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How to See Beautiful Florence in One Day

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Overview

Birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most cultured and artistic cities in the world. Enchanting and captivating,  this is a place to revel in history, art and cuisine. Packed with remarkable art and architecture, we’ll show you Florence’s wonderful tangle of narrow streets, lined with elegant, historic palazzi, medieval churches and world-class art museums, with our one day Florence itinerary.

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Travel

Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Located only 80 km apart, the Pisa airport is the larger of the two airports and offers the best international flights and connections.

You have several options to get into Florence city centre from Pisa airport;

  • Transfer – the quickest and most convenient option, you can book in advance with Intui Travel.
  • Taxi – grab a cab, which will cost you around €170 and take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Bus – The Autostradale Airport Bus Express leaves every 40 minutes between 4.45am and 00.40am daily, for Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station. The journey takes 1 hour 10 minutes and costs €7.50 one way.
  • Train – From the airport, take the 5 minute PisaMover train to Pisa Centrale train station. Then take a Trenitalia train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station, a 50 to 80 minute journey depending on the train’s speed and number of stops. Tickets cost €8.70 on the cheapest fare.

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Stay

 

On the opposite side of the Arno river, but no lesser for it, the Soprarno Suites are on the doorstep of Pitti Palace in the trendy Oltrarno district. More guesthouse than hotel, the vintage design and vibe of this residenza d’Epoca (historic residence), coupled with personalised service from the Florentine owners make this a perfect stay for one night in Florence.

See & Do

 Because it is one of the most visited cities in the world and there are quite a few must see things to do in Florence in one day, getting tickets on the day is impossible   

If organising yourself is not your bag, or you’re paying a last minute visit, a Florence walking tour is a great idea to get a snapshot of the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Florence. You’ll see all the important stuff (from the outside) and get a real flavour of the city.

Morning

Explore Piazza del Duomo and Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

 It is an absolute must see if you are seeing Florence in a day 

     

   

      

One of the top places to visit in Florence in 1 day, the Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo and Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral | Photo by RossHelen for Getty Images

Visit San Giovanni’s Baptistery

    

Afternoon

Learn at Piazza del Duomo’s Museum

    

Cross the Ponte Vecchio

Top 10 Florence in one day itinerary includes the famous Ponte Vecchio
The magical Ponte Vecchio | Photo by taratata for Getty Images

Visit Pitti Palace

 

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The Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens | Photo by Giorgio Magine or Getty Images

Stroll the Boboli Gardens

   

Evening

Climb Giotto’s Bell Tower

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Explore the Palazzo Vecchio

    

The last place to see after Florence in a day walking is the Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio at dusk | Photo by alxpin for Getty Images

Take a Foodie Walking Tour

   the perfect end to your 24 hours in Florence.

Eat

Mercado Centrale at San Lorenzo Market

Marche de San Lorenzo 

The vibrant Mercado Centrale | Photo by Mercado Centrale

Osteria Enoteca Vecchio Cancello

  

Matto Matto

    

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