Florence, the jewel of Tuscany, has charmed and captivated individuals for centuries. What is that? You only have a day? Not to worry. Even an hour in this enchanted city is worth the effort. With an entire day, the possibilities are endless. Appreciate the art, uncover the history, marvel at the architecture, shop around, pig out---like I said, the possibilities are infinite. Whichever tickles your fancy. You will leave with enough memories to last you a lifetime, and probably, you may find yourself aching to revisit such beauty again and again.
Opting for an organized tour will assure that you will see the best Florence has to offer. If you chose the walking tour, such will guarantee you a pass for both the Uffizi and the Accademia. This will give you the opportunity to see the jewels of Florence including The Birth of Venus by Botticelli secured in the Uffizi and Michelangelo’s David housed in the Accademia.
If you don’t like the walking tour, there is the hop on hop off alternative that embarks from the Central Station. You should also take into consideration the sights that you will be visiting for that one day. You might need a vehicle that will take you from one spot to another. The only setback I can see when one opts a hop on hop off is that you will be compelled to wait for the other tourists to make their way to the meeting place and eventually get in the bus.
Waiting for the bus will certainly eat up precious time; taking a cab will mean higher costs. Though choosing the latter will provide you with the luxury of time. Given these issues, you have to seriously weigh everything before leaving your hotel room.
A Piece of Florence Dedicated to the Art Aficionado
First stop, the Galleria degli Uffizi or the Uffizi Gallery. This is one of the well-recognized and celebrated art museums in the world. With that said, you have to pre-purchase a ticket if you want to get in. And once you are in, brace yourself for sensory overload. Even the hallways are lined with sculptures. (And that’s just the hallway.) Though the main focus is on the paintings.
In here you might get lost, though you can easily find your way out because the paintings are arranged chronologically. So you can head to your fave period and marvel at the masterpieces in front of you. The following are a few of the paintings enclosed in the walls of this gallery: The Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto; The Battle of San Romano by Uccello; Madonna with Child and Two Angels by Filippo Lippi; Primavera and The Birth f Venus by Botticelli; The Annunciation by Da Vinci; and Bacchus, Medusa, and The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio. Whew! That’s a mouthful.
Second stop, the Gallerie dell’Accademia. If you are in a hurry, you have to remember these two sculptures: first is the David and the other one, the Slaves. Both of these are carved by the master artist, Michelangelo. These pieces immortalized Michelangelo at his best. You may have been enticed to visit the Accademia because of David or the Slaves, but believe me, the gallery has a lot more to offer coming from other distinguished Renaissance artists. Go see the Accademia and find out.
Heads up: Almost all Florence museums are closed on Mondays. So if you are visiting the city on a Monday, you should cross out museums from your list. Though there are other fascinating sights to see (other than the museums). As for the tickets, you need not join an organized tour to have a guaranteed ticket for the museums. You can order them in advance by going online. In this setup, you can visit the museums at your own pace and you don’t have to wait in queue---a very essential thing to have when you only have a day to see Florence.