Are you planning a trip to the amazing city of Florence Italy but you don’t know how to get around? Well today we will give you a Map of Florence with the perfect itinerary to explore all the best spots in the city!
Also if you follow this link, we will give a link for you to download the Map of Florence to take with you!
Today we will give an easy and simple Map of Florence for you to visit all the best attractions of this incredible city.
Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Florence is a very walkable city and all the best spots are a few steps away from each others! For this reason we will start our Map of Florence at the Santa Maria Novella train station.
This is the perfect gateway to Florence if you are planning on taking the train. But it is also a great spot for you if you are planning on driving to Florence. In fact on the side of the train station you can find a couple of great underground parking lots that are the most convenient place for you to park.
Now these are not the cheapest parking spots in Florence but they are the most convenient, the easiest to reach and also very very secure. So if you decide to drive to Florence we recommend you park here.
Santa Maria Novella Church and Pharmacy
From the train station you can walk a few steps and you reach the beautiful Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. In the piazza you can admire the Church of Santa Maria Novella with its colourful facade.
From the Piazza of Santa Maria Novella you can reach Via Della Scala where you can find another beautiful place in Florence, the Ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. This very old and ornate pharmacy is a must see in Florence. Inside you can shop for fragrances, soaps, elixirs and more.
Walking to the Duomo
After visiting the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, we continue on our Map of Florence and we reach via dei Banchi. At the end of this short street you’ll find one of the most beautiful monument in Florence, and maybe in the entire world. The Duomo!
The church of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo is completely free to visit you just need to reserve your time on line.
Off to Palazzo Vecchio
Next on our Map of Florence we take via dei Calzaiuoli, one of the main stroll of Florence. In this street you can enjoy one of the many store, coffee shops, gelateria and so on.
At the end of this street we reach another incredible Piazza. Piazza della Signoria with the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Also in this Piazza you can admire the Loggia dei Lanzi with its stunning sculptures, the Fountain of Neptune and of course the David of Michelangelo. Now this is not the real statue of David, but it is a replica. We will get to the real deal in a bit.
Right on the side of Palazzo Vecchio you’ll find one of the most famous museum in Italy and maybe in the world! The Galleria degli Uffizi. Inside of the Uffizi you can admire some of the most important Renaissance Painting in the world. Keep in mind that if you are planning on visiting the Uffizi you must buy your tickets in advance otherwise you might risk to wait in line for hours or worst find it sold out!
At the end of the Galleria degli Uffizi you reach the Lungarno (or the Arno river banks) where you have a stunning view of the most famous bridge in the city.
We continue our Map of Florence by walking on this beautiful bridge where we can admire the many jewellery stores. On the bridge there is a secret passage that was used by the Duke of Tuscany to go freely from his Palace to Palazzo Vecchio.
Let us give you a fun fact, in the old days those stores were butcher stores. The butchers used to throw the scraps of meats and bones in the river. In 1594 the Duke of Tuscany Ferdinand the First signed a law to remove the butcher stores from the bridge because the smell of the rotten meat was bothering him when he was walking in the secret passage.
Palazzo Pittti and The Gardens
Right after crossing the river Arno on Ponte Vecchio we continue our Map of Florence on via dei Guicciardini to reach Palazzo Pitti.
This huge Palace was the residence of the Duke of Tuscany. The Palace inside is very ornate and has an incredible art collection.
But the real gem here are the Gardens right beside the Palace, Il Giardino di Boboli. These gardens represent one of the best example of Italian gardens, with statues, fountains and beautiful views. Definitely a must see when visiting Florence.
Porcellino Market and Fountain
Let’s continue our Map of Florence tour by walking back on the Ponte Vecchio, and continuing on the Via Por Santa Maria.
On this street we reach the Mercato del Porcellino with the famous fountain. At this market you can shop for the famous Florentine leather goods. At the market you can find the Fontana del Porcellino.
According to the superstition you have to put a coin on the boar tongue and let it fell in the fountain and then rub the nose for good luck. Who doesn’t want some good luck!
From the market we walk on Via della Condotta and then on via dell’Anguillara until we reach another famous landmark of Florence. (For a complete list of what to see and do in Florence click here) The church of Santa Croce. Inside this magnificent church you can admire the tombs of Macchiavelli, Michelangelo and Galileo.
Walking to see the real David
From Santa Croce we walk on via del Proconsolo, until we reach the back of the Duomo. We can than walk alongside the stunning duomo until we reach via Ricasoli, yes the same family that makes the fantastic chianti!
We walk a few minutes on via Ricasoli until we reach the Galleria Dell’Accademia. Inside of this Galleria we can admire the real David. Again, if you are planning on visiting the David make sure you book your tickets way in advance because they get sold out quickly!
Off to San Lorenzo Market
Let’s continue our Map of Florence by walking back on via Ricasoli until we reach via De’ Gori and than the Piazza San Lorenzo with the church of San Lorenzo. From here we are just a few steps away from one of Florence best Market.
The market of San Lorenzo. This market is the perfect place to shop for tuscan speciality, to sit for a quick lunch or a glass of wine.
Take your time at the market, explore the many things it has to offer. Also just outside the market you can find many places that sell leather goods. From the market we walk on via Nazionale to reach our final destination of Santa Maria Novella Station.
Well folks this conclude our Map of Florence. Florence has so many more beauty to offer, but for the purpose of this article we picked the one that are easy to walk to from the train station of Santa Maria Novella.
Also remember we told you that we will give you a downloadable version of the map? Here it is visit traveladdicts.com/downloads enter your email address and you’ll receive the map right in your inbox. Also if you have any question about Florence leave a comment below and we will get back to you.
Andrea was born and raised in Northern Italy. At the age of 30, he moved to Vancouver Canada. Over the years he traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Central America, and Asia. He is passionate about traveling, cruising, and travel photography. He likes to write about his traveling and shows his travel photos.