The Tuscan capital is certainly one of the most famous and loved Italian destinations by tourists from all over the world. While visiting this city you won’t get bored for sure: among museums to visit, markets to discover and typical dishes to taste (maybe with our Food Tour of Florence) you will surely have little time at your disposal for anything else. Florence, however, is in an excellent position to visit other Italian destinations and our advice is to take advantage of this. That’s why we decided to suggest you 10 day trips from Florence not to be missed.
If you love wine and nature, Chianti is an unmissable stop during a trip to Tuscany. This, in fact, is one of the most important wine regions in Italy.
The best way to enjoy the landscape is to rent a car and drive around the various villages independently: remember to include Greve and Radda in Chianti, two of the most characteristic villages.
In this area you will find many wineries where you can participate in a wine tasting and many farmhouses where you can stop for a typical lunch.
San Gimignano is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is famous for its many towers.
In the historical center of the village time seems to have stopped and the atmosphere, among the narrow stone alleys, brings back to the Middle Ages.
If you want to live a thrilling experience, do not forget to visit the Torture Museum.
San Gimignano is also famous for the production of one of the most famous wines on the Italian scene, Vernaccia, a delicate white wine with a slight almond aftertaste: sit down in one of the many wine shops in town to taste a glass!
Siena is also one of the most famous Italian destinations and is about 70 km from Florence. To reach it you can use the car or choose to travel comfortably by train: there are numerous connections.
This Tuscan city is very famous for the Palio, a horse race that takes place twice a year in Piazza del Campo and that opposes the various districts of the city.
Among the most beautiful attractions of Siena there is certainly the Cathedral with its wonderful facade and the imposing dome.
Among the best day trips from Florence there is the one to Val d’Orcia. For this excursion, in case you are not equipped with a car, we recommend you to take a rental car: only in this way you will be able to enjoy the landscape at its best.
This area is a protected park and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this land, which seems to have been painted by a painter, there are vineyards, small villages, castles and abbeys.
Among the stops not to be missed is Pienza, a small town designed by Pope Pius II following the philosophy of the “Ideal City”.
The Val d’Orcia is also a land of great wines: take the opportunity to visit a winery and taste the excellent Brunello di Montalcino.
The famous city of the Leaning Tower can be easily reached from Florence by train: from Santa Maria Novella Station there are numerous and frequent connections.
Once you arrive in the city your first stop can only be Piazza dei Miracoli with the Duomo, the Bell Tower (the famous Tower of Pisa), the Baptistery and the Campo Santo Monumentale.
In addition to these things to see in Pisa, however, we suggest you take part in a gastronomic tour. In this way, in fact, you will have the opportunity to wander around the historic center of the city and taste some of the best traditional local dishes.
During our Food Tour of Pisa you will taste, among others, the Ribollita, a typical dish of the peasant tradition, and the meat of the Mucco Pisano, a local beef. The tour lasts 3 and a half hours and is a great idea to explore the city and get to know it in its most interesting aspects.
Lucca is one of the day trips from Florence that we suggest. The city is about 80 km from the Tuscan capital and can be easily reached by train in about 2 hours.
The historical center of Lucca is small, but very fascinating. One of the most characteristic places of the city is certainly Piazza dell’Anfiteatro: the houses were built on the ancient ruins of a Roman amphitheater giving the square its particular oval shape.
This place is not yet well known by foreign tourists and has retained its authentic Tuscan city atmosphere.
Arezzo is only 45 minutes by train from Florence, making it a perfect destination for a trip out of town.
Although its fame is lesser than other destinations, there are many things to see in Arezzo: among them we suggest the Roman Amphitheater, the Duomo and the Medici Fortress, built at the behest of Cosimo I de Medici.
The Cinque Terre are one of the most famous destinations in Italy. These are not found in Tuscany, but in Liguria, this does not mean that they cannot be reached in a day.
To do this you can go by car, take the train or participate in a guided tour departing from the Tuscan capital.
The Cinque Terre, the five villages that form the National Park, follow one after the other along the rugged Ligurian coast, nestled between the sea and the hills behind them: the landscape is unique.
Although it is possible to visit the Cinque Terre in one day from Florence, we suggest you to stay longer: three days between Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, for example, will really allow you to appreciate their beauty.
If you decide to spend more days in the area we suggest you take part in a food and wine tour in La Spezia (a few kilometers from the Cinque Terre) to discover the typical dishes of the local cuisine.
Thanks to the fast trains you can visit Venice from Florence in a day: the trip takes about 2 hours and 30.
The most romantic city in Italy is one of those places where one day is not enough to visit everything, but it is a good start to discover it.
Among the stops not to be missed are definitely Pizza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.
A great experience to discover an authentic Venice in a few hours is a food tour of the lagoon city: moving between one bacaro (the small local taverns) and the other you will taste the typical dishes and discover corners and glimpses of what is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Finally, always thanks to the excellent train connections you can organize your daily trip to Rome with departure from Florence.
Of course, you will certainly not see all that this city has to offer, but by organizing a good day trip to Rome you will surely be able to admire some of its landmarks.