Ok, so you only have 48 hours in Florence? 
A city that boasts art, culture, history, fashion, amazing food, trendy bars, wine shops at every single street corner? 
Ok. Don’t panic! We get you covered with this essential guide to making the most of your 2 days in Florence.
Time is the essence here and we encourage a well-balanced mix of the things we just mentioned above. Luckily, Florence is not as dispersive as other cities and nearly all of Florence best attractions are in the city center and within walking distance.
This 48 hours in Florence itinerary can be done on your own or in a group in a guided tour. Your choice. Feel free to visit at your own pace or do it in a group, meet people and hear from local expert guides.

Day 1 in Florence
Start with a MUST: Uffizi Gallery. Go here first and dedicate to it all the time it deserves. Of all, this is the one you shouldn’t rush.
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You wouldn’t cut short a visit to the Louvre or the MoMa, would you?
TIP: early birds should get in front of doors at 08:00 am ready for the opening as you would get an advantage over cruisers (they are on their way from the port and should reach there before 10:00 am) or fellow tourists from other cities.
Not a fan of early starts? Then make sure you get a skip the line ticket to Uffizi and save at least 1 hour. Time is the essence, remember?
The Uffizi, its 45 halls and the countless, inestimable art masterpieces from the likes of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Giotto and many others will probably keep you busy until lunchtime. So, our recommendation for your break is a visit to Mercato Centrale
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No further than 10 minutes walking away, Mercato Centrale is an excellent hub for a variety of local genuine products and exquisite dishes. It caters to everyone’s taste, it covers every corner of the Italian cuisine and you can get some great and very local products too, like Lampredotto. You can either buy and take away or you can choose from the many different restaurants and eateries. And there are even cooking classes if you fancy!
TIP: pick a bottle of top Tuscan red wine. We have a suggestion on where to drink that on Day 2
After lunch, walk the short distance to Santa Maria Novella to visit the stunning Basilica. Its mix of Gothic and Renaissance style, together with its inestimable art pieces (the Crucifix of Giotto just to name one), make a stop here compulsory. 
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Then, few more steps and you are in front of an icon of Florence, the Duomo. Budget some time to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome by Brunelleschi, as well as the Baptistry and Giotto’s Bell Tower nearby.
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If you don’t want to pay the ticket to climb the dome, but you are still keen on breathtaking views of the city, we have an excellent alternative on Day 2 (see below).
End the first of the two days with some quality shopping and be sure that there’s something for everyone. If you are after the high end of the market and you want to discover where it all started for super brands like Gucci and Fendi, then head to via de’ Tornabuoni or via dei Calzaiuoli. If you are after bargains and souvenirs, then the San Lorenzo market is your best bet. You can find some great leather products at very reasonable prices. Be aware that the market is closed on Sundays, so don’t miss out.
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Our recommendations for dinner: meat lovers head here >> Ristorante Perseus (San Marco area). For genuine down to earth Tuscan food try Trattoria Zà Zà (San Lorenzo area)

