Visiting Florence for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do
One of Italy’s most popular destinations, the Renaissance city of Florence has so much must-see art and architecture that it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do and how to do it. Here are our recommendations to help first-time visitors experience the best of the Tuscan capital.
Take a tour
By bus or Segway, the choice is yours.
Ideal for the first day of your trip, a hop-on hop-off tour provides an easy introduction to the city so you can get the lay of the land before exploring further on your own. If you prefer a guided experience, opt for a Segway tour for the ease of motorized transport and a local insider to tell you about Florence’s top sights.
Book skip-the-line tickets
For time-saving convenience.
The city’s major attractions, such as the Florence Cathedral (Duomo), the Uffizi Gallery, and the Accademia Gallery, draw large crowds and long lines, especially in the high summer season. Book skip-the-line admission ahead of time to the places you want to visit and spend your time sightseeing instead of queuing.
Climb to the top of the Duomo
And enjoy some of the city's best views.
A quintessential Florence experience, walking up the 463 steps to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi) provides a bird’s-eye view of the city from its heart. Not all visitors to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (aka the Duomo) make the long trip up—there is no elevator and it’s not recommended for travelers with certain health issues—but those who do are glad they did.
Learn to cook like an Italian
The way nonna used to make it.
Enjoy the view from Piazzale Michelangelo
A great place for Florence photos.
Visit wine country
For a boozy day trip.
More ways to explore Florence