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3 Days in Florence – the Birthplace of the Renaissance

Embrace Florence - the heart of the Renaissance! This 3-day Florence itinerary will walk you through Italian history, culture, and art.

Embrace Florence – the heart of the Renaissance! Here, every street corner whispers centuries-old tales. Art and architecture dazzle, inviting exploration. The food alone is a journey, blending tradition with innovation. Wander and find hidden gems at every turn. The city’s spirit uplifts, inspiring all who visit. History comes alive, connecting past and present. It’s a feast for the senses, offering something new each day. Come for the beauty; stay for the unforgettable experiences. Florence awaits, ready to enchant.

3 weeks in italy travel itinerary florence
3 weeks in Italy travel itinerary – Florence

Where to Stay in Florence

There are two places I’d highly recommend in Florence – The Social Hub Florence Lavagnini and YellowSquare Florence. It is nestled in the heart of the city, offering a modern and vibrant stay for travelers. Its contemporary design and unique social spaces invite guests to connect and relax in style. The hotel boasts a rooftop pool with stunning city views, a range of room options to suit every need, and an on-site bar and restaurant for convenient dining. Its prime location ensures easy access to Florence’s iconic sights, making it a perfect base for exploring its rich history and culture.

Take it Slow: A Self-guided Walking Tour in Florence

In Firenze, taking it slow is key, especially in summer’s crowd. Embrace the pace; lines can teach patience. Book tickets online for the Uffizi GalleryAcademia Gallery (Statue of David), and the Duomo to save precious time. Avoid shortcuts on your self-guided tour. Each step unveils hidden stories worth every moment. Seek alleys less traveled, where real adventures lie. Here, the city’s soul whispers to those who wander slowly. By doing so, you’ll uncover Florence’s true beauty, hidden in plain sight, away from the hustle. 

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance

Day 1: The Heart of Renaissance Art and Architecture

A. Duomo: Begin your Florence adventure at the crack of dawn at the Duomo (aka Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral). This early start ensures you experience the cathedral’s grandeur with fewer people around. Marvel at the stunning interior, climb the Cupola del Brunelleschi for unparalleled city views, and remember the underground secrets and the adjacent Campanile. Get your Priority Entrance ticket here. 

3 Days in Firenze - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Duomo (aka Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral).
3 Days in Firenze – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Duomo (aka Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral).

B. Museo dell’Opera del Duomo: Just steps away, this museum offers more profound insights into the Duomo through its collection of sculptures and artifacts initially intended for the cathedral. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the craftsmanship and artistry that shaped this iconic landmark.

C. Piazza della Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio: A short stroll leads you to the political heart of Florence. The square is adorned with statues that narrate tales of the city’s past, including a replica of Michelangelo’s David. The Palazzo Vecchio, with its towering structure and rich history, is an essential visit for anyone interested in the power dynamics and art of Renaissance Florence.

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Uffizi Gallery Museum).
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Uffizi Gallery Museum).

D. Galleria degli Uffizi: Conclude your day with a visit to one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. Home to masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, it’s a treasure trove of Renaissance art. Don’t miss Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” a true emblem of beauty and grace. Remember to book your ticket ahead of time to avoid the crowd. 

Watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

With extra time, make your way to Piazzale Michelangelo. This square offers stunning views of Florence, especially at sunset. It’s the perfect spot to capture the city’s beauty from above, with landmarks like the Duomo standing out against the skyline. The sunset here isn’t just a visual treat; it’s a moment of tranquility, coloring the city in warm hues. For those seeking a memorable Florence experience, this panoramic view is a must-see, wrapping up your visit with a breathtaking scene.

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (The Baptistry).
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (The Baptistry).

Day 2: From Iconic Bridges to Artistic Marvels

F. Ponte Vecchio: Start your day at this historic bridge, symbolizing Florence’s enduring charm. Wander among the jewelry shops and take in the picturesque views of the Arno River. It’s a moment to capture the essence of Florence’s beauty.

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Ponte Vecchio)
3 Days in Firenze – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Ponte Vecchio)

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E. Corridoio Vasariano (Vasari Corridor): If open, this hidden corridor offers a unique perspective on the city. Originally designed for the Medici family to move safely from their palace to the government office, it’s a fascinating walk through history. Check ahead for opening times and availability.

G. Museo di San Marco: Moving north, the Museo di San Marco invites you into a world of spirituality and art. The serene atmosphere and Fra Angelico’s frescoes make it a haven of peace and beauty. It’s a reflective journey into the monastic life and Renaissance art.

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Statue of David at Academia Gallerie in Florence).
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Statue of David at Academia Gallerie in Florence).

H. Galleria dell’Accademia: Your final stop is where you’ll meet Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. The gallery’s collection also includes works by other masters, offering a fitting end to your exploration of Florence’s artistic legacy. I waited in line here for 2.5 hours because I didn’t book my ticket ahead – so don’t make the mistake I had. 

Day 3: A Medieval Journey to Siena

Embark on a day trip to Siena from Florence and dive into the heart of Tuscany’s medieval past. Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, captivates with its well-preserved streets, stunning architecture, and the famous Piazza del Campo. This intimate city, contrasting the grandeur of Florence, offers a unique glimpse into medieval Tuscany. 

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Siena, Tuscany).
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Siena, Tuscany).

What to See and Do in Siena:

  • Piazza del Campo: The central square is known for the Palio, a historical horse race surrounded by magnificent architecture; it’s the perfect spot to soak in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
  • Duomo di Siena: A breathtaking example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture, with intricate façades and stunning frescoes.
  • Torre del Mangia: Climbing this tower rewards you with panoramic views of Siena and the Tuscan countryside.
  • Explore the Contrade: Discover the city’s 17 historic districts, each with its traditions and symbols, offering a deeper understanding of Siena’s communal spirit.

Choosing a guided tour to Siena saves time. It enriches your visit with stories and insights into the city’s historical and cultural complexities. The convenience of having everything arranged for you, from transport to exclusive experiences, transforms a simple visit into a memorable journey through time. You can book the Day Trip to Siena here

Random Italian Men on the streets of Firenze, Italy).
Random Italian Men on the streets of Firenze, Italy).

Ciao, Firenze!

In three days, Florence reveals its heart. You’ve walked through history, art, and culture. Each day brought new wonders. From iconic landmarks to hidden corners, memories were made. The flavors, the sights, the sounds – all unforgettable. Siena added a medieval touch, deepening the experience. Now, as you reflect, Firenze feels like a friend. It promised beauty and delivered. Until next time, carry its inspiration with you. Florence is a city that always welcomes you back.

3 Days in Florence - Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Torre de Arnolfo).
3 Days in Florence – Embracing the Birthplace of the Renaissance (Torre de Arnolfo).

From Florence to Other Italian Destinations By Train

From Florence, Italian adventure calls. Pisa awaits just an hour away by train, a quick journey to its famed tower. Next, Bologna, only half an hour away, offers rich culinary delights. Cinque Terre’s colorful villages by La Spezia are a two-hour ride, promising breathtaking coastal views. Venice, the city of canals, is a must-see destination two hours away. Lastly, Rome’s ancient wonders are just an hour and a half from Florence. Each destination enriches your Italian voyage. For all your European rail/train tickets, I find these two websites the most convenient: Omio (best for Italian destinations) and Euro Rail.

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