Day 2 in Florence

Start Day 2 in Piazza della Signoria (breakfast there, perhaps?). It will get crowded soon, so the earlier the better. But crowded or not, it is a must. Dedicate at least one hour to admire its jewels: Palazzo Vecchio, the Fountain of Neptune, The Loggia dei Lanzi and the Perseus With the Head of Medusa statue.
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In the same square there is a copy of super-famous Michelangelo’s statue David, but unless you want to settle for a reproduction we recommend you to walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia where you can admire the original. The incredible collections of paintings from the 14th to the 17th centuries more than justifies a visit here.
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Next on our list is another of Florence icons: Ponte Vecchio. This is home to Florence’s traditional craftsmen like jewelers and goldsmiths and a great place for pics.
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Cross the bridge to the other side of Florence and have lunch in the Oltrarno (literally the other side of the Arno river). It’s an area filled with local artisans, great restaurants, and lively bars.
Our recommendation for lunch: Trattoria 4 Leoni – Food here is simply superb.
After lunch, what’s better than a long walk in the green in what is undoubtedly Florence’s nicest park? Giardino Boboli is such an enchanting place and ‘park’ doesn’t really pay justice to its complex architecture of statues, fountains and immaculate gardens. An open-air museum is probably a better definition.
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Next door, Palazzo Pitti offers another great opportunity of soaking the priceless beauty of Florentine arts. Palazzo Pitti, the former residence of the city’s powerful rulers (Napoleon, amongst others) is the largest museum in Florence with an impressive complex of galleries.
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From there you can walk for about a mile among the many artisan shops to reach Piazzale Michelangelo. Remember that bottle of wine we mentioned before? What better place than here to enjoy a full view of the city and enjoy one of its best product? So, relax, enjoy the sunset and sip a glass of Chianti while you relive the best moments of your 2 days in Florence.
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Our recommendation for best Florence walking tour for young travelers: FLORENCE WALKING TOUR WITH APERITIVO At €22 and with great reviews is our pick for a great sightseeing tour of the city and its best attractions and a great occasion to mix with locals and fellow tourists. It’s an excellent deal with the drink and food buffet in one of Florence liveliest neighborhood

Our recommendation for a day tour visiting not only Florence but Siena and the Chianti regionFLORENCE, SIENA AND CHIANTI IN ONE DAY TOUR A full day where you can achieve the most comprehensive Tuscany experience: visit Florence best attractions, together with wine tasting in the Chianti region and trip to beautiful Siena.

It doesn’t matter how long (or little) you stay in Rome. You MUST see these places!

We have ranked them in order of importance (or potential regret..) and they can even be seen in just one day.
Nearly all are in the city center and in short distance from one another. So, you really have no excuses!

1.Colosseum

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An obvious number one. If you think of Rome, you think of it. 
Recently, the upper tier has been re-opened to the public (after 40 years!) and the view from the top is extraordinary.
So, visit the outside, inside, go and check out the dungeons, arena and different tiers.
But make sure you get a skip the line ticket to the Colosseum as the queues can be long. 
Our pick for the best Colosseum tour: BEST OF ROME TOUR

2.St.Peter’s Square and Basilica

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Another must. Pay a visit to the Vatican City and the Holiest Shrine in the Christian World.
Admire the impressive square and famous Bernini fountains, then head inside the Basilica (cover shoulders and avoid shorts or skirts above the knee).
See the Pietà from Michelangelo, the magnificent Dome, the imposing Altar and the tomb of the First Pope, Peter, underneath.
After, climb to the roof for magnificent views of the little Vatican State and the rest of the city.
Our pick for the best St.Peter’s Square and Basilica Tour: SKIP THE LINE VATICAN TOUR

3.Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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54 museums, 1400 rooms and galleries, countless art masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto, Raphael and many more great artists, which extend over 9 miles.
It’s one of the most visited art museums in the world and by far the largest collection: apparently, if you dedicate just one minute for each art piece, it will take you 4 years to see them all.
Last but not least, the stunning Sistine Chapel with its 12,000 sq ft of frescoes and paintings. Here for more than 600 years, each Pope was elected.
 
Our pick for the best Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour: SISTINE CHAPEL AND VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR WITH VIP ACCESS

4.Trevi Fountain

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Beautiful. Unique. Romantic. Perhaps the most famous fountain in the world. Recently refurbished and constantly crowded, but tossing a coin inside will make your trip to Rome complete.
Try and visit after breakfast or at night time for a really magical experience and marvel at the Baroque creations of Travertine marble.
Do you know that an average of €3,000 is thrown inside the fountain every day? Money then gets collected very early in the morning and offered to a local charity.
Our pick for the best Trevi Fountain Tour: ROME BY NIGHT TOUR

5.Roman Forum

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The heart of ancient Roman social and economic life is the best place to get a good idea of what Rome looked like 2000 years ago.
Together with the Palatine Hill is probably the largest open-air site and a great testimony of Roman life at the doorsteps of the residencies of the greatest Roman Emperors. The first and probably most famous one, Julius Caesar, was cremated in a temple inside the Roman Forum and people still confuse this as his grave, leaving flowers and notes on the altar.
Our pick for the best Roman Forum tour: VATICAN AND COLOSSEUM TOUR IN ONE DAY

