Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance – Florence is a cultural, architectural and artistic gem –from visiting world famous museums to sampling local wine in a corner bar, there is plenty to see and do in Florence, and the city will easily keep you busy for a week .
However, keep in mind that with all the entrance fees, the costs can easily add up, but on the other hand you won’t want to miss out on all the great attractions for being cheap.
Instead, spend on the attractions and save on accommodation, and stay in one of the many apartments on GowithOh - that way you can cook your own meals, which will save you a lot of money!
Here are some of the best things to do in Florence …
There are a number of excellent museums in Florence, from sculpture museums to science – there is even a museum dedicated to the luxury brand Gucci!
The most famous museum however, is Uffizi, one of the most popular museums in the world, with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity.
The entry fee is €11, and it’s not uncommon having to wait in line for hours, so the extra €4 for booking in advance could very well be worth it, as you will save a lot of time that could be spent in the museum rather than outside of it.
Other popular museums include Bargello, Accademia Gallery and Pitti Palace (with the beautiful Boboli Gardens).
Santa Maria del Fiore
Also called “Duomo di Firenze”, this is the most beautiful cathedral in Florence, and is the symbol of the city – it’s possible to climb up to the huge Dome (€8) to get a view overlooking the city. But keep in mind that there are 464 steps to climb!
Built in the 14th century, Ponte Vecchio, which literally means “old bridge”, is the oldest and most famous bridge in the city.
Unlike most bridges, this one is known for having shops still built along it, a tradition which was once common in Italy. The little buildings hanging off it over the river can be seen from the Uffizi.
Most of the shops are traditionally mostly jewellers since the days of the Medici.
Boboli Gardens which are located behind the Pitti Palace, is one of the most beautiful and relaxing spots in Florence. With fountains, flowers, tree-lined lanes and wonderful views of the city, the Boboli Gardens are not to be missed!