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How Many Days In Florence Should You Plan For? Get Your 1 to 7 Days Itinerary



Quick Answer: There’s no magic number when it comes to how many days to spend in Florence. It all depends on several factors we’ll discuss below. 

In this article, I will help you reflect on how many days you should spend in Florence. Whether you are having trouble deciding, or need help confirming your decision, here you will find useful information and considerations that will make your decision much easier.

Along the way, you will also pick up helpful tips that will make your Firenze trip more pleasant.

How Many Days In Florence – How To Decide

The number of days you may want to spend in Florence varies from person to person. Here are five questions that will help you decide:

  1. Is this your first time visiting Florence?
  2. Do you plan to return?
  3. What type of holiday are you after – a foodie holiday, a sightseeing one..?
  4. Do you like museums and gardens?
  5. Is there anything specific you’d like to see?

How many days in Florence is enough

Your first visit usually demands a longer stay, especially if you are coming from far away and you are not sure whether you will return.

Those who have already visited, and seen many of the attractions, might prefer focusing on discovering great food in the city and wandering through the streets. In that case, 2 to 3 days would be enough.

If you are someone who is set to visit all the most important museums in this historic Italian city, a week is necessary but might not be enough. Florence has an incredibly high number of attractions.

If, on the other hand, you already know what attractions you’d like to visit, you can fit them in based on opening days and times and calculate how many days you’ll need in Florence that way.

Day Trip to Florence With Itinerary

Many come to Florence on a day trip from Rome, Venice, or Milan. 

If that’s you, I get the fact that you might be feeling overwhelmed. How can you possibly fit all the best attractions and food in one day? Well, you can’t but that’s ok.

I think we have forgotten the real reasons why we travel – to take a break, to discover new places, to change things up, to have fun, and to enjoy quality time with our loved ones.

So focus on that rather than trying to fit everything in one day, 2 days, or however many days you have in Florence or any other destination.

Once you reframe your mind and lower your expectations, you are set to have a memorable half-day or full-day trip in this city.

If you want to be extra laid back and let someone else plan your Day Trip To Florence, here’s an itinerary you can take and use. Enjoy.

Florence Day Trip Itinerary

8 am/9 am: Get to Florence as early as you can.

8:30/9.30 am: Breakfast in Historic Caffè Gilli 

PS: You can walk there from the station, it only takes 15 minutes. Otherwise, grab a taxi or a bus (tickets for the bus can be bought from a Tobacco shop inside the train station).

For more breakfast places, you can read this article – Best Breakfast in Florence.

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Basilica di Santa Maria Novella Florence

10:30/11:00 am: Visit These Free Attractions Nearby

  1. Piazza della Repubblica
  2. Piazza della Signoria (here you can see the replica of the Michelangelo Statue)
  3. Florence Duomo and its surroundings
  4. Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

These attractions should take you 30 minutes to an hour depending on how long you stop in each place (the walking time is just over 20 minutes).

Noon: Visit One Museum 

For this one, you will need to book your tickets online and collect them in person.

Which Museum To Pick?

Here are my top 3 suggestions:
– Uffizi Gallery
– Accademia Gallery
– Palazzo Vecchio

If you don’t mind walking a little or taking a bus or taxi, you might also consider Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens. This one will require the longest and it’s not ideal if visiting on a hot day, since Noon will be very hot.

3 pm: Ponte Vecchio & Gelato

Pick up a delicious gelato and walk along the Ponte Vecchio. Alternatively, you can take a break and stand while you enjoy your gelato and admire the views.

My top pick for gelato: Gelateria Della Passera (only 3 minute’s walk to Ponte Vecchio)

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Wonder through Florence streets or enjoy some shopping around the Rinascente (5 mins walk from Ponte Vecchio)

4:30 pm: Early aperitivo at the Rinascente Rooftop Bar (head early as you might need to wait in line)

6:00 pm: Early dinner before you catch the train back (if you are taking a late train). Choose between these 2 Hidden Gems Restaurants in Florence.

Or head to the station to take your train back.

1 Day in Florence (& One Night)

For those spending one night in Florence, I suggest the same itinerary above. 

The only difference is that you can take your evening at a more relaxed pace. 

Consider a walk along the Arno River at night, and maybe a second gelato. If you do, I suggest this gelateria nearby – La Carraia and the Marmo di Carraia flavor ( gusto in Italian).

The next morning, don’t forget to enjoy a second breakfast in Florence if you have the time.

2 Days in Florence

Spending two full days in Florence? Here’s a great itinerary for you.

Day 1: Copy the Day Trip Itinerary (scroll up)

Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens in Florence
Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens

Day 2 in Florence

8.00/ 8.30 am: Breakfast at Ditta Artiginale & Hario Cafè (located in an old monastery)

9 am: Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens

Notes & Tips:
Allow 3 hours here

You can use the Uffizi combined ticket (PassePartout, valid for 5 days) or just a Palazzo Pitti + Boboli Gardens Ticket.

