2-Day Florence Itinerary
Florence is a must-visit when in Italy. Here is a 2-day itinerary that makes you cover whatever you have to see in this beautiful city.
This is one of the top destinations for art lovers, since it was the home of some of the most famous Italian artists, especially during the Renaissance. Walking around the city, you’ll get that artistry vibe everywhere. So be ready with your camera or your smartphone to take pics at every corner of the city.
Let’s start with our 2-day itinerary in Florence.
- Church of Santa Maria Novella
- San Lorenzo Market
- Medici Chapels
- Michelangelo’s David
- Church of Santa Croce
- Dome – Santa Maria del Fiore
- Piazza della Signoria
- Neptune Fountain
- Old Palace
- Uffizi Gallery
- New Market Square
- The piggy fountain
- Old Bridge
- Palazzo Pitti
- Boboli Garden
- Santo Spirito neighborhood
If you arrived by train, probably you’ve already passed by Santa Maria Novella, one of the three main churches in Florence. Go there to start your first day in the city. This is a green-and-white-marble masterpiece built in the 13th – 15th century.
Head towards the San Lorenzo Market, an iconic indoor and outdoor market. Proceed to Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels), part of San Lorenzo complex. It was designed by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi and it used to be the official church of the Medici family, a famous banking and political dynasty in Italy. It’s really worth a visit.
It’s time now to see David, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. The marble statue represents the biblical hero David. It came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states. The eyes of David, with a warning glare, were turned towards Rome.
Continue your tour going to Santa Croce, another of the most important churches in Florence.
Last stop of the day will be the Duomo (Dome), called Santa Maria del Fiore. This incredible building was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the most famous Italian artists. The church was constructed utilizing white, pink and green marble. This is a landmark of the city and you can’t miss it in your 2-day itinerary in Florence.
Start your second day at Piazza della Signoria. There is so much to see in this square, that you really want to take some time to see the Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune fountain), Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) and all the statues around. It really seems to be in an open-air museum.
A key point of this square is the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important museums in Italy and in the World. Here you can find some of the best masterpieces from the Renaissance Italian artists. This is for sure a must-go when in Florence. Buy your ticket in advance to avoid long queues at the entrance.
Once you’ve done visiting the museum, proceed to Piazza del Mercato Nuovo (New Market Square) and go to Fontana del Porcellino (the piggy fountain). Here you should toss a coin inside the mouth of the pig: it’s said it will bring you luck.
Cross Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the most typical spot in Florence, and walk towards Palazzo Pitti, a wonderful palace full of art and history. You can admire it from the outside or visit it inside.
Relax a bit at Giardini Boboli (Boboli Gardens) and stop for a drink in Santo Spirito, a lively neighborhood perfect to grab an aperitivo.
End your 2-day itinerary in Florence crossing Ponte Santa Trinità (Santa Trinità Bridge) and watch Ponte Vecchio from here.
We hope you enjoyed your holidays!
If you’d like to spend some more days in the area, CHECK OUT THE DAY TRIPS YOU CAN DO FROM FLORENCE.