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You could spend a week wandering from the Uffizi to the Galleria dell’Accademia to the Bargello Museum and still only scratch the surface of the artistic heritage preserved in Florence. But once you've had your fill of Renaissance art, step out of the city and venture a little further afield. Being at the very centre of Italy makes Florence a great base from which to explore the rest of the country. Rolling hills, charming coastal village and honey-stoned towns can be reached within 3 hours from Florence. Here are our top picks for the most gorgeous, hassle-free day trips from Florence.

5 Best Day Trips From Florence

1Siena

Day Trips From Florence

78 km

Distance
Rome to Siena
Vineyards & Wine Tours Best of Tuscany

A city of museums and churches with a rich confluence of medieval art, Siena is an ideal holiday destination for wine lovers longing for a bit of old-world charm. The historic center of Siena prides itself on being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and The Siena Cathedral is the most notable of all the tourist attractions. Siena is often considered a giant, open-air museum with spiritual and secular monuments that have retained both their medieval forms and their extraordinary art collections. That said, a trip to Siena is a feast for the senses and an essential stop on every Tuscan itinerary.

Best Time to Visit
April to May & September to October
Travel Time
1 hour

Piazza del Campo

This is the main city square of Siena, built on the site of a Roman marketplace. The square is lined with trendy cafes and restaurants and the famous Palio di Siena(traditional horse race) is held twice a year around this square.

Torre del Mangia

Torre del Mangia is a 102m tall tower, located on Piazza del Campo, and was supposed to be around the same height as the Siena Cathedral to signify the equivalence of power between the church and the state.

Siena Cathedral

This medieval church was built between 1215 and 1263 and contains artistic works by Donatello, Pisano and Michelangelo. This stunning Gothic piece of architecture also houses the Piccolomini Library and the Chapel of St. John the Baptist. Don’t miss the intricate mosaic floor, the Chigi Chapel, and the beautifully designed pulpit! Learn all about your ticket options to Siena Cathedral.

Basilica of San Domenico

Also known as the Basilica Cateriniana, this Basilica is known for its splendid Gothic appearance, and contains several relics of St. Catherine of Siena. Built around 1226 AD, it is one of the most important basilicas in the city.

By Train

There are up to 16 trains that traverse this 85 km distance, which leave once per hour.

By Bus

Rapida Bus travels non-stop from Florence to Siena and takes about 1 hour 15 minutes; Ordinaria (the slower one) makes two stops on the way and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Guided Tour From Florence To Siena

With a pre-booked tour, transport is covered in the cost of the tour, and you also get to explore Siena and surrounding areas extensively, in a hassle-free manner. This definitely makes for an easier option if you are travelling with children, or simply want a relaxed holiday!

2 Chianti

Day Trips From Florence

27 km

Distance
Rome to Siena
Vineyards & Wine Tours Tuscan Sun

The Chianti Region is a beautiful slice of rolling hills in Tuscany, sprawling with vineyards and olive groves, peppered with small stone villages and wineries. A dream come true for oenophiles, the Chianti region is where the fabled Chianti Classico wines are produced and is one of the best places to taste and learn about Italy's celebrated wine culture.

Best Time to Visit
April to May & September to October
Travel Time
40 minutes

Piazza Matteotti

The town of Greve has developed around this piazza over the last 500 years, with the church of Santa Croce to the southern end and numerous stores selling wine, ceramics, artisan products and all kinds of local food around the piazza.

Montefioralle

This is one of the most ancient villages in the Chianti region, with houses and streets made of stone till date.

Lamole

From Lamole, you can find one of the best panoramic views of Chianti. It’s a tiny village with a restaurant, a small grocery shop and a church.

Vignamaggio Villa

A wine estate and agriturismo, Villa Vignamaggio is a great place to taste organic wines and enjoy an amazing view of the valley. Fun fact: Mona Lisa Gherardini, subject of Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous painting, married into the family that built this villa in the 14th century. It's no wonder that the locals call it Monnalisa’s villa.

By Train

It takes an average of 1h 33m to travel from Florence to Castellina in Chianti-Monteriggioni by train, over a distance of around 25 miles (41 km). There are normally 17 trains per day travelling from Florence to Castellina in Chianti-Monteriggioni.

