3 Days In Florence Itinerary

Visit one of the most enchanting cities in Italy and lose yourself in the rich history, exotic art and architecture in your 3 days in Florence. In this charming city located near the coastal region of South Carolina, you get to witness, and experience so much art, heritage, culture, and fashion. Popularly known across the globe as the birthplace of the Renaissance, tourists flock here to admire the close quarters that have works of world-renowned masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. From the gorgeous Uffizi Gallery to the historic Ponte Vecchio and the Boboli Gardens, there is no dearth of interesting attractions in Florence, each steeped in its own history.

Explore the historical ruins, mind boggling architectural wonders, well-preserved churches and cathedrals, centuries old paintings, and much more in your Florence 3 days itinerary. You can walk through the Uffizi Gallery that houses famous paintings by artists such as da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian to name a few. Enjoy the calm and small town vibe of the city with its quaint piazzas and tree-lined boulevards. Also, you can delve deep into history and look for hidden secrets as you tour the Palazzo Medici and admire the gorgeous architecture as you visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Day 1: Duomo Complex, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery
Day 1: Duomo Complex, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery

On the first day of your Florence 3 days itinerary, start off by visiting the Duomo complex which is the local name for the famous Santa Maria del Fiore. Enjoy its gorgeous architecture and explore its various aspects including the Duomo Museum, the Giotto bell tower, and the Baptistery. After lunch, head to the picturesque bridge spanning River Arno, the Ponte Vecchio followed by the magnificent Uffizi Gallery.

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Accademia Gallery, San Marco Monastery, Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo Basilica And The Medici Chapel, Palazzo Vecchio
Accademia Gallery, San Marco Monastery, Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo Basilica And The Medici Chapel, Palazzo Vecchio

On day 2 of your Florence 3 days itinerary, head to the Accademia Gallery to witness Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. Then walk a few blocks to the Museum of San Marco Monastery to witness some of the early Renaissance masterpieces. Enjoy lunch and shopping at the bustling San Lorenzo markets and continue your tour by witnessing the beautiful Santa Maria Novella, Basilica of San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels.

Day 3: Bargello Museum, Oltrarno, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Brancacci Chapel, Viewpoints
Day 3: Bargello Museum, Oltrarno, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Brancacci Chapel, Viewpoints

Begin the third day of your Florence 3 days itinerary by visiting one of the city’s underrated sculpture museums at Bargello. Follow this with a tour of Santa Croce church with its magnificent paintings, sculptures, and tombs. By afternoon, head to the trendy Oltrarno neighborhood and then immerse yourself in history at Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, and the Brancacci Chapel.

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Places To Visit In Florence In 3 Days

Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo

One of the most important places to visit in your 3 days in Florence, the Piazza del Duomo is known for its cathedral, the baptistery, the bell tower and the Campo Santo, the four architectural wonders. Also known for exquisite Sicilian baroque, you can explore the Duomo, Palazzo degli Elefanti, and Fontana dell’Elefante. This pedestrian-only Piazza is located right in the heart of Florence and is a welcome change from the traffic and bustle of the city.

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Florence Cathedral
Florence Cathedral

The Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the most famous sights in Florence that can be spotted from most parts of the city. Popularly known as the Florence Duomo, the red tiled dome and Gothic architecture defines the city’s history and identity. This is the largest church in Florence and is also one of the most famous landmarks of the city. Apart from the church it houses the Museum of the Duomo, the baptistery of San Giovanni, and Giotto's Bell Tower.

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Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria

One of the most important public squares in the city, has served as a popular political hub for the people of the city for centuries and today showcases a vibrant and rich culture. You will find several people, including locals and tourists, gathering at the Loggia dei Lanzi and Neptune fountain to soak in the vibe and eclectic atmosphere. Here you can also witness the famous Palazzo Vecchio.

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Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio

This 13th century monument with its imposing structure has been a sign of the city’s political power for hundreds of years. The edifice is a major feature on the Piazza della Signoria and draws many visitors who come to witness its dominating façade, typical architecture, the grandeur of Medici quarters, and a peek into Renaissance Florence.

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Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery

This is one of Europe’s most famous museums and a must-visit when you have 3 days in Florence. Walk down the hallowed halls to witness some of the most awe-inspiring works including Italian medieval and Renaissance art such as Botticelli's ‘Birth of Venus’ and Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa’. This is one of the most visited sites in Italy because of its history and number of masterpieces.

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Opera Museum
Opera Museum

The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is a popular attraction in Florence that houses artifacts from Florence's famous Duomo Cathedral. You can witness interesting pieces such as Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original doors for the Baptistery of St. John. You will also get to see Donatello’s Penitent Magdalene statue, and the unfinished Florence Pietà that was originally intended by Michelangelo to cover his own tomb.

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Giotto’s Campanile
Giotto’s Campanile

This is yet another much recognized and imposing landmark of the city that soars above the Florence rooftops. You can admire the spectacular architectural work that comprises intricate polychrome marble covering the breathtaking height of almost 82 meters. Once inside, climb more than 400 steps to the very top of the structure to catch mesmerizing views of the entire city.

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Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica

One of the most visually striking and important places in the city, this square lies in the very heart of Florence. It is flanked by elegant boutiques, high-end restaurants, the portico of a 19th-century palazzi, and Grand Dame hotels. Walk through this historically rich piazza to soak in the local culture and heritage of the place.

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Fontana del Porcellino
Fontana del Porcellino

This is a very famous fountain in the city that features a life size bronze boar in the middle, sculpted and casted by Baroque master Pietro Tacca in the 17th century. You can also partake of the local tradition and rub the boar’s nose for good luck. It is located in the Piazza del Mercato Nuovo and showcases a Roman recreation of a Greek sculpture.

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Accademia Gallery
Accademia Gallery

Counted in the list of the oldest drawing schools in Europe, this is also among the most visited museums in Florence. It is renowned all over the world for housing one of the greatest masterpieces of all times, Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall sculpture of David. The gallery also boasts of various other works of Renaissance art such as paintings by Botticelli and Lippi, unfinished Michelangelo sculptures, and much more.


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Mercato Centrale
Mercato Centrale

Popularly known as the Central Market, this is a must visit for the gastronomic enthusiasts in Florence. You can also witness rich 19th century architectural beauty alongside traditional food stalls on the ground floor. As you go upstairs you will find a comprehensive food court that boasts dozens of stalls and shops offering a wide variety of local and international cuisines.

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San Marco Church
San Marco Church

This ornate complex features a church and a convent which has now been restored as the famous Museo Nazionale di San Marco. You can take a tour through the interiors of this religious building where you can also see famous collections of manuscripts and the tomb of Renaissance philosopher, Pico Della Mirandola.

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    • Uffizi Gallery
    • Florence Cathedral
    • Accademia Gallery

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