Discover the most fascinating experiences in Florence in 2020. From art to food, beautiful architecture and the Medici family. Here we show you the best ways to delve deep into the heart of the city and explore its hidden corners and magical possibilities. From small-group tours to guided walks and cooking classes, here’s a round-up of the best experiences Florence has to offer.
10 Wonderful experiences in Florence in 2020
1.Admire the masterpieces at the Uffizi
Art fans will love the Uffizi Gallery, especially the recently refurbished rooms: the ones dedicated to Botticelli’s masterpieces, the Cinquecento Rooms with the Medici portraits and Titian, and the Leonardo Room, with three of his early works displayed, including the splendidly restored “Adoration of the Magi”.
Thanks to the new displays, these iconic paintings can be enjoyed in all their delightful detail. A tour is the best way to appreciate these works of art and they mean you can skip the line! => Check out this 2-Hour Guided Uffizi Tour with an expert guide.
2.Meet the Medici family
As the Medici are once again protagonists of a Netflix series, spreading the secrets and passionate intrigues of this powerful family that shaped Florence, why not get to know them in their home town. On this Medici Walking Tour you’ll be exploring the city with a guide that explain to you the history and legacy of the Medici is a unique experience.
For a more intimate experience, get a close look at Francesco Medici’s secret ‘studiolo’ in Palazzo Vecchio, where he used to practice alchemy => you can do so by joining the “Secret Passages Guided Tour of Palazzo Vecchio”.
3.Walk the Rampe up to Piazzale Michelangelo
Last year the Rampe, the walkway that climbs to Piazzale Michelangelo from the San Niccolò Tower, was finally reopened after extensive restorations. Water fountains and elaborate stoneworks create an enchanting background for a special walk in this less crowded spot of the city, while the view of Florence slowly reveals itself to you as you walk up.
4. Florence for foodies
Think of Florence and you think of amazing food. Around the city there are countless ways to enjoy the culinary treasure, from the street food lampredotto sandwich and deep fried coccoli, to traditional trattorie where one eat and feel like a real Florentine… at least for a while 🙂
Check out this popular Gourmet Florence Tour , you’ll be introduced to some unmissable Florence’s food by an local expert.
5. Explore the Oltrarno
Walk the charming streets of the Oltrarno, spot the Mannerist fountain Fontana dello Sprone, join the locals in Piazza Santo Spirito or San Frediano’s bars for a lively aperitivo scene, follow the art students inside the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine to see Masaccio, and walk around the tiny and flavourful Piazza della Passera.
6. Cathedral’s Hidden Terraces
Walk 30 meters above Florence and see the Cathedral from another point of view, get close to the Brunelleschi’s Dome and get special access to the Cathedral’s hidden terraces. On this Hidden Terraces Duomo Tour you’ll be able to get right up close to the Duomo and see it in all its beautiful.
7. Cooking class at San Lorenzo Market
We love the idea of this cooking course in Florence as it includes a tour of the San Lorenzo Market, where you can buy seasonal produce and taste authentic Italian produce. Alternatively this popular Tuscan cooking class offers an evening cooking course and dinner too.
8. Discover a lesser known fresco by Botticelli
Looking for a well hidden artistic secret in Florence? Visit the Ognissanti Church, located in the square of the same name near the river Arno. You’ll be able to admire works by Florentine masters, including Giotto and a beautiful fresco “San Agostino in his study” Botticelli, who is also buried here.
9. Contemporary art at Museo Pecci in Prato
Try out a museum that’s off the beaten track. Hop on a train and head to Prato – an easy 20 minute train ride from Florence. The town, that was once capital of textile trade in Europe, hosts the Pecci Center, the first museum in Tuscany dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. => See current exhibitions on the official site.
10. Buy the perfume worn by Caterina de’ Medici at Officina Profumi Santa Maria Novella
Try on the perfume worn by Caterina de’ Medici at the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella. Discover a magical world of alchemy, dark wooden cabinets, vases with aromatic ingredients and browse an amazing selection of beauty products in the oldest pharmacy in Europe.