24 hours in Florence
One day in the Tuscany's most famous city is not enough to see all the wonderful places Florence has to offer, but it is enough for a quick visit to visit the best spots of the city. We prepared for you a list of the places that you can't miss, even if you can't get inside all of them in only 24 hours.
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo is the fulcrum of Florence. The Piazza hosts the Florence Duomo complex, all of them connected to the city's main Cathedral named Santa Maria del Fiore, simply known as the Duomo.
The entire complex include:
- The Baptistery: famous for its bronze doors, also known as the "Gates of Paradise", made by Ghiberti in 1400's. The original doors can be seen in the Opera del Duomo Museum, while the Baptistery ones are replicas.
- The Cathedral: A wonderful mix of Gothic building style and Romanesque decorations; the Cathedral is famous for its interiors, that include a decorated marble floor and a liturgical clock.
- The Dome: As today it is the largest existing masonry dome, with a height of 91 meters. You will need about 460 steps to arrive until the top, but the final stunning view pay all the efforts.
- Giotto's Bell Tower: Designed and started by Giotto in the 14th century, it is one of the best spots of Florence. The Tower is decorated with white, green and pink marble (used also in the Cathedral) and has three floors adorned with reliefs and sculptures by the best Renaissance sculptors, such as Pisano and Donatello.
- Opera del Duomo Museum: The original building where Michelangelo sculpted his famous David. This Museum, dedicated to the Cathedral, hosts also Lorenzo Ghiberti original "Gates of Paradise", other than the "Pietà Bandini" by Michelangelo and other works by Donatello, Pisano and Luca Della Robbia.
- Crypt of Santa Reparata: The Crypt is the original site where the first Cathedral of Florence was built, before the construction of the Santa Maria del Fiore new Cathedral on the top of the previous spot. Archeological works done around 1960-1970 years have made the Crypt open for visits.
The visit to all this buildings can take too much time if you have only 24 hours to spend in Florence, so we recommend you to absolutely not miss the Baptistery.
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria has been the political center of Florence since the Medieval times. The square is an open air museum, with the original structure and buildings commissioned by the Guelphs at the end of the 13th century as attempt to regaining control of the city.
The Piazza hosts a lot of iconic buildings including:
- Palazzo Vecchio: main symbol of civil power for the city of Florence, it was the official residence of the Medici Dynasty, until Cosimo I relocated his court to the Pitti Palace.
- Loggia dei Lanzi: an open-air sculpture gallery, located just in front of Palazzo Vecchio, where you will be able to admire works by the best Renaissance period artists.
- Tower of Arnolfo: the tower of Palazzo Vecchio, named in honor of Arnolfo di Cambio, its designer and architect. With its 95 meter of height, it offer a spectacular view of the entire city; if you don’t have climbed the Dome before, this is your second chance.
The "Old Bridge" was built in 1345 to replace a bridge spared during World War II. It allows to cross the Arno and go from the historic center to the less touristy Oltrarno neighborhood. Once crossed the Arno there will be different view stops, where you will be able to make wonderful photos to the best Italy's bridge.
This is a 24 hour best to see in Florence, but obviously if you can remain more days you will be able to see all the city has to offer, not explained in this article. We realized also a 48 hours itinerary if you are able to stay one day more, you can find it here.
Our agency can also organize for you personalized trips, based on your specific needs, letting you focus only on enjoy the vacation. We are specialized in Tuscan territory, being able to advise you the best itineraries and locations to visit.