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 €90/per person
It’s likely that this is the most popular tour in all of Italy. This tour takes in the marvellous towns and cities of Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa, all within a day, and gives you a healthy amount of time each. Chianti is the wine producing region that sits between Siena and Florence. This tour stops at an estate here for lunch and wine, before getting back onto the air-conditioned coach for the next destination. It’s worth noting that this tour regularly sells out well in advance so get in there in good time.
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
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 €149/ per person
Another great tour option from Florence is to forget about bikes and Vespas and let somebody else do all the driving. Driving right to the vineyard, that is. Chianti is famed for its ability to be paired best with food, and for its aroma of cherries. The tour takes in two different wineries. The first is near the historic village of Montalcino, with some buildings dating back over 1000 years. After the tour there will be lunch, with wine, of course. The second stop involves a smaller wine producer, providing more of an insight into the farming viticulture here.
From €129/ per person
Not only will you be picked up from your hotel in Florence, this tour is private and that is often conducive to a much more personal, tailored experience. English-speaking guides can help point out interesting aspects of Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo, while also giving you plenty of time to explore on your own. On the way back to Florence in the car, the driver will navigate through the most scenic parts of Tuscany, such as Monteriggioni.