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Florence, Oregon

Florence, OR

Florence is "Oregon's Coastal Playground" with its rolling sand dunes, miles of beaches, charming Historic Old Town Florence and delicious seafood. Just an hour west of Eugene - Springfield, this is the go-to getaway destination for locals seeking rest, relaxation and recreation. Stay in a riverfront hotel, a lakeside cabin or at a forested campground. From horseback riding on the beach to charging the dunes on a dune buggy, there are plenty of things to do in and around Florence.

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Signature Experiences

  • Shop and dine in Historic Old Town Florence  — rich with coastal charm. 
  • Roar across forty miles of coastal sand in a  dune buggy .
  • Enjoy live entertainment at the  Florence Events Center  and  Three Rivers Casino Resort.
  • Stay in the historic  lighthouse keepers' house B&B  and maybe catch sight of the friendly resident ghost . 
  • Warm up with a bowl of clam chowder from Mo's .
  • Explore tide pools and learn about the creatures that live there. 
  • Descend 200 ft (61 m) by elevator into North America's largest  sea cave  brimming with bellowing sea lions.
  • Spot migrating whales  just off the Oregon shoreline.
  • Visit Exploding Whale Park and learn about the history behind the park's name. 
  • Paddle and swim at Cleawox Lake in the dunes. 
  • Windsurf on the South Jetty Beach . 
  • Go crabbing on the docks of the Siuslaw . 

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Extend your adventures with a stay in a relaxing campground, clean and convenient hotel or luxury B&B.

Florence Hotels & Campgrounds

Check into a charming inn overlooking the Siuslaw River in Historic Old Town Florence, where you can easily walk to shops and restaurants. 

Spend the night in luxury at the  Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B  and enjoy their seven-course breakfast with the waves crashing out your window. 

Florence's beachfront  Driftwood Shores Resort  offers guests resort amenities from oceanfront dining to family-friendly indoor swimming pools and water playgrounds. Gamers can enjoy comfortable accommodations offered at the  Three Rivers Casino , along with live entertainment. Groups can enjoy comfortable accommodations alongside conference spaces and expansive views at  Best Western Plus Pier Point Inn .

On an Oregon Coast road trip? Stay overnight at an RV park or camp adjacent the sand dunes at the iconic  Jessie M. Honeyman Park . Relax lakeside in a rustic cabin to enjoy fishing on the many coastal lakes.

Where to Eat

Florence is a great destination for fresh, local seafood on the Oregon Coast. Grab a bowl of clam chowder on the docks or order up Dungeness crab in an oceanfront dining room. Savor a romantic fine dining experience at a resort restaurant or exchange beach stories at a family-friendly eatery in Historic Old Town.

From pizza to curry, Florence offers an assortment of quick bites, organic options and palate pleasers. Don't forget the ice cream and saltwater taffy – a must when visiting the Oregon Coast.

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Bridgewater ocean fresh fish house & zebra bar, jerry’s place home of what’cha brewing, lovejoy's restaurant & tearoom, mo's restaurant, nosh eatery, the market at driftwood shores resort, the food court at three rivers casino, the waterfront depot, homegrown public house & brewery, central coast food trail.

Local seafood and regional ingredients make this coastal food trail a delicious journey.

Things to Do & See

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Exploring Florence with a Guided Tour

There are so many things to see and do in Florence that everyone visiting the city can find it a challenge to decide which ones to visit, what to see and do! There are many museums, churches, piazzas and bridges to visit and explore, artisans workshops, boutique shops and local markets to buy a souvenirs to take back home and much more. A month-long holiday in Florence wouldn't be enough to discover all its wonders.

The best solution to this "problem": join a guided tour of the city to help you visit a selection of the city's best attractions and sights, making sure you do not miss the best of the Cradle of Renaissance!

You can book a guided tour of many of the city's museums, but particularly of the Uffizi Gallery , to better enjoy the marvelous works of art in the museum considered to be one of the most important in the world, skipping the long lines you always find at the entrance. See the best of Florence in a "highlights" or "best of" tour in walking guided tours and learn interesting details about the history of the city. If you prefer to tour the city with a little less walking, you could enjoy a eco-friendly electric cart tour or the flexibility of the hop-on, hop-off double-deck buses. How about a cooking class where you can learn to make pasta and then enjoy it as lunch? Food tours, wine-tastings, bike tours ... there is something for everyone , no matter which one you'll choose, it will make your time in Florence unforgettable !

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Visit the Uffizi Gallery with a Guide

With over 1,5 million of visitors every year, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the most visited museum in Italy. Avoid long lines and enjoy your visit to the Uffizi with a tour guide that will explain and place into context the beauty and wonder of the masterpieces in the Uffizi.

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Top Guided Tours in Spring Starting in Florence Italy

Step up your game while in Florence this April, May or June and add one of our top tours for spring to your itinerary. We reviewed the list & offer you a selection of the best tours for exploring the city and its museums as well as beyond the walls into Tuscany, with a departure point in Florence.

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Guided Tour of the Accademia Gallery

Why consider a guided tour? Because it makes your visit to the museum to see Michelangelo's David fun and interesting! Plus, there is more to see than just the David , visiting with an expert guide makes discovering the rest of the artwork inside

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Small group Cooking Class & Market Tour

Try something new in Florence: learn how to make fresh pasta, have some fun while doing it and then enjoy the delicious food you've helped prepare! Then once back home, you can make it again for family and friends, adding both the experience and recipes to your repertoire of yummy homemade dishes.

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Wine Tastings in Florence & Chianti

Whether you have an hour or an entire day, don't leave Florence without doing some wine tasting! You can join a class in town on Tuscan wines and taste or go on a half or full day tour into neighboring Chianti or as far as Montalcino or Montepulciano to get your chance to taste great Tuscan wines.

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Walking Tours of Florence

One of the best ways to see Florence, especially if you're short on time, if to join a walking tour to see the highlights of the city and get an insider's view on local history. Then go back to the spots you enjoyed to spend more time there!

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Bike in Florence and Surrounding Hills

Ride the hills of Florence in the company of expert cyclists Piero and Elena and see the city from unique vantage views! Easy, moderate routes through the hills will make your ride fun and a dream come true.

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The best way to keep the family & kids engaged while exploring the beauty of Florence? Include one of our 5 tours for family fun. They are adventurous & exciting, but most of all a great opportunity to create unforgettable vacation memories.

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Wine Tasting and Dinner in Florence

Want to do wine tastings of the best Tuscan wines right in Florence? At the Piazza del Vino wine bar/shop/restaurant you can enjoy a great late afternoon aperitivo and taste Tuscany's great wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Bolgheri wines.

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Cooking Classes in Florence

Want to bring back home a special taste of Tuscany as souvenir of your holidays? Learn how to prepare typical Tuscan dishes and traditional recipes to try then back home with your family and friends and taste whenever you want the original flavours from Tuscany. Enjoy one of the many cooking classes organized in Florence, there are many that vary depending on the duration time and prices, take a look at our proposals below.

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Why visit Florence in the low season?

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Museum Tickets and Tours

Florence's Uffizi and Accademia Galleries are among the most visited museums in all of Italy and this means long lines. Save money and time by booking your tickets ahead of time! Or better yet, get the most of these museums with a guided tour that will make the best use of your limited time as well as present the artworks in the best way possible.

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A Day Tour to Cinque Terre

If you have to absolutely go visit the Cinque Terre from Florence, we highly recommend this group day tour: travel faster by bus to have more free time in each town and then go on an absolute must, the boat ride!

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Twilight Itineraries: Florence Charm at night

Under the stars and the light of the moon, these 3 itineraries are best enjoyed as a relaxing stroll with no specific goal in mind. The summer sun can burn you out too fast & winter gets dark so fast, but these twilight itineraries can be rewarding and particularly romantic - even on your own.

