15+ Fascinating Day Trips from Florence, Italy

(Last Updated On: December 6, 2018)

Florence known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ is home to some of the exceptional historical monuments, churches, and fine architectural buildings. There is plenty to explore in the city haven for history and architecture buffs. If you have a few days in Florence there are some amazing places to visit on a day trip from Florence. These places have equally stunning historical buildings and gorgeous landscapes. Here are the top day trips from Florence you must add to your list.

Siena

Siena is a stunning UNESCO-listed city in the heart of Tuscany that has preserved its medieval charm and architecture. Though many return visitors to Italy opt to stay a few nights in the historic center of Siena, it is an easy day trip destination if you are traveling to its Tuscan neighbor, Florence. Direct regional trains to Siena leave from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station every hour or two and take just under an hour and a half to get to Siena’s main station.

Day Trips from Florence

By Flo Shih from Yoga, Wine & Travel

If you leave Florence in the mid-morning at 10 or 11 AM, you can arrive in time for lunch in Siena and spend the afternoon traveling around the Tuscan city, before heading back to Florence for supper.

The city is easily explored on foot, and Siena is unique in that it was developed across three hills with three streets that form a “Y” shape and meet in a valley; today, the intersection is the main city square, the Piazza del Campo. At the center of the piazza is the Torre del Mangia, a fortress tower that offers sweeping views across Siena if you climb up to the top.

In addition to the Piazza del Campo, make sure you explore Siena’s Duomo Complex including the cathedral, museum, crypt, and baptistry. Pro tip: Sign up for the Porta De Cielo (Gate of Heaven) tour at the Duomo – the tour allows you to visit the cathedral roofs, offering a unique view into the Cathedral from above.

Colle di Val D’Elsa

Under an hours drive from Florence, Colle di Val D’Elsa is probably a lesser known destination for a day trip in comparison with the coach tour favorites San Gimignano or Siena. If you are looking for somewhere slightly more authentic, off the beaten track and exceptionally beautiful then this may just be the place for you.

Day Trips from Florence

By Gemma from A Girl And Her Dog On the Road

The town is famous for its crystal production, so if you are a fan of this sort of thing you are onto a winner! Crystal is not really my bag but it is still one of my favorite Tuscan towns and here is why:

The Market: If you are visiting on the first Sunday of the month you will get the opportunity to browse and soak up the atmosphere at this truly authentic local Tuscan market

The medieval town center: Okay, so it is perhaps a little less polished around the edges than some of the more frequently visited towns but it has a genuine charm, some beautiful architecture and lots of interesting alleys to wander down.

Stunning views: Colle Alta, the oldest part of the town, is perched on a cliff edge and offers spectacular views across the countryside. There are also great views of the edge of the town as you approach on the winding roads. Take time to enjoy lunch at one of the terraced restaurants that take full advantage of those views!

Bologna

Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, deserves to be added to more people’s Italy bucket lists. Not only is Bologna the gastronomic capital of Italy, but there are also plenty of interesting historical sites to explore throughout the city. It’s possible to see (and eat!) a fair amount even if you only have one day in Bologna and are choosing to visit as a day trip from Florence. There are frequent trains that depart from Florence’s main station with the average journey time only being about 35 minutes.

Day Trips from Florence

By Michael Rozenblit from The World Was Here First

When first arriving in Bologna, it’s best to head straight into the center of town and start exploring some of the city’s famous landmarks. Piazza Maggiore is the focal point of the city and you can easily spend an hour or two strolling around the square and exploring sites such as the Fountain of Neptune and Voltone del Podesta.

A short walk from Piazza Maggiore is the Two Towers of Bologna where visitors can see Bologna’s own version of a leaning tower and climb the taller tower for spectacular views of the city. It’s also worth venturing to Piazza Verdi, Bologna’s university area, which is the epicenter of student life in the city where there is plenty of interesting street art to see and inviting streetside cafes to lounge in.

A great way to round off your day in Bologna before heading back to Florence is to enjoy an aperitivo hour at one of the many trendy bars and cafes on Via del Pratello. If you’re willing to take a late train back to Florence, this is also a great area to find a cozy restaurant for dinner.

