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Florence in 1 day !


Florence in 1  day

Florence is so full of artistic beauties, that it is hard, if not impossible, to see so much in just one day. However, the following itinerary is a suggestion on how to take the best out of a single day tour, to make your visit an unforgettable experience. 


1° One day tour, option 1 : the museums


Recommended visits


Tour: from the train station go southward for just a few meters until you reach Piazza Unità d’Italia (here stands an obelisk). Take via del Melarancio. From here you get to piazza San Lorenzo, with the Church of San Lorenzo (the façade is uncompleted) and the Medici Chapels. Take the street opposite the church to access via Martelli. On the left corner stands the Medici Riccardi Palace. The church on the right is  San Giovannino degli Scolopi. Turn on the left and head north until you get to Piazza San Marco, with the homonymous church, the monastery (with paintings by Beato Angelico) and the ancient library.
Cross the square keeping the church on your left, then take via Ricasoli , direction south. On the left you find the entrance of the Academy. Here is kept the original statue of David by Michelangelo as well as other sculptures by Michelangelo, the so called Prisons.


Your visit proceeds onward in via Ricasoli, in north direction. Take the first street on the right into via Battistini until the square of the Santissima Anunziata. On the left you can admire the church of Santissima Annunziata. Opposite the church stands the arcade of the old orphanage Ospedale degli Innocenti, built upon a project by Brunelleschi and with decorations by Andrea della Robbia. Leave the hospital on your left and proceed onward into via dei Servi. 


The backside of the Cathedral will appear in front of you. Circumnavigate the Cathedral anticlockwise until you meet the Battistero. Always with the Cathedral on your right and the Battistero on your left, take the street in front of you (you can also circumnavigate the Cathedral in clockwise direction). You are now in via Calzaiouli.  On the right corner lies the Loggia della Misericordia. Follow via dei Calzaiuoli toward Piazza della Signoria, where the view opens on the magnificent  Palazzo Vecchio.


Left of the Palace stands the beautiful Fontana del Nettuno, a fountain which the Florentines call the "Biancone". Right of the Palace lies the Loggia dei Lanzi (also called Loggia d'Orcagna). Between Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia is the Uffizi Gallery.

Important information on the Uffizi Gallery  

  • Normally there are long queues awaiting outside the museum, especially during the high season and on peak days (Christmas and  Easter holidays), therefore we recommend to book in advance.
  • From the Uffizi Gallery it is possible to reach the Vasari Corridor. The corridor was built by the Medici family as a hidden passage in case of sudden escape and to avoid any contact with the crowds on the way between the Palace and the Uffizi (where once was the parliament). Now the corridor is an art gallery, admired for the stunning view of Ponte Vecchio. Advanced booking is strictly required.  

After the visit take some time to walk through the Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is the only one that survived  the air raids of the second World War, and it is full of artisan shops, especially goldsmiths, the remainder of the traditional workshops of the XVI century.   


Cross Ponte Vecchio until Palazzo Pitti. If you still have some time left, you may want to visit the Boboli Gardens, for a moment of relax.

 

1 day tour, option 2:  the city in one blink of an eye


Tour: from the train station go southward for just a few meters until you reach Piazza Unità d’Italia (here stands an obelisk). Take via del Melarancio. From here you get to piazza San Lorenzo, with the Church of San Lorenzo (the façade is uncompleted) and the Medici Chapels. Take the street opposite the church to access via Martelli. On the left corner stands the Medici Riccardi Palace.


The church on the right is  San Giovannino degli Scolopi. Turn on the left and head north until you get to Piazza San Marco, with the homonymous church, the monastery (with paintings by Beato Angelico) and the ancient library.


Cross the square keeping the church on your left, then take via Ricasoli, direction south. On the left you find the entrance of the Academy. Here is kept the original statue of David by Michelangelo as well as other sculptures by Michelangelo, the so called Prisons.


Your visit proceeds onward in via Ricasoli, in north direction. Take the first street on the right into via Battistini until the square of the Santissima Anunziata. On the left you can admire the church of Santissima Annunziata. Opposite the church stands the arcade of the old orphanage Ospedale degli Innocenti, built upon a project by Brunelleschi and with decorations by Andrea della Robbia. Leave the hospital on your left and proceed onward into via dei Servi. 


The backside of the Cathedral will appear in front of you. Circumnavigate the Cathedral anticlockwise until you meet the Battistero. Always with the Cathedral on your right and the Battistero on your left, take the street in front of you (you can also circumnavigate the Cathedral in clockwise direction). You are now in via Calzaiuoli.  On the right corner lies the Loggia della Misericordia. Follow via dei Calzaiuoli toward Piazza della Signoria, where the view opens on the magnificent  Palazzo Vecchio. Left of the Palace stands the beautiful Fontana del Nettuno, a fountain which the Florentines call the "Biancone". Right of the Palace lies the Loggia dei Lanzi (also called Loggia d'Orcagna). Between Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia is the Uffizi Gallery.


Walk through the Gallery until you reach the river Arno, crossed by Ponte Vecchio. On the opposite side of the river stands Palazzo Pitti. From here you must go back to the bridge and then straight down Via Por Santa Maria. Halfway of the street lies the Porcellino Market. Turn right and reach Piazza della Signoria. Take the street between Palazzo Vecchio and the Neptune Fountain.  Go straight ahead onto Borgo dei Greci until Piazza Santa Croce. On this large square stands the church of  Santa Croce , where monumental tombs and sepulchres of illustrious persons are kept.  


* All itineraries start from Santa Maria Novella train station.


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