Florence in a Day: Hidden Gems & Top Attractions

The Roman Guy’s top tips for visiting Florence on a day trip from Rome.
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Hi. Welcome to The Roman Guy How 2 Series. Today, we’re going to show you to get the most out of your day trip to Florence.

A lot of people refer to Florence as a city, but it has much more of a small village type feel. It’s perfect for a day trip because it’s centrally located between Milan, Venice, and Rome, and very easy to get to by fast train. It’s an hour from Rome, two hours from Venice, and an hour and 40 minutes from Milan. Think of it this way, it’s a three-hour car ride from Rome to Florence or a one-hour train ride.

Our first stop is Accademia which is about 13 minutes by foot from the main train station. Be sure to RSVP tickets to Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. You can call ahead to get the lowest price or book online with one of our partners.

I recommend getting inside by 9:30 AM. Be sure to give yourself at least 30 minutes between your reservation and your train arrival time.
It’s heavily debated on what Michelangelo’s masterpiece is, but David is an amazing work of art with a great story. After David’s completion, Michelangelo was asked why he worked so fast. His response was, “I saw an angel trapped in that marble and I carved him until I set him free.”

The central market of Florence is about a seven-minute walk from Accademia. In Italian, it’s referred to as il Mercato Centrale. It’s a great place to grab a coffee, some fruit or snacks to keep you going all day.

After the central market, you should head to Brunelleschi’s Cathedral, which is Florence’s central focal point. You’ll hear the massive cathedral being referred to as il Duomo. It’s recognized for its captivating color scheme, bronze doors, and magnificent cupola, or dome. The cathedral took over a hundred years to build and was consecrated in 1436 during the height of the Florentine Renaissance.

Right in Piazza del Duomo is a great artisanal gelato shop called Gelato Edoardo Bio. It’s family-owned, organic, and has recipes that are over a hundred years old.

The Basilica of Santa Croce, is not only a beautiful church but the final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo. One of the best parts about Santa Croce is on the outside. This lively piazza is a people-watchers dream.

There are plenty of outdoor restaurants in Florence but consider La Cantinetta Verrazzano. This is a local favorite and recommendation of one of our guides in Florence.

From here, you should pass by one of Italy’s most famous bridges, the Ponte Vecchio or old bridge, famous for its shops physically built into the bridge. Today, most of them sell gold, but they’ve been selling different artisanal goods here since it was constructed as far back as the 12th century.

Now you’re right around the corner from Piazza della Signoria. This square is connected to one of the world’s most impressive collections of Renaissance art, the Uffizi Gallery.

Piazza della Signoria is host to a beautiful array of outdoor statues, monuments, and fountains. The most notable building in this square is Palazzo Vecchio which is the Town Hall of Florence.
By now, it should be getting late and you should consider going to All’Antico Vinaio for a Florentine sandwich.

On the way to the train station, you should stop by La Fontana del Porcellino. It’s a bronze statue of a boar and Florence’s most famous piece of folklore. You put a coin in the boar’s mouth and let it slide out. If it successfully falls the grate below, it ensures a safe return to Florence. This tradition was documented as early as 1766.

From here, you’re only 10 to 15 minutes from the main train station, but by a rule of thumb when in a foreign city, you should try to get there 20 minutes early.

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Abhijit Naskar says:

Thanks For Such a nice details video….

Bartlomiej Nowak says:

Infact ,because a lot of english words has a Roman origine, that’s the reason why their such similar

hanif RZ says:

You are really good doing Vlog keep up

19dec1981 says:

1:22 Get a room ffs!

Luqman M says:

i wish i stumbled upon your channel before I went to Italy.
Well, I need to go there again, to put your suggestions to work

BabyDaniyal says:

Hi roman guy. Which website did you book all the tickets? Do i just pick any from google?

Leandro Jose Viloria says:

1:22 – 1:29, they sure look like they are doing some artwork.

dkphantomdk says:

just came home from a short vacation in Italy that ended early since the rented house had bedbugs.
– we did manage to stop by florance and did walk around the town to some of these locations.
we skipped the food and iceshops since it is soo expensive in the turist areas.
We parked the car in : garage nazionale and you are in one step away from the Mercato Centrale.

The city is nice but there are just to crowded to enjoy the place, you allways walk around in a noise and once you stop people are running by to get to the next location, and the locations are crowded with no room to stand and enjoy the place.
Also if you want to visit the museum and other attractions, you are getting ripped off good. Also, do not visit restaurants or buy ice, when there are no prices on the menu.. you are getting ripped.

TuanTV says:

I followed the itinerary of this video to the letter when I did my sidetrip to Florence from Rome back in December 2017! This was one of the most helpful Florence video I’ve ever seen! Thanks for making my trip an awesome one!


Thank you, I really like your vlog!! I’m planning my Europe trip next year and your channel is very helpful!

