What To Do With Your Free Time in Italy

Toss a coin into the magical Trevi Fountain; sip coffee at a street-side cafe; visit a museum to admire the art and culture; indulge your taste-buds with traditional gelato. There are so many good options it would be easy to spend all of your time just deciding what to do! Let this be your guide in making the most out of your free time in Italy.

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Florence

Ponte Vecchio
Best known of all Florence’s sights, this bridge was the only one spared by the retreating Germans in 1944. Over the centuries flooding took its toll and only a few traces of the 10th-century bridge remain. Built in the middle of the 14th-century, it was originally filled with a variety of shops that included wool merchants and green grocers. Grand Duke Fernandino I had these replaced with goldsmiths to gentrify royalty’s route to Pitti Palace, reached via the Vasari Corridor that passes over the bridge.
FREE
Hours: Bridge open 24/7, shop and restaurant times will vary
Location: Ponte Vecchio, spanning River Arno in the Historic Centre of Florence – Firenze
     
Uffizi Galleries
The Medici family reserved rooms for their prestigious collection during use of the gallery as the magistrate’s court in the 1700s. The gallery contains works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Botticelli. The corridors which feature ceilings with splendid frescoes are lined with Roman and sixteenth-century sculptures.
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Hours: 8:15am – 6:50pm; Tues. – Sun.
Location: Adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence – Firenze
Pre-booking Advised
     
Galleria dell’Accademia
The Accademia Gallery is most well known for Michelangelo’s “David,” placed in a specially constructed hall after four centuries in Piazza Signoria. Other works by Michelangelo include some of his ‘Slave’ series and his sculpture of San Matteo. You can also find an impressive collection of paintings from the 13th to 16th-centuries, A Sienese School Crucifix from the 13th-century, 24 panels by Taddeo Gaddi representing scenes from the life of Christ and St Francis, and Giovanni da Milano’s Pietà.
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Hours: 8:15am – 6:50pm; Tues. – Sun.
Location: Located near Piazza San Marco in the Historic Centre of Florence – Firenze
     
Piazza del Duomo
The legendary duomo is famous for its dome: Brunelleschi’s Renaissance masterpiece. Completed in 1436, he created a double dome shell so that the dome is entirely self-supporting. Construction started in 1296 on the site of the Roman basilica of Santa Reparata, of which there are still visible remains. The existing Neo-Gothic façade was added in the 19th century. Covering a massive 3600 square meters, the frescoes inside the dome depict the Last Judgement.
FREE – $
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Condensed hours on weekends, religious holidays
Location: Main plaza, located in the heart of Florence
As a religious site, respectful clothing is required.
     

Rome

Trevi Fountain
Tradition has it that throwing a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain guarantees a swift return to the eternal city. Actress Anita Ekberg’s dip in the fountain was immortalized in Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita,’ and Italian actor Toto even sold it to an American, passing himself off as its owner. Designed by Nicola Salvi for Pope Clemente XII, the fountain was completed in the second half of the 1700’s. The statues in the center represent Neptune supported by Tritons on either side and the Rococo-style Poli Palace provides the perfect backdrop.
FREE
Hours: Accessible 24/7, visit first thing or later in the evening to avoid crowds. Illuminated after dark.
Location: In the heart of the city centre, best approached by foot from another attraction, possibly the Pantheon or the Spanish Steps, both signposted for pedestrians