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Florence is not only the capital of the region in beautiful Tuscany, but also offers many exciting undertakings and activities for culture lovers and pleasure seekers. Museum visits, day trips to the surrounding countryside, bike tours and of course city tours are just a small selection of the options for your stay in Florence.
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

8 Activities for your stay in Florence

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Uffizi Gallery in Florence | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Spend a day in the museum

In Florence, you should not miss the opportunity to visit two of the most important museums for ancient, Renaissance and Baroque art: the Galleria degli Uffizi with works by Botticelli, Raphael and Caravaggio and the Galleria dell' Accademia with Michelangelo's David. Other art museums in Florence can also be found in the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palazzo Pitti. Galileo Galilei has his own museum dedicated to science and history at the Museo Galileo. The Museo Leonardo da Vinci offers hands-on reproductions of Da Vinci's inventions.
Street in Florence with the cathedral in the background | Unsplash: Heidi Kaden

Stroll through the medieval center of the city

The most beautiful streets of Florence are located near the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio - the Borgo degli Albizzi and Via dei Calzaiuoli between the Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria. If you want to know more about the history of the buildings lining these boulevards, you should book a city tour in advance. This way you can be sure to get a fair and high quality offer.
Wine tasting in Tuscany | Unsplash

Tuscan delicacies & wines tasting

It hardly needs any further words: Italian cuisine is among the best the country has to offer. On tours to the wine-growing areas of Tuscany, various grape varieties such as Chianti or Montepulciano can be tasted. All those who would like to learn a few tricks for the kitchen at home are well served with cooking workshops and courses in Florence.
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Fresco in the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Climb the dome of the cathedral

Climbing under the dome designed by Brunelleschi is one of the best things to do in Florence and a real feast for those interested in art history. The rest of the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Crypt also make the visit a highlight, as does a visit to the associated Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
A rather decorative bicycle in Florence | Unsplash: Tomas Yates

Explore Florence on two wheels

Through the picturesque city center of Florence, a bike tour is the right venture to explore the old town just peppered with palaces and monuments. Organized bike tours are also offered as one-day or multi-day activities in the surrounding Tuscany. Those who prefer to travel at their own pace can rent a bike from a bike rental company.
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Day trip to Tuscany | Pixabay: Dagny Walter

Take a day trip to Tuscany

Not only Florence is worth seeing, also the other important Tuscan cities like Pisa or Siena are more than worth a trip. Somewhat quieter is the picturesque Cinque Terre or San Gimignano, which are also within a suitable distance for day trips from Florence.
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Boboli-Garden | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Walk through the Boboli Garden

In the 16th century the Boboli Garden, just behind the Palazzo Pitti was laid out, comprising an impressive range of sculptures, fountains and small temples. Some of the artworks and grottoes in the famous garden were designed by important artists of the time, such as Giambologna and Buontalenti. The Giardino di Boboli is not only an impressive sight in Florence, but also the ideal place for a walk or a picnic.
Ponte Vecchio at night | Pixabay: Tommaso Morini

Experience the lights of Florence at night

The Piazza della Repubblica and other important places in Florence shine in bright light after dark and people stroll, eat and drink. Travel companies also offer night tours or segway tours, which provide an interesting further perspective on the city.
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City history as a family activity in Florence | Pixabay: Norbert Oriskó

Family activities in Florence

Fun and knowledge are combined in various offers for families with children - so culture and history are not dry hobbies for adults, but an opportunity to have a good time together as a family on a city vacation.Many of the attractions and museums in Florence offer tours and programs specially tailored for children. As a family activity in the Tuscan capital, tours similar to a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt are also suitable, where together they have to solve puzzles in the medieval city.
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Basilica di San Lorenzo | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Florence Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

See the most important sights of the city on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and save money with combination tickets.Available for 24 or 48 hours, Tickets for Hop-On Hop-Off Buses in Florence allow you to get an overview of the city's most interesting attractions before visiting your favorites individually. For the entrance to popular places such as the Duomo or the Uffizi Gallery, combined tickets are also available!
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Statues by Michelangelo in the Medici Chapels | Flickr: Brendan Campbell CC-BY-SA 2.0

