Tips for visiting Florence

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and millions of tourists decide to visit it every year.

Everyone knows that the splendid works of the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's David and Ponte Vecchio cannot be missed.

If you are looking for what to visit in Florence in addition to the main attractions, we reveal some secrets and tips to keep in mind for your visit.

1. Visit the historic center of Florence

Enjoy the historic center of Florence declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for free. Strolling on foot through the streets of the center you can externally admire the alleys of the medieval citadel, churches, palaces and noble buildings, the Gothic-Renaissance architectural grandeur of Santa Maria del Fiore, the sixteenth-century magnificence of Palazzo Pitti and its adjacent Boboli Gardens.

Historic center of Florence

2. The state museums of Florence are free on the first Sunday of the month.

If you want to visit the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, the Accademia Gallery or the Bargello National Museum without spending a euro, the first Sunday of each month is free.

But on the day when admission is free you will find long queues.

3. Skip the line in the Museums of Florence

If you prefer to skip the long queues at the Florentine museums, you can buy tickets for each individual attraction on this site for priority entry.

You can also buy the Florence Pass to access the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery and the Duomo at a discounted price and with a single ticket.

Some tickets include audio guides that help you learn all the details of the attraction.

4. Taste Florentine cuisine

Without a doubt, one of the reasons why you must visit Florence is the good food.

In addition to the Florentine steak, which you must eat, it is possible to taste the best Florentine dishes by spending little in street food.

This way you will try good Florentine food without spending too much. One of the best known is certainly All'Antico Vinaio, in the heart of the historic center of Florence, where you can eat excellent, large sandwiches for just a few euros. You will surely come across a long line outside a restaurant and you will know that you have found one of the characteristic places to eat...

5. The most beautiful panorama of Florence for free

Not everyone knows that to enjoy the panorama of Florence from above it is not necessary to climb the bell tower of the Duomo but just climb the stairs for free from Piazza Poggi and reach Piazzale Michelangelo.
The Piazzale houses reproductions of Michelangelo's most famous works.

Near the Piazzale it is also possible to visit the Rose Garden for free, accessible every day from 9 to sunset.

6. Touch the pig's face to wish you luck

The Fontana del Porcellino in Florence is located near Ponte Vecchio, next to the loggia of the Mercato Nuovo and is loved by both Florentines and tourists.

In fact, according to tradition, touching the pig's nose brings good luck. A curiosity: despite being called a little pig, the statue depicts a wild boar.

To get lucky, you need to rub the piglet's nose and put a coin in its mouth: if the coin falls past the grate where the water falls, it will bring luck.

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