If you plan to take my suggested first-day itinerary, you can visit the Uffizi Gallery on day 1 with your PassePartout ticket, and then use that same ticket for Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens the next day.

PS: Just keep in mind that both are closed on Monday.

Noon/1 pm: Consider an early Aperitivo at La Loggia Rooftop Bar (opens at 1:00 pm)

Or else you can have an early lunch at Il Borro Restaurant, on the Ponte Vecchio.

Certaldo day trip from Florence
Certaldo Town in Tuscany

3 pm: Trip to Certaldo

If you fancy getting outside Florence but don’t have the time for Siena, Montepulciano, or Lucca, Certaldo is ideal. The train journey takes less than an hour and you can explore Certaldo Alto in under 2 hours. 

Certaldo is a quiet town with spectacular countryside views and very traditional Tuscan homes. If you are lucky, you might even find a restaurant open and sit down for a drink with those views.

PS: There’s not much to see in Certaldo basso, other than the cable car that gets you to the highest part of the town.

6 pm: Return to Firenze

6:30/7:00 pm: Dinner at a Pizzeria – Read this article to choose one – Best Pizza in Florence.

3 Days in Florence Itinerary

Let’s say you are spending the full weekend in Florence, Friday to Sunday, here’s how to plan a memorable one.

Day 1: Use my Day Trip in Florence itinerary

Day 2: Use my 2 Days In Florence second-day itinerary

Lucca Piazza Anfiteatro

Day 3 in Florence

Option 1: Day Trip to Lucca

You can spend the entire day here, or just half.

Another great day trip option is Siena. For more suggestions refer to my Florence to Tuscany article.

Option 2: More sightseeing in Florence

On this third day, you can visit other museums like the Accademia Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio.

9 am: Breakfast

10 am: Palazzo Vecchio (buy tickets in advance here)

Noon: Lunch at Osteria Cipolla Rossa

2.00 pm: Accademia Gallery (buy tickets in advance here)

4.00 pm: Gelato & Shopping

Good nearby gelaterias are Venchi and Badiani, or you can head again to my favorite two – Gelateria Della Passera and La Carraia.

The best shopping streets in Rome are said to be Via Roma and Via Dei Calzuaioli.

If you want to get a feeling for a residential area that’s also a favorite for shopping among the locals, head to Via Vincenzo Gioberti. However, be prepared to walk or take a bus or taxi. It takes about 40 minutes from the Duomo.

Florence Proposal
This 3-day itinerary makes a great one to propose. You’ll just need to insert your proposal location in one of those days.

Proposal Locations in Florence

Here are two suggestions on where to propose:

  1. Ponte Vecchio at Night, maybe after dinner at Il Borro Restaurant (I suggest the middle part between the jewelry stores, where you can take in the views of the city and the Arno River).
  2. A rooftop bar – I don’t suggest the Rinascente because it’s too busy and a little too casual. Instead, consider these two: La Loggia Rooftop Bar or La Terrazza.

4 Days in Florence

I share my exact 4-day Florence Itinerary in a separate article. Read it here.

5 Days in Florence

If you, like me, had an extra day in Florence or even just an extra morning, I suggest you visit Lucca on one of those days. You can get my full Lucca itinerary here.

Full Week in Florence Itinerary

If you are spending a full week in Florence, it means you have an extra 2 days to explore the city or venture out into the Tuscan countryside.

Day 6: Spend a Day or Two in Chianti

If you’d like to tour a vineyard or do some wine tasting, I suggest many great wine lover activities in this article.

After your wine tour, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful town of Greve. Take a stop in Piazza Giacomo Matteotti and at the Basilica of Santa Croce. Aside from those, I suggest you get lost in the charming streets.

If you choose to spend the night, consider these two hotels:

  1. La Rimbecca Greve in Chianti
    More budget-friendly than my second suggestion, it offers great poolside views and the breakfast looks spectacular.
  2. Borgo Del Cabreo
    If you choose to stay in this luxurious countryside farmhouse, you’ll be close to a wonderful town called Montefioralle (40 minutes walk or 10 minutes drive). Make sure to explore it after breakfast.

Day 7 In Florence

9 am: Piazzale Michelangelo

9.30 am: Giardino Delle Rose

Walk to Florence Duomo

11.00 am: Brunch at Antico Vinaio

Enjoy a focaccia sandwich of dreams on the corner of the streets. I promise you won’t mind the location as you will be lost in eating that divine thing.

Noon: Leonardo Interactive Museum

2.00 pm: One final museum or two in Florence

Choose between the Bargello National Museum (tickets here), the Cappelle Medicee (tickets here), or the Opera del Duomo Museum (tickets here).