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8 Ways to Enjoy Florence when it is Hot

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6 of the Best Tours This Fall

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Join an exclusive tour of Florence's cathedral

Be sure to see it all! This private tour with an exclusive visit to the Rooftop Terraces of the Duomo in Florence is perfect. With this tour you can skip-the-line with your personal guide into the cathedral and to the terraces, then climb the rest of the way to visit the cupola, then the Bell Tower, Baptistery & Duomo Museum on your own.

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Walking Food Tour: Small Group Tour of Food & Art in Florence

Art and food are the perfect mix in this guided tour organized in Florence: enjoy a walk through the streets of Florence with a local expert guide to learn cultural and historical trivia while also tasting its wine and food specialties of the city along the way with stops at wine shops, the San Lorenzo market, delis and gelato shop!

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What to see at the Uffizi? A guide can help you!

Have limited time to visit the Uffizi? A visit with a guide can help you make your way through the museum’s main rooms so you don’t miss any of the most important masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and more!

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The BEST Florence Tours

The number one attraction in Florence, arguably Michelangelo's David, is housed in the Accademia Gallery. There are other works of art inside Accademia, including works by Botticelli and even a Stradivarius collection of instruments commissioned by the Medici! The Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore is another main attraction that can be found in the center of Florence. It was begun in the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio and completed almost 150 years later by Brunelleschi, who engineered an impossibly large dome. You can climb the dome by booking our Complete Florence Duomo Tour with Dome Climb below. Another incredible attraction in Florence is the Uffizi Gallery. The word Uffizi translates to "offices," which was the building's original purpose. Today, they are filled with incredible Renaissance art by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and unlimited other masters. You can book Uffizi Tours below by selecting an Uffizi tour or our Florence in a Day tour, including Accademia. Don't miss our authentic Florence food tour, where you’ll stroll through lively streets visiting three authentic local spots, and treat your taste buds with wine, meat, cheese, bruschetta, ribollita, and the finest olive oil, before indulging on traditional Florentine steak—and biscotti for dessert! Florence is located in the region of Tuscany, and the city is a village. This means you can go from the center of Florence and be in the Tuscany countryside within 20 minutes. Many of our trusted partners run tours to vineyards, including guided Vespa rides! Pisa and Cinque Terre are also near to Florence, which makes for great day trips if you're looking for exciting experiences to book. You can find day trips to either attraction below!

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Florence Walking Tour with Statue of David

Uncover the best of Florence at the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, and skip the line at Accademia

Skip the Line Uffizi Gallery Tour

See Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo's masterpieces in Florence's famous Uffizi Gallery

Florence in a Day Combo Tour with David and Uffizi

Explore Accademia Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Florence Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and so much more

Florence Local Food Tour in Santo Spirito

Get an authentic taste of Florence’s exquisite food and wine in a lively local neighborhood

Tuscany Wine Tour from Florence to Siena & Chianti

Enjoy a luxury Tuscany day trip to visit Siena and San Gimignano then taste food and wine in Chianti

Statue of David Evening Tour

See Michelangelo's David on a later tour of the Accademia Gallery with fewer crowds

Uffizi Private Tour in Florence

Skip the line to see Birth of Venus, Medusa, Doni Tondo, and more with your own private art guide

Florence Private Walking Tour with Michelangelo's David

Explore the famous sites of Florence, with Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, and skip-the-line Accademia entry

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Boat Ride

Visit these iconic fishing villages the easy way on this tour to the beautiful Italian Riviera

Complete Florence Duomo Tour with Dome Climb

View this charming city from the terraces of Brunelleschi’s famous dome after touring the cathedral

Tuscany Wine Tour by Vespa from Florence

Taste the food and wine of Chianti as you ride through the Tuscan countryside on a vintage scooter

Pisa and Lucca Day Trip from Florence

Book a stress-free trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lucca's medieval walls in a day

Pizza and Gelato Making Cooking Class in Florence

Create the authentic food of Italy with an expert pizzaiolo chef, homemade lunch, and wine

Private Pisa Day Trip from Florence with Lunch in Vinci

Discover Tuscany on this VIP private tour, with Leaning Tower of Pisa, Da Vinci Museum, and more!

Florence in a Half Day by Bike Tour

Take a ride through the city's hidden gems from Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno neighborhood

What day are museums in Florence closed?

The Accademia and Uffizi in Florence are closed Mondays as well as January 1st and December 25th.

Which Museums are most popular?

The Uffizi and Accademia (Michelangelo's David) are the two most popular museums in Florence. From there, the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens are very popular. Climbing up to Brunelleschi's Dome at the Florence Cathedral is extremely popular and cool thing to do!

What are the top things to do in Florence?

Most visitors should check out the Uffizi Gallery , Accademia Gallery , Duomo , and Piazza Michelangelo while in Florence, but there is so much to do. Check out our top things to do in Florence article for more.

Are doing tours in Florence worth it?

Yes, yes, yes! Florence guides are among the most passionate and spirited in all of Europe. Tours bring the city to life and take the guesswork out of your trip.

How many days should we spend in Florence?

That depends on a lot, but one full day in Florence is the minimum and two is ideal if you want to visit nearby attractions like Tuscany or Pisa .

What is the best day to visit the Uffizi and Accademia?

Like most museums, Accademia is most busy on the weekends. It is also busy on Tuesdays since it is closed Mondays. If you have a choice, we recommend visiting Wednesday through Friday.

Do museums in Florence have long lines to enter?

Yes, both the Uffizi and Accademia get very busy and have long ticket lines most days of the year. When you purchase a tour (with us) you are also purchasing a ticket reservation which takes the guesswork out of visiting.

Can you visit the Uffizi and Accademia in one day?

You most certainly can. We have a tour that includes both museums as well as a stroll through Florence including Ponte Sisto and the Florence Cathedral from the outside.

Which Florence tours do we recommend?

These are some of our favorites:

Florence in a day combo with David and Uffizi (full day)

Florence walking tour with Statue of David

Tuscany Wine Tour from Florence to Siena and Chianti

Do you walk a lot in Florence?

Florence is a small town and people normally walk everywhere. There are taxis and some mass-transit, but you can walk across the center in 25 minutes. So yes, you'll likely walk a lot.

Is a tour of Accademia worth it?

Yes, of course. Tours have changed--they're fun now! Look for a small group between 15 and 20 and you'll find your time enjoyable and you'll learn a lot. For more, read our article on " are Accademia tours worth it? "

Is a tour of Uffizi worth it?

Yes, of course. Tours have changed--they're fun now! Look for a small group between 15 and 20 and you'll find your time enjoyable and you'll learn a lot. For more, read our article on " are Uffizi tours worth it? "

Will it be hot in Florence?

If you are coming in the summer, and most people do, then yes. Prepare to be hot. For men, a linen shirt and shorts in the summer or a dress for women. Mentally prepare for heat and you'll find it bothering you less. Bring a bottle of water and fill it up as you go!

What are the best restaurants in Florence?

Florence has lots of great restaurants and tourists traps in between. Check out our article on the best restaurants in Florence which we updated annually.

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What are the best things to do in Florence?

Florence offers a multitude of iconic must-visit spots and hidden gems alike, guaranteeing that you’ll never be bored no matter how long you spend in this enchanting city. Here are a few of our guide team’s recommendations to get you started:

  • Check Florence’s top sights off your bucket list by visiting David and the Duomo —and, if you dare, take things one step further by climbing the dome
  • Delve into the countless artistic treasures housed within the Uffizi Gallery
  • Explore the sprawling Pitti Palace and bask in the tranquility of the Boboli gardens
  • Wander through the picturesque Oltrarno neighborhood and take part in the time-honored Italian aperitivo tradition at its lively bars
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Sant’Ambrogio Market

What are some great day trips to take from Florence?

