3 Days in Florence

In search of uncommon itineraries

In order to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Florence, 3 days might seem to be too short a time. There are museums, gardens, boutiques and lovely shops. How can you grasp the essence of this magical city in such a brief time? 

Our team knows how to give you the best advice for discovering the Florence perfect for you. Let us guide you through the galleries of art and along the unbeaten streets in search of an original, totally unknown Florence. 

Day 1: A day at the museum

For the lovers of culture, there are enormous possibilities: you can pass a day at the Uffizi among the magnificent works of Botticelli, Leonardo, Raffaello, Caravaggio and many other great Italian artists. Or, visit  Palazzo Strozzi that hosts all year round interesting exhibits of ancient and modern art.

It would be well worth your while to visit the Accademia delle Belle Arti where you will find the David of Michelangelo. Palazzo Pitti hosts the Museo of the Argenti, the Museum of the porcelain and the carriages, and the Gallerie Palatine, the Modern Art Gallery and the Costumes Gallery. But if you wish to experiment with a diverse and original route, we recommend a visit to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi right in front of the Hotel Spadai where you will be enchanted by the fifteenth-century courtyard designed by Michelozzo and the frescoes painted by Benozzo Gozzoli.

Another possibility is the Museo Stibbert, an immense collection of art objects compiled by the Italian-Englishman Federick Stibbert. This museum possesses more than 50,000 artifacts of great value including medieval armament and costumes from various epochs in history. There are also precious porcelains and gun collections.

Day 2: Shopping, mon amour!

It is impossible to come to Florence without dedicating an entire day to shopping. Start off at Via Tornabuoni, the Florentine fashion temple, where is found all the boutiques and established brands of the world's great designers such as Prada, Tod’s, Pucci, Ferragamo, Burberry and Gucci.

Stop for a quick champagne cocktail and truffles sandwiches in the historical Procacci, and then proceed towards the center. It will be well worth the while to stroll through the streets just about Piazza Duomo. Here one can find wonderful bookstores and historical cafés such as Rivoir where in winter delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream is served. There is the famous Giubbe Rosse where Futurist Italian intellectuals of the 20th century gathered. If you are looking for jewelry, visit the splendid boutiques on Ponte Vecchio.

There are an enormous selection of art galleries that dot the city's center. But if you really want to savor the flavor of Florence, lose yourself in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Oltrarno or those around Piazza Santa Croce. Visit the odds and ends shops, the stores where unknown designers create, and the wood and gold crafts' shops where you will come across exquisite rarities to bring back home with you.

Day 3 Walking through gardens

An alternative itinerary for you to enjoy Florence in springtime, when the air is full of fragrances and the rush of summer tourism has not started, is to go in search of the Florentine secret gardens. Many people think that when in Florence one can only visit the huge Giardino di Boboli—the historical grand-ducal park created by Ammanniti, the Buontalenti, the Vasari and the Tribolo. Go to the Cascine, the delightful public gardens in Florence where you can stroll along the Arno river licking on a delicious ice cream and surrounded by enormous meadows and centuries-old trees.

Florence hosts many other parks and gardens of enormous beauty and historic importance. Move on until you reach the high grounds above Ponte Vecchio to get to the Giardino Bardini. A lovely tangled display where you can see gorgeous flower-beds, jerry cans and stupendous panoramic views of Florence.

Also deserving a visit are the Roses Garden in Viale Poggi, where among the rose gardens sprout original artistic works of Folon, and the Iris Garden, located to the east of Piazzale Michelangelo, and open from the end of April to the end of May. Here you can admire some very rare examples of the flowers that are symbols of Florence.