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Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Excursion from Florence to Pisa including the Leaning Tower Admission Ticket
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Excursion to Pisa from Florence through the Tuscan Countryside
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Excursion to Pisa from Florence through the Tuscan Countryside
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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa with Lunch & Wine tasting
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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa with Lunch & Wine tasting
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The Tuscan Jewels - Siena, Monteriggioni, S.Gimignano and Pisa
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Accademia Gallery skip the line  English monolingual Guided Visit - small group
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Accademia Gallery skip the line English monolingual Guided Visit - small group
Florence
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Chianti Authentic Experience afternoon Tour with two Wine Tastings and a charming Village
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Things to do in Florence
1. Make Time for the Uffizi Gallery

You have probably heard of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. It's one of the most famous art museums in the world. Completed in 1581, it houses some of the world’s most famous artworks, such as Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, da Vinci’s Adoration of the Magi and Titian’s Venus of Urbino. Many of the artworks used to be owned by the famous House of Medici and the museum is considered to hold some of the best examples of Italian Renaissance masterpieces in its wide collection. Be sure to book your tickets to the Uffizi in advance to avoid long lines if you want to make the most of your time.  

Things to do in Florence
2. Climb the Duomo's Dome

The view from the top of the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo, is breathtaking. If you appreciate engineering, it's a great opportunity to get up close to the dome of the cathedral to see the 15th-century structure. It’s not one for the faint-hearted — at 375.7 feet, the dome is the fifth highest in the world. Reaching the top is a bit of a workout, but it’s well worth the climb to see the incredible views from the iconic church for those with a curious spirit.  

Things to do in Florence
3. Explore the Oltrarno

The Oltrarno quarter of Florence, south of the Arno River, is less touristy and has a more local feel than much of the city. Oltrarno has many interesting things to see, including traditional shops, artisans and picturesque squares, such as the 16th-century Piazza della Santissima Annunziata. A wander through the Piazzale Michelangelo will give panoramic views of the whole of Florence. Oltrarno, which translates as: “the other side of the Arno,” is also full of its characteristic narrow streets, artisan shops, and delightful parks.  

Things to do in Florence
4. Take a Stroll Along the Arno River

If you're not including the Arno River in another tour, take some time out of your day and jump on the tram to a stop called Cascine. From here you can appreciate the river that has been Florence's lifeblood for more than 2,000 years. Those who live on the north side of the Arno have access to the city's most important religious and political buildings, as well as its squares and luxury shops. Located on the south bank of the Arno river you’ll find the Oltrarno neighborhood. On your walk, you can check out some of Florence’s famous bridges, such as the Ponte Santa Trinita. and the iconic Ponte Vecchio.  

Things to do in Florence
5. Visit the Palazzo Pitti

To the south of the Ponte Vecchio, you will find the Palazzo Pitti. This palace was the residence of several Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and now it's open to the public and houses several museums. These include the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, and Porcelain Museum, which are all situated within the palace itself. Palazzo Pitti was constructed in 1458 and was bought by the Medicis in 1549. The Grand Dukes gathered much of their wealth inside its walls and it is now the largest complex of museums in the city. Visiting the palace and its gardens is definitely worth your time, but you will need to be prepared to spend at least a couple of hours there.  

Things to do in Florence
6. Enjoy a Gelato

Did you even visit Florence if you didn’t sample the city's delicious gelato? Gelato — usually healthier than American ice cream — has been a staple of Italian desserts for almost 1,000 years. In Florence, you will find many artisanal gelaterias that use only the best ingredients for making the gelato we’ve all come to love. Hot tip — find the places where the locals queue for the most authentic experience.  

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7. E-Bike up to the Piazzale Michelangelo

If you want to rest up a bit, take an electric bike tour of Florence at night. You'll be able to take in the city's sights in the warm glow of street lights with ease. As you cruise along, you’ll tick off some of the sites you saw throughout the day, such as Arno bridge and Piazzale Michelangelo, but now you can see all of Florence's landmarks in their celestial glory.  

Things to do in Florence
8. Take a Day Trip to Nearby Cities

Florence is an excellent base for exploring the rest of Tuscany. Consider taking a day trip to nearby towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, or Pisa — home of the iconic Leaning Tower. These towns have their own unique charm and they are all worth visiting. You can rent a car, or Gray Line runs a great tour that'll pick you up and take you to each location, adding historical and cultural context to your trip along the way. Also, the guides know all the best snack locations!  

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9. Enjoy the Food and Learn How to Cook it

Tuscan food is some of Italy’s most delicious. If you are visiting Florence, you should not miss out on traditional Tuscan dishes such as pasta with wild boar sauce or ribollita. If you wish to maximize your culinary experience in Italy, you should take a cooking class where you can learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes from local experts in fantastic locations.  

Things to do in Florence
10. Skip the Lines

Florence is a very popular tourist destination and many of the major attractions have long lines, especially during peak season. To make the most of your time and to avoid long wait times, you should consider purchasing skip-the-line tickets for popular attractions, such as the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. This way, you'll be able to see more of the city and enjoy your visit to the fullest. Book in advance and you can worry less about waiting and make the most of your time in this beautiful city.  

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Accademia Gallery skip the line  English monolingual Guided Visit - small group
Museums
Accademia Gallery skip the line English monolingual Guided Visit - small group
Florence
1h30min
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Siena and Its Cathedral, S. Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa & typical Lunch with Wine tasting
Walking Tours
Siena and Its Cathedral, S. Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa & typical Lunch with Wine tasting
Florence
12 hours
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Chianti Authentic Experience afternoon Tour with two Wine Tastings and a charming Village
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Chianti Authentic Experience afternoon Tour with two Wine Tastings and a charming Village
Florence
6 hours approx
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The Tuscan Jewels - Siena, Monteriggioni, S.Gimignano and Pisa
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The Tuscan Jewels - Siena, Monteriggioni, S.Gimignano and Pisa
Florence
11 Hours
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Chianti Authentic Experience morning Tour: two Wineries, cellars Visit and Wine Tastings
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Excursion to Pisa from Florence through the Tuscan Countryside
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Excursion to Pisa from Florence through the Tuscan Countryside
Florence
Approx. 7 hours
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Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence
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Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence
Florence
12hr30
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Excursion from Florence to Pisa including the Leaning Tower Admission Ticket
Walking Tours
Excursion from Florence to Pisa including the Leaning Tower Admission Ticket
Florence
approx 7 Hours
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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa with Lunch & Wine tasting
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Highlights of Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti and Pisa with Lunch & Wine tasting
Florence
12 hours

Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Lunch
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Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Lunch
Florence
11 Hours
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