Florence is well-positioned within Tuscany to allow easy access to some of the most beautiful and historic corners of the region. Consider an excursion to Pisa to see the iconic Leaning Tower in person, an afternoon sipping wine in Chianti , or an all-encompassing Tuscany day trip covering some of the region's most picturesque towns.

Which typical foods should I try in Florence?

First things first: There’s no such thing as “Italian food”—not when each of Italy’s 20 regions has its own distinct culinary traditions! And Tuscany is no different. When visiting Florence, be sure to seek out the regional delicacies that are at their best on their home turf.

If you’re visiting Italy, you probably (understandably) plan on eating all the pasta you possibly can. Here in Florence, try the local wild boar ragu served with wide, flat noodles ( pappardelle al cinghiale ) or any type of pasta graced with Tuscany’s prized local truffles.

But pasta is far from the end-all-be-all of Florentine food. Traditionally, Tuscan cuisine was characterized as cucina povera , or “food of the poor,” and many dishes that are still enjoyed today have roots in this humble gastronomic tradition. Foods like ribollita , a hearty bread and kale soup, and the famous lampredotto (tripe) sandwich were born out of efforts to reduce waste and make the most of every scrap of meat and vegetables.

Last but not least, Florence’s most famous typical food is just about as far from cucina povera as it gets: the legendary bistecca alla fiorentina , or Florentine steak. If you’re looking to splurge on an unforgettable meal while in the Tuscan capital, don’t miss it!

If you want to eat the best Florentine food at the spots real locals love, join us on one of our Florence food tours. Our Tastes & Traditions of Florence Food Tour is a fantastic daytime option featuring a visit to the Sant'Ambrogio Market. In the evening, head across the river for aperitivo and dinner on our Oltrarno at Sunset Tour . Either way, you're guaranteed a fun, relaxing, and delicious few hours.

What are the best museums in Florence?

In addition to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s larger-than-life David statue, and the iconic Uffizi, here are a few more can’t-miss museums in Florence:

  • Palazzo Pitti, a former Medici palace-turned-cultural complex housing four museums
  • Museo Nazionale del Bargello, known for its collection of Renaissance sculptures by masters including Michelangelo, Bernini, and more
  • Palazzo Vecchio, the centerpiece of Piazza della Signoria, housing everything from ancient Roman ruins to Renaissance masterpieces
  • The Galileo Museum, home to an unrivaled collection of scientific equipment and an excellent option for families
  • Gucci Garden, a living tribute to the century-old luxury fashion house based in Florence

When is the best time to visit Florence?

Florence is sure to delight no matter when you decide to visit. Each season has its benefits, and it all comes down to the kind of experience you’re looking to have.

Many international visitors flock to Italy for summer vacation, making Florence a popular draw in the warmest months of the year. While this means the city can get quite crowded (and the temperatures are no joke), there’s nothing better than enjoying an al fresco meal on a gorgeous summer evening. (And, worst case scenario, the nearest beaches are just 90 minutes away.

Spring and fall boast the best temperatures all year: pleasantly warm, but not too hot, with refreshingly crisp evenings. Winter temperatures can be quite chilly (although snow is rare)—but if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option with fewer crowds, it’s an excellent choice.

What are some fun things to do in Florence with kids?

Florence is an excellent city for families, with plenty of sights and activities that will keep even the littlest travelers entertained. A spin on the famous carousel in Piazza della Reppublica is a magical experience for all ages, and kids will love getting hands-on at the Leonardo da Vinci Interactive Museum. If you need a break from walking around (and the heat!), the Oblate Library (Biblioteca delle Oblate) offers a wonderful children’s section with kids’ books and even a small garden.

Another fantastic option for families is a kid-friendly food tour! Our Tastes & Traditions of Florence Tour is centered around the vibrant and colorful Sant’Ambrogio Market—a fun and exciting stop for little ones—and features plenty of kid-approved local tastes along the way.

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Beloved for its food, wine, art, rich history and alluring landscape, Florence, Italy, consistently draws travelers throughout the year. Seeing all of Florence's attractions by yourself can be daunting, so having a knowledgeable local guide show you around will help you make the most of your trip. U.S. News identified the following tours as the best available by analyzing both expert and traveler opinion. Whether you want a broad overview of Firenze  or a deep dive into a particular facet of the city (like its food), these tours have you covered.

Caf Tour & Travel – Chianti Authentic Experience

Price: Adults from 49 euros (about $52); kids from 21.50 euros (about $23) Duration: 5 hours

This daylong bus tour takes you to two Chianti wineries with views of the world-famous Tuscan countryside , where vineyards, olive groves, churches and castles pepper the landscape. Patrons laud the guides and drivers for their professionalism and insights. However, others note that the trip seems a bit rushed at times.

Tours depart the Piazzale Montelungo once or twice daily, year-round. (It runs on an abbreviated schedule in the winter.) If you want more privacy, you can also book semiprivate and private tours of the region with Caf Tour.

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CityWonders – Uffizi Gallery Semi-Private Renaissance Art Tour

Price: Adults from $68; kids from $63 Duration: 1.5 hours

No visit to Florence would be complete without a trip to the Uffizi Gallery to see works by masters like Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Taking CityWonders' guided tour of the museum allows you to bypass the entrance line and gain insights from experts as they lead you through the collection. Another bonus? You're welcome to stay in the gallery until closing after the tour concludes. Audio headsets are provided so you don't miss a word of the commentary. Tour-takers consistently praise the English-speaking guides for their passion and knowledge.

Tours depart at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Ticket prices vary depending on the season. Groups are limited to nine participants. CityWonders runs other tours in Florence, including a skip-the-line tour of the Duomo.

Fat Tire Tours – E-Scooter: Panoramic Tour of Florence

Price: From 65 euros (about $70) Duration: 2 hours

Highlights of this electric scooter tour include Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria , the Arno River and Santa Croce. Tour-takers describe this as a fun way to see the sights and say the guides are friendly and informative. What's more, reviewers appreciate that groups are capped at eight participants.

Tickets include use of an e-scooter and a helmet, as well as instruction for using the vehicle. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday to Monday as well as Wednesday. Fat Tire also offers biking and walking tours.

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Taste Florence Food Tour

Price: From $119 Duration: 3.5 hours

These food-focused walks take participants around the city to sample local specialties like wine, cheese, bread and olive oil. Over the course of the tour, you'll stop at six or more locales, including the Mercato Centrale , for delectable bites. Food connoisseurs tend to appreciate both the quality of the fare provided and the knowledge and humor of the guides.

Tours depart at 9:45 a.m. nearly every day (except Sundays) during peak months. The company offers a limited schedule in the offseason. Tickets include food and beverage samples. If you're an oenophile, check out the sommelier-led wine tasting offered by Taste Florence.

Tuscany Bike Tours – Tuscany Bike Tour

Price: From 95 euros (about $102) Duration: 6 hours

Before climbing on a bike for a guided tour of Chianti, you'll depart Florence via van and view enchanting scenery. Then, you'll get a safety orientation followed by a bike ride. You'll also enjoy an olive oil tasting and a glass of wine, plus a light lunch (which takes place in a villa). Cyclists enthuse about both the glorious views as well as the helpful, personable guides.

Tours occur almost every day at 8:30 a.m. from March through November. The cost includes lunch and a glass of wine, as well as use of a bicycle and helmet. Vespa and e-bike tours of the Tuscany region are also available, as are private bike tours of Florence.

Walks of Italy – Florence in a Day with David, Duomo, Uffizi & Walking Tour

Price: From $126 Duration: 5 hours

If you only have a day to see Florence's top sights, consider this walking tour, which combines visits to Florence's must-see artistic and religious landmarks all in one outing. In between stops at the tour's main highlights, you'll see other top spots in the city like the Ponte Vecchio . You'll also get a break for lunch (at your own expense). Along the way, guides offer insights regarding the art and architecture on view. According to reviewers, the tour leaders are informative and personable.

