Skip to Content

Best Things To Do In Florence For Couples

Florence is a remarkable city that perfectly caters to couples looking for a romantic getaway. With its art, history, and landmarks, a long list of activities is available for all interests.

Couples can explore galleries and museums displaying Renaissance art and sculptures. They can walk the cobblestone streets and admire the stunning architecture. Simply visiting the many squares, like Piazza della Signoria or Piazza Santa Croce, is worthwhile.

For views of the beautiful city, there are panoramic viewpoints at which they can catch a sunset.

With so many possibilities, choosing what to do in this romantic Italian city can be difficult. As someone who is a seasoned Florence traveler, I’ve compiled a list to narrow down the best options for you and your significant other.

Let’s get into the list of the best things to do in Florence for couples!

Tour the Uffizi Gallery

Florence is the ultimate Renaissance city, so naturally, there’s a collection like the Uffizi Gallery’s Renaissance art. It’s one of the most famous art museums in the world and a fantastic place to go for art-loving couples.

It contains works by many artists, including Michelangelo and Botticelli. Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” is one of its most famous pieces.

The gallery itself is also a work of art. The architecture is spectacular, and the rooms are elegantly decorated. You also see great views of the city and the Arno River.

If you want to see everything, you could visit the gallery for 3-4 hours, but 1-2 hours will give you the highlights. Book tickets early in the morning (in-person, not online) to avoid long lines.

Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most romantic spots in Florence because of its striking city views, particularly at sunset.

It’s on a hill next to the Arno and can be easily reached via a quick uphill walk. You can see the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio from the top of the hill.

The Piazzale has a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David. It’s not as jaw-dropping as the original, but still a lovely sight, especially when combined with the view. There are often street musicians, which adds to the ambiance.

I recommend going early because it can be crowded at sunset. The area is close to the historic district, so a walk to or from the Piazzale can be combined with exploring other parts of Florence.

Romantic Dinner in Oltrarno

A romantic dinner in the Oltrarno is a great choice for couples looking to escape the busier city center and go off the beaten path. It’s on the other side of the Arno and has more of an “authentic” Florence feeling.

Depending on your preference, you can find various restaurants, from upscale to quaint. I recommend dining al fresco, with a view of the Arno or the Florence skyline.

Golden View, Trattoria La Casalinga, and Ristorante Pizzeria Dante are a few of the best restaurants on this side of the river. The pizza at Dante’s is fantastic.

After dinner, walk around Oltrarno, full of charming squares and alleyways. The neighborhood is less crowded at night, so you can go through the quiet streets without dodging a swarm of tourists.

Wine Window at Babae

After dinner, stop by Babae, also in Oltrarno. It’s a fun experience where you can order a drink and have it given to you through a small window.

These windows date back to the 1600s when residents needed a safe way to sell wine during the plague. A collection of them is scattered across Florence, and Babae is one of the best. They have a long and unique list of cocktails and excellent wine selections.

Going here is an exciting and romantic thing to do for couples. It puts an Italian spin on a traditional “going out for a drink” date.

Gelato Tasting in Piazza della Signoria

Eating gelato in Florence (or anywhere in Italy) is an essential experience for all travelers. Luckily, it has some of the best in the country.

Numerous gelaterias are throughout the city, so knowing which one to choose can be difficult (and takes a lot of sampling!). A fun idea for couples is to grab gelato in a beautiful square like Piazza della Signoria and walk around.

A few places with fantastic gelato in this area are Perché, no!…, Venchi, and Vivoli. Vivoli is a 5-minute walk from the square, but the gelato is delicious.

Piazza della Signoria is a historic setting with famous statues and the Palazzo Vecchio. You can view the open-air sculpture gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi as you enjoy your gelato.

Walk Along the Ponte Vecchio

Walking along the Ponte Vecchio (“the old bridge”) is a romantic experience for couples. Florence’s most famous bridge, with shops built into its sides, is a charming backdrop for a date.

The Ponte Vecchio provides stunning views of the city and the river. The shops along the bridge are primarily jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers. It’s a great opportunity to take it slow and casually window-shop. Stopping to look at the view from the bridge is a must-do. 

The bridge can be busy during peak season, so going in the morning before the crowds arrive is recommended.

Sunset River Cruise

Walking around Florence can be tiring, so a sunset river cruise on the Arno is a great way to rest your feet after a day of exploring. This activity allows you to see the city and buildings in a way that few do.

