If you are planning to visit Europe, Italy can offer you so much more than Italian cuisine and landscapes. While Tuscany is known for its picturesque landscapes and amazing artwork it is also a place where art and history come together.
Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany is the birthplace of the Renaissance and still has the vibe of the old times. One of the best things about Florence is that it has a unique combination of great landscapes, art and architecture which makes it looks romantic and magical in its own ways. The artistic and architectural heritage of Florence makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world and therefore a must visit destination when you are in Italy.
If you are not sure how to spend a week in Florence here is a 7-day itinerary for Florence, Italy.
Discover Florence in 7 Days
After your arrival in Florence, you can start your morning with a visit to the Piazza della Signoria. This is certainly the best place to be in when you are in Florence as Piazza Della Signoria has been associated with Florence history and culture since the 14th century. This L-shaped front still maintains its reputation as one of the important points in the city. Explore the architecture of Palazzo Vecchio which overlooks the square. You can also visit the museum of Palazzo Vecchio. You can then grab a lunch in the same area and post-lunch you can explore the Uffizi Gallery which Italy’s most visited museum. Here you can explore the masterpieces of the Renaissance era. You may begin the tour of the gallery with art collections by the Medici, The Battle of San Romano and artwork by Michelangelo, Titian and Leonardo da Vinci. Once done you can head for dinner and enjoy Florence by night.
Start your second day with a visit to the Piazza San Marco. Here you can explore the Accademia Gallery that hosts some of the best marble sculptures done by Michelangelo. The gallery welcomes the visitors with the Hall of the Colossus. You can also explore the Musical Instrument Museum, Hall of the Prisoners and Michelangelo’s David and the Slaves. You can also visit the San Marco Museum which is actually a 15th-century convent preserved in time. Here you can see the paintings and artworks of Fra’ Angelico. Take a lunch break and then head towards San Lorenzo. This place has a small private chapel decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli better known as the Chapel of the Magi. After exploring the chapels and churches in the area you can explore the area and San Lorenzo outdoor market behind Piazza San Lorenzo. Shop in the evening hours and then head for dinner and enjoy the evening out.
Located on the left bank of the Arno, Oltrarno area of Florence also has its share of beauty. Start your tour of the day with a visit to the Brancacci Chapel. Enjoy the frescoes here designed by Masolino de Panicale, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi. In Oltrarno you can also witness Florence’s largest architectural monuments like The Palazzo Pitti designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and built by his pupil Luca Fancelli in 1457. Explore the property and then head for lunch. Visit the Boboli Gardens after the lunch break and spend few hours in the garden. In the evening hours visit San Niccolo area and head to Piazzale Michelangelo to get the best view of Florence. Explore restaurants and trattorie in the San Niccolo area for dinner and enjoy the night time.
If you are in Florence you need to explore the Vasari Corridor and therefore you can start your day with Vasari Corridor guided tours. It is located on the southern end of the Palazzo Vecchio where it joins the Uffizi Gallery and continues along the Arno River until it crosses the Ponte Vecchio. A couple of hours of the tour will provide you with some breathtaking views of the river. Later you can explore the Palazzo Strozzi for its architecture and temporary exhibitions of fine art. Take a lunch break and return to visit the world’s oldest pharmacy. The Pharmacy and Perfumery of Santa Maria Novella is 700 years old and offers an insight into the world of pharmacy and perfumes in the past. Later explore Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and specimens at the Leonardo da Vinci Machines. Enjoy your dinner and enjoy Florence by night.
Start your day with a visit to Piazza Della Santissima which is a beautiful square and has three arcades. You can visit the Church here which derives the name from the square. There are several chapels around the altar. While you are here you can also explore Spedaledegli Innocents (Hospital of the Innocents) which is the oldest orphanage in Europe which dates back to 1445. Later you can visit Mercato Nuovo which is a historical architecture in Florence. You can also shop around in this area. Take a lunch break and head to Via De Tornabuoni and Ponte Santa Trinita. Here you will find some great architectural palaces and buildings. Explore the area until the evening hours and enjoy dinner at various restaurants and coffee shops here.
If you are in Florence you must visit Duomo Museum also known as The Museum of the Works of the Cathedral. This museum holds all the original works initially created for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Take a couple of hours to explore the artwork, sculpture and great architectural highlights here. Later you can explore Basilica Di Santa Maria Novella which is Florence’s first major basilica and primary Dominican church. Explore the artwork and the Gothic-Renaissance architecture of the building. Take a lunch break. Visit the Stibbert Museum that contains some of the best antiques collected by Frederick Stibbert. You can also explore Loggia Dei Lanzi which is now an open-air museum. This is a great place for art lovers and home to some of the best sculptures in Italy. Indulge yourself in a great cultural experience here and then head for dinner. Explore the city by the night.
If you loved the Boboli Gardens, you’ll love to start your day with a visit to Bardini Gardens. This 4-hectare large garden was fully restored in 2005 and is opened to the public. The garden has a villa called Villa Bardini, a rose garden, an English garden, a grotto, many fountains and an orchard. The villa is now converted into a restaurant and a shop. You may later visit Basilica Di Santa Croce and Pazzi Chapel which has the tomb of some of the most important personalities of Florence like Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and many others. It is the largest Franciscan Church in the world. Later visit Florence Baptistery also known as the Battistero di San Giovanni and explore its architecture. Take a lunch break and head to the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo which is dedicated to Ferragamo’s life and his love for shoes. The museum holds more than 1000 shoe models. Also, explore the Giottos Campanile which is a free-standing 85-meter high bell tower made from green, white and pink marble in Florentine Gothic architecture. In the evening shop around and explore Florence the way you prefer and enjoy your dinner at some of the local restaurants.
Hope this article helped you chalk out a week long Florence itinerary for your Italian adventures.