48 Hours in Florence

Florence is  wonderful city chalk-full of cultural sights both past and present. There are so many exhibits, statues, and other works of art that you’re sure to keep busy. The top two works of art are of course the stunning, marble statue David by Renaissance master, Michelangelo and the magnificent Birth of Venus created by Botticelli.

Two days may not be enough time to see the entire city, but you can certainly accomplish quite a bit. We’ve done our best to create an itinerary for 48 hours in Florence.

Day One

Lines are everywhere in Italy! And Florence is no exception to the rule. That’s why you will definitely want to pre-reserve tickets to see David and the Birth of Venus.

Europeans love to walk, and Florence is a great walking city. Check out these sights by foot if you have time:

  • Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
  • Campanile and Baptistery
  • Via del Proconsolo (leather shops and museums)
  • Piazzale degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Piazza della Republica

Don’t forget to stop for gelato or maybe some lunch. There are many charming cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Day Two

If you go to bed early, try to visit the Frescos first thing in the morning. They are easier to see in the early daylight. Then check out some of these other great sights:

  • Franciscan Church at Santa Croce
  • The works of Masters at the Santa Maria Novella
  • Frescos of Museo San Marco
  • Pitti Palace
  • Baboli Gardens

If you decide to take a walking tour of Florence, instead of going at it alone, it may save you time and money. And it’s definitely a lot easier for you. Either way, you won’t be sorry you traveled to this amazing city.