Tour departure times and ticket fees will vary by season and day. Fees include skip-the-line access to the Galleria dell'Accademia (home of Michelangelo's David) and the Uffizi. Walks of Italy also offers food tours and a tour to Tuscany, among others.

Florencetown/Towns of Italy – Wanna Be Italiano: Florence Cooking Class & Market Tour

Price: Adults from 119 euros (about $128); kids from 101 euros (around $108) Duration: 5 hours

Travelers rave about this class, saying the recipes are spectacular and the teachers are capable and attentive. The experience starts with a trip to the Mercato Centrale, Florence's principal food market, to gather provisions for your meal. Once you've bought food, you'll make your way to the kitchen where a chef teaches you to make traditional Italian fare. Menus vary, but you'll likely prepare bruschetta, fresh pasta, sauces and a dessert during the class.

Experiences are offered daily, starting at 9 a.m. (Note: Mercato Centrale is closed Sundays and bank holidays, so classes on those days include additional instruction and food tasting instead.) The cost of class covers the food that will be your lunch as well as two glasses of wine per person. Keep in mind that fees are slightly higher during peak season. Still hungry? Florencetown offers a wine tour of Tuscany, as well as other cooking classes.

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La Bussola Free Tours – Morning Free Walking Tour

Price: Free Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

While La Bussola's morning walking tour does feature some of Florence's major landmarks, it mainly focuses on the Medici family's influence and rise to power (it was the Medici family, after all, who owned, financed or commissioned many of Florence's landmarks). You'll also hear about Michelangelo and his works. Over the course of the 1 1/2-mile outing, guides share details of local history and tips for making the most of your Florence visit. Guides are regarded as informative, friendly and helpful.

Tours depart daily at 10:30 a.m. Tours are free, though tips for your guide are appreciated. La Bussola also conducts a slightly shorter evening tour, focusing on artistic greats like Donatello and Da Vinci.

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Grape Tours – Wine Time

Price: From 170 euros (about $182) Duration: 5.5 hours

Grape Tours' Wine Time excursion departs at 10:15 a.m. from Florence and proceeds to Chianti for visits to two family-owned wineries. You'll learn about the history of the region and the process of making Tuscan wine. At each stop, you'll taste three or four different wines; at the second winery you'll also enjoy lunch. Tour-takers report learning a great deal about the wine-making process from entertaining guides. They also say lunch is delicious.

Participants must be at least 16 years old to join. Tours take place year-round daily. If you like to pair cheese with your wine, try Grape Tours' Chianti and Cheese tour.

Tuscany Cycle – Tuscany Vespa Tour

Price: Drivers from 169 euros (about $181); passengers from 99 euros (around $106) Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Explore the Tuscan countryside in quintessentially Italian fashion with this Vespa tour, which earns enthusiastic reviews from travelers. Tuscany Cycle's tour departs Florence (via van) at 10 a.m. daily for an excursion through the Chianti region. After reaching Chianti, you'll be taught how to ride a Vespa and follow your guide through the region before stopping at a winery for lunch and wine. You'll also have plenty of photo opportunities along the way, according to reviewers.

The fee includes lunch, wine, use of a Vespa and round-trip transportation from Florence. You must have a valid driver's license, but no prior experience operating a Vespa is necessary. Tourgoers applaud the driving lessons from the guides and the overall safety of the experience. Tuscany Cycle offers a variety of Vespa tours in Tuscany, as well as bicycle tours.

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Walkabout – The Best of Tuscany Tour

Price: Adults from 135 euros (around $145); kids from 120 euros (about $129) Duration: 12 hours

After getting your fill of Florence attractions, take some time to explore the surrounding region of Tuscany. This tour combines a bus trip with walks through places like the medieval city of Siena and its art-filled Duomo, the hilltop town of San Gimignano and the Leaning Tower of Pisa . Guides, generally considered equally insightful and entertaining, provide information regarding the architectural, artistic and historical points of interest seen along the way.

Tickets include lunch and wine at a Chianti vineyard; if you'd like the tour without lunch and wine, you can get a discounted ticket. The tour departs Florence at 8 a.m. Walkabout offers a variety of other tours in and around Tuscany as well as day trips to Cinque Terre .

Italy on a Budget Tours – Pisa & Cinque Terre Day Trip

Price: From 139 euros (about $150) Duration: 13 hours

Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and three of the five villages comprising Cinque Terre on this tour. After a 90-minute stop in Pisa, the tour proceeds to Riomaggiore (where travelers may opt to buy lunch). The next stops are the seaside villages of Manarola and Vernazza, where, weather permitting, participants can swim or lounge on the beach. Tour-takers find this guided experience a great way to pack a lot of sightseeing in to a single day.

Travel between the destinations is by train. Tours depart Florence at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (and on Sunday from June through September). Know that Italy on a Budget gears its tours to participants ages 18 to 39, and is therefore not suitable for children. The company also runs various other tours in Florence.

Curious Appetite – Progressive Tuscan Dining Crawl of Florence

Price: From $149.50 Duration: 4 hours

Handmade pasta, Tuscan wines, gelato and the city's take on porterhouse steak, bistecca alla Fiorentina , are the focus of this leisurely culinary walk, which visits four eateries. Throughout the evening, experts offer commentary on regional cuisine, which participants describe as insightful and helpful. Some past patrons acknowledge that they wouldn't have found the visited restaurants on their own.

Tours depart Thursday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday crawls are slightly more expensive than Thursday outings. Group size is limited to eight diners. In addition to its dinner crawl, Curious Appetite operates several other wine- and food-related tours in Florence.

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A guided tour can be a great way to orient yourself around Florence, especially if it's your first time visiting. A tour can also be helpful if you want to see areas around Florence without the hassle of having to drive yourself.

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Florence Is Italy's Cultural Capital — Here's Where to Eat, Stay, and Visit, According to an Expert

This local's guide to compact, walkable Florence, Italy, shares the best restaurants, shops, and museums to visit on your trip.

Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Rome. She has been contributing to Travel + Leisure since 2014, when she started as a fact checker before becoming a contributing digital editor in 2015 and going freelance in 2016. She has also held positions as a contributing editor at The Points Guy and the NYC cities editor at DuJour Magazine. In addition to Travel + Leisure , her writing has appeared in Architectural Digest , Surface Magazine , Brooklyn Magazine , T Magazine , The Wall Street Journal , Vogue, GQ, Departures, Afar, Fodor's, Town & Country , Condé Nast Traveler , Robb Report , Hemispheres, and others. When she's not jetsetting around Italy and beyond, she can be found in Rome, enjoying some cacio e pepe or relaxing at home with her husband and two dogs. Originally from the Boston area, Laura moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a master's degree in creative writing and translation at Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in French from Smith College. * 10+ years of experience writing and editing * Co-wrote "New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants," an award-winning guide to New York City's speakeasy scene published by Jonglez Editions in 2015 * Contributed to "Fodor's Brooklyn," published by Penguin Random House in 2015, which won silver in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition * Contributed an essay to "Epic Hikes of Europe," published by Lonely Planet in 2021 * Updated the 2022 edition of "Fodor's Essential Italy"

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Capital of Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance, and one of Italy’s most popular destinations, Florence needs little introduction. A World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame honoree , it consistently ranks as one of Travel + Leisure readers’ favorite cities thanks to its rich history, artistic treasures, and delicious food and wine, much of which comes from the nearby hills of Chianti and Montalcino. Florence is a must-visit destination for a rich cultural immersion in Italian art and history.

