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Excursions from Florence: the best day trips around Florence


Considered the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most beautiful artistic cities in Italy. On the banks of the Arno river, this wonderful city it is a riot of art and culture, which branch off between impressive and enchanting monuments and churches. Among the most important attractions: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce; the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery and the Laurentian Medicean Library.
Artistic itineraries that continue in the numerous art galleries that dot the city, up to the beauty of the gardens (the Boboli gardens are wonderful), the romanticism of the Ponte Vecchio that crosses the river and the unique panorama from Piazzale Michelangelo. Here the best trips not to be missed around Florence.



Index

  1. Vinci
  2. Pisa
  3. Lucca
  4. Siena
  5. Arezzo
  6. Chianti
  7. Saint Gimignano
  8. Mugello
  9. Casentino
  10. Cinque Terre
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Win

Famous for being the birthplace of the great Leonardo, Vinci is an unmissable destination near Florence. Located less than an hour away, it knows how to capture the attention of every visitor with its medieval beauty and the many attractions that still today tell the art and genius of Leonardo da Vinci.
His birthplace is very interesting, today transformed into a very rich museum, the wooden hologram that represents the figure, and the Leonardo Museum, inside which it is possible to see the reproduction of the artist's ingenious inventions.


  • Range: 33,3 km
  • Vinci is 33,3 km away from Florence and can be reached in about an hour by car or by public transport. We recommend Trenitalia from Firenze S. Maria Novella to Empoli (fares from € 2,00), from there Bus Copit 49, fares from € 1,00 - Get directions
  • Casa - Museo Leonardo: 10: 00-19: 00 (from March to October); 10: 00-17: 00 (from November to February); 15: 00-17: 00 (25 December and 1 January). Leonardian Museum: 9: 30-19: 00 (from March to October); 9: 30-18: 00 (from November to February); 15: 00-19: 00 (25 December and 1 January).
  • House - Museum: € 13,00 (full price), € 10,00 (children aged 14 to 18), € 8,00 (from 6 to 14 years, disabled and volunteers of the National Civil Service), Free (children up to 6 years and professional partners). The ticket is cumulative and therefore includes both attractions.
    Family tickets: € 28,00 (two adults + one child aged 6 to 14); € 33,00 (two adults + two children aged 6 to 14); € 40,00 (two adults + 3 or more children aged 6 to 14).

2 - Pisa

Homeland of Galileo Galilei, Pisa is an artistic, cultural and fascinating city. Famous for its Leaning Tower, which has become its absolute symbol, this Tuscan city amazes visitors with its beauty.
Imposing and enchanting Piazza dei Miracoli, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, overlooked by some of the most beautiful monuments of the city: the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery.
Very beautiful Piazza dei Cavalieri, from which there are still other monuments, among which the Torre della Fame stands out, in which Ugolino della Gherardesca is said to have been imprisoned. of their flesh (this explains why Torre della Fame).
Finally, the Lungarni of Pisa are suggestive: bridges that cross the Arno, survived the bombings of the Second World War. At sunset the spectacle on the Arno river is truly magnificent.



  • Range: 78,2 km
  • it is 78,2 km from Florence and can be reached in about an hour and twenty by car or public transport. We recommend Trenitalia from Firenze S. Maria Novella to Pisa centrale, fares from € 5,00 - Get directions
  • Leaning Tower: 10 am-18pm. On Monday the Tower is closed. Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore: 00: 10-00: 17 (from November to February), 00: 10-00: 20 (from March to September), 00: 10-00: 19 (October). The Baptistery: 00: 8-00: 20; Monumental Cemetery: 00: 8-00: 22; Torre della Fame: it is advisable to contact the structure.
  • Leaning Tower: € 18,00; Duomo: Free, Baptistery: € 5,00 (full), Free (children up to 6 years). Camposanto Monumentale: € 5,00 (full), Free (children up to 6 years).
  • Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: lunch with wine in Chianti

3 - Lucca

Situated on the banks of the Serchio river, Lucca is another beautiful and characteristic Tuscan town. Certainly belonging to the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy, is an excellent idea for a trip outside the gates of Florence. Surrounded by ramparts dating back to the th and th centuries, it is characterized by completely cobbled streets which give it a retro and charming look.