6. Pantheon

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 The former Roman pagan temple then turned church, then turned resting site for Italian kings and great artists is another great Rome attraction you simply can’t afford to miss. There is so much in such a little space and is located in one of the nicest spots in the Italian Capital. Its particular shape has inspired many future famous buildings like the US Capitol Building and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
Our pick for the best Pantheon Tour: Rome in 1 Day Tour

7. Castel Sant’Angelo

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Castel Sant’Angelo is the sort of place that can make many different visitors happy. Originally built by Romans as resting site for Emperor Hadrian, it was turned into a military fortress to protect the main gate to St.Peter’s in 401. Unfortunately, in the process, most of the original structure and its decorations went lost, and the Roman Mausoleum is recognizable only on the lowest part. It recently enjoyed popularity thanks to the Dan Brown’s saga Angels and Demons.
Speaking of angels, you will be wondering why it took that name and why there is a statue of one on top of the roof? That is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, who according to the legend, appeared on top of the Castle, ending the epidemy of the plague of 590.

8. Catacombs

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The Roman Catacombs is the underground system created by the first Christians to escape persecution and bury their relatives. Despite there are nearly 60 of them around Rome and many and many kilometers of passageways under the streets of Rome, as of now, only a handful are open to the public. They are incredibly well preserved and they make a very interesting change to the usual touristic itinerary (unless you are not fond of small spaces and steep stairs). The passages in some catacombs were enlarged to make space for bigger chambers where altars for religious rites were created.
Our pick for the best Roman Catacombs tour: CHRISTIAN ROME – MAIN CHURCHES AND ROMAN CATACOMBS TOUR

9. Piazza di Spagna / Spanish Steps

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Originally built in 1725, the beautiful Spanish Steps are an icon of the city. Traditionally popular with artists, painters, poets and stylists, it is also a very popular destination for tourists. Many will take a break here after the visiting the main shopping streets nearby, or on the way to Villa Borghese at the top of the stairs.

10. Piazza Navona

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Undoubtedly, Rome’s most beautiful square. It is so elegant with its stunning fountains, its baroque buildings, and the beautiful Sant’Agnese Church. It is also very lively, with plenty of restaurants, bars and artists all around it, making it popular with both locals and tourists. if you wonder about its oval shape, it is simply because it seats 4.5 meters on top of the former Stadium of Domitian (the famous Roman Emperor), which it can also be visited.
Our pick for the best Piazza Navona tour: ROME HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Rome is commonly described as an open-air museum. That is so much TRUE.


There isn’t a better place than Rome for a walking tour with an expert guide and here we explain you why

SIMPLY, TOO MUCH TO SEE.

Which other city can offer you so many monuments, so much art, ancient ruins and over 900 churches, all from different centuries? None. So, it’s very likely that before and during your visit to the Eternal City, you will be doing (and re-doing) lists of the sites and attractions you want to see. Not easy.

Then, the major sites will follow specific timings and imply some queuing, which is going to restrict the time for your arts-craving activities.

Well, you should know that Walking Tours in Rome are an effective way of filling the gaps. They can be very flexible both time-wise and on the choice of the itinerary. You can choose a pre-defined itinerary or make your own request if you are in a small group.

THE HIDDEN TREASURES ARE THE BONUS

We have already talked about the huge number of things to see, but it’s interesting that they are mostly concentrated in a relatively small area. There is so much in the center of Rome that many stunning churches, monuments or galleries simply go unnoticed. Partly because of the competition from major sites, but in part also due to the little effort from those who should be promoting them. Regardless of how much you know about this beautiful city, there is always something hidden somewhere you had not seen or heard before. As you walk from a place to another, it’s simple to discover these little gems and if you pick the right guide, you will get the most of your Walking Tour.

PERFECT CHOICE FOR THE SMART SAVER

There is so much art and history outside there in the open that you don’t really need to pay entrance fees. Walking Tours are a very affordable solution and you do get a lot in return, so let us connect you with the best professional tour guides in town. We will direct you to those who know the city inside and out and you will save money too!

