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How to Spend 2 Days in Florence | 2 Day Florence Budget Itinerary | Broke Girl Abroad

Only got 2 days in Florence? That’s just enough time to check out 10 must-see attractions! Today, I’ll share with you some of the cheapest, most-beautiful (and budget friendly) overall best things to do in Florence, Italy!

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Introduction

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Italy

Official Language(s): Italian

Currency: Euro

Emergency phone number: 112

When to Go to Florence

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October – November

If you’re not too averse to humidity and crowds of people, springtime in Florence is pretty stunning. But I’m allergic to both (probably), so if you’re anything like me, October and November will be your sweet spot. Significantly less crowds and cooler weather. You’ll need a light jacket, but that’s about it.

Plan to Stay

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Plan to spend 2 days in Florence to see 10 of the must-see attractions!

Where to Stay in Florence

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Opera Boutique B&B

The Opera Boutique B&B is located in a not-super-touristy neighborhood. Yet it still manages to be within spitting distances of some really gorgeous areas, like Piazza Della Libertà, and great restaurants.

It’s a 20 minute walk to the Uffizi, so a quieter area won’t lead to a sacrifice in time.

62, Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico, 50129 Firenze

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How to Get Around in Florence

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I walked 14 miles in Florence and didn’t even notice. Florence and Brussels are tied for the most walkable cities in Europe, as far as I’m aware. For Italian cities, Florence is smaller than most, and everywhere you look is a beautiful sight. Pack some good walking shoes and go at it.

Where to Eat in Florence

Florence is one of those places where it’s a fabulous idea to take some food and walk around while you eat. Not everything I mention will fit that bill, but when you can, eat outside. Florence has so many potential picnic spots it would be a shame not to.

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All’Antico Vinaio

All’Antico Vinaio is legendary for their sandwiches. It’s one of the most reviewed restaurants on Tripadvisor and there is always a line. The line moves at a spectacular pace though, and it’s entertaining to watch. The sandwiches are cheap, but the quality is there. I still can’t eat prosciutto, it just can’t compare to what I had at All’Antico Vinaio.

Via dei Neri, 74/R, 50100 Firenze

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Ostaria dei Centopoveri

If you prefer a sit down lunch, then look to Ostaria dei Centopoveri to fit that need. For €10, you’ll get wine and a two-course meal! 

Via Palazzuolo, 31r, 50123 Firenze

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Perché, no!

I cite Perché, no! as the gelato spot for two reasons;

1) gelato = delicious

2) they have gluten-free cones for those with Celiac. It’s so thoughtful. 

Via dei Tavolini, 19r, 50122 Firenze

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Trattoria Ponte Vecchio

Trattoria Ponte Vecchio is a place I most definitely planned to eat at… had a train schedule not derailed (pun intended) those plans. I don’t care what their website says… they don’t open for dinner until 7. Lesson learned. I still hear such great things and it’s right on the Ponte Vecchio… I dunno, I gotta throw it in.

Lungarno degli Archibusieri, 8/r, 50122 Firenze

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Day 1 of 2 Days in Florence

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Uffizi Gallery

Let’s start with one of best things to do in Florence… the Uffizi Gallery, aka my mom’s version of Disney. For her, this museum is the Happiest Place on Earth. I see where she’s coming from. The building alone is a well-structured beauty.

It houses major Renaissance masterpieces (I saw two da Vinci paintings during my visit!) and with three floors, it looks intimidating. Where does one even begin?

I used Rick Steves’ audio guide and was happy as a clam. One caveat: he recommends at least two hours. I’d shoot for three to four.

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze

Open 8:15 a.m. – 6:50 p.m. every day except Monday

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Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is just outside the Uffizi, and it’s a great place to sit, eat lunch and take in the sights. Notice the mini version of David to your left. Good prep for what is to come.

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Galleria dell’Accademia

I fully admit it, I went to Galleria dell’Accademia solely to see Michelangelo’s David. Me and millions of others, probably. The museum is smaller than Uffizi, but still contains a lot of little treasures. It’ll take you roughly an hour and change to work your way through. And yes, David will absolutely take your breath away.

Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze

Open 8:15 a.m. – 6:50 p.m. every day except Monday

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Mercato del Porcellino

Florence has a few open-air markets that make for awesome post-museum shopping. Mercato del Porcellion is mostly luxury goods, but also has a few affordable trinkets. Oh and… a pig statue. It’s good luck if you rub it’s nose.

Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 50123 Firenze 

Open daily 9a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

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Basilica di Santa Maria Novella

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella is basically a primer for the Duomo. Similar kind of style, and really, really beautiful. This is actually the first major sight that greeted me when I arrived in Florence! Pretty good indicator of all the spectacular stuff to come.

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze

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The Duomo

The Duomo (aka Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is so mind-blowing and stunning I went through it twice. Once during the day, and once at sunset. You don’t need to do that (one day view will be fine) but it’s so easy to see why. Look at this beautiful architectural marvel.

No one to this day knows how Filippo Brunelleschi managed to create a dome so well-built and ahead of it’s time. I couldn’t fit it all in one picture, and tbh, no one can (probably).

(And yes, you can climb the dome.)

Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, 50122 Firenze

Open Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Baptistery of St. John

The Florence Baptistry is right behind you, and also deserves a closer look. The doors are the most painstaking attention to detail I’ve seen in a piece. It’s incredible, especially when you consider that the dome of the Duomo took 16 years to build and the gates took 27.

Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze

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Day 2 of 2 Days in Florence

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Pitti Palace

Day 2 will be spent in the Oltrarno district, across the bridge. It’s mostly a day for wandering about and seeing what appeals to you, so let’s start with the Pitti Palace! Part royal palace and part art museum, this place is a feast for the eyes.

Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze

Open daily 8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Boboli Gardens

Once you’ve had your fill of royalty, meander through the Boboli Gardens. It’s a gorgeous green space that’s every bit as romantic and private as the Medici family wanted it to be. It’s surrounded by sculptures. Have fun! 

Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze

Open daily 8:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Piazzale Michelangelo

Finally, Piazzale Michelangelo is a great spot to end your trip, because Florence deserves to be seen at this point from sunset. Tell me you don’t wanna bring a wine bottle and some glasses and just chill?

Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze

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One Last Thing

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History here in Florence is so rich, I’d read up on it beforehand. You’ll appreciate everything you see so much more as a result.

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Safe travels!

-Maggie

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