Though the historic center is relatively compact, it’s crammed with museums containing priceless works of art, churches that are architectural masterpieces, restaurants, bars, and shops selling everything from gastronomic specialties to handmade leather goods and jewelry. In fact, Florence has always been a haven for artisans practicing traditional crafts, and today, you can still find artisan-made goods if you know where to look. 

It would take years to see and do everything Florence has to offer, which is why we’ve enlisted the help of local expert Mary Gray , the editor-in-chief of Italy magazine who has lived in Florence for more than a decade. “The things that drew me here were the same things that draw all visitors and students here, but what’s kept me here has evolved over the years,” she says. “The city is gloriously walkable and compact while having many of the cultural offerings of a much larger and more metropolitan place.”

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  • The Helvetia & Bristol Firenze is the city’s oldest luxury hotel, and after a top-to-bottom renovation, it’s more glamorous than ever.
  • The Uffizi Gallery contains some of the greatest works of art ever created.
  • La Scuola del Cuoio carries on Florence’s historic leather-making tradition and is the perfect place to buy a high-quality artisan bag.
  • A sunset aperitivo at La Terrazza at the Hotel Continentale is the perfect segue into a lovely evening in Florence.
  • When in Florence, you must try the bistecca alla Fiorentina; the best place to get it is Regina Bistecca.

The St. Regis Florence

Voted the number one hotel in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards , this opulent grand dame has pride of place along the Arno River. Contemporary art curated by Liquid Art System adds a touch of modernity to the otherwise classic decor. Don’t miss an aperitivo in the Winter Garden.  

Helvetia & Bristol Firenze

With a score of 94.75, Florence’s oldest luxury hotel closely follows the St. Regis in the 2023 World’s Best Awards. A major renovation in 2019 restored this member of the Leading Hotels of the World to its original glory, adding a soothing spa and outpost of Cibrèo restaurant and café. “I love to go to the spa at the Helvetia & Bristol when I’m in the mood to give myself the ‘staycation’ treatment,” Gray says.

Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel

The Rocco Forte Hotels group is known for impeccable design and service, and the Hotel Savoy certainly fulfills those promises, earning it a spot as the third-best hotel in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards. Standout details include colorful textiles by Laudomia Pucci, menus designed by lauded chef Fulvio Pierangelini, and views of the Duomo.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

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More like an urban resort than a city hotel, the Four Seasons Firenze occupies the historic Palazzo della Gherardesca and is home to Florence's most extensive private garden. Original frescoes and period furnishings immerse guests in Renaissance splendor, and a meal at the Michelin-starred Il Palagio is a feast for the senses. No wonder this hotel ranked the fourth best in Florence in the 2023 World’s Best Awards.

Owned by the noble Ginori family, who once used the building as the headquarters of their world-famous ceramics production, Casa G. is a 15-room boutique hotel. A more affordable alternative to the city’s luxury five-star hotels, it offers style at prices that won’t break the bank. 

Admire incredible art at the Uffizi Gallery.

Florence is packed full of museums, but if you only go to one, make it the Uffizi Galleries , which contains a collection from the 13th to the 20th century. Must-see paintings include Botticelli’s Birth of Venus , Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch , and Caravaggio’s Bacchus . 

Learn about Brunelleschi’s masterpiece at the Opera del Duomo Museum.

The Duomo is Florence's most recognizable landmark with its symbolic red terracotta tiled roof and Gothic facade. However, many of the great artworks created for it now reside in the nearby Opera del Duomo Museum . “This is definitely one of the most spectacular museums in the city and maybe in all of Italy,” Gray says. “I always tell visitors that if they’re deciding between going inside the cathedral or going inside the museum, there’s no contest.”

Visit the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella.

With a history that stretches back to 1221, this is considered the world’s oldest pharmacy , where Dominican friars produced medicinal tinctures and perfumes. It was the official perfumer of Catherine de’ Medici and officially opened its doors to the public in 1542. The brand now sells its perfumes worldwide, but the original shop was turned into a sort of museum worth a visit.

Stroll through the Boboli and Bardini Gardens.

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Behind Palazzo Pitti, the Medicis’ royal palace, the Boboli Gardens are the archetype of the classic Renaissance Italian gardens, with fountains, grottoes, and statues. The same ticket will grant you access to the Gardens of the Villa Bardini, which has incredible views of Florence and, in the spring, wisteria-covered pergolas.

Explore Markets like the Mercato Centrale and the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio.

Though the stalls outside the Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo mainly sell fake leather goods and cheap souvenirs, the actual market is worth visiting. On the ground floor, vendors sell produce, meat, cheeses, fish, and other groceries, while the upper floor has been turned into an upscale food hall. The Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio is a “great convergence point in the city for visitors and residents,” according to Gray. There’s also a flea market nearby in Largo Annigoni.

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La Scuola del Cuoio

Established post-World War II as a way to help orphans learn a trade, the Scuola del Cuoio still teaches students the art of leather-making. You can tour the school, learn about the process, and then buy original bags, wallets, belts, and other leather items.

Scarpelli Mosaici

Scarpelli Mosaici is one of the few remaining workshops that still makes mosaics and inlaid marble items the traditional way. Head to the shop near the Duomo to watch the artisans at work and buy a unique piece. They also work on commissions to make inlaid marble tables and other beautiful objects.

Marina Calamai

“ I’ve always been super inspired by Marina Calamai , who I think of as a true contemporary Renaissance woman,” Gray says about this jeweler and artist. “Her hands are in a ton of different artistic initiatives and green projects around Florence and the greater metropolitan area, but window-shopping her jewelry and art studio on Via Santo Spirito is a regular part of my daily route; I always love seeing what she’s come up with.”

Alberto Cozzi Rilegatore

Gray recommends this family-run shop opened in 1908, specializing in bookbinding, paper marbling, and the restoration of antique books. Stop by one of their shops — located on Via del Parione and Via Sant’Agostino — to pick up some stationary, a leather-bound journal, or have a book repaired.

Pegna dal 1860

“ Pegna is where I go in a pinch when I need to pick up travel-friendly non-perishables to take back to the ‘foodies’ among my stateside family and friends,” Gray notes. “Though it’s a historic local grocery, I do love that there is a range of products sourced from all over Italy, like capers from Pantelleria and Krumiri Rossi from Piedmont.”

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La Terrazza at the Hotel Continentale

It should come as no surprise that one of the best rooftop bars in Florence is run by the Ferragamo family. Book in advance if you want a spot at this small al fresco bar overlooking the Arno River. It’s incredibly atmospheric for a sunset aperitivo. 

Companion Dolceamaro Bar at 25Hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino

Gray likes the 25Hours Hotel for its variety of nightlife options, which includes the lobby lounge, the courtyard, and the intimate Companion Dolceamaro Bar . It has a wide selection of bitters, vermouths, and cocktails, but the most popular option is the Negroni, which has several versions. 

Vineria Sonora

“In Florence in recent years, it’s felt like a lot of venues have tamped down their personalities or strayed from their niches to appeal to more people or just to become more Instagrammable,” Gay says. “I love that Vineria Sonora stubbornly embraces doing its own thing, focusing on fun music and offbeat wines from small, independent producers. It’s perfect for pre-dinner or nightcap, and I love that it draws such a mix of demographics and ages.”

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Alla Vecchia Bettola

“There’s definitely more to Florentine dining than steak, but when I’m craving one now and then, this is where I go,” Gray says about this no-frills trattoria with tables crammed together and stools instead of chairs. “I love sitting elbow-to-elbow and swilling back the house wine, but this admittedly isn’t the best place to go if you need to have a deep conversation over dinner —  you’re lucky if you can hear your seatmate over the ruckus!”

Regina Bistecca

For bistecca alla fiorentina and other Tuscan classics, including pillowy ricotta and spinach gnudi, in a more refined but still laid-back atmosphere, head to this lovely restaurant near the Duomo. The building used to be an antiquarian bookshop with soaring arches and the owners have kept the charming vintage vibes.

