top day trips from Florence

Italy is a beautiful place and Florence is one of its most attractive gems. It would take you weeks, if not months, to fully appreciate all that Italy has to offer. However, if you have the time while on vacation, the top day trips from Florence will show you everything you need to see during your short stay, with the most prominent including the following:


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1). Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Florence

If you only have one day to see Italy, Tuscany has everything you want in a good vacation, not just art but history and great food. The guided tour will take you through Siena, offering you access to the gothic cathedral.

Foodies will love the Chianti Hills where you can eat a Tuscan lunch in the company of amazing wine. Besides admiring the Cathedral Square in Pisa, you can also explore the streets of San Gimignano.

Tourists get around using a luxury air-conditioned coach. If you have no patience for long queues, the skip-the-line entry package has you covered. You should know that the Tuscany one sightseeing tour provides tourists plenty of free time to roam on their own and to mingle with the locals. You couldn’t ask for a more engaging tour.

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Pros

  • Engaging guide
  • Free time to explore the area
  • Delicious food and wine
  • Extremely well organized tour
  • Beautiful views

Cons

  • Some reviewers said that the time given to explore a place wasn’t enough sufficient.

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2). Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

The Cinque Terre day trip from Florence with optional hiking starts with a coach ride from Florence to the Cinque Terre. Your guide will keep you entertained with stories about your destination. You will learn about the five idyllic fishing villages before you see them.

The views awaiting you at the UNESCO-listed location will take your breath away, especially once you enter the national park and walk the trails along the cliffs. The hiking portion is a little challenging for some but the coastal views are worth the effort.

The Cinque Terre villages still feel like they are part of Old-World Italy. This makes them a joy to walk through.

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Pros 

  • Free time to explore the Cinque Terre villages
  • Fun and knowledgeable guide
  • All transport is included in the tour
  • Breathtaking views
  • Well organized

Cons

  • The trails are roky, so the hike can be challenging for some people.
  • In high season, the place is crowded and time can be limited to explore each town.

3). Taste of Chianti Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

Taste of Chianti Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

This trip is the wine and food lover’s dream. It starts in Florence after which a tour guide will lead you through the Tuscan hills in an off-road vehicle. You will visit a wine estate and historic villa.

You will see the cellar specializing in bottles of Chianti Classico. The trip will also permit you to enjoy the finest food and wine samples at each stop. But you can’t eat too much, not when you have a 3-course meal waiting for you in the Chianti Countryside.

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Pros
  • Travel in a 4×4 with air conditionair
  • Professional guide
  • Amazing food and tasting wine
  • Excellent wine and olive oil tastings
Cons
  • Expensive

4). Florence Vespa Tour Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

Florence Vespa Tour Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

The name of this tour isn’t a joke. You can expect to actually traverse Tuscany on a vintage Vespa. Major sites that you can expect to see along the way include the Church of San Miniato al Monte and the Piazzale Michelangelo. Though, while the Tuscan hills are quite scenic, the highlight of the trip will probably be the traditional Italian meal in Florence.

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Pros
  • Engaging and professional guide to lead you during the tour
  • Driver insurance, fuel, and taxes are included in the tour price
  • Wonderful way to see Florence!
  • Delicious food and wine
  • Fun riding tour on a Vespa to visit Florence
Cons
  • Need license and riding experience

5). Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

This trip is designed to keep things interesting which is why you will use a coach, train, and boat as you make your way through the different fishing villages. Along the way, you will explore the Italian Riviera.

You will swim in the turquoise waters at the beaches of Monterosso, You will also roam the charming streets of Riomaggiore. Your tour guide will provide an in-depth history lesson about all the interesting events the UNESCO-listed region has seen. But this trip isn’t just about the scenic views. You should also look forward to lunch in Monterosso.

TIPS: 1.Bring your swimwear with you as there are several beautiful beaches in some areas. 2.Wear good walking shoes as this tour involve lots of walking.

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Pros
  • Well organized tour
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Comfortable coach with air conditioner
  • Free time in each area to stroll around
  • Stunning views of the Cinque Terres
Cons
  • The boat tour is only available from April 1st until October 31st
  • The group can be large in high seasons

6). San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch and Wine Tasting

San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti Day Trip with Lunch and Wine Tasting

This trip is designed to lead you through two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Tuscan rolling hills and Chinati Countryside are home to some of the most wonderful views you will ever encounter.

You will travel by air-conditioned bus with a tour guide to places like the Siena Cathedral and Libreria Piccolomini. You will enjoy three different Chianti wines and a traditional 3-course Tuscan lunch.

TIPS: 1. As this tour involve alots of walking, it is highly recommended to wear good walking shoes. 2. Don’t overload yourself with bags.

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Pros
  • Free time to explore at your pace
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Tasty food and wine
  • Well organized
  • Multi language tour
Cons
  • Lots of walking
  • Some reviewers said that it was ennoying to listen the stories in three different languages.

