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3 Days in Florence

By Viator, August 2018

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Florence isn’t just the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance: this UNESCO-listed city is also the capital of Tuscany, surrounded by the region’s beautiful countryside. With three days to explore, here’s how to enjoy Florence’s artistic and architectural masterpieces and also take a day trip beyond the city limits to the Tuscan hills. 

Day 1: Marvelous Marble
One of Florence’s most iconic works of art is Michelangelo’s David, an image that graces everything from T-shirts to calendars at souvenir shops throughout the city. Savor this soaring statue with an early access tour first thing in the morning, taking in the beauty of the work before the crowds arrive. Afterward, continue on to discover Florence’s other famous marble masterpiece: the Duomo. Opt for a tour with skip-the-line access to the complex, or you will spend precious hours waiting to enter the church, baptistery, bell tower, dome, and museum. Once you’ve explored two of the city’s most important cultural treasures, take the rest of the day to get to know its Renaissance center. Hop-on hop-off tours are a convenient way to get a feel for the city, or guided Florence walking, bike, or Vespa scooter tours generally include highlights like Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

Day 2: Culture and Cuisine
The Uffizi is one of the most popular museums in Italy and attracts millions of visitors each year. The best way to enjoy important works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo—without being overwhelmed by the size of the collection and the crowds—is to opt for a guided tour that includes early entry before the galleries open to the general public. After you’ve had your fill of art, it’s time for gastronomic delights. Florence is known for its excellent cuisine, and you can sample some of its best food and wine on a gourmet tour of the city or by joining a cooking class. Food and wine tours often stop at the city’s outdoor markets, street food stands, restaurants, wine bars; during a cooking class, you can delve even deeper and discover the secret to preparing Florentine dishes before sitting down to enjoy them during an informal meal.

Day 3: Head for the Hills
For much of the year, Florence is packed with tourists drawn by the importance of its art and beauty of its center. For a respite from the crowds, take a day to explore the quiet countryside or smaller towns in the surrounding region of Tuscany. Popular Tuscan towns include elegant Pisa, medieval Siena, and charming San Gimignano; if you’d like to relax on the coast, opt for a day trip to the five fishing villages of the Cinque Terre in the neighboring region of Liguria. Another popular option is to explore the rolling hills of Chianti: Tuscan wine and food tours are perfect for foodies, or the more adventurous can choose to explore the countryside on a horseback ride, by vintage Fiat 500, or by joining a bike tour. For a truly unforgettable view of Tuscany, take a hot air balloon ride over its postcard-perfect landscape.

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Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence, Florence, null
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Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

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Treat your taste buds on a full-day Chianti wine and food tour from Florence and sample some of Tuscany’s finest wine, cheese, meat, chocolate and more! With a ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.45
Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence, Florence, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

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Spend an unforgettable day discovering the breathtaking Cinque Terre region on this must-do tour from Florence, with transport between villages included. ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch, Florence, Day Trips
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch

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There’s more to Tuscany than Florence. Leave the city behind and discover three other enchanting Tuscan destinations on this day trip to Siena, San Gimignano ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Florence, Day Trips
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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There is no better way to see Florence than on this hop-on and hop-off double-decker bus. Stops along the tour route include the Cathedral, Santa Croce, San ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket, Florence, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery plus free time inside the museum to continue your visit when the guide has finished. Since the tour starts ...  Read more

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Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Florence Duomo Sky Walk: Exclusive Entrance to Cathedral Terraces, Florence, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Florence Duomo Sky Walk: Exclusive Entrance to Cathedral Terraces

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Discover Florence Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral) and see the city from an exclusive and breathtaking point of view: the Duomo terraces and ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine, Florence, ... 
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Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

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Step back to 1960s Italy as you drive an eye-catching vintage Fiat 500 car through Tuscany! Following a guide out of Florence, drive into the lush Tuscan ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence with Breakfast, Florence, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence with Breakfast

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Get up close to Michelangelo’s ‘David’ on this Viator Exclusive with early access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Be among the first of the day to see ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.76
Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour, Florence, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

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Discover the gourmet delights of Florence on a 3.5-hour small-group walking tour! Follow your expert guide through the city and eat and drink like the locals. ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight, Florence, Food Tours
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Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight

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See for miles over the beautiful Tuscan countryside on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight, taking place from the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Soaring ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.08

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