usually I suggest
1 day for a walk around: duomo, mercato centrale (inisde, where they sell and make you taste local food, very quaint!), palazzo vecchio, ponte vecchio (remember to watch it from the other bridges), piazza pitti,
1 day for the main museums: UFFIZI (get a reservation by phone or via the official website http://www.uffizi.firenze.it/ price is 11 euro ticket + 4 euro reservation) ACCADEMIA and its David of Michelangelo (same prices than Uffizi http://www.uffizi.firenze.it/musei/accademia/ ) and then a walk or a bus (ataf line 13) up to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy a fantstic view of Florence from the top of a hill
1 day for visiting the other masterpieces scattered all around the town: CONVENTO DI SAN MARCO, CAPPELLA DI BENOZZO GOZZOLI, SANTA MARIA NOVELLA MUSEUM and CAPPELLA BRANCACCI. Then if you have time enjoy a deeper visit Diladdano (piazza pitti area): santo spirito, via romana and its antique shops, giardino di boboli and have a good meal at La Casalinga.
Feel free to contact me for any further info!
www.villacastelletti.it almost 8 years ago
Florence is a city that is jam packed with stories. Everywhere you turn, there's something interesting to see, fascinating to learn about. The problem is that the city doesn't reveal its secrets very easily. You'll be looking at something and you'll be thinking to yourself, I know this must be amazing but... what is it? What's it for? How did it get here? So my advice is to do your homework before you leave home. Get yourself a few good books and try to get a bit of historical background so that you won't miss out!
Another suggestion is to get yourself a great personal guide - someone who's studied and made it his life's work to know this city and all its secrets, and to love helping visitors discover them. I happen to know of a very good one! almost 8 years ago