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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(From FirenzeToday.it)
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

Colosseum: done! Vatican: visited! Ok then it’s time for a well deserved break and another authentic Italian tradition: pizza!

We’ve selected for you Rome’s five best pizza places. All authentic places, enjoyed by visitors and locals, courtesy of our friends from www.puntarellarossa.it

Creativity is what it’s all about. But also highly prized ingredients and skilled hands kneading the dough. From your simple Margherita to more original and gourmet offerings, making pizza is an art (it’s no wonder growing numbers of chefs are queuing up to learn the tricks of the trade). Here are five spots in Rome where you can sample deep pan or thin and crispy pizza, whether it’s traditional fare you’re after or something new. Italy is the birthplace of the pizza, so it’s recommended that you visit at least one of these resturants. However, there are so many places to visit in Rome that some evening you may not have the time or energy to go out to eat in the evening. The Slice app exists so that you can order pizza to wherever to are staying and avoid having to eat out all the time!

 

I think of dieting, then I eat pizza.

 

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EMMA

One of the city’s best places to eat authentic Roman thin and crispy pizza, in a large, scenic restaurant. Emma was opened in May 2014 by Francesco Roscino, whose CV boasts a spell at Romeo Chef&Baker. We recommend the following pizzas: Zibella e bufala, with Pomilia tomatoes, Paestum buffalo mozzarella made using raw milk and Zibello Pio Tosini culatello (€14); F.lli Salvo, with Casa Barone Piennolo tomatoes, rolled Cinta Senese pancetta, Caciocavallo Podolico cheese and organic Agnoni olive oil (€12). The menu also includes pizzas created using the ‘flour tower’ method, with dough made from a mixture of organic soft wheat produced at Iaquone, organic white spelt from Molino Vecchino and organic shaved buckwheat. There is also a pizza topped with Terre Roma mozzarella, rapini and mortadella-flavoured Brittany scallops (€15). There’s no shortage of bruschetta – made with Lariano wholemeal bread from Roscioli – kamut bread crostini and deep-fried delicacies. They include the Supplì al telefono, made with Carnaroli rice and three-month white cow parmesan (€2.50). But Emma is not just a pizzeria. There’s also an à la carte menu with top-class dishes. We like Eggs Bartholomew, a poached egg with melted parmesan and asparagus tips (€10), a Neapolitan macaroni omelette (€8), vegetarian spaghetti alla carbonara (€13), meatball stew (€13) and a sour cherry and apricot tart (€6).

Emma pizzeria, Via Monte della Farina 28/29. Tel. 06.64760475. Website. Open seven days a week from 12:30 to 15:30 and 19:30 to 23:45.

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LA FUCINA

Some people refer to it as the Tiffany’s of Rome’s pizzerias, with prices no laughing matter, consistently upwards of €20. But Edoardo Papa’s La Fucina is more than just a pizzeria, thanks to its selection of ingredients, quality dough, the restaurant’s atmosphere and its professional staff. They use stone-milled whole wheat flour from certified Italian organic farms. It takes at least 24 hours for the dough to rise and they explain that the amount of yeast used “is tiny, in order to obtain a dough that makes the pizza crunchy, almost biscuit-like, so light that we’d describe it as a cloud.” They don’t offer fried delicacies or bruschetta, focusing solely on pizzas, which are served one at a time and already sliced. The menu features a few traditional pizzas: the Margherita with tomato pulp and Barlotti PDO buffalo mozzarella from Campania (€14) and the Marinara with Cetara anchovy fillets. But why settle for something simple when you can be daring and go for the Fucina? Be tempted by the wild Alaska smoked salmon pizza (€24), the one topped with Bottarga di Cabras and Formaggio di Fossa with an organic pumpkin and broccolini purée (€24), Bronte slow food pistachios, mushrooms and artisanal mortadella (€24), or diced pears in Barolo wine reduced with Fontina d’Alpeggio (€22). Our personal favourite is the S.M. Margherita with rum-soaked tomato pulp and Piennolo Vesuviano Casa Barone cherry tomatoes cooked in Trinidad rum and Barlotti PDO raw buffalo mozzarella (€18). If you expect it to taste heavily of alcohol, you’re mistaken; it’s just a faint scent of paradise gently taking over your taste buds between mouthfuls of soft, bubbly Neapolitan-style pizza, with not too much crust.

