3 Days in Florence

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Florence isn’t just the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance: this UNESCO-listed city is also the capital of Tuscany, surrounded by the region’s beautiful countryside. With three days to explore, here’s how to enjoy Florence’s artistic and architectural masterpieces and also take a day trip beyond the city limits to the Tuscan hills. 

Day 1: Marvelous Marble
One of Florence’s most iconic works of art is Michelangelo’s David, an image that graces everything from T-shirts to calendars at souvenir shops throughout the city. Savor this soaring statue with an early access tour first thing in the morning, taking in the beauty of the work before the crowds arrive. Afterward, continue on to discover Florence’s other famous marble masterpiece: the Duomo. Opt for a tour with skip-the-line access to the complex, or you will spend precious hours waiting to enter the church, baptistery, bell tower, dome, and museum. Once you’ve explored two of the city’s most important cultural treasures, take the rest of the day to get to know its Renaissance center. Hop-on hop-off tours are a convenient way to get a feel for the city, or guided Florence walking, bike, or Vespa scooter tours generally include highlights like Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

Day 2: Culture and Cuisine
The Uffizi is one of the most popular museums in Italy and attracts millions of visitors each year. The best way to enjoy important works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo—without being overwhelmed by the size of the collection and the crowds—is to opt for a guided tour that includes early entry before the galleries open to the general public. After you’ve had your fill of art, it’s time for gastronomic delights. Florence is known for its excellent cuisine, and you can sample some of its best food and wine on a gourmet tour of the city or by joining a cooking class. Food and wine tours often stop at the city’s outdoor markets, street food stands, restaurants, wine bars; during a cooking class, you can delve even deeper and discover the secret to preparing Florentine dishes before sitting down to enjoy them during an informal meal.

Day 3: Head for the Hills
For much of the year, Florence is packed with tourists drawn by the importance of its art and beauty of its center. For a respite from the crowds, take a day to explore the quiet countryside or smaller towns in the surrounding region of Tuscany. Popular Tuscan towns include elegant Pisa, medieval Siena, and charming San Gimignano; if you’d like to relax on the coast, opt for a day trip to the five fishing villages of the Cinque Terre in the neighboring region of Liguria. Another popular option is to explore the rolling hills of Chianti: Tuscan wine and food tours are perfect for foodies, or the more adventurous can choose to explore the countryside on a horseback ride, by vintage Fiat 500, or by joining a bike tour. For a truly unforgettable view of Tuscany, take a hot air balloon ride over its postcard-perfect landscape.
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Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence Including Lunch

See all that Tuscany has to offer on this day trip to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano from Florence. Led by an expert guide, explore the main square and Gothic cathedral in Siena, followed by a traditional, 3-course lunch with wine. Afterward, enjoy free time to stroll the medieval streets of San Gimignano independently, as well as the city of Pisa, famous for its UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower. Your full day of sightseeing will conclude with transportation back to Florence.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

Get a true taste of Italy's famous Chianti region on this full-day wine and food tour departing from Florence. Led by a guide, travel through the Tuscan hills by a 4x4 off-road vehicle, stopping to visit a wine estate and historic villa, and a cellar specializing in bottles of Chianti Classico. Sample the finest specialties at each stop, and save room for a 3-course meal in the Chianti countryside before making the return trip to Florence.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

Explore the Italian Riviera on this day trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre from Florence, with transport between each small town provided. Led by a Tour Leader, discover each fishing village by coach, train and boat, from the beaches of Monterosso to the charming streets of Riomaggiore. Stop for a swim in the turquoise waters and upgrade to include a traditional Italian lunch. Soak up all the character of this UNESCO-listed region before heading back to Florence.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Step inside one of Italy’s most famous art museums on this 2-hour guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Avoid the crowds with early access and skip-the-line entrance, then learn more about the museum’s highlights with the help of an art historian guide. Prepare to be impressed as you spot works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, and view iconic paintings like Titian's ‘Venus of Urbino’ and Botticelli's ‘Primavera’. Best of all: your ticket is still valid after the tour ends, so you can continue exploring for as long as you want.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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  • Duration: 24 to 72 hrs
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Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