Among the most beautiful attractions of the city: the Cathedral of San Martino, marvelous and completely in Romanesque style, inside which you can admire Tintoretto's Last Supper; the Church of San Michele in foro, on whose façade stands a statue of the saint in which an ancient emerald is set, visible only in certain light conditions; the house where he was born today used as the Giacomo Puccini Museum; the National Museum of Palazzo Mansi, which in a seventeenth-century setting houses paintings by important Lucca painters of the 800th and 900th centuries; and still towers and ancient aqueducts. In addition, one of the most important comic strip festivals takes place in Lucca in autumn: Lucca Comics and Games.



  • Range: 71 km
  • is 71 km away and can be reached in just over an hour by car or by public transport. We recommend the Vaibus DD bus, from via delle Porte Nuove, fares from € 4,00; alternatively Trenitalia from S. Maria Novella, fares from € 5,00 - Get directions
  • Cathedral: 9: 30-18: 30 (weekdays), 12: 00-18: 30 (Sundays and holidays); Church of San Michele: 7: 40-12: 00/15: 00-17: 30; House - Puccini Museum: 10: 00-19: 00; National Museum of Palazzo Mansi: 10: 00-19: 30. Closed on Sunday and Monday.
  • Cathedral: € 3,00; House - Puccini Museum: € 7,00 (full price), € 5,00 (under 18 and over 65, disabled, students up to 26 years).
  • Lucca: walking tour

4 - Siena

Another city of art and history: Siena. Characterized by medieval buildings and th century towers, Siena is divided into historic districts that branch off from the central Piazza del Campo, with a very particular shell shape and brick color, typical of terracotta flooring; majestic the Town Hall and the Torre del Mangia that overlook it: from the latter (87 m high) you will enjoy a wonderful view over the city.
Do not miss the Piazza del Duomo and its monuments: the Cathedral, in Romanesque-Gothic style, inside contains important works by Donatello, Michelangelo, Pisano and Pinturicchio; the Piccolomini Library, dedicated to Pope Pius II, the Crypt, which contains frescoes from the Sienese school and the Baptistery, at the source of which important artists such as Donatello, Jacopo della Quercia and Lorenzo Ghiberti worked.


  • Range: 63,1 km
  • it is 63,1 km from Florence, which can be covered in about an hour and a half by car or public transport. We recommend Bus Sita, from Leopolda station to San Domenico, fares from € 5,00 - Get directions
  • Torre del Mangia: 10: 00-19: 00; Cathedral and Crypt: 10: 30-17: 00; Piccolomini Library: 10: 30-17: 30; Baptistery: 10: 30-19: 00.
  • there are cumulative tickets that allow combined entry to multiple attractions. It is therefore advisable to consult the official websites.
  • From Florence: San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti tour Siena: 2-hour walking tour and fast track entrance to the Duomo

5 - Arezzo

Located on the top of a hill, Arezzo is another of the wonderful medieval villages in Tuscany. Divided into two parts: the upper one, in which historical buildings and monuments stand out; and the lower one, where boutiques and shops are concentrated.
Walking through the streets of Arezzo, between narrow streets and medieval towers, is already a discovery, however, it will be impossible not to visit the Cathedral: dating back to 1300 and built on the ruins of an ancient Christian church, which houses important works of art by artists such as Piero della Francesca; the Medici Fortress: an immense green park where a statue of Petrarch stands (below the park is the poet's house); the Pieve di Arezzo, a place of worship that represents one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture; the Roman Amphitheater and the imposing Piazza Grande. An interesting visit to the Archaeological Museum, which houses collections of Etruscan and Roman ceramics and glass.

  • Range: 72,9 km
  • Arezzo is 72,9 km from Florence and can be reached in about an hour by car or public transport. We recommend Bus 11, 37, 6, C3 and C4 - Get directions
  • Duomo:10:00-13:00/14:00-19:00; Pieve: 8:00-12:00/15:00-19:00; Fortezza Medicea: sempre aperta; Anfiteatro: 8:30-19:30. Museo Archeologico: 8:30-19:30.
  • Amphitheater and Museum: € 6,00 (full price), € 3,00 (from 18 to 25 years), Free (under 18), Fortezza Medicea: € 5,00 (full), Free (under 13); Pieve: free admission.
  • Arezzo: 2 hours and 30 minutes private guided walking tour

6 - Chianti

Chianti is a chain of hills between Florence, Siena and Arezzo. One of the most fascinating places in the Tuscan countryside, very famous for the excellent wine of the same name that it is produced on those hills. A tour of the Chianti cellars will therefore be interesting, which will certainly fascinate you with typically Tuscan colors and flavors.

