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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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Excellent choice for seeing the Tuscan countryside

We could not have had a better experience. While it was supposed to be a group tour, my daughter and I ended up being the only 2. Our tour guide, Francesco, is the reason for my 5 star rating. He bought my daughter her first Italian coffee and then entertained us and was willing to answer all of our questions about Tuscany (and really Italy in general). He even shared his Napoletan pizza dough recipe with us! San Gimignano is a quaint and beautiful town and I do wish we had had more time to explore. Don't miss Dondoli's Gelato! Both wineries were beautiful and we learned a lot about the process of wine making. We were given bread, meats, cheeses, olive oils (including truffle and spicy truffle), balsalmic vinegar and dessert. We arrived back in Florence full and happy and with wonderful information and memories. Thank you Francesco!

Everything We imagined in a Tuscany wine tour!

We’re on a girls trip , so there were three of us . We did the half day small group wine tasting tour in Tuscany,it was fantastic. We went to two Chianti Classico wineries, the staff at the winery were very knowledgeable about the wines. My favorite was Casa Emma. But honestly they were both great, beautiful properties. Well worth the money , Leo our guide /driver gave us just enough history of Florence and info about the wine region as we drove to the wineries ( on top of that he plays great guitar!). The tour/tasting were elegant, plenty of great pairings , and with it being a small tour it meant there were only 20 -25 people so got to meet others . Would definitely recommend!

An amazing experience that was the highlight of our time in Tuscany.

We enjoyed our tour of Tuscany tremendously with Walkabout Florence! Our driver Nando and our guide Gloria were amazing and informative. The tour gives you a behind the scenes look at many places that a typical visitor may not ever get to see you. Having lunch at the Vineyard was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There were so many added bits of information along the way that gave you a lot of history and local knowledge of the area. We would highly recommend anyone to take the tour. It is something that should not be missed.

Best of Tuscany Full-Day Tour from Florence Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/01/2019

Fantastic! A great tour of Tuscany with a local guide who was amazing.

Our guide Sara was simply fantastic. She had so much information, was very lovely and really made the tour authentic. The bus was comfortable, cool and modern. The tour was really good as our first experience of the Tuscan region. It gave us a taste of a few different things rather than focusing on one thing. We had free time in each location, a beautiful lunch and wine tasting. We loved the day! Well worth the money.

Best of Tuscany Full-Day Tour from Florence Reviewed by Karina, 07/31/2019

Great guide but tour itself was just average

Our guide Alice was very sweet, very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. She was definitely a 5. Our tour started 1 1/2 hours late and even though the company threw in an extra hour, we were still stuck waiting around. The tour itself was really just being bussed from place to place and walking around, although it definitely gave us a taste of Florence and Pisa.