Castiglion Fiorentino

This medieval city with walls of the XIII century draws attention for the great towers that frame its limits. Strolling through its streets will make you discover places like the central square and other multiple buildings and streets that look straight out an Italian fairy tale. Already inhabited by the Etruscans (whose remains can be visited in the Archaeological Museum inside the Praetorian Palace), today it is a very touristy town, that can be perfectly visited on a day trip from Firenze.

Day Trips from Florence

By Inma Gregorio from A World To Travel

The best way to reach it is driving a rental car. That way, you’ll be able to stop anywhere you want in the way (don’t forget how stunning every corner of Tuscany is) and visit this gem at your own pace. Motorbikes are also a great option if you decide to drive through secondary roads.

If you decide to put Castiglion Fiorentino on your itinerary, do not forget to visit the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie de Rivaio, the Municipal Theater, the Collegiate Church of San Julián, the Church of the Madonna della Consolazione, the Castle of Mammi, the Castle della Montanina, and the Castle of Montecchio Vesponj. Finally, if you have some extra budget to spare, we’d highly recommend you to get in touch with the guys at the local aerodrome. They can take you on a scenic flight over Tuscany and Castiglion Fiorentino on a Cessna airplane, something you won’t easily forget.

Genoa

From Florence to Genoa, you can either travel by car, either by bus or by train. The fastest train will reach Genoa within two and a half hours. The ticket can reach up to 45 euros. Instead, the bus can be just as fast for just 12 euros.

Genoa is a very beautiful port city, located in the northern part of Italy, on the Ligurian coast, with pastel-colored houses, crowded on the hill and spectacular views of the Ligurian Sea. It is also the place where the famous Christopher Columbus was born. If you visit Genoa on a day trip from Florence, you have to walk on Via Garibaldi, one of the most beautiful streets in the city, also known as the Museum Street, sprinkled with museums and historic apartments. Do not miss Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco, and Palazzo Doria Tursi.

Day Trips from Florence

By Bella from Whisper Wanderlust

I recommend you go and relax on the beach in Boccadesse, the most picturesque neighborhood in the city. Here, you will have a great view of the settlement and the very colorful fishing boats, and you can also test the seafood cuisine.

It is also recommended to pass through the Piazza de Ferrari, the most famous square in the city. Admire the fountain while enjoying a gelato. If you’ve come here, don’t miss the San Lorenzo cathedral, located nearby. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in Italy, decorated in Baroque style.

You can’t leave Genoa until you’ve visited Palazzo Reale. It belonged to several aristocratic families throughout history and hosts an impressive collection of art objects that deserve admiration. You will surely fall in love with the authentic 17th-century decorations and furnishings.

Milan

A great day trip from Florence would be a visit to Milan. Milan is known as the fashion capital of Italy but it’s not just for fashionistas. Milan has so much to offer every type of traveler and would make the perfect day trip.

From Florence, Milan is only two hours away by train. Your first stop in Milan has got to be the famous Duomo di Milano or the Milan Cathedral. The Duomo took almost 600 years to complete so is certainly a sight to behold. You can admire it from the outside or check out the inside and climb up for a view.

Day Trips from Florence

By Riana Ang-Canning from Teaspoon Of Adventure

After the Duomo, head next door to the Galleria Emanuelle for a little bit of shopping and a lot of admiring beautiful architecture. For lunch, find a restaurant that serves Milan’s most well-known dish: Risotto Alla Milanese. Milan’s specialty risotto is bright yellow, thanks to the addition of saffron. And the best thing to follow risotto? Gelato, of course!

Once you’re done feasting, you’ll want to visit the Santa Maria della Grazie church where Da Vinci’s Last Supper is housed. Tickets to view this painting sell out in advance, so make sure you book yours early. Believe me, even if you’re not an art lover, this is something you’re going to want to check off your Italian bucket list.

If you happen to have a few days in Milan, I would definitely recommend a side trip to Lake Como. From Milan, you can easily take a train to Varenna and a ferry to Bellagio to enjoy all of the beauty of the Lake Como area. You may even be able to spot famous Lake Como resident, George Clooney!