Bruce Stuart says:

I’ll be in Florence in a couple of weeks, thank you so much as I will be catching a train from Rome & spending the entire day there. Exactly what I was looking for, for the limited time. I’m from New Zealand & can’t wait! Cheers

Mana Lilo says:

Next time go to Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori it is THE BEST restaurant in Florence! (Take it from a florentine girl)

Linda Audet says:

Actually, Brunelleschi designed only the dome. The architect of the cathedral was Arnolfo di Cambio. Both have statues on the south side of of the duomo.

TheDeadSky89 says:

Oww this is so awesome! Easier to plan my trip in March! Thanks a lot dude!

Neil DeJesus says:

Great video.  My sister is getting married in Chianti at the end of September but we are going to stay in Florence for a couple days.  Any recommendations on driving to Chianti or taking the bus instead from Florence.

Hassan Ali Husseini says:

A very beautiful city full of history, arts and architecture. I was so lucky to spend four days in march 2018 there, and I visited all of the places mentioned in the video except the restaurants (but the market I did). Restaurants I found other places.

And not to forget: If you have time visit Piazza Michelangelo (from where you have a nice view to the town from south), and do a trip to Fiesole where you can rest and relax a little bit from the busy town of Florence (and have a view from the north :-)).

HR MILIEU - World Class HR Solutions says:

outstanding and very crisp talk during video.


I love the panini from the anticipation vanaio, is delicious

QueenVelveeta says:

Was in Florence this spring and the Duomo is breathtaking at first sight. We saw all the sights you mentioned except The Boar. Oh, we ate lunch at the Market and it was wonderful.

Andre Mejia says:

Which train do you take for a one hour trip to Florence or 2 hr to Venice? Aprox. how much are the tickets?

Fiat 127 2 porte 1972 GE 505239 says:

Piazza della SS Nunziata

Maricarmen Ferreira says:

Thank you for your tour and all your tips. Love your videos.

yo mismo says:

pont3 vecchio es una mierda.no tiene nada mas que joyerias modernas

Esmeralda Ramos says:

I love your videos!!! Been watching them all for my trip! Can you do one visiting Cinque Terre!

Mariel Thompson says:

Great video! Thank you so much!

Chris Basic says:

Nice but way too much of “David” and deez….

Huggy Bear says:

Thank you for your informative video. For people who also like to visit the “Santa Maria Novella” and “Baptistery of St’ John” where do there fit in according to your recommended attractions ?

gerardo sanchez says:

Well… 1st is not 1 hour train from Florence to Rome and he skip the most nicest places in Florence, piazzale Michelangelo, Palazzo Pitti and Piazza Santo Spirito, I think they can do it better with right information

Rahul Singh says:

Great information
I did my one day florence trip and this video was very helpful.
I followed you step by step but started at 8 am so inhad some time to take a bus and visit Piazza Michaelangelo before returning back .

67claudius says:

1:28 The art stimulates love.

np 094 says:

My city, thank you for talk good about it !

David Pascucci says:

May I also highly suggest VYTA Fine Food located in the lower level of the Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station!!!! A high-end looking Wine and Cheese store and bistro, but don’t let that intimidate you. It was the absolute BEST Charcuterie plate we had in Italy along with a glass of wine. We were SHOCKED when we went to pay for it! It was only 12 euro!!!!!!!!!!! Incredible Charcuterie at an incredible price!!! We’re still talking about it and the design of the place is stunning!!!!

Laura Barbosa says:

To get tickets for the fast train say this Sunday can we just show up there in the morning ? We are here now and are considering doing this itinerary you mention then as we really only have one day for Florence

madstylesnz says:

Florence is great you can walk around the city to get to most sites, I recommend the Hop-on Hop-off Tour where it takes you up to the hills surrounding the city really beautiful up there with great views.

Fiat 127 2 porte 1972 GE 505239 says:

Bella la mia Firenze….

Rose Johnson says:

On my last day in Florence, October 19th 2017, a tourist was killed by a falling Stone from under a cornice inside of the Santa Croce Church. A member of my group witnessed the tragedy. The church was closed for inspection. Check before you go if this famous sight has reopened.

Phuong P says:

thank you for the great video!

Betty Dunn says:

He forgot his bag on the train.

may Soriano says:

I know also someone who can drive you everywhere,anywhere you want specially when your 5 or more person. His name is Pierguido Sarzani you can msg him through what’s up anytime his number is 0039-339 3475995. It’s safety and licensed.

Rog5446 says:

You can’t go to Florence and miss out the Baptistry of the Duomo and the Medicci Chapel Galleria.
Don’t bother booking for the Galleria Academia, just go along after 7:00pm and you won’t have to wait long to get in.

mia milicic says:

What are the best souvenires you can take from Italy?

Bravo Luca says:

A day in Florence is not enough. You need at least a week there. We go there off season and you don’t have to put up with so many tourists. And you don’t have to wait in line to see anything. We just get right in.

lexmax08 says:

Love it.

Riviera Dreamer says:

Awesome vlog! I’m a new YouTuber living in Italy and just subscribed 🙂 Can’t wait to see more!


By far my favorite city that I’ve traveled to so far!!!

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