Florence is a great base from which to explore Tuscany’s beautiful wine regions and towns on one of these top day tours.
There’s so much to see and do in Florence that it’s sometimes easy to forget how much beauty there is in the landscape around the city. If you’ve got a day to spare, escape the crowds in favor of the rolling, vineyard- and farmland-covered hills of Tuscany, interspersed with historic towns and villages. Here is a collection of great day trips from Florence, selected from the many options available, to bring you the best and most unique experiences accessible on a day trip from the city.
Chianti Wine Tasting Day Trip from Florence
Perhaps the most popular day tour from Florence is for the wine lovers. With the Chianti landscape and its hilltop wineries, you get a combination of stunning scenery and world-class wines. This tour heads for a wine estate, where you can take a tour of the cellars and wine production facilities before sampling a number of the wines made there. This is coupled with a visit to explore a typically quaint Chianti village. From €43 per person.
Pisa, Siena & San Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch
One of Italy’s most famous landmarks can be found a little over an hour’s drive from Florence. When the freestanding bell tower was built for Pisa Cathedral, it was already a beautiful structure. But the uneven settling of its foundations caused a gradual lean that has made it legendary. You’ll also taste Chianti wines, visit the medieval town of San Gimignano, and stop by Siena on this jam-packed, and deservedly popular, day trip from Florence. From €59 per person.
Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip from Florence
Along a rugged stretch of Mediterranean coastline north of Florence lie the pleasant seaside villages of the Cinque Terre. Through a combination of paths, a boat and a train, you’ll visit each of these colorful villages, such as Vernazza, where you can kick back in one of the bustling bars to try some local wine, and even take a dip in the sea. Travel by boat to Riomaggiore, the site of the famous “Lover’s Lane” walkway, and follow a hiking trail through citrus groves with panoramic views. From €81 per person.
Full-Day Tuscan Hills Bike Tour
A Tuscany tour for the fitness enthusiast, this full-day bike trip is worth every calorie and every euro. Over six hours, you will explore the undulations of the Tuscan landscape, past citrus and olive groves, stopping at various spots along the way, such as wine cellars and villas. The itinerary includes a tour of a winery, olive oil tasting and a multicourse lunch. To cut down on transit time (and the amount of pedaling you have to do), you will be driven from Florence to a rural starting point. From €109 per person.
Vespa Tour in Chianti with Lunch from Florence
It’s hard to find a more Italian tour than this Vespa tour of Chianti from Florence. You’ll be driven from the city to a rural start point, where you’ll be handed your Vespa scooter for the day. For those who don’t drive, it is possible to ride pillion behind the guide. The tour passes through scenic landscapes, medieval villages and through some of the most picturesque Tuscan countryside there is. Lunch is provided and there is also a wine tasting, but it might be wise go easy on the vino. From €179 per person.