Also Read: Florence, Pisa, and Milan – A Fun Memorable Road Trip to Italy

Lucca

What I loved most about Lucca compared to the other towns and cities I visited in Tuscany is that, despite its proximity to both Pisa and Florence, its tourist numbers seem low by comparison – especially if you visit in the off-season.

I also loved the fact that history oozes from every crack in Lucca’s impressive collection of historic buildings, tall towers and beautiful churches (of which there are lots!). What’s more, Lucca’s network of narrow, cobbled streets is largely traffic-free (save for the odd push bike), which makes them a perfect place for an aimless wander.

Day Trips from Florence

By Kiara Gallop from Gallop Around The Globe

One of the things Lucca is best known for is its ancient fortifications. Built around the city in the 16th and 17th centuries, Lucca’s imposing city walls are reportedly some of the best preserved in the whole of Tuscany. Nowadays it’s possible to walk or cycle along the entire 4.2-kilometer circumference, gazing down on to the Centro Historico (historic center) in one direction and out towards the Apuane Alps in the other.

A few more of my favourite sights and activities in Lucca included climbing Torre Guinigi for impressive views of the city and surrounding countryside, visiting Piazza Anfiteatro (a buzzing square that’s built on the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre dating back to the second century), and stopping by Taddeucci for a coffee and a slice of Buccellato (Lucca’s famous sweet bread loaf made with sultanas and aniseed seeds).

The easiest way to get to Lucca is by train, from the city’s Santa Maria Novella station (which is walkable from almost anywhere in central Florence). Direct trains run every hour, even on a Sunday, and the price of a return journey was €15 when we visited just over a year ago. We caught the 10:10 train, which dropped us into Lucca at 11:29.

Val d’Orcia

One of the most scenic day trips you can do from Florence is a drive through the Val d’Orcia. The Val d’Orcia is the Tuscan countryside south of Siena. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Val d’Orcia is known for its scenic beauty, excellent food and wine, and picturesque hill towns, and is perfect for a one-day exploration.

From Florence, head south to the little hill town of Buonconvento, located in the Crete Senesi, the famous gray clays of Tuscany. Here you will get your first views of the Tuscany you see on picture postcards: gently rolling hills, wheat fields, olive groves, isolated farmhouses, and the trademark rows of cypresses standing like sentinels. After exploring Buonconvento, with its medieval ambiance, drive to the hill town of Montalcino. At Montalcino, sample the world-famous Brunello wine and have lunch made up of local ingredients: the local pici pasta, pecorino cheese from nearby Pienza, and locally grown and pressed olive oil. Work off the calories with a walk around town to admire the views of the surrounding countryside. You will see vineyards and olive groves all around.

Day Trips from Florence

By Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles

Next, drive a route that is very picturesque, to another little hill town, San Quirico d’Orcia. Near San Quirico d’Orcia, make sure you stop at two outstanding photo spots. The first is that of a solitary group of cypresses with nothing around. They are famous as the Cypresses of San Quirico d’Orcia. The other is the tiny chapel of the Madonna di Vitaleta. You have probably seen photos of this chapel on Instagram or on postcards of Tuscany. Now is your chance to get your own photo of this icon!

Your final destination on the drive is the pretty town of Pienza. Another beautiful Tuscan town, Pienza has several architectural sites to explore and little shops to browse before you head back to Florence.

The Val d’Orcia drive is best done as a self-drive, or you can hire a car and driver for the day.

Cinque Terre

By Claudia Tavani from My Adventures Across The World

Cinque Terre probably deserves way more than a day trip from Florence, but when the time is lacking, it’s good to know that, if planned properly, it can actually be done and it’s rather enjoyable. Several companies offer guided day tours from Florence to Cinque Terre, which usually go to all, or almost all of the villages in Cinque Terre. Riomaggiore is one of the prettiest ones, with beautiful colorful houses perched one against the other, and narrow cobbled alleys. Another village that can be visited is Manarola, the oldest of the Cinque Terre villages, which has a lovely small harbor and which is famous for its Sciacchetrà wine, celebrated by Italian poet and revolutionary Gabriele D’Annunzio. Monterosso is known as the Perla Delle Cinque Terre, and boasts a few beautiful villages – provided there is time during a day trip from Florence, spending an hour or so at the beach here is an absolute must! It’s also possible to take a boat to go all the way to Vernazza, an incredibly peaceful, charming village.

