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35+ Unforgettable Things to Do in Florence, Italy

The statue of David, surrounded by people taking pictures of it.

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The city of Florence, Italy, will overwhelm you in so many ways. As the capital of Tuscany and the birthplace of the Renaissance, there are so many things to do in Florence, from exploring the art and cuisine to taking in the gorgeous views and gardens.

An art history professor at my university once told me that 50% of the world’s artistic treasures are in Italy — and half of Italy’s artistic treasures are in Florence. Honestly…I’ve since googled this and I don’t think this is true. At all

That said, there is SO much art in Florence, it feels like it springs up from the pavement. Art is spellbinding and abundant here.

I studied abroad in Florence in 2004, and that experience became a seismic event in my life. I am the travel writer I am today because of that semester in Florence. I probably wouldn’t have met my husband, a fellow Italophile whom I met in Italy, if it hadn’t been for that time in Florence!

Since then, I’ve returned to Florence several times — but recently I decided to return for a longer, more intense research trip, doing every activity and taking every photo so I can provide you with the most accurate information possible.

One thing to know: Florence is going to be incredibly crowded, regardless of what season you visit. I strongly recommend booking advance tickets whenever you can. This is most essential for visiting the Accademia (home to the statue of David), the Uffizi Gallery, and climbing the Duomo — though I recommend booking ahead for literally everything you can.

From incredible art to dazzling cuisine and quirky neighborhoods, here are the most exciting and cultural things to do in Florence, Italy.

This post was published in May 2024 and was co-written by Adventurous Kate and Hannah Cooper.

The statue of David, surrounded by people taking pictures of it.
The Statue of David is undoubtedly one of the top highlights of Florence!

Things to Do in Florence, Italy

See Michelangelo’s David at Galleria dell’Accademia

If there’ any one piece of art in Florence that everyone knows, it’s Michelangelo’s David. Most Florence visitors make a beeline for the Accademia Gallery to see this legendary sculpture, which Michelangelo carved when he was only 26 years old.

Standing over 5 meters and bolstered by a plinth, David represents youth and beauty. It’s also emblematic of Florence and the Renaissance movement.

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