The plan was to make this article a ‘Top five things to see in Florence Italy‘ but I failed simply because I got carried away, and could not un-convince myself that the next photo was not as important as the one before.
If you are visiting Florence for just a day my advice is to take all of it walking the city. While there are plenty of museums and opportunities to part with your money, Florence is an open-air museum and it’s completely free to walk around and is better than a museum. Walking around the town you can truly experience the magnificence of this city and imagine what it must have been like to live at the time of the Renaissance. It’s the same advice I would give for anyone thinking about a short-break in Venice – don’t get sucked into paid tourist experiences, the joy is already on display for free!
The Florence Baptistry
La Loggia dei Lanzi
The magnificence of the Pitti Palace
Porcellino will tell you if you are lucky, just place a coin in his mouth!
Go shopping for a Florentine leather bag!
Enjoy the view from the top of the Duomo
Marvel at the splendour of the Last Judgement
Visit the Tomb of the Florentine Shakespeare, Dante Aligherio.
The Basilica of Santa Croce
The view from Piazzale Michelangelo
That is a whistle-stop tour of some of Florence’s best things to see for free. As you can see it went a little bit further than a ‘top five things to see in Florence’, but I hope you enjoyed it none the less. UNESCO believes that one-third of all the worlds art can be found in Florence, and that is a simply staggering feat for a city with a population of a little over 350,00!
Take a holiday in Florence and see for yourself
We own a fabulous modern, clean and well-appointed apartment in Florence that has two separate bedroom areas. There is also a sofa bed that can sleep another two people if need be. It’s walking distance from everything shown on this page. The walk to the Duomo is 12-15 minutes from the apartment, and it’s a really nice walk too! Take a look at our apartment and get in touch if you would like to take a holiday in Florence, we’ll be happy to welcome you.