FEED THE MIND AND STAY HEALTHY

Reverse carbs-loading by choosing a 2 or even 3-hour Walking Tour. In the land of pasta and pizza it’s tempting to indulge, but there’s an effective way of avoiding the guilt. Rome has 7 hills and despite you won’t walk them all, there is a fair amount of exercise you can do over these 2 or 3 hours. Plus, walking with other people can be an enjoyable social occasion, as the sociable pace of walking is perfect for making new friends.

BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT WITH A NIGHT WALKING TOUR

It’s no secret that touring Rome in the scorching days of July and August can be taxing. Temperatures of 35C-40C are not uncommon and you won’t find it enjoyable out there in the heat. So, why not joining a night Walking Tour? It’s cooler in the evening and you will see a very different perception of the city. Plus, there are options available to combine the tour with an aperitivo, a dinner alfresco or a final stop at an ice cream parlor.

 

Contact us here if you want to hear about the available Walking Tour options.

 

Also, get in touch if you are in a group of 4 or more and you want a private Walking Tour with a desired itinerary.

 

If Florence is your destination, why not choosing our night walking tour with aperitivo? Join the young crowd and soak the charm of Florence and its treasures at night.

Is Rome safe? Yes.

Way safer than most other big cities.

Is Rome free from dangers and nuisances? No.

But we decided to list them all and provide some useful tips that should make your visit to the Eternal City worries-free.

If you look at stats and you compare them against those for any US or EU big city, you will quickly realize that you are way less likely to fall victim to violent crime in Rome.

Getting robbed at gunpoint, being threatened with a knife, hurt, raped or killed is EXTREMELY rare for tourists.

Having said that, petty crimes are common, pickpocketing is an issue and there’s a risk of being scammed or simply annoyed by someone/something.

Some of the following will probably apply to any big city or touristic area and as a general rule, any sensible traveler should use best judgment and common sense.

But one thing you should know about Romans (and Italians in general) is that they are adamant to help if they see you in trouble. They would just not walk away without offering help. So, do shout for some if needed. Not only it will make the bad guy running fast, but it will attract samaritans.

Then, for any serious incident simply call (or ask someone to call) this number: 112. Take note of your precise location and provide that to the emergency services.

PICKPOCKETING

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Undoubtedly the number 1 crime involving tourists. The usual rules apply here: be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded and touristic attractions. Consider a money belt. Make copies of your documents. Etc. You know them.

The hotspots are:

Metro A underground. You must be very vigilant, particularly between the BARBERINI stop and the SPAGNA stop, both on platforms and on trains. To a slightly lesser extent, between the SPAGNA stop and OTTAVIANO stop and between the VITTORIO and BARBERINI stops.

Metro B underground. Not as bad as the Metro A, but keep an eye on the PIRAMIDE to TERMINI section.

BUS n.64, BUS n.40, and TRAM n.8. All 3 link to the main touristic attractions and are generally crowded.

Also, keep an eye on your stuff when on the train to Fiumicino Airport or to other big cities.

These lowlives are extremely skilled, they do this day in, day out and you might not realize you have lost your properties until you reach for them after some time.

So, how do you recognize them? More often than not, you will probably encounter two groups:

Group 1: predominantly male, 20 to 40 years old with a statistically significant prevalence of individuals from a North-African background. They operate mainly on buses, around the Colosseum and Vatican areas and near the Termini train station.

More skilled and hard to notice.

Group 2: gangs of gypsies. Age varies, but they operate in a group and let the youngest taking the action (under 14), as they can’t be prosecuted. Whenever caught, they will be held for few hours, handed back to their parents and soon after back in action in the same spots. They are habitués of Metro A and B stations and are easy to spot, fear nothing (they don’t get in jail anyway..) and they will be quite blatant in their approach. Be aware that they will act when you get on the train and when you get off, so basically when there’s more likelihood for a contact.