Borgo San Jacopo

For an unforgettable fine dining experience, book a table at this Michelin-starred restaurant inside the Lungarno Hotel, which is part of the Ferragamo family’s empire. The nautical-inspired interiors might make you feel like you’re on a yacht floating on the Arno as you savor one of Chef Claudio Mengoni’s exquisite tasting menus.

Trattoria Cammillo

“When one of my best friends who traded in Florence for London a few years ago comes back to town for visits we always love to make a splashy Saturday of it and have a special-occasion lunch at Cammillo . It’s a step up in price point from your average shabby-chic trattoria, but still has a soulful, neighborhood feel, which I love,” Gray says.

The Cibrèo family of restaurants encompasses five locations in Florence. There’s the restaurant, the trattoria, the café, the Tuscan-Oriental fusion spot, and a new outpost inside the Helvetia & Bristol Hotel. When Gray used to teach travel writing to university students, she sometimes brought them to Cibrèo Caffè. “This is still one of my favorite ways to spend a special morning out in Florence,” she maintains.

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The best time to visit Florence for fewer crowds is November through March. Summer is hot and crowded. Gray says, “A real ‘low season’ in Florence isn’t much of a thing anymore.” She loves January and February but posits that March is an excellent middle ground because the weather is good, the local event scene tends to pick up after a winter hiatus, and the crowds usually swell around Easter.

Easter is a significant celebration throughout Italy, and in Florence, the festivities include the Scoppio del Carro, in which a wooden cart pulled by flower-adorned oxen explodes directly in front of the Duomo. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is one of Italy’s oldest music festivals. It typically starts mid-April and runs through mid-June, with classical music concerts, operas, and other performances. The city also celebrates its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, on June 24 with a game of Calcio Storico, a mix of rugby, soccer, and wrestling, with participants wearing 16th-century costumes. 

Florence is served by the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, which is about half an hour from the city center. It’s also easy to get to Florence by train from elsewhere in Italy. High-speed Frecciarossa trains run frequently from major cities like Rome, Milan, Bologna, and Venice. The Frecciarossa takes about 90 minutes from Rome, two hours from Milan, 40 minutes from Bologna, and a little more than two hours from Venice. The central train station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella.

Duomo: Also known as San Giovanni, the part of the centro storico that covers the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria is the very heart of the city. This area is packed with sites, including the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Repubblica, and the banks of the Arno.

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Santa Croce: Just east of the Duomo, Santa Croce is known for the Basilica di Santa Croce, which contains incredible frescoes by Giotto and the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo. The neighborhood is home to the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, which, according to Gray, is a hidden gem.  

Santa Maria Novella: Santa Maria Novella is the neighborhood where you’ll find the train station and basilica of the same name. The western part of the neighborhood beyond the train station is primarily residential, but the area around the basilica is home to some upscale hotels, restaurants, and bars.

San Lorenzo: The small area between the train station and the Duomo is San Lorenzo, the city’s central market district. Beware of the stalls selling fake leather or souvenirs made in China. On the other hand, you’ll find vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat on the ground floor. The upper floor houses a food hall selling local specialties like lampredotto (tripe sandwiches) and schiacciata (a Tuscan flatbread).

Oltrarno: Literally ‘across the Arno,’ Oltrarno is a more laid-back, slightly bohemian area. Gray, who has lived in Oltrarno for the entirety of her time in Florence, says, “I’ve watched it change a lot over the past decade-plus; artisan studios and workers’ neighborhood trattorie are being replaced by generic Aperol Spritz spots and run-of-the-mill shops, but if you know where to look (and hint: it’s not where the long lines are), you’ll find Florentine traditions and long-standing independent shops quietly humming on.”

The historic center of Florence is compact and very walkable. Much of it has been pedestrianized or is part of a limited traffic zone. A car is a hindrance rather than a help, but taxis, buses, and trams are available to transport you to or from the airport or train station. 

Autolinee Toscane: Autolinee Toscane runs the buses and trams that connect Florence with the greater metropolitan area. Tickets cost 1.70 euros if you buy them in advance at ticket offices or ticket machines or 3 euros if you buy them on board.

Taxi: There are two taxi companies in Florence: Taxi4242 and Taxi4390 . A trip to or from the airport costs a flat rate of 22 euros (plus possible surcharges for luggage), but usually, fares are calculated based on the time and distance traveled. Use the itTaxi app to hail a taxi.

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How To Take a Day Trip from Rome to Florence: Ultimate Guide 2024

A re you planning your travels to Rome and wondering if you should also make a day trip to Florence? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s worth it! Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, and it’s only a short trip from Rome. In this blog post, I’ll share my tips on planning a perfect day trip from Rome to Florence.

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Considering Taking a Day Trip from Rome to Florence?

I’ll cover everything from the best ways to get to Florence from Rome to what to see and do in Florence. I’ll also give you some tips on making the most of your day trip and avoiding crowds. 

So whether you’re a first-time visitor to Italy or a seasoned traveler, read on for all the info you need to plan your perfect day trip from Rome to Florence!

How to get from Rome to Florence: The Best Ways 

There are many reasons to visit Rome , but once you have explored for a few days, it’s not a bad idea to head out beyond the Eternal City. Let’s jump into the best ways to get from Rome to Florence for a day trip.

1. High-speed train

Several train companies offer direct services between the two cities, and the journey takes about 1 hour and a half. 

I recommend you buy tickets online to save time and hassle in the morning, as seats can fill up during peak seasons. You can also grab your tickets at the train station if you forget.

Rome to Florence by train

Cost: €15 –  €30 each way for an express train

Duration: 1 hr 30mins one way

Departure: Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina.

Arrival: Santa Maria Novella Station. 

Several train companies offer direct express services between the two cities, including Trenitalia and Italo. You can take a local train to save a few euros but it will extend your trip to 3-4 hours.

The most popular train stations for departures to Florence that are close to most Rome hotels are Roma Termini and Roma Tiburtina . And good news, in Florence, you will arrive at Santa Maria Novella Station which is in the heart of the city. Most places are easily accessible by walking.

Essential Train Tips

  • Validate your ticket before boarding to avoid fines
  • Beware of pickpockets
  • Even with the EuroRail or InterRail pass, you will need to make a reservation, which will cost you $10. You can easily book this on the ItaliaRail booking site

2. Book a small group guided tour

I find tours a great way to have a break from the stress of travel logistics. You can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Many tours include free pick-up and drop-off to your accommodation in Rome and take about 12 hours round trip.

You will have the extra benefit of learning about the destination from your knowledgeable tour guide. Prices usually start around $115 USD per person and go up from there.

So if you want to skip the fuss, and see the top sights of Florence and possibly a second destination, taking a guided tour is for you! 

Favorite Guided Tours – Rome to Florence

  • Rome to Florence with Pisa via GetYourGuide
  • Rome to Florence and Pisa with a Small Group via Viator
  • Florence Day Trip from Rome via WithLocals

Travel through the picturesque Tuscan countryside in a comfortable minivan, and enjoy the personalized attention of a small-group tour. This is a great way to see some of Italy’s most iconic landmarks in one day. Plus if you are a solo traveler like I often am, this is a great way to meet others!

On a tour of Florence, you’ll see artistic masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery and walk beneath Brunelleschi’s famous dome.

If you book a tour that adds on Pisa, you’ll marvel at the stately marble treasures of Piazza dei Miracoli, including the iconic Leaning Tower. 

Guided tour essential tips

  • Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan or according to your preferences so it’s important to be flexible when you’re on a guided tour
  • Ask questions . If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask your tour guide.
  • Don’t be late! This goes for pick up and whenever you are allocated some free time for exploring. If you are late back to the bus, you may just lose your ride!