By Bus

You can also take a SITA bus from Florence to Greve in Chianti, one of the bigger towns, or from Florence to San Paolo in Chianti, in the hills. The Florence city ATAF bus number 49 goes there, too.

Guided Tour From Florence To Chianti

Chianti does not have a very great public transit system, so communiting within the region can be challenging if you do not have your own vehicle. In such cases, a guided tour is highly recommended. You can visit the best of Chianti Classico wineries, vineyards and other delights this wine producing town has, in the company of a local expert guide. Your transportation and lunch is taken care of too.

3 Rome

Day Trips From Florence

273 km

Distance
Rome to Siena
Architecture Churches

A melting pot of culture and history, Rome is more than just a page out of the past. With art and poignant ruins dominating its ornate cityscape, this city is a must on your Italian vacation. Whether it is in the form of an architectural marvel like St. Peter’s Basilica or in roadside nooks serving wood-fired pizzas — a day trip from Florence to Rome promises to surprise you with every step you take.

Best Time to Visit
October to April
Travel Time
3 hours

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is best remembered for being a home to two of the most famous artworks of all time: Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and his Giudizio Universale.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Recognised as the largest and the holiest church in history, St. Peter’s Basilica is perhaps one of the most influential sites of Christian pilgrimage, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

Vatican Museum

Art enthusiasts can find themselves amidst a treasure trove, as the Vatican Museum consists of an eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures and other artefacts collected by the former popes of Vatican.

Colosseum

Colosseum is best recognised as a thriving symbol of Rome. Being the largest amphitheatre in the world, it could seat 55,000 spectators at once, and was also a site for several deathly combats between men and animals.

By Train

You can take a train from the Santa Maria Novella, Rifredi, or Campo di Marte train stations in Florence to reach Rome's Ostiense, Termini, or Tiburtina train stations. There are high speed trains and slow trains (cheaper option) so you can book either according to your budget and time available in hand. This is the fastest way to get from Florence to Rome, taking you about 1.5 hours.

By Bus

This is the cheapest, yet most time-consuming way of going from Florence to Rome. You can take a bus from the Piazzale Montelungo or Autostazione Busitalia-Sita Nord bus station in Florence and arrive at Rome's Tiburtina bus station within 3.5 hours. Some of the reputed buses that shuttle from Florence to Rome and vice versa are Flixbus, Baltour, and BusCenter.

By Car

The distance from Florence to Rome is about 290km, and with no traffic or wrong turns, you can have a great cruise on impeccable Italian highways and reach your destination in 3.5 hours. The only hiccup is that there maybe a few tolls on the way which will set you back by a few euros.

Guided Tour From Florence To Rome

There are many guided tours available from Florence to Rome Tours, and depending on your appetite for touring around Rome and budget you can pick any. You can be in the comfort of your luxury coach, have an expert local guide at your disposal and cover all the significant sights in Rome within a day!

4 Pisa

Day Trips From Florence

83 km

Distance
Rome to Siena
7 Wonders of The World Architecture

The old maritime republic of Pisa is home to many a historic churches, medieval buildings, sleek bridges over river Arno and of course, the fabled Leaning Tower of Pisa. Taking a trip from Florence to Pisa is not just convenient due to the great public transport connectivity, but helps you discover a lot more of the Tuscan region and not to forget indulge in diverse amounts of wine, pizzas and gelatos

Best Time to Visit
April to June and September and October
Travel Time
1 hour 15 minutes

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the seven wonders of the world, a 55 meter tall freestanding bell tower also known as the "Torre Pendente". This iconic structure is anything but impressive despite being an 'architectural blunder'. At a time, access to the Leaning Tower is limited to 45 people only.

Pisa Cathedral

Also called the Duomo di Pisa, this medieval Roman Catholic cathedral was built in the Pisan Romanesque architectural style and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the seat of the Archbishop of Pisa. Entry to the Pisa Cathedral is free.

Pisa Baptistery

This dome-topped baptistery of St. John was built between the 12th and 14th century by master architects like Diotisalvi , Nicola Pisano and Giovanni. The Pisa Baptistery is Europe's biggest baptistery and also happens to be where Galileo Galilei was baptised.

