Florence or Firenze in Italian is the biggest city in the Tuscany region and my favourite city in Italy. I have spent years working as a tour guide in Italy, guiding tourists around some of the most amazing cities. Florence was one of those places I couldn’t wait to return to each time. Imagine cobbled streets, 16th-century palaces, statues, bridges across the River Arno and so much charm and magic. Especially on summer evenings. 

Florence in 2 days itinerary duomo

This Florence in 2 days itinerary combines my knowledge of what to see, what to do as well as what to eat in Florence to have absolutely the best time here.

Can you see Florence in 2 days? Absolutely. While you might never want to leave, this gorgeous city filled with art and incredible architecture can be easily explored on foot as it is quite compact.

However, you need a plan!

This 2 day Florence itinerary will help you prepare – what tickets or tours you need to prebook to avoid disappointment and how to schedule your busy days in Florence.

Plus you might have an extra day to take a day trip from Florence. In that case, I have some suggestions too.

So let’s get started.

The Overview – 2 Days in Florence Itinerary

Here is a quick overview of all the highlights included in this itinerary. Plus I will give you a few amazing places to have a delicious lunch, dinner, and how not to get overcharged for gelato and pay 9 euros. LOL.

You either call it the best day ever or a tourist scam!

Day 1 of 2 Days in Florence: 

  • Piazza Del Duomo, Duomo & Baptistiry & Campanille
  • Piazza del Signoria & Palazzo de Vecchio and Loggia
  • The Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vechio
  • Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens 

Day 2 of 2 Days in Florence: 

  • Academia
  • Mercato Centrale
  • Santa Croce Church
  • Piazzale Michelangelo for sunset

Florence in 2 days itinerary overview

Florence in 2 Days Itinerary – Day 1

Start the day exploring Florence with a walking tour that will allow you to see the historic centre. 

The Duomo and Piazza del Duomo

Duomo (meaning cathedral) is what most locals call the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It’s simply magnificent and monumental. It took 150 years to build and there are three types of marble from Carrara (white), Prato (green) and Siena (red) which creates a colourful and very rich facade. 

The terra-cotta tiled dome was built by Brunelleschi and his design was ingenious, and even to this day is considered an architectural and engineering masterpiece. The double-walled dome rests on a drum and the entire dome was built without scaffolding, the bricks being laid in a self-supporting pattern, and took 16 years to build.

It was the first dome in the world built without central support and the 1st octagonal dome.

Florence facade of Duomo

The facade of the main cathedral in Florence – The Duomo

You can visit the Duomo free of charge, but a dress code applies (no short shorts, or singlets). You will most likely see the line form leading to the big door. If you wish, you can simply purchase the skip-the-line ticket that will get you inside through the express security check at the designated time.

Visitors are able to climb 463 steps to the top of the dome and see how the inner shell supports the outer shell. You will need a ticket for this, but it could be the perfect way to start your morning in Florence.

See the mosaic floors and all the frescos inside while keeping nice a cool, the cathedral is always cooler and provides a break from the heat in the summer.

If the lines are simply too long, you might pop in later on in the afternoon and instead enjoy the Duomo from the outside.

You will feel like the Duomo appears at every corner in Florence. You’ll see it through the small side streets and of course from the other side of the river Arno.

Campanile (designed by Giotto) is the bell tower right next to the Duomo and you could also climb it – 414 steps to the top.