The home of famous art, Florentine steak, leather, and Brunelleschi’s dome, Florence is one of the most popular Italian cities to visit, especially in the summer. With so much to see and even more to do, it is easy to get overwhelmed. But, have no fear! I guarantee that you cannot go wrong with adding these 10 locations to your itinerary.
1. The Uffizi
Located in the center of Florence, this museum is home to some of the most renowned pieces of art in history, ranging from work by Cimabue to Michelangelo to Fritz Koenig and more!
While admission is 20 euros, every single cent is worth it. I’d highly recommend getting there at 8am and taking turns with your travel buddies to get coffee at one of the bars around the corner while waiting in line.
2. Il Porcellino
Yes, there is an actual boar (in fountain form) in the city of Florence. Word on the street is that if you pet its snout, you will return to the city.
As an American who loves gelato, any gelato is good gelato in my book. This gelateria, however, I will dream about after I leave Florence. The flavors are rich, the gelato has a thick texture and smooth consistency, and the cones taste freshly made. If there’s any place to splurge on gelato, this is it. It’s also located right across the street from Il Porcellino, so you can easily knock those two spots off your list within minutes.
4. Piazzale Michelangelo
If you’re looking for a spot to watch the sunrise, sunset, or ~just~ view a panoramic view of the city, you must go here. Once you get over the seemingly endless flights of stairs, you’ll be rewarded with a wide open plaza with views of the city stretching for miles and miles ahead. A bucket-list item for SURE.
5. Palazzo Strozzi
I stumbled upon this location while walking down a street and seeing, what appeared to me to be, a slide in the center of a palace. Right now, the palace is exhibiting “the birth of a nation” and “the Florence experiment” — one based on art history and the other on the impact of human contact on bean plant growth. It is absolutely worth checking out what exhibits are going on in Palazzo Strozzi when you’re in Florence because you might just be happily surprised! You can get a family ticket for $30, if you’re with others (I paid $6 for both of exhibits). This is definitely a place to go to get away from the large crowds as you’ll find some air-conditioned rooms with cool exhibits! Extra bonus: there is a bar in the palace too!
6. Piazza della Signoria
Right next to the Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria is the home of the replica of the famous David in marble statue (the original one was replaced after it was damaged during a riot). Countless other statues line the piazza making it a hotspot for free and fun events, including concerts!
7. Perché no!
This is another good gelato spot! A bit pricey, but then again, they had gelato flavors I had never even heard of. Located right near Il Duomo, it’s a incredibly convenient location!
8. Il Francescano Trattoria
Authentic. Tuscan. Food. Do I need to say more? The ambiance is homey, comfortable, absolutely adorable, and perfect if you want some local bites. This trattoria is located across from the entrance to Basilica di Santa Croce, making it a great spot for travelers.
9. Space Club
Space Club is THE place for dancing, 2000s American hits, and an absolutely unforgettable night. I’d highly recommend this discoteca to any young person, or older person ready to get down with the kids, visiting Florence. Although I didn’t see them, I did hear that they have lasers on some nights!
10. La Ménagère
A #boujee eatery on a side road in the city with its very own florist inside. The food can be expensive but, I’d highly suggest stopping in here for a refreshing drink while you’re walking throughout the city. I’m sure you’ll pass it at some point as it’s in an absolutely stunning location.