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Best advice is: get prepared, avoid the central part of the platform or the crowded parts of it, don’t stand in the middle of the carriage and make them aware that you noticed their presence. Also, Italians will make each other alert when they see some by shouting ‘ZINGARI!’ (tseeng-gah-ree!!), so hear out for that.

TERMINI TRAIN STATION

The whole area is going through a regeneration process and it’s already much better than years before, but as in any big city, the main transport hub attracts every sort of people.

First, be reassured that during daytime you are not going to run any risk. It’s very unlikely that you will feel unsafe during the day.

At night, pay extra care in the streets highlighted below. If your hotel is in that area (there’s plenty of excellent ones), don’t feel like you have made a bad choice. Simply use extra precautions and get a taxi back when late at night. Don’t let the stories that you heard about Uber Accident Victims put you off from using public transport and making your safety your number one priority. You don’t always know who you can trust, so who better to look after you than yourself.

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In general, don’t use your expensive smartphone or flash money and jewelry walking these streets.

Other than that, enjoy it fully, as the area has plenty of great bars and restaurants.

FAKE GLADIATORS

Don’t be fooled by them. They look nothing like real Gladiators and are incredibly annoying. They will stop you with an excuse and propose a photo/selfie with them.

Then, they will ask for an extortionate €5, €10 or even more. Give them nothing. They will be intimidating, but simply walk away and threaten to call the police.

Also, refrain from buying selfie sticks and other cheap items from the dozens of street vendors all around the city center. Why would you need a selfie stick anyway?!

If you buy, you would effectively damage the local honest businesses and encourage more and more sellers to flock to the touristic attractions.

The local authorities engage in this never-ending battle on a daily basis, but all they can do is seizing their stuff and issuing a fine (which never gets paid..), and unfortunately, this isn’t enough.

The only thing that can work is discouraging them by not buying stuff from them.

TAXIS

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As usual, good apples – bad apples.

Not all taxi drivers in Rome are bad. The majority of them are honest and helpful. And they are quite entertaining at times.

But a minority of stinkers is contributing to fuel a bad reputation that affects the whole category.

If you take one from the two airports and the hotel/apartment you stay at is within the city center area (defined by the ancient Aurelian walls – see below), then you pay only a fixed price. Anything above the €30 (from Ciampino) – €48 (from Fiumicino) fare, just say no. And that’s the final cost with luggage already included.

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At Fiumicino Airport, make sure you take a taxi from the official stand, refuse invites from illegals approaching you in the terminal hall and don’t take (even regular) taxis from outside the taxi stand lane on the other side of the road. They are legit, but they will charge you more.

Best advice is: take one from a taxi stand if possible (that’s also to avoid illegal drivers) – make sure they use the meter (every legit taxi has one) – ask for an estimate before driving off and finally, follow the route on a google map on your phone.

Having said that, things have improved since the introduction of popular taxi apps. If you use them regularly and you are happy with them, do the same in Rome.

Important: if you get your hotel receptionist or restaurant waiter to book a taxi or if you call one yourself, be aware that the meter starts to run when they accept the call. So, if they get there with a higher price than the starting one, it’s not a scam. It’s just the way it works.

Best thing is to walk to a taxi stand or flag a car in the street, but if you are outside the center, then budget for a higher fare.

CROSSING STREETS

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This can be quite adventurous.

Elsewhere, you would not consider this as a risky activity. In Rome, you should.

Even on zebra crossings, there is a risk of being ignored by a reckless driver.

So, make your intention clear and try to establish some eye contact with the driver. Don’t just assume that they will stop. Many will, others won’t. Also, watch out for mopeds: they are even more unpredictable. However, the way some moped riders cruise around the city, you’ll probably want to get a moped of your own. If you do, then having a look at the moped insurance cost would probably be a good idea for you to consider.

Finally, do not let this to put you off from visiting Rome. We can’t stress enough that Rome is one of the safest cities in the western world. Our job is to make sure that you enjoy your time in the city 100% and the purpose of writing this post was to make you aware, not scared.

If you liked this post and you want to contribute to it with your personal experience, please add a comment. if there is something we haven’t covered or if you have any other question, then simply get in touch!