Corniglia is usually not included in a guided tour, however, those who manage to visit will find a place that receives many fewer tourists compared to the rest. It’s the only one of the villages that are not directly on the sea, though the views from there are beautiful.

Once in Cinque Terre, there are some nice hikes – the most famous one is Sentiero Azzurro, which actually is a series of paths that go along the coast. It can be walked in 6 hours, so it’s a nice alternative to the classic guided tour to the Cinque Terre.

Orvieto

Today, Orvieto is a tiny enclave of a town, set beautifully on top of a hill in the Umbrian countryside… but while the stunning views, epic cathedral, and beautiful architecture are certainly enough of a reason to visit on a day trip from Florence, they’re not the only reason. If we wind back history, Orvieto suddenly grows in importance: it was a major city for the Etruscans, and they have left impressive ruins throughout the city. Later on, Orvieto also once briefly served as the home of the pope!

Day Trips from Florence

By Kate Storm from Our Escape Clause

Today, a visit can include a visit to the Orvieto underground, a taste of a bizarre but classic Orvieto food (pigeon!), a climb down inside the impressive and photogenic St. Patrick’s Well, a tour of the cathedral, a visit to the top of Torre Moro for some truly magnificent countryside views, and of course plenty of time wandering the picture-perfect streets of the city.

If you’d like to see a bit of the Umbrian countryside as well, consider heading out to a nearby winery for an afternoon–the Orvieto Classico wine is a light, fruity and delicious white wine that is well worth a taste when you’re in this part of Italy!

Trains run regularly between Florence and Orvieto, and take about 2 hours each way. Since these are regional trains, there’s no reason to book ahead–simply buy your ticket when you’re ready to leave!

If you’d rather drive to Orvieto from Florence, you’re in for some beautiful views–but bear in mind that you won’t be able to drive in the old town, so you’ll need to park your car at the base of the city and ride the funicular to the top.

Pienza

Tuscany is a region blessed with so much beauty, but nonetheless, Pienza is a town that stays with you long after you left. Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Val D’Orcia, in Pienza, there are spectacular views at almost every turn.

A picture-perfect town, Pienza cobbled streets lead to pretty piazzas, an impressive Duomo and a grand palazzo. These streets and laneways have a charm of their own. As you wander along the streets, admiring shuttered windows and cascading plant pots, notice their love-themed names like Via del Bacio (Kiss Street).

Day Trips from Florence

By Katy Clarke from Untold Morsels

Pienza is one of those places where the best activity is to wander and soak up the atmosphere but do make time for these highlights. Palazzo Piccolomini was the home of two popes and is worth a visit to discover more about the town’s history, its impressive garden and jaw-dropping views of the surrounding countryside. You should also take a peek inside the impressive cathedral next door.

Pienza is well known for pecorino cheese and many visitors go there to visit the cheese shops, taste and take home the celebrated sheep’s milk cheese. If you go to Pienza in the fall you can take part in the town’s annual harvest festivals. The most famous of these is the cheese rolling event in late September.

Montecatini

Just an hour away from Florence by direct train, the spa town of Montecatini Terme is a fun place to visit on a day trip from Florence. With its Belle Epoque architecture, art nouveau spas and celebrity past this popular spa destination in northern Tuscany offers a slower pace than busy Florence.

Day Trips from Florence

By Carol Perehudoff from Wandering Carol

The healing curative springs have attracted spa fans for centuries, and the various thermal springs are said to be good for gastrointestinal problems while the mud treatments – known as fango – are especially good for conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis. In the 50s and 60s, Montecatini became a hot stop for A-list celebrities who flocked to drink the thermal spring water at the Liberty style Tettuccio Terme and to stay at the legendary Grand Hotel & La Pace Spa, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco spent their honeymoon. Today the hotel is still open and Tettuccio Terme, a grand pavilion of pillars, fountains, gardens and graceful colonnades is still serving up spring water. Visitors can stop in to sample the springs for a fee.