See Italy from behind the wheel of a retro Fiat 500 on this 4-hour tour through Tuscany. Take a spin around the countryside, enjoying panoramic views of Florence and a stop at the Church of San Miniato al Monte. Your guide will lead the way to a private terrace, where you’ll enjoy a delicious Tuscan lunch before cruising back to your original departure point in Florence.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Indulge in a true taste of Florence on this 3.5-hour food and walking tour. Led by an expert foodie guide, travel through the streets of the Renaissance city and stop at the top local haunts. Check out the fresh produce at the San Lorenzo Market, try the bold flavors of an Italian coffee and peruse a Florentine delicatessen. You’ll sample plenty of specialties along the way, including cheeses, breads, olive oils, gelato and delicious Italian wine. Numbers are limited to twelve people to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Florence Duomo Sky Walk: Exclusive Entrance to Cathedral Terraces

Visit Florence Duomo with a skip-the-line ticket, and enjoy exclusive access to the terraces for panoramic views of the city. After touring the cathedral, you’ll make your way up the staircase and along corridors that have been closed to the public for centuries. Stand on the terraces as you learn about Brunelleschi, the dome’s architect, then continue to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, if you wish. Your ticket also includes a Florence guidebook plus access to Giotto’s Bell Tower and other select museums.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight

Get a bird’s-eye view of the Tuscan countryside on this 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Departing from San Casciano in Val di Pesa, an expert captain will lift you 2,000 feet (609 meters) into the air. Soak up unparalleled views of Tuscany’s olive groves and vineyards spread out below, as well as quaint villages and stunning castles. Then toast your adventure with a complimentary glass of Champagne after descending back down into the countryside.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$288.79 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Renaissance Florence Walking Tour

Discover the history of the Renaissance city on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Florence. Led by a guide, tour the exterior of the Baptistery, Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, and check out the Palazzo Vecchio as you stroll through the bustling Piazza della Signoria. While your guide fills you in on the stories of the city and its characters, try a culinary sampling of some of the region’s top specialties before heading to the Oltrarno to explore a local market.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to the Accademia Gallery in Florence with Breakfast

Be one of the first of the day to tour Florence’s Accademia Gallery, and finish with an Italian breakfast in a local cafe. It’s a Viator Exclusive tour that can’t be booked anywhere else! In a small group, limited to just 15, you’ll explore the famous gallery without the crowds, and learn about Michelangelo’s works from an art-historian guide. Swoon at the sculpture of ‘David,’ hear the history of ‘San Matteo’ and gain insight into the influential art of the Renaissance.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tuscany Bike Tour from Florence

Take in the postcard-perfect beauty of Tuscany on this small-group full-day bike tour from Florence. Ride through the Tuscan hills with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. Keep a relaxed pace to fully enjoy the scenery, and visit two wineries along the way.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Vespa Panoramic Tour of Florence

Zip through Florence in true Italian fashion on a 3-hour Vespa tour. Ride on your own scooter while a guide leads you to some of the best panoramic views in and around the city, including Piazzale Michelangelo, the convent of San Miniato, and the ancient Roman hill town of Fiesole. Stop often to take photos and enjoy the thrill of riding through the city streets.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Horse Riding in Chianti Day Trip from Florence

Treat yourself to a winemaking tour and horseback riding in Tuscany on this 6-hour experience from Florence. Led by an expert guide, ride through Tuscany’s Chianti wine region by horseback, admiring the scenic landscape of vineyards and olive trees as you go. Stop to visit a local wine cellar and hear about the region’s winemaking tradition. Afterward, sit down to a flavorful meal of Tuscan dishes, complemented by smooth Chianti wines. Numbers are limited to six people to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Customizable Cooking Class in Florence

Learn to prepare authentic Italian dishes during a private cooking class in Florence. Get hands-on culinary instruction from a professional chef inside a well-equipped home kitchen, where you’ll learn time-tested tips and tricks you can use to impress family and friends. Customize the experience with your choice of three different menus, and enjoy your homemade creations along with wine pairings at the end of the lesson.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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