3. Scenic Self-Drive 

Self-driving from Rome to Florence is a great way to see the Italian countryside and have the freedom to explore at your own pace. The drive takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes via the A1 highway, and the scenery is stunning. Expect to pay costs for the rental car, gasoline, and parking.

There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on self-driving from Rome to Florence. 

First, you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid driver’s license and that your travel insurance covers your rental car.

Second, you’ll need to be familiar with the Italian road rules. 

And third, you’ll need to be prepared for traffic, especially during the peak season.

When it comes to parking in Florence, it is pretty limited. There are a few street parking spots available in the city center, but they are metered and have time limits. Some park-and-ride lots are located outside the city center and are great for avoiding the hassle of paying and having to move your car. 

Another good option is a parking garage in the city center, but they fill up quickly. If you’re planning on parking in a garage, be sure to book your spot in advance.

IMPORTANT: Be aware of the ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato). This is a restricted traffic zone in the city center that is only accessible to residents and authorized vehicles. Those who enter the ZTL without a permit, aka with your rental car, will be fined.

If you’re up for a challenge, self-driving from Rome to Florence is a great way to see the best of Italy. 

Essential Self-Drive Tips

  • Start your drive early and avoid leaving during the afternoon rush. Traffic can be heavy, especially during the summer months. 
  • Take breaks. The drive from Rome to Florence is long, so it’s important to take breaks. Get out of the car and stretch your legs every few hours.
  • Plan your route, There are a few different routes you can take from Rome to Florence. The most direct route is via the A1 highway. However, there are also some scenic routes that you can take if you have more time.
  • Make sure you fill up! Fill your car with petrol in Rome as it is more expensive in Florence.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.

How to get from Rome to Florence: The Worst Ways 

Moving onto, in my opinion, the worst ways to get from Rome to Florence for a day trip.

Flying from Rome to Florence for a day trip is possible, but it is NOT recommended. 

The flight time is only about 1 hour from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport to Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport, but you will need to factor in the time it takes to get to and from the airports, as well as the security checks. This means that you will only have about 4-5 hours in Florence, which is not enough time to see the city properly.

I will always opt for a train over a plane, and here’s why:

  • You can get up and walk around on a train
  • A train is much more scenic
  • Avoid long lines and security at the airport
  • It is often cheaper and faster (flights are typically $120 more or less)

If you are determined to fly from Rome to Florence for a day trip, I recommend you book your flights early. This will help you to get the best prices and the most convenient flight times.

But again I wouldn’t recommend flying for a day trip. 

5. Catch a Taxi

Catching a taxi from Rome to Florence is possible, but it is not the most recommended way to travel between the two cities. 

The taxi fare will be quite pricey (about $400-500 each way), and the journey will take about 2 hours. 

Catching a taxi can be convenient, but it is not the most flexible option. You will be limited to the taxi driver’s schedule.

Essential Taxi Tips

  • Book your taxi in advance . This will help you to guarantee a taxi and get a better price.
  • Be prepared to pay a high fare . The taxi fare will be very expensive, so be prepared to pay a lot of money.
  • Be aware of the traffic . The traffic can be heavy, so be prepared for the journey to take longer than 2 hours.
  • Have a backup plan . If you are unable to catch a taxi, you can consider taking the train or the bus.

6. Taking the Bus

If you’re on a tight budget for your European adventure, you can take a bus to Florence. The bus journey takes a little longer (about three to four hours), but it’s cheaper than the train, albeit not as comfortable. Tickets cost as little as 5 euros. 

Buses depart every hour from Rome (Roma, Autostazione Tiburtina) heading to Florence, Villa Costanza Tram T1. If you choose this, you will want to catch a very early bus to make the most of your day. And remember, buses can be unreliable and are dependent on traffic conditions. 

Personally, I would recommend you stick with the train, it is worth the extra few euros for a quicker, more comfortable journey that leaves you ample time to explore Florence. 

Essential tips for taking the bus

  • Book your tickets in advance. This will help you to guarantee a seat and get a better price.
  • Be aware of the traffic . The traffic can be heavy, so be prepared for the journey to take longer than expected.
  • Have a backup plan. If you are unable to get a bus ticket, you can consider taking the train.

What to Do on a Day Trip to Florence from Rome

To help you plan an efficient day trip from Rome to Florence here is my recommended itinerary!

Early Morning Start

Rise and shine it’s time to head to Florence! 

Catch an early morning train from Rome to Florence, aiming to arrive in Florence by mid-morning. Trains depart from Rome’s Termini station usually starting at 5 am or 6 am and arrive at Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station.

Or wait for your tour guide to swing by and pick you up if you choose that route!

1. Visit the Florence Cathedral (Duomo)

Start your day in Florence by heading to the signature Florence Cathedral, also known as the Duomo. Marvel at its stunning architecture and consider climbing to the top of the dome for panoramic views of the city.

2. Explore Piazza della Signoria

Walk to Piazza della Signoria , a historic square known for its impressive sculptures and beautiful architecture. Take some time to admire the iconic Palazzo Vecchio and the outdoor sculpture gallery.

3. Uffizi Gallery

Next, visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most renowned art museums. Explore its extensive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. I suggest booking tickets in advance to skip the line .

4. Ponte Vecchio

Take a short stroll to the Ponte Vecchio, a famous bridge spanning the Arno River. Enjoy the picturesque views and explore the jewelry shops that line the bridge. The Arno River is a wonderful place to take gorgeous photos of the city!

Take a break for lunch and enjoy some traditional Tuscan cuisine. Look for local trattorias or restaurants offering dishes like bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak) or handmade pasta.

5. Accademia Gallery (Optional)

If you have time and are interested in seeing Michelangelo’s David , consider visiting the Accademia Gallery . The museum houses this iconic sculpture along with other works of art.

Note that this visit may require additional time, so factor that into your itinerary!

6. Wander through Florence

Take some time to wander through the streets of Florence’s historic center, soaking in the charming atmosphere and admiring the beautiful architecture. Explore the narrow alleys and discover hidden gems along the way.

7. Gelato and Shopping

Treat yourself to some authentic Italian gelato from one of the gelaterias in Florence. Indulge in the delicious flavors as you continue exploring the city.

If you’re interested in retail therapy, browse the local boutiques for leather goods and other unique souvenirs.

Time to head back to Rome ☹️

That’s a wrap!

If you’re catching the train, head back to the Santa Maria Novella station and catch an evening train back to Rome. Ensure you have enough time to reach the station from your last destination in Florence.

Remember to adjust this itinerary based on your specific interests, time constraints, and the operating hours of the attractions you wish to visit.

While it’s a jam-packed day, it allows you to experience some of Florence’s highlights and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage.

Essential Tips: Rome to Florence Day Trip

Here are some essential tips to make the most of your Rome to Florence day trip.

Plan in Advance

Researching ahead of time is key to making the most of your limited time in Florence. Identify the attractions and landmarks you want to visit, strategically plan your itinerary, and consider pre-booking tickets for popular museums and galleries to skip the queues. 

Get a head start

Start your day trip from Rome to Florence bright and early to maximize your day. If you are catching a train, first trains usually depart around 5:00 or 6:00 a.m., allowing you to arrive in Florence by mid-morning.

If you opt for a guided tour you can expect to start at around 7:00 a.m.

Comfort over style

Florence is a city best explored on foot. Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking all day. I suggest you wear your favorite pair of white sneakers or your flat leather boots . Save your Birkenstocks and strappy wedges for another day.

Make a priority list of the must-see attractions in Florence, such as the Florence Cathedral (Duomo), Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria . Focus on ticking off these spots but allow yourself time and flexibility to get lost in exploring hidden gems.

Switch it up and take a guided tour

Consider joining a guided tour or renting an audio guide to learn more about the city’s history and art. By doing so you gain even more insight into the captivating city of Florence. 

