Top ten things to do in Florence for less than 10 euros courtesy of Bookings For You. Yes – you read it correctly….for less than 10 euros! You can enjoy the city of Florence even if you’re on a tight budget! If you also need accommodation in Florence for your next city break, do get in touch with Bookings For You. We have a range of apartments in Florence, all centrally located and offering excellent value for money. We would be happy to offer advice on which property would suit you best.
1. It probably sounds obvious but one of the best things to do which doesn’t cost a penny is simply to stroll around the city and enjoy the amazing sights, art and architecture of the city. Florence is certainly a city that is small enough to be seen and enjoyed on foot. Head to the famous piazzas – the Piazza della Signoria, the Piazza Santa Croce, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Piazza della Reppublica.
2. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio. This is the oldest bridge in the city and was, in fact, the first bridge that was built across the River Arno. Enjoy a spot of window shopping in the shops that line the bridge.
3. Head to one of the city’s famous markets. Try the Mercato Centrale, Europe’s largest covered food hall. It’s a fascinating market to visit, and if you’re renting a Florence apartment through Bookings For You, it is a great place to practice your Italian and stock up on your pasta, meat, fruit and vegetables!
4. Enjoy one of Italy’s famous ice creams. You can’t beat real Italian gelato – buy one from one of the many ice cream shops and sit and eat it in one of the piazzas or parks of the city.
5. Enjoy the incredible view of the city from the Piazzale Michelangelo – a large square on a a hilltop above the city. There’s even a replica of Michelangel’s David which you can enjoy here.
6. Time your visit to the city to coincide with one of the many festivals which will be free to enjoy. These include the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) on Easter Sunday, the Maggio Musicale in the Spring, the Festa di San Giovanni in June, the Festa del Grillo (Festical of the Cricket) in August and the Festa delle Rificolone (Festival of the Lanterns) the following month.
7. Spend time in the Piazza del Duomo, home to Florence’s most popular site – Il Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The admission to the cathedral is free. There are fees to visit the dome and the crypt, but each will cost you less than 10 euros.
8. Enjoy an apperitivo at one of Florence’s bars. Yes – the drink will cost you around 8 or 10 euros. But in return, you will get to soak up the wonderful Italian atmosphere and can eat as much as you like from the buffet that each bar lays on for their customers. The finger food normally includes nuts, olives, bruschetta, salumi, cheese, pasta salads, pizza and mini-panini. Yum yum!
9. Cool off in one of Florence’s outdoor pools. If you’re visiting the city in the peak Summer months, temperatures can be stifling. Swim at the Paolo Costoli for free every Thursday in July and August until 8pm.
10. Head to the Galleria d’Accademia. Tickets start from 9.50 euros for entry to see Michelangelo’s David amongst other artworks.