Florence is a relatively small city, so the cruises typically last about an hour and take you up and down the Arno. You sit in a barchetto, a bit like a gondola, and take in the views. You even float under the Ponte Vecchio, which is a memorable sight.

Some cruises offer champagne, wine, and snacks. While many cruises are for multiple groups, I recommend booking two-person cruises for you and your date, as it’s a much more intimate and romantic experience.

Rooftop Drinks at Hotel Baglioni

The B-Roof at Hotel Baglioni is a cool and sophisticated restaurant to have a drink and be in the center of Florence. Its rooftop views are some of the best, including a direct view of the illuminated Duomo at night.

The rooftop terrace has tables to drink and enjoy a meal. It’s spacious, with several sections to sit, each giving you a different vantage point of Florence.

The prices are on the higher end, but it’s a worthwhile splurge. If you want to stay inside, the restaurant’s indoor section has excellent food and those same views through large windows.

Dinner in the Hills with a View at Villa le Fontanelle

If you want to venture outside the city center for a couple of hours, Citrarium Restaurant at Villa Le Fontanelle is an excellent option. The restaurant serves fresh Italian food from a menu that changes seasonally.

Citrarium has a peaceful atmosphere, elegant gardens, and stunning views of the Tuscan hills.

The interior of Citrarium has a refined decor that blends well with the villa’s historic feeling. The dining area is comfortable and intimate, perfect for a romantic dinner.

However, the highlight is the outdoor dining option. You can eat your meals on the terrace, surrounded by the villa’s gardens and overlooking the calming Tuscan landscape and bright city lights.

This setting is particularly wonderful during the warmer months when it’s comfortable, and guests take it slow and stay for hours.

Day Trip to a Winery

Tuscany is filled with wineries, and a day trip to one nearby is a great and romantic way to explore the area’s wine culture. It’s also the best and most immersive way to experience Tuscany.

You can take a scenic drive or train ride from Florence. Most wineries are isolated, so a car will likely be needed at some point.

To see the vineyards and wine-making process firsthand is a spectacular experience. Each winery takes great care in producing its specialty and loves teaching guests about their concoctions. Some wineries also have restaurants; you can spend most of the day at those.

If you’re taking a tour, booking in advance is a good idea, as these trips are popular and spaces can fill up quickly. Many offer packages that include transportation. I highly recommend Antinori nel Chianti Classico, a winery in the countryside only 30 minutes from Florence. It’s in the middle of the rolling hills and has unique modern architecture.

See David at Galleria dell’Accademia

The Galleria dell’Accademia contains a collection of paintings and sculptures by Italian artists but is most famous for being the home of Michelangelo’s David.

The towering marble statue is displayed prominently at the end of a long hall, where you can admire it from all angles. Photos don’t do David justice, so see it in person if you can.

In the same hall leading up to David are other works by Michelangelo, including “Prisoners” and “Slaves,” his unfinished works. Despite being incomplete, they’re spectacularly beautiful in their own way.

The museum is relatively compact, and you can see the collections in about an hour, making it an ideal choice for couples with limited time.

Cooking Class

A cooking class is an exciting couples activity where you get a collaborative lesson on making Italian dishes, and what better place to do that than one of Italy’s most famous cities?

You learn from professional chefs who guide you through the process of recipes like pasta, sauces, or desserts. The classes are great for either inexperienced or experienced cooks.

You’ll be cooking in a group (unless you book a private class), and the best part is you get to eat the food you’ve prepared at the end, often paired with a glass of wine.

Conclusion

With its long list of activities, Florence is one of the best European cities for couples, whether you’re in a new or long-term relationship.

However, it’s important to plan appropriately to maximize your time.

I recommend always booking reservations in advance. Florence is busy, especially during summer; things sell out when you least expect it. Restaurants fill up, and museum lines become long.

The city is very walkable, so many of these activities you can quickly jump between on foot. If doing two activities, map out how to get from point A to B. Lastly, make sure to plan ahead if you need to coordinate while in the hills, as the cell service can be bad.

Happy planning, and enjoy your time in Florence!

Casey is an experienced traveler with a long history of venturing to numerous countries around the globe. Over the last decade, he has relentlessly explored the world’s diverse cultures and landscapes. Casey shares his insights and recommendations through his travel blog, Cloud Jumper.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.