Florence is the heartbeat of Italy and one of the country’s most popular destinations which makes it the perfect home base for planning the ultimate day trips from Florence.
After you have spent countless hours wandering around Florence going in and out of museums, eating at off the beaten path restaurants and enjoying the local wine you will want to venture off and find the best day trips from Florence.
My husband and I were in awe of the food, architecture, people, and the city itself but if you look just beyond Florence you might be pleasantly surprised by what other parts of the region has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for medieval castles, wineries, or you just want to explore the countryside there are beautiful towns, stunning landscapes and charming villages that can be reached within a few hours of Florence.
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Let’s explore the best day trips from Florence:
The area of Chianti is made up of picturesque town squares, medieval villages and hill top castles that will capture your imagination and take you back in time. A visit to Greve in Chianti, Barberino Val D’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, San Donato or Castelnuovo Berardenga will take you on an exciting trip through history.
You can also explore the Chianti by foot, mountain bike, stay in a Tuscan villa, or just enjoy a simple picnic with your love.
We purchased the Chianti Region Wine Tasting through Viator. The tour was $50.00 per person and it was a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Florence! My best friend and her boyfriend were also visiting Italy so we decided to take a day trip to Tuscany.
Famed for the squat wine bottles held within a straw basket, known as a fiasco, if you even love wine just a little bit you will not pass up the opportunity to explore this phenomenal wine region.
The winding roads of the Chianti Region are perfect for biking and stopping for the occasional wine tasting and olive oil sampling.
Chianti is also home to some of the best restaurants in all of Italy, serving authentic Tuscan dishes with a modern twist.
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I used Viator to book all of my day trips from Florence. We rode in a nice, air-conditioned bus. Our guide was not too enthusiastic or informative, but we were there for the transportation and wine tasting not to make friends with the guide!
Once we reached the winery the tour was amazing. We tasted 3 different wines, had some snacks and we were able to take photos and make purchases at the winery.
Below are a few things to expect from your day trip to from Florence to Chianti.
- 5-hour Chianti wine tasting tour from Florence, led by a tour escort and a wine expert guide
- Travel through the glorious region of Tuscany and ogle the countryside views
- Stop at a quiet hamlet tucked away in either the Chianti Classico or Chianti Fiorentino winemaking region
- Tour a castle winery and explore the wine cellars where prestigious Tuscan wine is left to mature
- Hear the secrets of Tuscan winemaking and learn about the different grapes that are used
- Taste several varietals of Chianti wine alongside traditional Italian snacks such as crostini
Pisa is one of the most famous Italian towns and it is also a good option for a day trip from Florence. Of course, you need to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a white marble bell tower that would have stood 185 feet high had it not started to lean during construction.
Although the tower is Pisa’s most popular attraction, take your time and soak up the scenery.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is situated in the Piazza dei Miracoli so don’t forget to check it out and then make your way over to the Pisa Cathedral.
The Pisa Cathedral is like a work of art itself from the white marble facade to the heavy bronze doors and is worth the stop.
The Italian capital city is just 2 hours away from Florence by train and if can drag yourself out of bed to get an early start this can be one of the best day trips from Florence.
Rome is home to some of the most impressive architecture in all of the world.
Travelers come from all over the world to see the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and of course the Trevi Fountain. I only stayed in Rome for the day so it is possible to tick off all the major sites in Rome and not feel rushed including St Peter’s Basilica.
You Should definitely make Rome one of your Day Trips From Florence, Italy
Siena is a classic Tuscan medieval hill town and is one of the most popular day trips from Florence. It’s a pretty town with a large fan-shaped piazza, beautiful cathedral, pedestrian streets with shops, and the second highest medieval bell tower in Italy with 505 steps to the top so make sure you wear comfy shoes. (Click here to see the shoes I wore)
Siena is also known for its cathedral, the Palazzo Civico, and Torre del Mangia, a 400-steps tower for amazing vistas of the city and surrounding hills.
Siena is 37 miles south of Florence and is accessible by either train or bus but the bus stops near the center while the train station is below town and you need to take a connecting bus to the center.
This charming little town, known for its Etruscan origins, is located between Florence, Pisa, Siena and the coast. The layout reminds me of its Etruscan origins but there are also many Roman remains to visit, such as the Roman Theatre.
It was relatively unknown to tourists until the Twilight series, but fans might be disappointed to know that the movie scenes were actually filmed in Montepulciano.
Bologna, known for its great cuisine, is a beautiful city with two great squares, porticoed walkways, fine historic buildings, and an interesting medieval center with a tall medieval tower whose steep staircase you can climb for great views from the top.
You can also take a cooking class, Passionate about Pasta, that starts with a market tour and ends with lunch.
Bologna can be reached by fast trains, taking 30 – 35 minutes and from the station, you can walk or take a bus to the center.
7. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is not located in the Tuscany region but it is still one of the more popular day trips from Florence. You will not be disappointed and this is one day trip that will be worth your while.
While it is possible to drive to Cinque Terre, it seems such a waste of time because the whole reason for visiting Cinque Terre is to hike the many trails.
Florence has regular train service to La Spezia where you will change to the local train (or boat) and move up and down the coast. Cinque Terre is another must do and is one of the Best Day Trips From Florence.
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