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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Florence

The tourist bus is the easiest and fastest way to visit Florence, as well as giving you a series of advantages that I'm sure you don't know about. I'll tell you about them in the following lines!

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

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Hop on Hop off Bus Tours in Florence

Panoramic view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo | ©Antônia Felipe

Florence, with 400,000 inhabitants, is not an excessively large city, but it is one of the cities with the largest Renaissance-era heritage to see in Italy. Taking a tourist bus will make your trip much more comfortable.

1. The best sightseeing bus with free stops to discover Florence

Tourist bus in Florence | ©Chris Sampson
Tourist bus in Florence | ©Chris Sampson

The most comfortable and practical way to visit Florence, especially if you have little time or it is your first trip to this city that has remained unchanged since the sixteenth century, is on this Sightseeing Experience tourist bus.

Thanks to it you will be able to see the whole city comfortably seated in the heights of its convertible deck during its almost 2-hour tour. You can also use it as a means of transport to get around the city and get to its landmarks in a fast and easy way.

What is included in this ticket

  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Free "Sightseeing Experience" mobile app to listen to the audio guide in English and 7 other languages while you see the city and with a recommended walking tour to discover it on your own after the tour
  • Access to the Sightseeing Experience visitor center within the ticket sales area at the SMN train station

Itinerary

  • Church of Santa Croce
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • San Domenico Fiesole
  • Porta Romana
  • Convitto della Calza
  • Verdi Theater
  • Stadio Artemio Franchi
  • Piazza della Liberta
  • Florence Station
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Via Fiume, 8
  • Viale Giacomo Matteotti, 21
  • Piazzale Donatello, 3
  • Viale Antonio Gramsci, 13
  • Corso dei Tintori, 40
  • Verdi Viale Michelangiolo, 2
  • Piazzale Michelangelo Viale Galileo, 5
  • Viale Machiavelli
  • Viale Francesco Petrarca
  • Piazza Torquato Tasso
  • Porta San Frediano
  • Via Sant'Onofrio. Lungarno Soderini
  • Piazza Bambini di Beslan
  • Piazza della Indipendenza

2. The main points of interest in Florence

Church of Santa Croce | ©Pom'
Church of Santa Croce | ©Pom'

Piazzale Michelangelo

The best way to get to this viewpoint, one of the best in the city of Florence, is by bus. Therefore, the fact that it is included in the route of this tourist bus is a great advantage. From Michelangelo Square, located on the plateau south of the Arno River, you will see a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David and, of course, incredible panoramic views of Florence that I suggest you take pictures of at noon, the ideal time to take the best snapshots.

Duomo of Florence

The wonderful Cathedral of Florence, popularly known as Duomo and officially as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most important and largest churches not only in Italy but in all of Europe.

Built over several centuries since 1296, Il Duomo is famous for its bell tower, designed by Giotto, its impressive facade, in white and green marble, and the bronze doors with thematic reliefs of its Baptistery, including the jaw-dropping 'Door of Paradise', and scenes from the Old Testament.

Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore

Special mention deserves the unique dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, 374 meters high and 147 in diameter, which today can be visited by climbing the 463 steps up to its viewpoint. Its construction raised great skepticism and was a mystery for centuries, being considered too big and heavy for the structure of the basilica that supports it.

However, it remains unchanged over time thanks to the genius of its architect, the great Filippo Brunelleschi, who spent 14 years creating it, a century after the completion of the cathedral.

Piazza del Duomo

The Florence Cathedral is located in Piazza del Duomo, where other fundamental buildings of the city, the Battistero, and the Campanile, also stand, making it the most famous place in Florence along with the Ponte Vecchio.

To make your visit to the Duomo of Florence as easy as possible, get there in a tourist bus and get one of the skip-the-line tickets to the Florence Cathedral, as they include the entrance to its dome, baptistery, crypt, and campanile without having to queue. If you are interested in exploring this option further, take a look at my practical guide on Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours.

Palazzo Pitti

Another must-see in Florence is the Palazzo Pitti, former residence of dukes, important families such as the Pitti and Medici, of the King of Italy, and even Napoleon's military barracks, now converted into an important museum.

Large in size, the exterior of this palace does not let you glimpse its spectacular interior, full of galleries with the remarkable works of art that its inhabitants were collecting since its construction in 1458 and the famous Boboli Gardens, a haven of peace and beauty in the middle of Florence. The highlight of the Pitti Palace, in my opinion, are the views over the beautiful Tuscan landscape, an authentic Renaissance painting.

Church of Santa Croce

If the Duomo is the most famous and largest cathedral in Florence, the Church of Santa Croce is its most interesting temple. It is the largest Franciscan church on the planet, 377 feet long and 124 feet wide, and the true pantheon of the city, with nearly 300 tombs, including the tombs of the very Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Lorenzo Ghiberti, and Galileo Galilei.

The sculptures, paintings, and frescoes inside this church, built in 1294, are truly magnificent and the work of authors such as Donatello, Giotto, and Brunelleschi, among others. As the Pantheon of Florence, the Santa Croce accumulates tombstones of illustrious personages ranging from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century.

3. Other interesting activities in Florence

Michelangelo's David, Accademia Gallery ©Richard Mortel
Michelangelo's David, Accademia Gallery ©Richard Mortel

If you found this article about how to visit Florence by tourist bus interesting, don't miss other of my articles with information that will be of great help to plan your trip to this magnificent city, such as: Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours, Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours and Accademia Gallery Tickets and Tours.

To know in detail how to go from this city to other interesting places in Italy, in these guides you will find all the necessary information: Cinque Terre Day Trips from Florence, Siena Day Trips from Florence and Pisa Day Trips from Florence.