Details at the Duomo in Florence Italy

A Perfect Day in Florence

Recently I got the chance to visit the beautiful city of Florence. We arrived mid afternoon on a Monday and left around the same time on the Tuesday which gave us roughly 24 hours in the city.

We stayed in Affittacamere Mannolini Hotel. This was perfectly located, only a 7 minute walk from the center of the city. It had a very comfortable room and a slightly overpriced optional breakfast!

The Duomo Cathedral in Florence, Italy

Once we arrived we headed out the door into the city. We walked towards the Duomo. The walk there was lovely with lots of street performers and street artists dotting the streets. We knew we were close as we saw a crowd of tourists, but nothing could prepare us for what was around the corner. The Duomo is not only huge but also so intricate, so detailed and so beautiful. My jaw hit the floor!! Any picture I had seen of this has done it zero justice and I’m sure my photos are the same.

Photo in front of the beautiful Duomo in Florence Italy

Details at the Duomo in Florence Italy

Next we went to Piazza della Republica and Piazza della Signoria. Both are lovely squares that are only a couple minutes walk apart. They both have loads of restaurants and cafes and markets along the way. We also stopped by the Basilica di Santa Croce which is another nice little church.

Piazza della Signoria in Florence Italy

Piazza della Signoria

Santa Croce Church in Florence, Italy

Santa Croce Church

I don’t think you can visit Florence and not go to a museum, so we went to two! First was the Galleria dell’Accademia. It cost 26 USD for a Skip the Line ticket. This is the home to the very famous David by Michelangelo. There were a lot of statues, some by Michelangelo, but mostly the gallery was filled with pre-Renaissance frescoes. Β Next was the Uffizi gallery. It was also 26 USD for a Skip the Line ticket. This houses the famous Birth of Venus by Botticelli. This gallery is huge and hosts tonnes of statues, paintings, frescoes, everything! We wandered around here for hours. The Renaissance style paintings are my favourites, especially of women, they’re captured so beautifully.

Michelangelo's David in Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy

Beautiful Renaissance style painting in Uffizi Gallery in Florence Italy

A few last tips. All galleries and museums are closed on Monday which is why we stayed til Tuesday afternoon. Keep that in mind when planning a trip. Also if you are in the market for some new leather goods maybe hold out and wait for your trip to Florence as they have amazing high quality leather goods in all the markets around Florence. Handbags, belts, shoes, jewellery etc.

Birth of Venus by Botticelli in Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Beautiful statues in Galleria dell'Academia in Florence, Italy

Honest Opinion – So honestly, I loved Florence. I loved it pretty much the minute we arrived. Looking out our hotel room at the terracotta rooftops, walking down the street seeing all the beautiful street artist works, the food, the atmosphere, the galleries and of course the Duomo. It was an amazing day we spent in Florence. Only thing I would maybe avoid if you’re not so interested is the Galleria dell’Accademia as it is quite small and David is the main attraction. So if you’re not fussed over seeing him maybe give it a skip and just visit Uffizi.

View of the terracotta rooftops in Florence Italy

So I hope you enjoyed this post and it was useful to you. Let me know if you’re planning a trip to Florence or if you have already been! If you’re interested I have a post up already about Rome and I have one coming on Venice soon. Check out my blog for other travel or fashion posts. And you can follow me on Bloglovin’ here. Thanks so much for reading.

A Perfect Day in Florence Italy

38 thoughts on “A Perfect Day in Florence

  1. alikerofthings says:

    I was in Italy last year and we visited Rome, Milan and the beautiful Lake Como (wrote about it too, if you are interested), but we couldn’t fit in Florence! I am so disappointed. The entire trip was a bit accidental and therefore we had no time to properly choose which cities to see.

    I suppose I will have to go back!

    Your photos are lovely.

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  2. Lutheranliar says:

    Lovely post, and wonderful photos. Interestingly, I went to Florence only because that’s where the David lives (!) My daughter had given me a book about Michelangelo, which said that he didn’t think he was doing anything very amazing with his sculptures — he was just “freeing the figures from the stone”. I couldn’t get over this, and just had to see for myself. But hey, I can see your point: if you aren’t a Michelangelo Nut, you’re definitely going to get more bang for your Florence buck going elsewhere. Just had to get my two cents’ in — and say again how much I enjoyed going back for a return Florence visit via your piece!

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  3. Lev Raphael says:

    Great photos! They started my morning off with a glow. My first time in Florence I was overwhelmed by the noise and crowds and it affected my enjoyment of the city. I did have a glimpse of a different Florence on the other side of the Arno, The Oltrano, which a friend who lived there said was much quieter and it really was when we met her for dinner. So when I was invited to an Edith Wharton conference to read from my book Rosedale in Love (I know, being an author is tough), I picked a hotel on that side. It was amazing. I did all my sight-seeing of museums and churches there and only ate at restaurants there. Nothing was ever crowded. I only crossed the river for conference-related events and it was like going from a retreat center to Times Square. My favorite hangout on The Oltrarno? Piazza Santo Spirito. Beautiful church and square, lots of good restaurants and great people watching. I spent five days and could have extended it to a week…..

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  4. Unbound Roots says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience and beautiful photos. I will be sure to refer back to your posts if I make it to Florence one day. πŸ™‚

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