Camposanto Monumentale

A historical edifice in Pisa, the Camposanto Monumentale translates to monumental cemetery. This holy field has restored frescoes, funerary monuments and endless marble corridors making it one of the most beautiful cemetary grounds in Italy.

By Train

From Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Florence there are plenty of trains that run to Pisa Central, Pisa on a daily basis. There are fast trains with limited stops and slow trains with multiple stops, but, there's barely a 15 minute difference between the two so either should do fine. The train journey from Florence to Pisa takes about an hour.

By Bus

There are regular coaches that ply between Florence and Pisa and takes about 1.5 hours. The 2 most reputed coach companies that are reliable and economical are Terravision and Autostradale. However, these coaches do not enter the city premises in either cities, so there's an additional transport to the bus stand to be taken into consideration. We'd recommend the train over bus for a day trip, since it saves you time and energy.

Guided Tour From Florence To Pisa

There are many Florence to Pisa Tours available and our favourites are the Guided City Tour of Pisa and a combo tour of San Gimignano, Sienna and Pisa. You can be in the comfort of your luxury coach, have an expert local guide at your disposal and tour all the significant sights in Pisa within half a day!

5Cinque Terre

Day Trips From Florence

183 km

Distance
Rome to Siena
Coastal Beauty String of Villages

The deep blues of the ocean and sky, the lush green of the man-made terraced gardens and the multi-color pastel hued houses - all form the picture perfect postcard of Cinque Terre. The five villages of the region draw more than 2.5 million tourists per year, who visit to explore the unique architectural, natural, and cultural wealth of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time to Visit
September and October
Travel Time
2.5 hours

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the seven wonders of the world, a 55 meter tall freestanding bell tower also known as the "Torre Pendente". This iconic structure is anything but impressive despite being an 'architectural blunder'. At a time, access to the Leaning Tower is limited to 45 people only.

Pisa Cathedral

Also called the Duomo di Pisa, this medieval Roman Catholic cathedral was built in the Pisan Romanesque architectural style and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the seat of the Archbishop of Pisa. Entry to the Pisa Cathedral is free.

Pisa Baptistery

This dome-topped baptistery of St. John was built between the 12th and 14th century by master architects like Diotisalvi , Nicola Pisano and Giovanni. The Pisa Baptistery is Europe's biggest baptistery and also happens to be where Galileo Galilei was baptised.

Camposanto Monumentale

A historical edifice in Pisa, the Camposanto Monumentale translates to monumental cemetery. This holy field has restored frescoes, funerary monuments and endless marble corridors making it one of the most beautiful cemetary grounds in Italy.

By Train

From Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Florence there are plenty of trains that run to Pisa Central, Pisa on a daily basis. There are fast trains with limited stops and slow trains with multiple stops, but, there's barely a 15 minute difference between the two so either should do fine. The train journey from Florence to Pisa takes about an hour.

By Bus

There are regular coaches that ply between Florence and Pisa and takes about 1.5 hours. The 2 most reputed coach companies that are reliable and economical are Terravision and Autostradale. However, these coaches do not enter the city premises in either cities, so there's an additional transport to the bus stand to be taken into consideration. We'd recommend the train over bus for a day trip, since it saves you time and energy.

Guided Tour From Florence To Pisa

There are many Florence to Pisa Tours available and our favourites are the Guided City Tour of Pisa and a combo tour of San Gimignano, Sienna and Pisa. You can be in the comfort of your luxury coach, have an expert local guide at your disposal and tour all the significant sights in Pisa within half a day!

Florence Day Trips - Compare Your Options

Florence Day Trips Distance Duration Category Best Time To Visit
Chianti 27 KM 40 Minutes Vineyards,Wine Tours September and October
Siena 78 KM 1 hour UNESCO World Heritage, Tuscan Sun April to May
Pisa 83 KM 1 Hour 15 Minutes 7 Wonders of The World, Architecture April to June
Cinque Terre 183 KM 2.5 Hours Coastal Beauty, String of Villages September and October
Rome 273 KM 3 Hours Architecture, Churches October to April

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