponte Vecchio" which means old bridge. On this bridge, you will see a beautiful view of the Arno river, and it becomes more romantic at night time. You will also find some luxury gold and jewelry shops all along this bridge. Tip: Head over to the next bridge, Ponte Santa Trinita or Ponte alla Grazie, for a full a full view of Ponte Vecchio.
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Cantina del Gelato
@iamsophiasanchez
This is one of my favorite gelato shops here in Florence. Grab some gelato before heading to your next location! Try the traditional Italian flavor - Stracciatella.
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Piazzale Michelangelo
@iamsophiasanchez
End your day at Piazzale Michelangelo with a beautiful panoramic view of Florence. Watching the sunset here is just magical! And if you're lucky, there will be someone who will be playing some live music.   Tip: Bring a box of pizza or snack to enjoy while you watch the sunset!
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Details

I hope this guide will help you enjoy your time in Florence!

If you are looking for more recommendations, check out my other guides!

Interested in a custom travel guide for your upcoming trip?

* * *
CURATED BY
Hi! My name is Sophia Sanchez and I am a Filipina living in Florence. I like to try discover new places in Florence and travel around Italy. 🇮🇹 Life is not easy here but I love Florence and I love romanticizing my life. I always look for the most beautiful and interesting places here in Italy! ✨ I do custom made itinerary here in Florence and around Italy, and I also do one-on-one consultations. 👩🏻‍💻 Want to know more about life in Florence? Or plan a trip to Italy? Let me know! I am here to help you! 🥰 IG: @iamsophiasanchez Tiktok: @iamsophiasanchez Youtube: I Am Sophia Sanchez
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