Hi - my family and I will have two days in Florence (3 teenagers and my husband). In addition to the Uffizi and the Accademia, what are your top picks? We want to balance touring with the markets and just enjoying the city. Any feedback would be so appreciated! Thanks!
http://www.visitflorence.com/itineraries-in-florence/two-days-in-florence.html For the markets don't miss the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo. Open until 2pm lots of delis with typical products inside.
Thank you so much Roberto!
Danielle, If you're not claustrophobic, you might also consider climbing to the top of Brunelleschi's "dome within a dome". The view from the top is fantastic. One thing I enjoy in the evenings is listening to the street musicians that perform in the Piazza's. Some of them are very good! Happy travels!
For a different museum experience, afew blocks north of the Accademia is the Museum of San Marco, a small museum that used to be a Dominican convebt. Each room contains a fresco painting by Fra Angelico. The public rooms on the ground floor are beautifully decorated, too. There are a couple of great pastry shops/cafes in the piazza in front of the museum. The museum would probably take an hour, but because the paintings are one-per-room, there's no visual overload. While at the Accademia, note that there is a beautiful collection of paintings upstairs.
I wouldn't miss taking a bus to Piazzale Michelangelo for the view, and going from there up to San Miniato al Monte for an even better view and a beautiful church. The whole city is spread out before you from the terrace. Walking down from there is a good adventure too, and you get to see the place they house and feed feral cats on the way.
Bargello Museum - better than the Accademia. The Baptistry of the Duomo, beautiful doors, mosaic ceiling The museum of the Duomo. It's a couple of blocks from the Duomo. Sunset on a bridge on the Arno.
Thank you all so much!