What to See in 72 hours in Florence!!
Have 72 hours in Florence and wondering what to see? Did you just buy the Firenze Card and want to get the most out it and see as much as possible?
If you’re wondering how to organize your 3 days in Florence, I have a proposed itinerary below of what you can try to see in those 3 days, obviously, if you have more time, you can see everything at a slower pace or even add more.
Our suggested itinerary has a mixture of museums and time spent outdoors so you can enjoy Florence. You can, of course, also mix up the order of the days.
* the museums with the asterisk are included in the Firenze Card
1. Piazza della Signoria
Start your day in Piazza della Signoria.
In the morning, visit:
2. the museum of Palazzo Vecchio * then head on to Via Calzaiuoli and visit
3. the church of Orsanmichele * free
Continue along Via Calzaiuoli and arrive in Piazza del Duomo.
4. In Piazza del Duomo, you can visit the cathedral and baptistery (beautiful!). The cathedral is free, while the baptistery is 5 euro but really worth it!
Grab LUNCH in the area, you want to stay nearby to head back toward Piazza della Signoria in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, dedicate 2-3 hours to
5. the Uffizi Gallery *
After you’re done, head toward the Arno river and enjoy a view of
6. Ponte Vecchio then head over and cross it!
You’re done for the day, enjoy DINNER and Florence by night!
7. San Marco Area
Start your day at Piazza San Marco and visit
8. the Accademia Gallery * to admire Michelangelo’s David and more
Head out and just around the corner to visit the
9. Opificio delle Pietre Dure museum * (don’t know what it is? then you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at this little treasure, not visited by many!)
Head back to Piazza San Marco and visit
10. the San Marco museum * right next to the church – the frescoes by the Beato Angelico are worth it!
In the afternoon, head toward San Lorenzo and visit
11. the Medici Chapels * (see the work done by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in action)
Don’t get distrcted by the outdoor market just yet – head toward
12. the Palazzo Medici Riccardi * and see the small chapel decorated by Benozzo Gozzoli
You’re done as far as museums go – enjoy walking around the area, including heading back toward the outdoor market around the San Lorenzo church.
Walk towards the Santa Maria Novella church, have DINNER and enjoy the evening out.
Today you enjoy the Oltrarno area of Florence, on the left bank of the Arno.
Start by visiting the
14. Brancacci Chapel * and enjoy the frescoes by Masaccio – beautiful!
Afterward, head to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens *
15. The Pitti Palace has 5 museums within, plus the Boboli gardens behind: accept it, you CANNOT visit them all (unless you have more days in Florence). Decide what you’d like to visit, maybe just spend time in the gardens after having been indoors and seen lots of art the last 2 days.
If you’d like to visit one of the museums in the Pitti Palace, you can actually spend the rest of the day here. In that case, I recommend visiting the Palatine Gallery or the Modern Art Gallery in the morning, take a break for LUNCH, then return to visit the Boboli Gardens and any of the other museums (Silver, Porcelain or Costume gallery) in the afternoon.
After you’re done (phew!), head back toward Ponte Vecchio but before crossing it, turn right and follow Via dei Bardi to the San Niccolò area. You’ll arrive at the San Miniato gate along the old section of the walls (one of the last remaining stretches of wall remaining in Florence of the old city walls), cross under and climb up to.
16. Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of Florence ever!