1ST DAY - Santa Maria del Fiore-Battistero- Piazza della Signoria - Galleria degli Uffizi
When you arrive in Florence after your accommodation in Hotel,start yor visit directly from the Duomo,the magnificent Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore to admire the masterpiece by the Genius Brunelleschi who built this magnificent dome emblematic symbol of Florence,115 m in high with a diameter of 44,5 m flanked by the 82 m of the wonderful Giotto Tower,you are here in the capital of Renaissance and simply this view will be unforgettable.Continue the adjacent Battistero di San Giovanni,the beautiful Baptistery where you can admire the marvellous mosaics inside and the massive bronze doors outside the ones facing the Cathedral ,Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore,so beautiful they became known as the Gates of Paradise.For a good lunch pasta homemade and traditional Tuscany cuisine you can enjoy the Restaurant Buca San Giovanni or if you like tasting excellent local wines Fiaschetteria Nuvoli or Fiaschetteria Fratellini where you can enjoy tastefully snacks too.(The cinghiale piccante con caprino (spicy raw wild boar sausage with creamy goat cheese) is excellent here.
Continue a few more blocks to the stage set of Piazza della Signoria, filled with statues and lined by buildings the Medici would still recognise.Opening off the south side of the square is world's premier gallery of the Renaissance, the famous Galleria degli Uffizi .Spend the rest of the day visiting,enjoying and discovering the immense talent of Giotto, Botticelli,Leonardo, Michelangelo,Raphael,Titian,Caravaggio and many others at 7:30pm the Galleria Uffizi closes.
Have a nice dinner at Sabatini This is one of Florence's best-loved restaurants.After over 65 years of history good Tuscan cooking with few allowances for current fashion. It has all the classic dishes as well as some gems like the controfiletto with balsamic vinegar or the fisherman's scampi. The wine cellar has all the big labels of Tuscany,with all the best a Cantina can offer.The staff is very friendly,the service excellent and the athmosphere really nice.
2ND DAY - Accademia-Santa Maria Novella- Santa Croce-Ponte Vecchio -Palazzo Pitti and Giardino dei Boboli
After your breakfast visit the Accademia when it opens to see Michelangelo's David,suggested to go early to avoid queue.Later visit the Church of Santa Maria Novella,admiring some of the the first Renaissance paintings with among the most perfect perspectives and a Ghirlandaio Fresco cycle absolutely magnificent on which a young apprentice named Michelangelo helped this Master.
Next to Santa Maria Novella,you can find a good restaurant (trattoria) for your lunch Trattoria 12 Gobbi find this popular Tuscan restaurant where in summer you can dine in the open air, in a traditional courtyard. The cuisine is local in style and offers many of the local favorite dishes such as panzanella di farro pasta with sauce, pasta with beans, rigatoni strasciati and veal stew, as well as steak in wine and onions. The wines are mainly local and you can choose among the best Tuscany can offer,
After your lunch,visit Santa Croce Church admiring the famous Giotto frescoes and the final resting place of prominent people as Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo Buonarroti but also Niccoló Macchiavelli and Gioacchino Rossini.
Come back toward the city centre crossing the jewelry shop–lined medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio over to the artisans' quarter known as the Oltrarno.The view toward the other bridges on the River Arno is absolutely amazing,romantic and unique.Very close,only five minutes walking you will find the majestic Medici's Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), whose painting galleries You can visit Giardini dei Boboli, (Boboli Gardens) a magnificent masterpiece of garden and terraces.For a nice dinner you can enjoy Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni offers a traditional Tuscan cuisine in homely surroundings. An attractive variety of cheese and vegetable-based starters is featured on the menu, complemented by fish dishes excellent list of desserts and a wide selection of fine wines.
3RD DAY- Fiesole- Mercato di San Lorenzo .Shopping in Calzaiuoli and Tornabuoni Streets.(Eventual 2nd visit at Galleria degli Uffizi )
In the morning, take the bus to Fiesole (the Florence hill) to enjoy its cool pleasures and Roman ruins. Get back to Florence for shopping Via dei Calzaiuoli running from the Duomo to Piazza della Signoria.This street is probably the main shopping street in central Florence with Via Tornabuoni you will find all the big names about Haute Couture and Italian High Fashion such as Armani, Gucci, Versace, Coveri, Ferragamo among others,If you want to find something cheaper but interesting visit San Lorenzo Market around Piazza San Lorenzo, for handbags,leather jackets, belts, jewellery,nice little gifts and some interesting accessories,
If you are an art lover,of course you can back to the Galleria degli Uffizi if there is the desire to know more the masterpieces of the most important artists of the history. For a good lunch in the area the restaurant La Giostra, located a few minutes from the Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore il Sasso di Dante,both are excellent restaurants offering among the best Tuscan delicacies and a distinctive selection of fine wines. Relax yourself in Piazza della Signoria with a fantastic view of one of the most charming and fascinating square in Italy and enjoy a coffee or traditional Italian Cappuccino or why not a glass of Chianti Reserve.
To finish in the best way your trip in Florence dinner at Latini in Palazzo Rucelai,This historical restaurant is a favourite with both Florentines and visitors as well. Despite the fact that the restaurant is always fairly busy, the service is excellent. If you have not booked in advance it is a little bit to have a table immediatly,book the day of your arrival or maximum the day after.The Florentine steak is without comparison, made from the choicest cuts of meat.you can also taste other typical recipes of Tuscany as the famous "Ribollita" or the "Minestra di Farro"accompanied by a great bottle of Chianti,Brunello di Montalcino or Montepulciano.
4TH DAY day Florence - Your Town
After your breakfast departure to Florence airport or in the case you are in Florence by a low cost company with arrival to Pisa Airport, take your train from Santa Maria Novella Florence Station to Pisa Railway Station and then transfer to the Galileo Galilei Pisa Airport.
Recommended Hotels in Florence
Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
Hotel Relais Santa Croce
Hotel Palazzo Magnani Feroni
Gran Hotel Minerva
Hotel the St.Regis
Hotel Golden Tower & Spa