  • Range: 9,2 km
  • It is 9,2 km away and can be reached in about minutes by car or public transport. We recommend Bus Autolinee Chianti Valdarno 365 A, from Autostazione Sita Firenze to Greve Piazza Trieste, fares from € 3,00 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Chianti: Afternoon Tour from Florence Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: Chianti Wine Lunch

7 - San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a medieval village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, immersed in the Tuscan countryside.
Characterized by towers, historic buildings and artisan shops, it is famous for the five gates of access to the city: the most important is Porta San Giovanni, dating back to the th century.
Very beautiful is the Church of Sant'Agostino in Gothic-Romanesque style, the Town Hall which houses works by Masetto, Memmi and Filippuccio, the Archaeological Museum, the Spezieria and the Art Gallery, housed in the former conservatory of Santa Chiara and in which it is possible admire respectively Etruscan, Roman and medieval finds, the reproduction of an ancient pharmacy and collections of modern art. Finally unmissable will be the Vernaccia Museum: a journey that involves the five senses and invites the visitor to discover wine, almost as if it were a work of art.

  • Range: 48,9 km
  • it is 48,9 km from Florence, which can be reached in just over an hour by car or public transport. We recommend bus 131 from Leopolda station to Poggibonsi, and from there 130 to San Gimignano - Get directions
  • Church of Sant'Agostino: 7: 00-12: 00/15: 00-18: 00 (from November to March). From April to October the evening closing is fixed at 19:00; Town Hall: 11: 00-17: 30 (from November to March), 9: 30-19: 00 (from April to October); Museum, Spezieria and Gallery: 11: 00-18: 00; Vernaccia Museum: 11: 30-19: 30.
  • There are cumulative tickets that allow combined entry to multiple attractions. It is therefore advisable to consult the official websites.
  • From Florence: tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti

8 - Mugello

Wide valley crossed by the Sieve river, bordered to the north by the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Remained intact and almost untouched, this green valley is a piece of authentic Tuscany, characterized by small villages full of charm, where regional traditions are still alive. Ideal for a trip to discover typical landscapes, a bike ride, to discover the many archaeological finds dating back to the Etruscan era in the valley, or simply admiring the ancient Medici villas that adorn the streets of Mugello.
The typical cuisine is excellent, based on chestnuts and potato tortelli, to be found in the town inns. Mugello is also famous for hosting one of the most important Moto GP circuits which every year attracts numerous fans from all over the world.

  • Range: 28 km
  • is 28 km away and can be reached in just over an hour by car or public transport. We recommend Bus Autolinee Mugello Valdisieve 319 A, from Spartaco Lavagnini to Bivio per Polcanto-V, fares from € 2,00 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • The Medicis: Walking Tour

9 - Casentino

A valley located between Florence and Arezzo,it is the first land bathed by the Arno, where Dante Alighieri himself lived part of his exile from Florence.
The Casentino Valley is famous for its medieval castles, the most famous: Poppi Castle, Romena Castle, Porciano Castle, sites in picturesque contexts, with real drawbridges on which it will be possible to walk. The Pieve di Romena, dating back to the th century, is characteristic for two capitals by Lombard craftsmen of the th century. The small villages around the Casentino are worth a visit: Pratovecchio, with its squares and a beautiful church from 1500; Stia, famous for the art of wool with which the typical Casentino cloth is made: a particular fabric with which coats and clothing are made; and many other suggestive and surprising views.

  • Range: 59,1 km
  • it is 59,1 km away, which can be covered in about an hour and a half by car and just over two hours by public transport. We recommend Bus Tiemme Spa SI90, from Spartaco Lavagnini to Ponticelli, fares from € 3,00 - Get directions
  • The main attractions remain open approximately from 10:00 to 17:00. However, it is advisable to consult the official websites.

10 - Cinque Terre

Ancient fishing villages, characterized by colorful houses and vineyards clinging to the fields: Monterosso al mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
A unique landscape, characterized by sea and land that blend together. One of the most beautiful areas in all of Italy, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. Crystal clear waters, heavenly beaches and country paths that connect ancient Marian shrines and the ruins of ancient castles and fortifications. A destination to discover, with relaxing walks or boat trips.

  • Range: 175 km
  • They are 175 km away, reachable in about two hours by car or a little more by public transport. We recommend Trenitalia, from Florence Smn to Corniglia, fares from € 11,00. Alternatively, a guided tour with transfer included is recommended - Get directions
  • Always visitable.
  • Cinque Terre and Porto Venere: tour from Florence Cinque Terre: day trip from Florence
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