La Fucina, Via Giuseppe Lunati 25/31. Tel. 06.5593368. Website. Open from 19:45 to 23:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

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LA GATTA MANGIONA

At La Gatta Mangiona they have been carefully producing pizzas and excellent fried delicacies since 1999. But their menu has grown and the restaurant is now charmingly austere, light years away from your run-of-the-mill pizzeria with rude waiters and neon lights. Get started with some appetisers. Flans, Scamorza al coccio, bruschetta, salmon, cured meats and cheeses. They also serve several dishes from the kitchen, including spelt penne with ratatouille (€12) and beef tartar (€18). But people head to La Gatta for their range of pizzas. They offer traditional fare (Marinara, Romana and Margherita), as well as a modern take on classic tomato-based pizzas, which include the Saporita with buffalo mozzarella, capers and anchovies (€11). They also offer the Calabrese with Caciocavallo Silano, ‘Nduja and sundried tomatoes (€13). Their white pizzas include one topped with stracchino and speck (€10.50). The Marzolina is also excellent, with Caciocavallo, sautéed artichokes and artisanal Pancetta Piacentina (€15).

La Gatta Mangiona, Via Ozanam 30-32 Tel. 06.5346702 Website. Open every night from 19:45-23:30.

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PRO LOCO PINCIANO

Pro Loco Pinciano is jointly run by Gastore Pierini, Fiorentina Ceres and Vincenzo Mancino. A pizzeria with an open kitchen – just a stone’s throw from Piazza Fiume – it opened on 31 October 2014 offering the famous gastronomic delicacies of Mancino’s previous restaurants in Centocelle.

Cheeses and cold meats rule here and that’s immediately obvious when you enter and are met by a long counter with a vast selection of strictly local products.

They also make excellent pizzas (the dough is really soft) and have a varied menu. There is indoor seating for 50 people with a further 20 seats in a small outside area.You could start with panzanella (bread and tomato salad) with Amaseno buffalo mozzarella stracciata and Itri olive oil (€10), supplizio alla romana (fried cheese-stuffed rice balls, €3), battered salt cod (€5) or cheese and pepper chips (€4).

Pizzas range from the Margherita (€7) to the Margherita Fumè (with smoked Bassiano ham), the Conciata (San Vittore conciato cheese and pumpkin) and the Gaeta (tomato, Gaeta anchovies and mozzarella). There’s a choice of soft and crunchy focaccias: mortadella and Roman artichoke, Fiocco della Tuscia cheese and baby broccoli, locally produced ham and red apple, or just plain and simple rosemary.

Their mixed platter of Lazio meats and cheeses (€16) is superb. Choose how mature you want your cheese when you place your order.They also offer craft beer on tap: a pint of Atlas or Turbacci costs €5.

Pro Loco Pinciano, Via Bergamo 18, Rome. Tel. 06.8414136. Website. Open every day from 11:00 to 15:00 and 19:30 to 24:00.

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BIR&FUD

The new-look Bir&Fud re-opened on 7 April 2014, just seven years after it was first established. This Trastevere restaurant has been substantially renovated and now offers as many as 36 draught beers, while Gabriele Bonci continues to oversee the pizza side of the business. The latest feature is a rotating oven, which makes it easier to handle batches of pizzas.

You can choose from all the usual favourites as well as a host of luxury offerings suitable for what is mostly a young, tourist clientele. We’d recommend the Porco Pistacchio, an open-faced calzone with mortadella, fresh buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and pistachio pesto (€15), or the Trifolata, with aubergines, sautéed mushrooms, fresh buffalo mozzarella, parmesan cheese and basil (€12), to name but two.

Bir&Fud, Via Benedetta 23, Rome. Tel. 06.5894016. Website. Open 17:30 to 2:00, Monday to Wednesday and 11:00 to 2:00 Thursday to Sunday.