A Day in Florence: Ultimate Itinerary to Explore the Renaissance City in 24 hours

September 18, 2023

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Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, captivates visitors with its rich history, magnificent art, and charming streets. While one day may seem short to experience all that Florence has to offer, with careful planning, you can immerse yourself in the city’s beauty! In this travel blog itinerary, we’ll guide you through a memorable day in Florence, highlighting its iconic landmarks, renowned museums, delightful cuisine, and picturesque streets.

We only had 24 hours in Florence, but it quickly turned into Jade’s favorite city in Italy. Here’s the exact spots you should add to your Florence itinerary experience it all with your 24 hours in Florence.

Looking for other Italian city getways? Spend one day in venice, 2 days in Milan, or planning a trip to Cinque Terre with our itinerary.

Want to go to South of Italy? Consider visiting spending 24 hours in Florence, Jade’s favorite city in Italy.

1. Florence Sunrise at Ponte alla Carraia Bridge

Sunrise at Ponte alla Carraia Bridge

7:00 AM – Sunrise at Florence is one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world, and worth waking up early for! Check the sunrise time for when you’re visiting. Head out at least 30 minutes before sunrise so you can see the changing colors. We recommend catching the sunrise at Ponte alla Carraia Bridge, or at the Piazza del Duomo. The sunrise at Ponte alla Carraia Bridge was stunning as the romantic golden pink colors reflected off the waters. After sunrise, start your day with a delightful Italian breakfast at a local café. Enjoying a cappuccino and a freshly baked pastry!

2. Explore the Piazza del Duomo

Afterward, head to the heart of Florence, Piazza del Duomo. Marvel at the stunning Florence Cathedral, also known as Il Duomo, with its iconic red dome dominating the skyline. Take a moment to appreciate the intricate façade before exploring the interior of the cathedral. It is free to visit the Piazza del Duomo from the outside. Hot Tip: It is likely there will be a long line, so consider purchasing skip-the-line tickets on Get Your Guide in advance. You can always cancel 24 hours in advance if anything happens.

3. Sunset at the Piazzale Michelangelo

Embark on a breathtaking journey to Florence’s iconic Piazzale Michelangelo and immerse yourself in the city’s artistic charm. This elevated terrace offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Florence’s architectural marvels, including the majestic Duomo and the serene Arno River. As the sun sets, the square comes alive with a warm golden glow, creating a magical atmosphere perfect for capturing unforgettable moments. A visit to Piazzale Michelangelo promises an unforgettable experience that encapsulates the essence of Florence’s timeless beauty.

4. Take a Tour to visit the Florentine Hills

We’ll travel on the Florentine hills, in the most picturesque roads between old walls and postcard landscapes, where you can still breathe the subtlety of the air that inspired the greatest Renaissance artists. Escape to the serene beauty of the Florentine hills, a verdant oasis just a short distance from the bustling city of Florence. Surrounded by lush vineyards and olive groves, these rolling landscapes offer a peaceful retreat for nature lovers and those seeking a tranquil respite. As you wander through charming villages, you’ll encounter ancient castles and rustic farmhouses that add to the region’s timeless allure.

We recommend booking one of tours on Get Your Guide. Whether you’re savoring local wines, indulging in delectable Tuscan cuisine, or simply reveling in the breathtaking panoramas, a visit to the Florentine hills promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Tuscany’s countryside.

5. Ponte Vecchio

Step into the enchanting world of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio, a bridge steeped in history and romance. Spanning the Arno River, this iconic medieval bridge is adorned with charming jewelry shops, each showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. As you stroll along its ancient cobblestones, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by the rich architectural heritage of the city. Whether you’re an art lover, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking a picturesque backdrop, Ponte Vecchio promises an unforgettable and captivating experience in the heart of Florence.