Medici Chapels

The once powerful noble family of the Medici created an impressive monument for themselves with the burial chapels that are part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo complex, which is one of the best attractions in the Tuscan capital. The outstanding sights here are the New Sacristy by Michelangelo and the Prince's Chapel, where some of the (Grand) Dukes of Florence are buried.
Giardino di Boboli in Florence | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Boboli Gardens

Not only for those interested in art history, the Boboli Garden in Florence is definitely one of the must-see attractions: the opulent planting of the stately garden is a great backdrop for an extended walk or a relaxed picnic. Tickets and guided tours through the Boboli Garden are often offered in combination with admission to the adjacent Palazzo Pitti.
Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti | Flickr: Dimitris Kamaras CC-BY 2.0

Palazzo Pitti

The different museums in the Palazzo Pitti cover various periods of Italian art: While the Galleria Palatina shows the Medici painting collection, the focus of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna is on works from Classicism and Neoclassicism. The porcelain, silver, and carriage museums are other interesting
museums worth visiting in the Palazzo Pitti.
Michelangelo's David | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Accademia di Belle Arti / Galleria dell'Accademia

Europe's first historical art academy houses Michelangelo's famous sculpture of David to this day - one of the must-see attractions in Florence. Tickets for the exhibition should be booked in advance to be able to visit the gallery without queuing, as it is one of the tourist magnets in Florence.
Archaeological National Museum of Florence | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Archaeological National Museum of Florence

In the Archaeological National Museum of Florence, excavation pieces from the ancient Egyptians, Etruscans, and Romans can be found: stelae and coffins, statues, and artifacts. The museum has existed in this form since the 19th century and is based on the even older private collections of the Medici and Lorraine.
Palazzo Vecchio | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Palazzo Vecchio

The former city parliament of Florence is an absolute highlight among the city's sights. The richly decorated and - to put it mildly - spacious Sala dei Cinquecento was the place where political decisions were made. For the Palazzo Vecchio, there are ordinary tickets as well as guided tours led by competent guides available to purchase online.
Museo Galileo | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Museo Galileo

Dedicated to the great explorer Galileo Galilei, the museum named after him, the Museum of the History of Science, mainly displays old tools and instruments from astronomy, medicine, and mathematics.
Palazzo del Bargello

Palazzo del Bargello

Today, the Palazzo del Bargello houses an art museum, the Museo nazionale del Bargello. In earlier times, the building was used as the seat of the police, a barracks, and a prison. The city palace dates back to the 13th century and appears relatively inconspicuous on the outside, but it has magnificent interiors.
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Cathedral of Florence | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Cathedral of Florence

The complex of the Cathedral of Florence includes not only the large church, also known as the Cathedral, with the famous dome designed by Brunelleschi but also the Baptistery of St. John and the Cathedral Museum. You can buy tickets for the visit of the Duomo in advance online to get admission without queuing.
Botticelli's Venus in the Uffizi | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Uffizi Gallery

The Galleria degli Uffizi is the second most important museum in Florence, featuring art from antiquity to the Baroque period. With works by Da Vinci, Raphael, and Caravaggio, it ranks among the absolute best in the world in this field. A visit to the Uffizi, one of Florence's most popular attractions, should be planned in advance due to high visitor numbers. Tickets can be found online on various platforms:
Basilica Santa Croce | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica of Santa Croce, renovated in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style, is the largest Franciscan church in the world. Some of the most famous historical Italians, including Galileo Galilei, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Michelangelo, are buried here. The church's 16 chapels are adorned with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. Another highlight is the Scuola del Cuoio in the former dormitory of the monastery, where leather goods are now crafted and sold.
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Ponte Vecchio | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval stone bridge, on which today you can find the shops of jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir shops. In the past, it also housed the sale of butchers, tanners, and farmers. In conclusion, the bridge is considered one of the must-see attractions in Florence.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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