Florence, the city of art and UNESCO World Heritage Site, can easily be explored on foot. In this post we suggest what you should do in a 2-day Florence tour in order to enjoy its architectural beauty.

Day 1

The first day starts in the Plaza del Duomo, the heart of the city. It is chaired by the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, famous for its dome by Filippo Brunelleschi. I recommend you buy online tickets with the aim to have enough time to continue with our proposal to visit Florence in 2 days. This ticket will allow you to visit the Cathedral, the Campanile de Giotto, from which there are beautiful views of Florence, the Baptistery, with its famous Door of Paradise, the work of Lorenzo Ghiberti, the Museo dell’Opera and the archaeological site of Santa Reparata all within 72 hours. Remember that in order to climb the dome, it is essential to book your tickets in advance.

Then we take the Via dei Calzaiuoli until we reach Piazza della Signoria, where the Palazzo Vecchio, the Loggia dei Lanzi and a copy of Michelangelo’s sculpture, the David, are located. We continue to the Uffici Gallery, an important museum that houses Renaissance works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo. As said before, it is very important to buy tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

Afterwards, the tour takes you to Ponte Vecchio. It is the oldest bridge in the city, famous for its goldsmith shops. It crosses the Arno river and leads to Oltrarno, the craftsmen’s neighbourhood. Across the river we find the Palazzo Pitti, which currently houses four museums, the Boboli Gardens and the Santo Spirito Church, where we end the first day of the tour.

Day 2

The second day starts at the Church of Santa Maria Novella, famous for the frescoes of Ghirlandaio. Then we continue to Piazza San Lorenzo, where we find the Church of San Lorenzo, designed by Brunelleschi.

The “Florence in 2 days tour” continues with a visit to the Accademia Gallery, where it houses the original David by Michelangelo, whose copy we discovered yesterday in Piazza della Signoria. Once again, we recommend you to check out the tickets in advance to avoid the lines that form.

Then we suggest you visit the Church of Santa Croce, famous for the frescoes of Giotto and for housing the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo.

Today we also cross the Arno River, through the Ponte alle Grazie, to ascend to Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy the best views of the city, and possibly the most romantic skyline in the world.

And from there, going up the hill a little further, we reach the Church of San Miniato al Monte, in the Florentine Romanesque style, where we end our visit today with spectacular views of Florence.

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