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Best Things To Do in Florence

Florence is a gem in Tuscany’s crown, filled with art and architectural gems. From Brunelleschi’s red-roof Duomo to Giotto’s Campanile and museums featuring works from all the Renaissance masters, there are many things to see and do. With so much on offer, it can be hard to figure out what are the top things to do in Florence. Ultimately, the best way to explore Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside is on a fun guided tour. You’ll learn much more about the region’s history and legends and be able to sample fine food and wines simultaneously! So, whether you’re into culture and Renaissance art, shopping, or cooking and wine tasting, we have the perfect Florence tours for you. Check out our list of the best things to do in Florence Italy!

Take a Night Tour of Florence

Florence by night

Take a guided night tour of Florence and see the city in all its atmospheric Renaissance glory. On this 2-hour evening tour, you’ll delve into the mysteries of the city with a knowledgeable guide. See all the famous sites including The Duomo Florence, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Palazzo Vecchio, and open-air sculpture museum Loggia dei Lanzi. Afterward, you can relax with a cheeky glass of Tuscan wine and dinner at one of Florence’s best restaurants, or explore Florence’s buzzing nightclub scene. Then turn in for the night at one of our fabulous curated Florence hotels. Our favorites can be found in our guide to where to stay in Florence.

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Join a Tuscany Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class

Pizza making in Florence

If you enjoy sampling Italian food, you’ll adore our Tuscany Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class Tour. During this exciting tour, you will spend several hours in the Tuscan countryside on an idyllic private estate. There, you’ll meet a professional chef who will teach you how to make authentic Italian pizza and gelato. You’ll have the opportunity to taste traditional Tuscan Fettuna – bread with locally produced olive oil. Once you’ve learned the tips and tricks, feast on your creations while overlooking the emerald hills of the countryside.

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Immerse Yourself in Florence’s Incredible Art

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Florence is known to be one of the epicenters of art in Italy. It is home to some of the most notable and incredible works of the Middle Ages and Renaissance masters.

Join our Florence Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery Tour, and receive a crash course in art history from an expert local guide. Visit two of the most famous Florence museums and experience firsthand why this city is referred to as the birthplace of the Renaissance. See highlights like Michelangelo’s iconic David, the Prisoners, the Pietà, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and more. You’ll learn the history of Florentine culture and art while being led on a walking tour between the two galleries. Considering that art is one of the top things Florence is known for, this is a can’t-miss experience. Read the Florence Design Guide to learn more about the city’s aesthetic treasures.

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Enjoy a Day Tour in the Tuscan Countryside

San Gimignano

So you’ve explored the shops and historical sites of Florence, and wish to discover sunflower-strewn landscapes of the Tuscan countryside. Try our Tuscany sunrise, San Gimignano, Lucca, and Pisa day tour from Florence. This fully guided day tour begins with a scenic sunrise drive through the beautiful hills of Tuscany, with stops for photo opportunities. Then, you’ll visit some other charming Tuscan villages and cities like San Gimignano, Pisa, and Lucca. Discover a slower pace of life in these places, each with its own cultural and architectural highlights. You’ll find rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, stunning medieval architecture, and photogenic scenes every way you look.

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If you want to head even further off the beaten path in search of a truly authentic and unique Tuscan experience, try our Tuscany Olive Oil & Wine Tour – from Florence. Heading deep into the Tuscan hills, begin with a visit to a historical and family-owned Tuscan olive oil farm. Here, you’ll be treated to a fascinating tour and mouth-watering tasting session. After a short lunch break in the picturesque village of Fiesole, head to a historical local winery where the passionate guides will demonstrate their intricate wine-making processes. Ending with a fantastic wine-tasting session, you’ll finish off the day like a true Italian – with a wine glass (or two!) in hand.

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Tuscan Market Tour and Cooking Class

Market delights in Florence

If you’re a true foodie, you’ll love shopping for fresh produce at local markets and learning how to make regional dishes! With our Tuscan Market Tour and Cooking Class, you’ll transform fresh ingredients into culinary masterpieces, from appetizers to desserts. Alongside an accomplished chef, you will recreate 4-courses of Tuscan delights, before feasting on your dishes accompanied by local wines. Making for the perfect Italy souvenir, you’ll receive all the recipes after the tour, so you can prepare them at home. You can prove you passed the Tuscan Cooking Class with a fancy diploma to hang on your wall!

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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Tour From Florence

Cinque Terre

If you need a break from the city, and long for the scent of ocean spray and the taste of fresh seafood, head to Cinque Terre from Florence. It only takes around 2 hours to reach the 5 pastel-colored seaside villages. Join our Cinque Terre hiking tour to explore winding streets, browse specialty shops, and sample Liguria‘s famous pesto dishes. A highlight of this tour is the fact that you can walk along the clifftop between all the villages. This allows you to embrace nature and the great outdoors and see five unique locations on one tour! What more could you ask for?

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We’ll Show You the Best Things To Do in Florence!

There it is, folks: our definitive list of the top things to do in Florence. If this has left you feeling slightly overwhelmed, our informative map of Florence is a great place to start. Use it to help you visualize what activities are close together, ensuring your itinerary is as efficient as possible. We also have recommendations for the best guided tours of Florence and the best Florence tour packages.

Florence Tour packages are a great way to ramp up your Florence experience, combining several of these incredible experiences into one cohesive itinerary. Plus, all your accommodation, tours, and transport are taken care of! For those looking for something a little different, our Alternative Florence & Tuscany 6 Day Tour Package focuses on the more unusual and off-the-beaten-path experiences. Whichever package you choose, you are guaranteed an incredible journey in Florence packed with memorable moments.

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