7). Cinque Terre Semi-Private Day Trip from Florence

Cinque Terre Semi-Private Day Trip from Florence

You need the entire day to fully appreciate the cliff-clinging villages of the Cinque Terre with their unforgettable seaside views. Your small group will be led by a knowledgeable escort through the UNESCO-listed region.

You will learn of its history as you travel between Manarola and Vernazza via boat. There are local wine bars and restaurants to see along the way. You will enjoy traditional Italian drinks and lunches. There is so much natural wonder to see from places like Corniglia.

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Pros
  • Transport by minivan with air conditioner
  • Very informative and engaging guide
  • Amaizing views
  • Personalized Small Group Tour
  • Well organized tour
Cons
  • The boat ride may be cancelled if the weather doesn’t permits
  • Around two hours drive each way

8). Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour from Florence

Chianti Afternoon Wine Tour from Florence

As the name suggests, this is a 7-hour wine tasting tour that will not disappoint. Your escort is a professional that will take you to scenic villages from where you will visit all the best local wineries to sample the most revered Tuscan wines.

You will understand what sets the various blends apart. The winemakers will tell you all their secrets so that you can better appreciate the results of their work. Your trip won’t end until you have seen the fortress of Castellina.

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Pros
  • Comfortable coach with wifi and air conditioner
  • Wine-expert guide
  • Delicious food and wine tasting
  • Visit of beautiful wineries
  • Very well organized
Cons
  • Some reviewers found the first winery to be a bit boring, but loved the second one.

9). Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence, including Lunch

Pisa, Siena, and San Gimignano Day Trip from Florence, including Lunch

Once you leave Florence, your guide will take you to Siena from where you will see the Main Square and Gothic Cathedral. Most people’s highlight is bound to be the traditional 3-course lunch accompanied by wine.

You can cap things off by walking San Gimignano’s medieval streets in the absence of your guide. You will also visit the city of Pisa with its leaning tower before heading back to Florence.

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Pros
  • Fun and informative tour guide
  • Breathtaking sites
  • Clean and comfortable coach with air conditioner
  • Well organized
Cons
  • Some reviewers said that there was not enough free time to enjoy each area.
  • Lots of walking

10). Pisa from Florence Afternoon Tour Including ‘Skip the Line’ Leaning Tower Ticket

Pisa from Florence Afternoon Tour Including ‘Skip the Line’ Leaning Tower Ticket

This trip tells you everything you can expect in its name. You will skip all the long lines to see the leaning tower. This will be the primary stop on your tour. Your guide will lead you through the Tuscan hills on your way to Pisa. You will see the Cathedral Square before enjoying the incredible views from the top of the Leaning Tower. it is a sight you won’t forget.

TIPS: 1.Wear a good pair of walking shoes. 2. wear appropriate clothes to enter the sites.

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Pros
  • Very comfortable bus with air conditioner and wifi
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the line ticket to climb the Pisa tower
  • Friendly kids tour
Cons
  • Several reviewers said they were rushed through the sites
  • Lots of walking
  • Some had a hard time to understand what the guide is saying due to his/her strong accent.

Conclusion

You cannot hope to see everything Italy has to offer in a day. But the day trips above, which set off from Florence, will show you all the highlights that are a must-see to ensure that your trip to Italy is as memorable as possible.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I had no idea there were so many great places to visit in the region of Florence, Italy.  Your listing of the top day trips from Florence has introduced me to some wonderful new places like Cinque Terre which looks so amazingly beautiful.  I’ve also been reminded of some other places that i’ve dreamed of visiting ever since reading about them in my teenage years.

    Places like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Tuscany.  Tell me something. What if i wanted to visit Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and the Leaning Tower over a 2 or 3 day period.  Do you think that could be done without a huge price tag?

    • Hi there,

      You can certainly visit these places without spending a fortune. Eventually, you will have to do two or three different tours as one tour does not include all these places. Just be sure to book your trip well in advance, so you don’t get stuck. However, with the korona virus today, it’s not possible. All we have to do is wait and see.

      Thank you for the comment and I wish you a lovely day!

  2. Hi, thanks for your article onTop day trip from florence. i personally love tha Number 2 which talks about Your guide keeping you well informed and entertained with stories about your destination. You will learn about the five idyllic fishing villages before you see them. i haven’t visit itally before now, my next Holiday will be in Italy. Thanks

    • Hey Joy,

      You are welcome! Let me know if you need help. I’ll be more than happy to assist.

      Thanks for passing by and stay tuned!

  3. I have visited Italy a few times, it is such a beautiful country and the food is amazing! I have not been to Florence or the Tuscany region and I would love to see it. My favorite tour so far is the Vespa tour. I love riding bikes, and I would not pass uo the chance to ride a vintage vespa and admire the beautiful countryside. Cinqueterre is also on my list, it is like stepping back in time, seeing the old Italy. Hopefully one day I will go back. Now, with what’s going on it may be difficult, but hopefully, when the coronavirus scare is over, things can go back to normal again. Italy is a wonderful country.

    • Sure, for the moment it’s dangerous to travel to Italy, but I hope the coronavirus will soon go away and things will go back to normal.

      Thank you for passing by and for the comment.

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