How to Spend a Day in Firenze: Five Fun Things To Do

While Florence has a lot to offer in terms of museums and art galleries, if you've had your fill of cultural activities and are ready to partake in activities that are not typically listed on travel guides, check out our Florence to-do list:

1. Take a stroll along the Arno River and head up to Piazzale Michelangelo where you will get the best views of the city. The steep climb is definitely worth the panorama of the beautiful Renaissance architecture below, including the view of the top of the Duomo.

View from Piazzale Michelangelo

2. Relax and get a fish pedicure at Florence Fish Kiss. Although it feels a little funny at first, you become used to the vibrating sensation. They don’t actually polish your toes, but the fish are the best callous removers. Pro-tip: For those in need of an actual manicure, the only nail salon that resembles one that you would find in America is Maniboo located on Borgo Ognissanti. 

3. Visit Mercato Centrale, one of Florence’s largest and most delicious markets to get a taste of Italy. A supersized Eataly, Mercato Centrale offers a range of authentic Italian dishes to sample or have as a meal, such as pesto gnocchi and burrata bruschetta. Beneath this glamorized food court is a bustling market open until 2:00 pm where you can purchase the freshest of ingredients to cook yourself. Or you can sign up for a cooking class in Mercado Centrale’s state of the art kitchen to learn how to master Italian caliber lasagna, along with other recipes.

 
 

4. Be sure to walk through the leather markets right outside on your way out to purchase a near replica of those bags you’ve always wanted but couldn't buy because they were too expensive. For the real deal, hit up Florence’s numerous designer shops and boutiques near Piazzale Repubblica.

 
 

5. Lastly, a bike or vespa tour is a good way to explore the city and see the numerous historical sites!