Traveling is the best way to relax and recharge your batteries but it is also a great manner to get closer to history, understand art and experience different cultures. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, offering an impressive number of great cities covered in history and filled with famous touristic attractions.
Florence is definitely one of the best Italian destinations, not only because of the amalgam of impressive touristic attractions, the creative spirit of the city or beautifully arranged streets, but also because of the interesting cuisine, and the overall relaxed feeling the city gives you.
Planning a 5 Day Trip to Florence
If you want to spend five unforgettable days in Florence, you should plan your vacation properly. The first step is to find great accommodation. If you plan to rent a car you can find great and less expensive rooms or apartments far away from the busy central area of Florence.
Day 1: Getting in Touch with Art
Florence is one of those amazing cities where you can not only see but also feel how the Renaissance influenced the city. Wandering around the beautifully arranged Florentine streets makes travelers feel like the spirits of their favorite artists are still alive. So, there is no better way to begin your first day in Florence than with exploring the art hidden in the famous galleries.
However, before you get down to business, you must properly wake up. Go to one of the inviting cafes in Piazza Della Repubblica where you can have a delicious cappuccino and get ready for a long day.
As soon as you feel refreshed you can begin exploring the city. Walk to Brunelleschi’s well-known Duomo and the medieval Baptistery, the oldest building in Florence. Make sure you keep quiet while being inside the Duomo!
In the same square, you will also find the famous elegant bell tower, the Campanile. If you are not afraid of heights, you should definitely climb the tower and enjoy the amazing view over the city!
As mentioned above, you cannot let the first day pass without admiring the masterpieces of the famous Italian artists. So, your next stop should be the Uffizi Gallery where your eyes will be amazed by the multitude of works of art displayed. And if you feel like you want more art, Galleria dell’Accademia is waiting for you with art objects signed by famous artists. However, the most important is Michelangelo’s statue of David. There are many people who come to Florence and visit the museums only to see David. That’s how impressive it is!
You can end your day with a delicious dinner in the well-known Piazza Della Signoria, followed by a relaxing walk under the moonlight!
Day 2: Exploring the City by Bike
As mentioned above, almost all famous touristic attractions are gathered in the historic center. However, there are some located far from this area and one of them is Piazzale Michelangelo, a charming square with an amazing panoramic view of the city. You can get here by bus, but the best way is to rent a bike. This way you can easily explore the rest of the Oltrarno district, as well. So, come to the lovely square, grab a cup of coffee and relax while admiring the city. Then, take your bike and go “street art hunting” in the charming Oltrarno.
There is beautiful street art in the whole city, but this district is the most famous for its beautifully painted walls. Thanks to the Florentine artists, as well as the foreign, famous ones who used their talent and decorated the streets of Florence, the city experience is undoubtedly enhanced.
End your day with a special dinner at La Bottega Del Buon Caffè, a charming place with a 5-star service and mouthwatering dishes.
Day 3: Have an Encounter with the Past
As an authentic Italian, begin your third day with a tasty Ristretto coffee and a biscotti. You will definitely feel ready for a new adventure after sipping the strong dose of caffeine, so go to the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, and, while crossing the famous bridge, admire the amazing view. This is definitely a great spot for a few pictures!
Your next stop should be the home of Cosimo I de Medici in the 16th century, Palazzo Pitti. Since the Medici family is one of the symbols of Florence you can’t leave the city without learning about their history. But you are still on vacation and you need to relax, so after you finish your history lesson, you can unwind in the gardens of Giardino di Boboli, located right behind the palace. If you want, you can have a picnic on the beautiful fields of green. Don’t think about a fancy meal! Just bring a delicious Panini and some local Chianti wine!
If the picnic is enough to keep you satisfied, you can continue with explore the city center at night. If you want to have a tasty dinner, go to Club Culinario Toscano da Osvaldo and indulge in some real Tuscan food! If you love meat, go for the locals’ favorite dish, Florentine steak.
Day 4: Enjoy a Trip to Siena
Since you have five days in Florence, you can use one of them in order to explore the beautiful surroundings of the city. You have a few interesting options for your day trips , and one of them is charming Siena.
The small city is located just 50 kilometers south of Florence and you can get there by train or by car. The journey is amazing, thanks to the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. And the lovely medieval city is so charming that you will instantly fall in love. Wandering around Siena is like exploring a fascinating museum. Start your trip in the spectacular Piazza il Campo, admire the Gothic architecture of the Duomo and climb the bell tower, known as Torre del Mangia.
And of course, choose one of the inviting coffee shops and relax, sipping an Italian coffee, or better, a delicious local wine.
Day 5: Shopping and an Unforgettable Culinary Experience
Since this is your last day, you should just relax and enjoy a shopping session in the open market of San Lorenzo. This is one of the biggest leather markets in the whole country and you will definitely find some amazing hand-made leather bags and belts here. These are great gift ideas, but you can also buy something for you! You can also pick up souvenirs for your near and dear ones.
And to properly end a great vacation, how about having an amazing lunch at Trattoria Mario, a small, authentic eatery with traditional food! This time, you should go for the pasta!
This is Florence in five days. Now, this itinerary gives you the chance to explore many aspects of the city. However, if you prefer to slow down, just follow your own place. The whole idea is to enjoy your vacation, even though you don’t see every painting of every gallery. Have a great trip!
Consider one day only to visit the whole complex of the Uffizi: it’ll take that time if you want to visit the whole museum. Another must-do is of course the Duomo and the Battistero. Also the Chapels in San Lorenzo are mandatory. I think this would take you another day.
You might want to have a visit around the city: take a day and walk around, there’s so much to see!
There’s also Palazzo Pitti which is worth half a day. It also has a beautiful garden which was the garden that belonged to the Medici family! The garden is called Boboli.
The other half-day you could go in Piazzale Michelangelo: there you’ll have a wonderful view of Florence.
Santa Croce is also worth visiting. It’s right in the middle of the city and you’ll be stunned. You know why “Stendhal Syndrome” is called like that? Have a look on google! ;)