The ultimate recommendations for 24 hours in Florence

24 Hours in Florence – A Perfect Day in Florence 


If you’re an artist or an art lover, spending a day in Florence is a dream come true. Known as the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence offers a rich tapestry of history, art, and culture. Here’s an ideal itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours in this enchanting city. Of course, at Workshops In France, a day trip to Florence is always included for our guests – it’s essential.


A Single Day in Florence


At Workshops in France, we pride ourselves on curating exceptional experiences and our retreat participants love it. Visiting Florence is an integral part of the entire Tuscany art experience. This Italian city cannot be missed.  Renowned as an art destination, Florence’s illustrious history is due in large part to the influential Medici family, whose patronage during the Renaissance supported the city’s culture and artistic prominence. Here are our recommendations for a layover in Florence. Add it to your trip before you head onto an art retreat or use it to plan a brief interlude during a longer journey. Join us for a curated walk through one of our favorite cities.


CEO and Founder Julie Snyder visiting the Duomo in Florence.

Morning Delight: Coffee and the Duomo

 Start your day with a quintessential Italian experience: a cup of coffee at an open-air café near the magnificent Duomo.

Savor a perfectly brewed espresso or a creamy cappuccino while soaking in the view of this architectural masterpiece. Remember, if you want a coffee with milk, ask for a “caffè latte” to avoid getting just a glass of milk!


Why visit the Duomo?


 The Duomo, or Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is an architectural marvel and an iconic symbol of Florence. For artists, the intricate details of its façade, the grandeur of its dome designed by Brunelleschi, and the sheer scale of this masterpiece provide endless inspiration.

Bring your sketchbook and capture the stunning details from your café seat—each angle offers a new perspective on its beauty.


Dive Into Artistic Supplies: Zecchi Colori Belle Arti

After your coffee, head over to Zecchi Colori Belle Arti, a must-visit for any artist. This charming art supply store has been serving artists for generations and is brimming with high-quality materials. Whether you’re looking for pigments, brushes, or canvases, this store has it all. It’s a slice of old-world Italy that will inspire your creative spirit.


Mid-Morning Stroll: Mercato Centrale

Next, make your way to Mercato Centrale, Florence’s bustling indoor food market. Explore the vibrant stalls brimming with fresh produce, cheeses, and meats. The upper level offers an array of food stalls where you can watch chefs prepare Italian specialties. It’s a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, and a great place to pick up unique gifts. Outside the Mercato you can explore a variety of goods, like leather handbags, colorful scarves and jewelry and so much more, sold by the street vendors from their parade of stalls.



Uffizi Galleries

Lunch Break: Local Flavors!

For lunch, indulge in some traditional Florentine cuisine. You might try a hearty Florentine steak, Arancini (fried rice balls), or Cacio e Pepe, a simple yet flavorful pasta dish.

If you’re near the Accademia Gallery, grab a delicious artisanal sandwich from Sandwich Chic and pair it with a rich cappuccino from the café across the street.


Artistic Immersion: Accademia and Uffizi Galleries

After lunch, it’s time to immerse yourself in some of the world’s most famous artworks. Begin with the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s iconic Statue of David. Don’t miss his unfinished works, which seem to struggle to break free from the marble.

 Though a bit of a trek across town, The Uffizi is a treasure trove of art. Marvel at Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” as well as works by Caravaggio, Da Vinci, and Raphael in a stunning building adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence.


scrim in front of their home

David by Michelangelo, is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance sculpture, created from 1501 to 1504 found in the Accademia Gallery

Sweet Indulgence: Gelateria dei Neri

After your museum visits, treat yourself to some gelato at Gelateria dei Neri.

Located near the Uffizi, this gelateria is renowned for its high-quality, flavorful gelato. Try the Fior di Latte, a simple yet delicious flavor made from milk.


Historic Views: Ponte Vecchio

Walk off your gelato with a stroll to the historic Ponte Vecchio. This medieval stone bridge is lined with charming shops and offers stunning views of the Arno River.

It’s a perfect spot for photography and perhaps finding a unique piece of jewelry as a memento of your trip.


Evening Aperitive: Spritz Time


 As the day winds down, relax with an Aperol Spritz or a Cynar Spritz at a local café. These refreshing cocktails are a beloved Italian tradition.

For something different, try a Bellini made with peaches and prosecco named after the famous artist.


Sunset Spectacle: Pizzale Michelangelo

For a breathtaking end to your day, head to Piazzale Michelangelo. This vantage point offers panoramic views of Florence and the Duomo, especially stunning at sunset. Join locals and visitors alike as you watch the sun cast its golden glow over the city. Finish your day with a delicious dinner at one of Florence’s many excellent restaurants. Pair your meal with a glass of Chianti, a classic wine from the region, to toast a day well spent.

Farewell: Ciao, Florence!

As your day in Florence comes to an end, you’ll leave with a heart full of inspiration and memories. Whether it’s a prelude to an art retreat or a brief interlude on a longer journey, Florence’s artistic treasures will stay with you long after you’ve said “ciao.”

Buon Viaggio! 

Enjoy every artistic moment in this beautiful city.  


Blogger: Lauren Carlo

Lauren Carlo is an artist and also the Marketing Director of Workshops In France.  She lives in Baltimore, MD, and enjoys traveling, dancing, and rock climbing.  You can learn more about her painting on her website or follow her on Instagram: @lauren.carloart.

Lauren Carlo

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