Reserve your Tuscan feast

If you have specific restaurants in mind, make lunch reservations in advance to avoid wasting time waiting in line. Florence offers a variety of delicious Tuscan cuisine, so take the opportunity to savor local dishes and rest your feet. 

Manage your time

Watch the time as you get lost in cobblestone streets and wander through museums. Allocate enough time to visit the major attractions and wander through the charming alleyways. Trust me, it’s easy to lose track of time.

Treat yourself to some local products

Florence is renowned for its leather goods, handmade paper, and artisanal products. Leave some time for shopping and pick up unique souvenirs to remember your trip.

Plan your trip home

If you opt for the train, check the train schedule for your return journey to Rome and ensure you have ample time to reach the train station from your last destination in Florence.

I recommend you book a train ticket with a flexible return time in case you want to stay a bit longer.

If you opt for a tour or self-driving this is less relevant to you, just ensure you leave enough time to safely return home. 

Have a blast!

Finally, remember to savor the experience and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Florence. Take in this remarkable city’s art, architecture, and ambiance, making lasting memories before returning to Rome.

And remember to take plenty of photos!

FAQ’s: Day Trip from Rome to Florence

To finish up, let’s cover a couple of additional questions you may have on your day trip from Rome to Florence. 

Is it worth doing a day trip to Florence from Rome?

Absolutely. A day trip to Florence from Rome is well worth doing. Despite the limited time, you can still experience the beauty and cultural richness of the city. 

Feast your eyes on Florence’s Renaissance art showcased in museums like the Uffizi Gallery, marvel at the iconic Florence Cathedral with its breathtaking dome, and explore the historic center that allows you to soak in the city’s charm. 

Plus of course, you have to indulge in Tuscan cuisine to experience the local flavors and traditional delicacies. 

While more time would be ideal to fully explore Florence, a day trip provides a taste of its highlights and leaves you with lasting memories of this captivating city.

Trust me, you’ll be left wanting to explore more!

Is it better to fly or take the train from Rome to Florence?

When traveling from Rome to Florence, taking the train is far superior to flying. 

Not only does it offer a comfortable and enjoyable journey through picturesque Italian landscapes, but it also provides the convenience of city-center to city-center travel. 

With high-speed trains like the Frecciarossa and Italo, the travel time is only around 1.5-2 hours, which is faster than flying once you factor in airport transfers and security procedures.

Plus taking a train eliminates the hassle of airport congestion, risks of delays, and long check-in lines.

You have the freedom to move around, relax, and appreciate the scenic beauty along the way. This is a big plus in my eyes!

If you want a stress-free and pleasant experience, the train is undoubtedly the better choice for your Rome to Florence journey.

No matter how you spend your day, a day trip from Rome to Florence is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

About the author: Olivia is the founder of the travel blog Defining Decade . As a young Aussie traveller, she is the go-to guide for unlocking the world of travel in your twenties.

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Had a great half-day "Wineries Tour and Wine Tastings" in the Chianti region outside Florence! We went with Giordano, our guide, and bus driver Andrea. We met inside the main train station, Firenze Maria Novella. After meeting Giordano, we walked to our was a bit of a hike, but that is the closest the buses can park to the train station. Giordano gave his PA's in both English then Spanish, but also spoke Italian and several other languages. He was very knowledgeable and put on a great tour. Our driver Andrea did a great job driving the large, comfortable bus. Turns out some of the side roads in the Chianti region are quite narrow!! The scenery of the Chianti countryside was incredible! We drove less than an hour to the Riseccoli Winery, where we learned about 'Chianti Classico,' and what it takes to make such wine. We sampled 3 different types of wine, with some cheese, bread, and salami. Next we stopped at the beautiful small town of Greve in Chianti, where we got a bite to eat and drink just off the scenic main square Piazza Matteotti. Then we headed to the Panzanello Winery for another tour, learning more of the wine making process. We tasted 3 different wines in their tasting room, along with some more snacks. Fabulous! Overall we had a fantastic day in the amazing Chianti countryside. Would definitely recommend this tour!

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We took The Floremce: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti Experience Full Day Bus Tour. Bought via GetYourGuide, operated by Sightseeing Experience. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I just don't understand people complaining about the short time given to explore the cities, the amount of walking. folks READ the description of the tours it's all spelled out. All I can ask if for the published description to be adhere to. The bus was great, a/c was working, the driver professional. Both tour guides were very knowledgeable, nice, accomodating, (and pretty). The bus has to park outside the cities, so yes long walks. The lunch is basic, but filling and yummy, the place is very charming. I got my money's worth and would recommend this tour with GetYourGuide/Sightseeing Experience.

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Pope Francis recognized the second miracle needed for the canonization of Italian Blessed Carlo Acutis, who wrote, "the Eucarist is the highway to heaven." When people sit in the sun, they become tan, "but when they sit before Eucharistic Jesus, they become saints."

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis formally recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager whose birth in 1991 will make him the first "millennial" to become a saint.

In a meeting May 23 with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Dicastery for Saints' Causes, the pope signed decrees advancing the sainthood causes of Blessed Acutis, as well as one woman, and six men.

The Vatican announced May 23 that the pope had signed the decrees and that he would convene a consistory to set a date for the canonization of Acutis and other future saints: Blesseds Giuseppe Allamano; Marie-Léonie Paradis of Québec, Canada; Elena Guerra; and eight Franciscan friars and three Maronite laymen who were martyred in Damascus, Syria, in 1860.


After he started high school, he began to curate, create or design websites, including one for a local parish, for his Jesuit-run high school and for the Pontifical Academy "Cultorum Martyrum," according to the saints' dicastery. He also used his computer skills to create an online database of Eucharistic miracles around the world.

He volunteered at a church-run soup kitchen, helped the poor in his neighborhood, assisted children struggling with their homework, played saxophone, soccer and videogames, and loved making videos with his dogs and cats, according to, the website dedicated to his cause for canonization.

"To always be close to Jesus, that's my life plan," he wrote when he was 7 years old.

He was devoted to Our Lady, praying the rosary every day, and to the Eucharist.

"The Eucharist is the highway to heaven," he wrote. When people sit in the sun, they become tan, "but when they sit before Eucharistic Jesus, they become saints."

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His mortal remains were moved to the municipal cemetery in Assisi in 2007 to fulfill his wish to be in the city of St. Francis. Then his remains were moved to the Shrine of the Renunciation at the Church of St. Mary Major in Assisi in 2019. He was buried wearing Nike sneakers, black jeans and an athletic warmup jacket -- clothes he was used to wearing every day.

In February 2020, the pope formally recognized a miracle attributed to Acutis' intercession and in October that year, the teen was beatified during a Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis. An estimated 117,000 pilgrims visited the teen's tomb in just the first year after his beatification, the Diocese of Assisi said the day before his feast day, Oct. 12, 2021.

The two miracles attributed to the intercession of the teen involved alleged miraculous recoveries for a young boy in Brazil in 2013 and a young woman in Florence in 2022.

The miracle Pope Francis recognized May 23 that paves the way for the blessed's canonization involved a young woman who was born in Costa Rica in 2001 and moved to Florence in 2018 to study.

The woman fell from her bicycle at 4 a.m. July 2, 2022, and suffered a serious head injury, according to the dicastery website. Even after emergency surgery removing part of her skull to reduce severe intracranial pressure, doctors warned her family she could die at any moment.

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Pope Francis has urged young people to learn about Blessed Acutis, who "did a great deal of good things," despite his short life.

"Above all, he was impassioned by Jesus; and since he was very good at getting around on the internet, he used it in the service of the Gospel, spreading love for prayer, the witness of faith and charity toward others," the pope told young Italians Jan. 29.

"Prayer, witness and charity" were the hallmarks of Blessed Acutis' life and should be a key part of the life of every Christian, he said.


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