9 free things to do in Florence

Visit Piazzale Michelangelo

Enjoy panoramic views of Florence's skyline, including the iconic Duomo and Arno River, from Piazzale Michelangelo. It's a great spot for sunset or sunrise photography.

Stroll Across Ponte Vecchio

Take a leisurely walk across Ponte Vecchio, Florence's famous medieval bridge lined with shops selling jewelry, art, and souvenirs. The views of the Arno River are spectacular.

Explore Piazza della Signoria

Wander around Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum with impressive sculptures like Michelangelo's David replica and the Fountain of Neptune. Entry to the square is free.

Visit Basilica di Santa Croce

Enter Basilica di Santa Croce, a beautiful church where notable figures like Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli are buried. The interior and cloisters are free to explore.

Enjoy Boboli Gardens

Spend time in Boboli Gardens, located behind Palazzo Pitti. These Renaissance gardens feature fountains, sculptures, and stunning views of Florence's skyline. Entry is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Admire the Duomo from Outside

Marvel at the exterior of Florence Cathedral (Duomo) and Giotto's Bell Tower from Piazza del Duomo. Entry to the cathedral requires a ticket, but admiring the architecture from outside is free.

Visit Mercato Centrale

Explore Mercato Centrale, Florence's central market, to experience the bustling atmosphere, sample local foods, and enjoy the vibrant colors and aromas of fresh produce.

Wander Through Oltrarno

Cross the Ponte Vecchio and explore Oltrarno, Florence's artisan quarter. Discover workshops, boutiques, and hidden gems in this charming neighborhood.

Visit the Medici Chapels

Enter the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) to see the mausoleum of the Medici family. Entry to the New Sacristy requires a ticket, but you can visit the Chapel of the Princes for free.