Whichever you choose, I suggest booking the tickets in advance.

PS: If you want to visit the first two, you can buy a combined ticket for €21. That option is available in the links above.

4.00 pm: One final gelato in Florence

Revisit your favorite gelateria of the trip and enjoy an extra scoop.

7 pm: Final Dinner in Firenze

If you still haven’t left the city, head to your favorite dinner spot of the week but try at least one new dish.

How Many Days Do You Need In Florence And Tuscany?

I am sure you know that Florence is in Tuscany. Florence is the capital and Tuscany is the region. 

You might have also heard about the beauty that the other Tuscan cities and smaller countryside towns have to offer.

If you’ve been dreaming of getting outside Florence but don’t know how to make it work, here are a few tips.

  1. Plan ahead and make time for half-day or full-day trips. Fit those days into your Florence schedule.
  1. You don’t need to see all Florence museums to truly experience the magic and richness of this city. Pick the most iconic ones, or the ones that tickle your fancy, and leave the others for another time. That will give you the chance to get outside the city.
  1. Pick a Tuscan city or town that’s reachable by train, if you don’t plan on renting a car. Also, make sure you plan the order of your stay in a way that reduces travel.

Pro Tip: If you are flying out from Florence, you should head straight to your Tuscany base first, and then spend your last few days in the city. That way you will be close to the airport for your flight back home.

Which Tuscan Cities Should You Visit Other Than Florence?

Many tourists dream of visiting Chianti or the Crete Senesi countryside. Others are after cities like Lucca and Siena. If you don’t have a specific place you’d like to visit or are having trouble choosing one or two, I suggest you read this article – Florence to Tuscany.

In there, I list the best Tuscan destinations based on your means of transport and interests. With that information in mind, it will be much easier to pick your location.

If you still can’t decide, I will be happy to help. Reach out!

Final Thoughts On Planning A Trip To Florence

I hope this article has helped you decide how many days in Florence are right for you. If not, I am positive it has moved you closer to that decision. Just stop thinking about it for a few days, and let the right decision come to you.

The good thing is that whatever the number of days you end up choosing to stay in Florence, you won’t go wrong and you’ll have plenty to see. So go ahead and pick the number of days that fit the best into your trip, schedule, and budget. 

In the meantime, here’s a collection of articles about Florence & Tuscany:

Visit Florence FAQ

How long should I spend in Florence?

It depends on if it’s your first visit, if you plan to return, what type of holiday you want, your interests, and what you want to see. First timers likely need longer, while repeat visitors focusing more on food/wandering may only need 2-3 days.

Is 2 days enough in Florence? 

Two full days is enough to see the main attractions but misses day trips to other Tuscan spots. Add another day or two if you can.

Is 3 nights in Florence too much?

No, 3 nights/2 full days is a good starting point to see the main Florence attractions. It’s not too much time.

Is 4 days in Florence enough?

Yes, 4 days allows enough time to see the top attractions in Florence itself and consider a day trip to nearby Tuscan towns.

Is it better to stay in Florence or Pisa?

It’s generally better to stay in Florence as the main base since there is more to see and do. Day trip to Pisa.  

How many days in Tuscany and Florence?

Plan at least 2 full days for Florence itself, plus another 2-4 days for day trips from Florence to other Tuscan towns like Siena, Chianti, Lucca etc.

Is 3 days enough to see Florence?

Yes, 3 days is typically enough time to see the main Florence attractions at an unrushed pace. 

How many days do you need in Tuscany? 

4-7 days is ideal to see top highlights in Florence plus day trips to other Tuscan towns. More time allows you to slow down.

Is a week in Florence too long?

No, a full week in Florence is not too long as it allows exploring the city fully, its top museums, plus day trips to places like Lucca, Siena etc.

How many days in Florence is enough?

3 days is good for a first visit focusing just on Florence. 4-7 days to also include day trips out of the city to other Tuscan towns.  

What cities are worth visiting around Florence?

Top day trips worth taking from Florence include Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Chianti wine region, and smaller hill towns.

What’s the best day trip from Florence? 

Some top day trips are Siena, Lucca, Chianti wine region, Pisa and smaller countryside towns like Certaldo.

How many days for a first trip to Florence?

At least 3 days to see the top Florence sights. 4-5 days is even better for a first visit at an unhurried pace.  

Do you need a car in Florence?

No, you don’t need a car for Florence itself as the city center is walkable and has good public transportation.

Is 6 days in Florence enough?

Yes 6 days is a great amount of time in Florence to explore in depth, museums, plus day trips out of the city like Lucca.

How to get to the center of Florence from Florence airport?

You can take a taxi, bus, or walk to the train station (15 mins) and then take a train to Firenze SMN station in the historic city center (about 20 mins travel time).

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