5 Things to do at night in Florence, Tuscany

by - 3/08/2024



Night excursions are often my most favourite things to do in a big city. I often post night guides of the famous cities I have visited (free activity guides; because I totally believe in budget travel). I just realised that I never got to write about Florence or Firenze at night; something that we have cherished for years after. So here you go.

1. Hang out on the Piazza Michelangelo after watching the sunset.

Sunset on the highest point of this artistic city   is THE most important thing to do in Florence. Same goes with sunrise too, you can never get bored. Magical would be an understatement!

So after it starts getting dark, the people will get into party mood. Singing, cellos, wine etc etc. Just watching the Italians and other tourists do their thing itself is such a delight. Not to forget watching the city get lit up from the top of the hill is magnificent.

2. Walk along the Arno river

Walking is definitely the most underrated form of entertainment when in a beautiful, new city. And when it's along a waterbody, it's all the more magical! You can go to Ponte Vecchio too, although the shops would be closed, people can be seen indulging in music and other kinds of activities. Everywhere the locals are trying to entertain the entertain the tourists and expecting tips in return. 

3. Get a gelato at a cute place

Gelatos can really be expensive at gelatarias or ristorantes I mean in big cities like Florence. You can't expect any dolce under 2 Euro, which is quite a lot , if you are buying for the entire family, after every meal. But what I want to say is that the entire getting a gelato is also an experience. 

I loved selecting a place based on its decor. Think Tuscan countryside vibes: stone walls, olive trees, huge urns, etc etc. 



4. Get pizza and pasta

Can you ever get bored of pizzas and pastas when in Italia? The answer is a FREAKING NO! Having and elaborate meal at night is more enjoyable because of the endless forms of entertainment going on in the piazzas or city squares. That's why I love dining al fresco, since it opens you up to the outside world. The entertainers surely expect tips, but it's not compulsory. After all, you did not ask them to play their cellos or entertain you with gigantic bubbles! If you don't plan to tip, don't photograph them!


5. Roam on the streets and window shop

Some of these cities are literally heaven for luxury shopping. But let's get it straight: you really can't go inside and browse unless you plan to buy something. I mean we brown people are already notorious for being poor and window shopping during the prime hours would destroy our image even more! At night, the showrooms are closed but the windows are illuminated throughout the night. You can not only browse but at your own pace but without being scrutinised too! It's really fun! Try it!



So what's the most favourite activity you love indulging at night while exploring a new city?

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Mads’ Cookhouse.

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20 comments

  1. My key takeaway is that you look really happy in the photos so I must follow whatever you said. The places recommended are really beautiful.

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  2. I have always wanted to go to Florence cuz when I was a teenager I read an M&B in which the guy was from Florence... after that it's been on my secret bucket list... hahaha!
    As usual you n your pics are lovely.
    Like you, I too like walking on the streets of any new place... n esp. at night if it is merrier in places like this.

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  3. You look gorgeous and over the moon, so I collect that you must be enjoying yourself on this trip. That said, the pizza, pasta, coffee, and gelato are things I want to indulge in when in Florence.

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  4. I am not a night person, crash out by 10pm max! But I guess that rule would break in Florence. I would love to see the sunrise and sunsets, walk along the river and have a gelato for sure.

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  5. Exploring Florence at night through your eyes feels like stepping into a fairy tale! It's the little moments, like enjoying a gelato in a quaint spot or simply soaking up the atmosphere on Piazza Michelangelo, that create the most cherished memories. I can't wait to add these activities to my bucket list for when I visit Florence.

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  6. Lovely pictures! Hope to get there some day!

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  7. We become early risers during our travels which means we sleep by 9 or 10 pm. Apart from 1 or 2 occasions, we haven't experienced any night activities. But reading your night guide to Florence has me feeling excited to plan my own adventure there! Loved all your pictures.

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  8. Pizza, pasta, and al fresco dining in Italy? Yes, please! It's refreshing to see someone share authentic travel tips!

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  9. After looking at your beautiful, full of life pics I want to replicate what you have done for sure. Exploring any city in the night has it's own charm.

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  10. I've been to Florence twice and definitely recommend doing all the things you've mentioned here. An early morning stroll through the city and riverfront is just as beautiful as it is at night, by the way. Loved looking at your pictures and reminiscing my travels through these streets.

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  11. What an amazing post to read.. The suggestions for nighttime activities in Florence are not only practical but also infused with a sense of local charm. I appreciate the variety, from exploring the historic streets to savoring the local cuisine. Your post make me eager to experience the enchanting nights in Florence. Grazie for the tips 😁

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  12. Sunset and it seems like a whole different place. I am sure Florence is no different. Loved your suggestions. Will surely refer to them when we plan a trip.

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  13. I didn't know about this place. But your pics and post tells me it is beautiful. Loved your all pictures and yes one of my favourite is watching sun set and window shopping.

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  14. When I read your Travelogs I feel so good and I feel like experiencing and exploring the destinations through your eyes. The night guide to Florence beautifully captures the lively essence of the city's nightlife, providing a glimpse into the enchanting experiences it holds. Each meticulously curated activity promises travelers unforgettable memories of their time in Firenze, making the journey truly exceptional. I really wonder when I can again start taking overseas trips... my heart is crying and I want to travel..... magar kab hoga ya phir sa? Yahi sawal ha muja mere dil se.

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  15. You look super cute ya. And love the places to do at night which are not hectic. Just chilling is the best thing and exploring places

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  16. Oh wow these night and walks seem amazing. Gazing at the beautiful city with all those lights is a vibe isn't it. Especially window shopping without being judged

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  17. The best part of blogging is you take us on virtual trips otherwise temples are the only place I go.

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  18. ohh, I love the idea of exploring a place at night and seeing that side of the place and life of the locals and tourists. The pictures really capture the joy of this experience.

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  19. Italy is in my list since ages, especially Florence. Your pictures remind me to plan for Italy soon and explore the night life there. I would definately try the famous Italy Pizza and gilatos while walking on the road. Shall I not look on the shopping ? I would for sure. Thanks for the amazing post.

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  20. Loved your stunning pics. Will definitely try your suggestions when I visit Florence. I liked the way You enjoyed your meal and trip.

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