5. Book a Florence Photoshoot

Capture the magic of your Florence adventure with a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot booked through Airbnb. This unique experience allows you to explore the city’s hidden gems and iconic landmarks while a professional photographer expertly captures your cherished moments. Whether you’re strolling along the enchanting Ponte Vecchio or basking in the golden glow of Piazzale Michelangelo, the Airbnb photoshoot ensures you’ll take home stunning, high-quality images that will forever preserve the memories of your unforgettable journey in the heart of Florence. Here’s the exact Florence Airbnb Photoshoot we did, and it turned out to be one of our favorite photoshoots of all time!

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Recap: Florence in 24 Hours Itinerary

5:30 AM – Wake up and get ready. Florence is a gorgeous backdrop so you’ll want to wear your best dress, and comfortable shoes for those cobblestones. Avoid heels as they can get stuck in the cobblestones.

6:30 AM – Headout to Ponte alla Carraia Bridge or Piazza del Duomo for sunrise and breakfast.

9:30 AM – Galleria dell’Accademia: Make your way to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to one of the world’s most famous sculptures, Michelangelo’s David. Admire the beauty and craftsmanship of this iconic masterpiece, along with other remarkable works of art housed in the museum.

11:00 AM – Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace: Cross the Arno River and stroll along the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, an ancient bridge lined with jewelry shops. As you reach the other side, continue walking until you reach the magnificent Pitti Palace. Take a leisurely walk through the Boboli Gardens, enjoying the serene atmosphere and beautiful views of Florence.


1:00 PM – Lunch in Oltrarno: Head to the Oltrarno district, known for its artisan workshops and charming streets. Choose a trattoria or osteria in this neighborhood to enjoy a delicious Florentine lunch. Savor traditional dishes like ribollita (Tuscan vegetable soup).

2:30 PM – Uffizi Gallery: After lunch, visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s most important art museums. Marvel at the incredible collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Take your time exploring the museum and don’t miss Botticelli’s famous “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.”

4:30 PM – Florence’s Historic Center: Wander through the charming streets of Florence’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Piazza della Signoria, admiring the impressive Palazzo Vecchio and the outdoor sculpture gallery. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the Loggia dei Lanzi, housing famous sculptures such as Cellini’s Perseus.


6:00 PM – Piazzale Michelangelo: Make your way to Piazzale Michelangelo, a hilltop square offering breathtaking panoramic views of Florence. Take in the sweeping vistas of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Arno River. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere as the sun sets over the rooftops.

7:30 PM – Dinner in Santo Spirito: Head to the Santo Spirito neighborhood, a vibrant area loved by locals. Explore the lively Piazza Santo Spirito, home to a charming church and numerous bars and restaurants. Choose a trattoria or a cozy restaurant in the area to indulge in a delicious Florentine dinner, accompanied by a glass of Chianti wine.

9:00 PM – Gelato and Evening Stroll: End your day on a sweet note by treating yourself to a gelato from one of Florence’s renowned gelaterias. Take a leisurely evening stroll along the Arno River, admiring the illuminated bridges and the enchanting cityscape.

Conclusion: Although one day may never be enough to fully explore Florence, this itinerary allows you to immerse yourself in the city’s artistic treasures, architectural wonders, culinary delights, and the country side – all in 24 hours! From admiring Michelangelo’s David to savoring traditional Florentine cuisine, Florence promises an unforgettable experience. So, pack your walking shoes, embrace the Renaissance spirit, and get ready to fall in love with this remarkable city!

  1. Sarah says:

    Great photos. Love that car – looks so Dolce Vita. Love Florence, such a beautiful city. Cant wait to return 🙂

  2. Sonia says:

    Wonderful photos, I think I need a return visit.

  3. Amanda says:

    What a great Florence itinerary! Your photos turned out absolutely gorgeous. Florence is one of my favorite places and I can’t wait to return.

  4. Bri says:

    Your pictures are SO gorgeous! I am obsessed!

  5. Katie says:

    What a fantastic itinerary! I love the idea of a photoshoot and your photos are stunning! Makes me want to go back and relive the magic of Florence!

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