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    Here's How To Spend 48 Hours In Florence Without Going Broke

    Don't worry, pizza and wine are priorities.

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    While Italy isn’t the most budget-friendly location in the world, you can still enjoy cities like Florence without breaking the bank.

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    This is especially true if you visit outside of the peak summer season when prices are high. Though the museums and art galleries do have pretty steep entrance fees, Florence is the kinda city where you can walk around the streets for hours and entertain yourself without spending a single cent.

    Here’s our guide to seeing Florence on a budget and finding some cool hidden gems along the way.


    First up: coffee time.

    Wander around to your heart's content.

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    Now you’re caffeinated, it’s time to take a stroll around the city. Florence is pretty small, so you can walk from one end to the other in under an hour. There are so many winding streets and cobblestone alleyways, chances are you might get lost once or twice. But it’s pretty easy to find your way back to the river or the Duomo and reorient yourself from there. Take a couple of hours to wander and people-watch. If you want a bit of education on the go, you could always do a free walking tour. Or there are free self-guided audio tours you can listen to while walking.

    (Sneaky pro tip: Head to the top floor of the Oblate Library for the best free view in the city.)

    COST: Free

    Now fuel up with some delicious local food.

    Hang out in Oltrarno.

    Graze an aperitivo spread for dinner.

    Now get your (local) wine on.


    Treat yourself to a big brunch.

    Chill out in the park.

    Grab a takeaway sandwich...

    ...and admire the Florence skyline.

    Indulge in some gelato.

    Head to a hilltop town for amazing sunset views.

    Get some authentic pizza you'll be dreaming about for a long time.

    And that's Florence for around €50!


    See, you can indulge in pizza and gelato and wine and still have an economical weekend. If we missed any of your fave Florence spots, let us know in the comments!