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From Florence: Tuscany Day Trip with Optional Lunch and Wine

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Discover the vineyards and medieval architecture of Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa on a small-group or private full-day Chianti journey, with…

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5 best day trips from Florence

Day trip to Siena

For travelers looking to experience the charm of Tuscany, nothing beats a day in Siena. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most common day trip destinations from Florence, and for good reason. The hub of the town is the Piazza del Campo, with the looming Torre de Mangia — which provides magnificent views for those who dare make the climb to the top. Other popular activities include visiting the marble Siena Cathedral and simply wandering the enchanting streets of the city.

How far is Siena from Florence?

However you travel, the 80 kilometer (49 mile) journey from Florence to Siena usually takes around 90 minutes. Depending on which train you take, the trip can take up to an hour and 45 minutes by rail.

Day trip to Cortona

Taking a day trip to Cortona from Florence is a sublime way to escape the city. Best known these days as the setting for the book and film “Under the Tuscan Sun,” this gorgeous hillside locale is a great place to slow down the pace of your trip. Visitors exploring the charming town can learn about the local history at the Etruscan Academy Museum, admire the church of Santa Margherita, and soak up the city’s atmosphere in the Piazza della Repubblica.

How far is Cortona from Florence?

The trip to Cortona measures just around 120 kilometers (74 miles). By train, you should reach your destination in one hour and 20 minutes, while driving takes about an hour and a half.

Day trip to Bologna

The unofficial food capital of Italy, Bologna — or “la grassa” (“the fat”) is a gourmet’s dream. As the home to the oldest university in the world, a trip to Bologna is much more than just a chance to fill up on fine foods. Travelers can check out the Piazza Maggiore, wonder at the strange yet fascinating 17th-century anatomical theater, and eat to their heart’s content in the massive FICO World Eataly. Of course, make sure to taste the local specialties of ragu, prosciutto, and parmigiano reggiano.

How far is Bologna from Florence?

Just over 100 kilometers north of Florence, Bologna is an easy day trip from Florence. By train, the journey only takes 35 minutes, while by car it takes around 80 minutes. Allow for a little more time if traveling by bus, as the trip takes around two hours.

Day trip to the Val d’Orcia

When you dream of the picture-perfect Tuscan countryside, the Val d’Orcia is likely what comes to mind. Rolling hills, cypress-dotted roads, and storybook villages await travelers who make their way here. Wine lovers can visit the famous towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino for local tastings, while the gorgeous town of Pienza offers samples of locally-made pecorino cheese. For some extra relaxation, take a soak in the thermal baths at Bagno Vignoni.

How far is the Val d’Orcia from Florence?

From Florence to the heart of the Val d’Orcia is about 120 kilometers (74 miles), though this distance changes depending on your specific destination. Train and drive times depend greatly on which route you take, but a direct trip should be around two hours.

Day trip to Pisa

As home to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, a day trip to Pisa is on almost everyone’s travel radar. Legend has it that the Leaning Tower of Pisa — actually the belltower of the Pisa Cathedral — was once the site of some experiments by none other than Galileo himself. There is much more to this city than just the famous tower, however. Counted among Pisa’s other attractions are the Piazza dei Cavaliere, the Campo Santo, and the Palazzo della Carovana.

How far is Pisa from Florence?

Only 85 kilometers (52 miles) away, the trip from Pisa to Florence is an easy one. By car, the trip is only around an hour and 15 minutes, while the train will get you there a bit quicker, at just one hour. Bus service takes around one hour and 35 minutes.

Florence day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Determining the best transportation option for your trip can seem like a daunting task. Some methods of travel may suit your needs and wallet better than others. We’ll help you find the best transport option, regardless of your destination.

Florence day trips by train

The train is frequently the simplest and most affordable mode of transportation for traveling from Florence. Most of the popular destinations from Florence have train stations nearby, and the train cuts down on travel time from to traffic, road work, or navigation issues.

Florence day trips by car

Though many people will advise against driving in cities in Italy, a car can be a great option for trips out to the countryside. Some rural destinations can be very difficult to reach by public transportation, and a car allows you to get out and see these Tuscan gems.

Florence day trips by bus

The bus is an economical option for day trips from Florence, and allows you to reach some lesser visited places with no train access. While the most affordable travel option, the bus will often take the longest, so make sure to allow plenty of time if making your journey by bus.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is a great choice for many popular day trips out of Florence. Guided tours allow you to discover incredible local places that may never appear in any guide book. Tours also save the hassle of booking wine tasting reservations or navigating the Italian countryside.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What you choose to pack for your day trip will vary depending on the activity and the time of year. Some tours from Florence already include everything you’ll need, from entry tickets to lunch and dinner. An umbrella in the winter months can be a good idea, while planning ahead for intense heat in the middle of summer is crucial.


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We did this tour in September 2020- it was my partner and I, plus two other couples. The instructions for meeting our guide were clear and it was easy to get the tram to the starting location. The guide was more a driver than a guide but was friendly and we felt safe with him driving the mini bus. We went to one beautiful traditional Tuscan winery (stopping on the way at a great viewpoint) where we sat in the wine cellar and tried 3 wines plus two balsamic vinegars, a couple of olive oils plus some cured meats and cheese. Our host for the tasting was very friendly and charasmatic, although with masks on it was a little hard to understand everything he said. We also had the chance to buy the produce afterwards but we did not feel pressures to do so. After the wine tasting, we visited the nearby village of Castellina and then Monteriggioni- the guide dropped us of and told us when to be back at the pick-up point. All in all we enjoyed this, and would recommend it to others.

From Florence: Chianti Half-Day Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Rosy, 20/09/2020

We were the only 2 on this tour so they called to change or cancel - we upgraded to add on Siena - so pleased we did. It’s a long day and you start at 0830 at the coach station out of town ( very easy to get to on tram) then visit walled cities, Siena, Saint Gimignano and stayed for a great lunch of cheeses, ham, bread pasta and wines. The wine is very well explained and the lunch was excellent but you see none of the process or cellars, Which was disappointing. Never the less I would recommend the tour. The guide was great and lots of free time in each city.

From Florence: Chianti Half-Day Afternoon Tour Reviewed by Abigail, 13/10/2020

Lucca was fantastic! This is the best tour myself and my partner have been on. The tour was around 4 hours long and we covered around 60 miles of Florence (both the city and the hill side). He took us to the most beautiful views and told us the history of each place we went to. He was very easy to get along with and treated us to a coffee and ice cream along the way. Would definitely recommend to everyone, this is the best way to see so much of Florence which you wouldn't have the chance to do otherwise. Thanks a lot Lucca, from Lucy and Lewis!

3-Hour Panoramic Tour of Florence by Vespa Reviewed by Lucy, 22/09/2020

Really fantastic amazing day! Elisa is such an attentive and lovely tour guide! The sites are amazing and the structure of the day was great.... the vineyard meal and wine tasting was utterly brilliant me and my friends had such a laugh and really enjoyed a lovely day seeing the sites of Tuscany! Thank you Elisa

This tour was my favorite part of my trip to Tuscany. Alex was an amazing guide and was very easy to understand while speaking with a mask on, super impressive! The tour is very efficient and allows you to see all the highlights of the region in one day.