10 Things You Can’t Miss in Florence & Tuscany

Music festivals, Vespa rides, Tuscany events and festivals, spas, gelato, museums, wineries, beaches and mountains. 10 things to do in Florence and Tuscany that you (definitely) can’t miss!

Best things to do in Florence, Italy and in Tuscany

 

Climb to the top of the Duomo on a sunny day. The view is unforgettable.

To learn more about the Duomo and other monuments in Florence, check out: Monuments in Florence


 

 Eat a gelato (ice cream) in Piazza Santa Croce on a Spring or Summer day. The best gelaterie of the district (and perhaps of the city) are Vivoli(Via Isola delle Stinche, 7) and Vestri (Borgo degli Albizi,11). Don’t miss this experience!


 

Ride a Vespa (or scooter) to Piazzale Michelangelo or Fiesole on a warm, Spring day. You’ll really experience the freedom and joy of the Dolce Vita.

For Vespa Tour Companies, take a look at: Bike, Car & Vespa Rental in Florence


 

Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia (Via Ricasoli, 58), where the original David of Michelangelo stands. Seeing the process from marble to masterpiece at the “i prigioni” (the prisoners) exhibit is also a great experience.

For more info on The Accademia and other state museums, visit: States Museums in Florence


 

Drink a glass of Tuscan wine on an Autumn/Winter day at one of the typical Florentine wine bars. We suggest spending some time at Dondino (Piazza Santa Croce), Antica Mescita (Via San Niccolò, 60), Enoteca Fuoriporta (Via Monte alle Croci) or at La Sosta del Rossellino(Settignano).

 

Go to music festivals in Tuscany in the Spring and SummertimePistoia BluesArezzo WaveUmbriaJazzMaggio Musicale (Florence), Mercantia(Certaldo) and Firenze Rocks.


 

Go up to Piazzale Michelangelo. The walk up may be difficult, but the view from the top is well worth it. Try and make it for sunset on a nice evening!


 

Relax at one of Tuscany’s beautiful spasSaturniaVenturinaCalidarioBagno VignoniMontecatini, Rapolano Terme, etc.


 

Take a break from the museums and monuments and visit/eat at the Mercato Centrale in the San Lorenzo area. Find the freshest produce, meats and fish around at this closed market. Upstairs, you can enjoy restaurants, cafes and bars for a different kind of dining experience.

Learn more about the markets in Florence here: Markets Around Florence


 

Attend a soccer match at Le Cascine Park or a Fiorentina Serie A game at Stadio Franchi.