What to see and what to do in Florence if you have just one day!
Make an early start and head to the Duomo to gaze on its mightyproportions; alongside are the superb
Campanile and Baptistery. You can find out more about the history at the nearby Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. If you’re feeling fit climb to the top of either the Duomo or Campanile for great views of the city but remember you will probably be jostling for space.
Take a coffee at one of the cafè-terraces along the traffic-free Piazza del Duomo to recharge your batteries. Head northwest up to the Mercato Centrale at San Lorenzo – it is only open until 2 PM – and check out the amazing fresh produce. You can then browse the leather stalls of the Mercato San Lorenzo – keep a look out for pickpockets, make sure you’re buying a bargain and don’t be afraid to haggle.
Right by the market is the unassuming Gozzi Sergio, renowned for its hearty Tuscan fare.
Finish your shopping and then walk down Via Pucci and right into Via Ricasoli to the Galleria dell’Accademia to view Michelangelo’s massive masterpiece David. There’s plenty more to see in the gallery or you may prefer to visit nearby Monastery of San Marco before returning to your hotel.
For a special treat try Hosteria Bibendum in the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol in Via de’Pesconi. For a cheaper option there’s Belle Donne, located close to Via de’ Tornabuoni.
Stroll down to the grandiose Piazza della Repubblica with its triumphal arch, for a touch of splenid Florentine atmosphere.