It may seem like an unusual idea to take a trip away from Florence when there’s so much to see and do inside the city. But sometimes the crowds of people can be a little overwhelming and it helps to remember that Florence is surrounded by incredible landscapes and plenty of other Tuscan towns with storied histories.
Therefore Florence is not only a great place to visit, but also a great base from which to explore the rest of Tuscany, especially given the number of excellent day tours from Florence. We have sifted through the many options available to bring you a diverse list of the best and most unique experiences accessible on a day trip from the city.
FROM €192/per person
Aboard a 9-seater air-conditioned minivan, this guided tour takes you into the heart of Greve, the capital of the Chianti Classico wine region in Tuscany, where you’ll enjoy a relaxing walk through the historic town centre before moving onto the start of the main event – a trip to one of the area’s numerous top class winery to taste three wines. For lunch, you’ll head to another winery, this one a boutique family-run operation, where you’ll sample a further three wines featuring a wholly distinct variety of grapes and blends so you can compare and contrast with the first batch you tried. You’ll also get to enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at the farm featuring locally produced speciality dishes and organic wine. During your return drive to Florence along a scenic road you’ll be invited to step off the coach and take pictures of the scenery.
From €95/ per person
A Tuscan tour for the hale and hearty, this bike trip can be a little gruelling, but is worth every calorie and every euro spent. Over the course of seven hours you will cycle over the undulations of the Tuscan landscape, past villas and olive groves, stopping at various spots along the way. The tour includes a tour of a winery, olive oil tasting and a multicourse lunch, served with Chianti wine. To cut down on transit time, you will be driven out to the start point in a minivan.
From €100/ per person
If you’re keen to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this day trip from Florence to the beautiful string of centuries-old seaside villages known as the Cinque Terre is the perfect antidote. Departing early morning by coach accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll arrive high above the Cinque Terre village of Manarola, where you’ll enter the National Park to hike to the cliff top village of Corniglia. After a panoramic walk you’ll have some free time to take a stroll and soak up the views Next you’ll continue on to the village of Vernazza where you can kick back in one of its bustling bars to try some local wine, or even take a dip in the sea. Further visits by train to Monterosso, home to a beautiful beach and artisan shops, and by boat to Riomaggiore, the site of the famous “Lover’s Lane” walkway, will conclude your tour before your return trip to Florence.
From €100/ per person
You really cannot get more Italian than taking a Vespa tour of Tuscany. To start with you will be driven in a van to the best start point, from where you will be let loose on a Vespa. For those who don’t drive, it is possible to ride pillion behind the guide. The tour winds over scenic and gentle roads, past medieval villages and through some of the most picturesque Tuscan countryside. Lunch is provided and there is also a wine tasting, but it might be wise go easy on the vino.
From €623/ per person
One of the more indulgent experiences on offer, this private tour will take you and your group of family or friends to one of the most renowned wines in the world – Brunello di Montalcino. As well as sampling the prestigious wine during visits to two award-winning wineries, you’ll also get to explore the quintessential Tuscan town of Montalcino, take in jaw-dropping views of Orcia Valley hills and learn fascinating tales and facts about the region, as well as how the premium wine is crafted, courtesy of your expert guide. The tour price includes return private transportation in a comfortable, high-spec van.