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15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

Florence is an unforgettable city with a ton to do. While it can get pricey there are a ton of free things to do in Florence.  I’ve rounded up my favorites to give you guys a 2018 updated 15 Free Things To Do Florence . Take it from someone who lived in Florence, you don’t need a ton of money to realize la vita è bella (life is beautiful).

15 Free Things To Do Florence


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

1. Hike to the Piazzale Michelangelo and watch the sun set over Florence. This is a must whenever I am in Florence. Get there early to scoop up the best spot.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

2. Have a picnic on one of the bridges over the Arno. While this is technically allowed I’ve never seen or heard of anyone getting kicked out. However the bridges are old so don’t pack on a ton of snacks in your basket 😉


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

3. Explore the leather markets and catch up on your bargaining skills. Italy is known for its leather so have a look. Whether you are looking to buy or just peruse there is a lot of action to be seen at the markets.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

4. Sun bathe on the pop-up beach along the Arno river. As soon as summer hits it gets hot in Florence and this is my favorite free way to cool down (non free way is eating gelato of course).


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

5. Hike up to San Miniato for an incredible view of Florence minus the crowds. If you want a free less crowded view of Florence head out here mid day it will be way less crowded than sunset. This was my favorite “workout” when I lived in Florence.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

6. Experience the local nightlife frenzy especially around Santo Spirito. For a city so small Florence has a big night life scene. Sometimes id walk around at night just so I could people watch and take in Florence all a glow.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

7. Walk the Ponte Vecchio and window shop the jewelry shops. The Ponte Vecchio is the only surviving bridge after World War 2. It’s history is really interesting and walking along it transports you back in time.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

8. Marvel at the Ponte Vecchio from Santa Trinta. This is where you will get the best view of the bridge especially during sunset.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

9. Experience live music in a piazza or on the Ponte Vecchio. If living in Florence proved anything its Italians love to celebrate. There is always some kind of performance or a festival going on so join in and live like the locals.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

10. Visit the San Miniato Al Monte which is free to the public. Unlike some of the other Cathedrals this one is usually less busy and free.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

11. Visit the Mercato Centrale and oh and ah at all the amazing food and produce vendors. You can also find some budget eats here or grab an expresso to people watch.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

12. Marvel at the Duomo in Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, which is free to enter. Just remember to wear appropriate clothing. Nothing shorter than your knees and shoulders covered. The Duomo is incredible remember to take a break or you may have a stiff neck the next day.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

13. Take a free walking tour and learn about the history of Florence. One of my favorite things to do in any city is take a free walking tour. Besides being free they are usually led by college students who will have a lot of great information on where to eat and drink.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

14. Visit Santa Maria Novella which houses pieces of Giotto and Masaccio. Giotto just so happens to be one of my favorite artists. After leaving Florence I know many will agree with me.


15 Free Things To Do In Florence  | Italy

15. Stroll the Arno river and smile because you’re in Florence.  La vita è un sogno – Life is a dream


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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Shopping Coupons
    July 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I love italy.

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    Blair villanueva
    July 1, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I would be happy to have a picnic with my Amore near the Arno River. And have a stroll arounf Florence. It looks romantic!

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    Nicole
    June 25, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    This is an amazing list for broke college students ( like me) xxx

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      Jay
      June 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Hahah we know the struggle all to well Nicole

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    Mary Osadolor
    June 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Wow, your post on 15 things to do in Florence Italy is so informative and enlightening. Surely going to share with my friends who are planning to visit Italy this summer. Thanks.

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      Jay
      June 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Wow thanks for you sweet words Mary !!! Safe travels to your friends 🙂

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    Cool Ass Links
    June 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    […] Italy is my favorite place on earth. Florence is my favorite city. Oh how I am dying to go back. Looking forward to doing all of these things when I do. […]

    • Reply
      Jay
      June 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      You girls are the best!! Thanks for sharing our blog 🙂

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    Katie B | and then monday.
    June 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    OMG.. Now I’m craving the fresh seafood I had at the Mercato Centrale. Beautiful photos; you’re making me fall in love with Florence all over again!

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      Jay
      June 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Kate you’re the sweetest 😉 Glad you loved it doll

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    MacKenzie
    June 23, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I’m been other places in Italy but never Florence…seriously these pictures have me dying to go, can’t wait to try out all your recommendations when I do!

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      Jay
      June 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Yass Mackenzie !!! You have to go and when you do let us know 😉

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    Sarah
    June 23, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I want to go back to Florence someday. As a broke college grad, this list is perfect for me! Love it!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I know the struggle all too well !!

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    Jennifer
    June 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    This is so good! Florence is on my bucket list and I can’t wait to go and do all these things! Great post!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Jennifer thank you so much !! You must go its the best 🙂

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    Laury
    June 23, 2017 at 9:59 am

    These photos are so beautiful! I really hope to visit Italy someday!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Thank you doll !!!

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    Emma
    June 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Love your pictures! Definitely makes me want to go to Florence right now!!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

      🙂 thank you !!

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    Liz
    June 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I wish I saw this before I went to Italy, these are so good !!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Well you’ll just have to go back to Florence 😉

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    Anna
    June 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I went to Florence a few years ago but didn’t know they had a popup beach, how cool!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 10:54 am

      I know how cool !! I found it randomly one day by total accident 🙂

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    Madison
    June 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Ugh you’re making me wanna just hop on a plane right this second!!

    • Reply
      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

      sorry the blog should come with a warning ” you may experience a strong desire to travel” 😉

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    Brianna
    June 22, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I am studying abroad this is gonna be sooooo helpful thanks girls !!!

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      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

      So happy to hear that !! Feel free to email us with any questions !!!

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    Cassie Nugent
    June 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    These pictures make me want to go to Italy so bad!

    • Reply
      Jay
      June 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Cassie !! Me too :*(

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