Day-trippers take note, however – many hotels and attractions close during winter. Tettucio Terme is closed in November until springs and visitors should head to the Terme Excelsior instead. Other things to do in Montecatini are to hike or take the funicular up to the hilltop town of Montecatini Alto, stroll the picturesque Viale Giuseppe Verdi that will take you past the town hall, and browse the boutiques on Corso Giacomo Matteotti.

Traveler tip: There are two train stations in Montecatini. Montecatini Centro is the one closest to all the sights and to the main spa park, the Parco Termale.

Grape Escape Winery & San Gimignano Tour

No trip to Florence is complete without a Tuscan wine tour, especially one that offers a combination of wine school, a tour of a Tuscan farm and winery complete with lunch, and a stop at San Gimignano to end your day. All of this can be found on Italy on a Budget Grape Escape wine tour, complete with beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside and a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide to take you on your journey. The tour pics up and drops off at a central point in Florence, making it an easy way to explore the Tuscan countryside.

Day Trips from Florence

By Amanda Emmerling from Toddling Traveler

The first stop is at Tenuta Torciano Winery, a family-owned winery that offers wine school to taste various wines and learn everything you need to know about red and white Tuscan wine. The tasting includes the famous Chianti the region is known for, as well as olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The “teachers” at this fun school are extremely knowledgeable and keep the guests entertained and informed the entire time. And the only test at the end is ensuring that you’ve tried enough wine!

After making a stop along the countryside for beautiful views of San Gimignano, the tour takes you to a local winery. There, you can tour the farm and vineyards as well as the cellars to learn about the entire wine production process from start to finish. Following the tour, guests are offered a light lunch as well as a sampling of wine, including the DOCG Vernaccia white wine it’s known for.

From there, the tour takes you to San Gimignano to give you free time to explore the beautiful town. It’s a walled town that dates back to the medieval times and offers beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside from atop the hill it sits on. In addition to exploring the history and architecture of the town, it also boasts a “world champion” gelateria, Gelateria Dondoli, that shouldn’t be missed.

While Italy on a Budget often caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s due to their fun environment and budget tours, it’s definitely recommended for anyone looking for a fun way to tour the Tuscan countryside.

Venice

Florence is ideally situated near several great Italian landmark cities, with one of the most storied being the ancient city of Venice. This stunning, canal-dotted oasis on the Adriatic is only two hours north of Florence via train, and only three by car. The train is best, as the proper area of Venice is completely carfree – which is, of course, part of its charm and allure.

By Justin and Tracy from A Couple for the Road

Once in Venice, you’ll be mesmerized by the setting. Bucket list spots like the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, and the nearby islands of Murano and Burano draw millions of tourists to Venice each year. The Rialto Market, famous for its fresh catch and produce, is famous among culinarians and foodies as a centuries-old establishment that has fed locals for more than 400 years and is today in just as full vigor as it was in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Speaking of food, the tastes of Venice are perhaps unlike anywhere in Italy. Uniquely situated in northern Italy, on the coast of the Adriatic that faces Croatia, Venice is famous for fresh seafood with the natural brine of the sea. Seabass, sole, and mackerel are all found in the Venetian lagoons, with shellfish delicacies net-caught within the nearby waters of the ports. These make for some of the most interesting dishes created anywhere in southern Europe, including the famous pasta alla seppia near, or, pasta in squid ink. It’s a delicious dish consisting of spaghetti cooked in the ink of fresh Adriatic squid, delicately cooked to make a thick, rich sauce.

While you aren’t tasting some of the best food in Europe or shopping for the world’s most well-known glass in Murano, you might find time to take a gondola down the narrow canals, or get lost shopping in the tiny, winding alleys that make Venice feel less like a tourist destination, and more like a fantasy straight out of a storybook!

If you have extra time to spare in Florence, make sure to visit Venice!

Also Read: A Perfect 2-day Itinerary for the City of Canals Venice, Italy

Modena

Modena is a stunning Italian town in the heart of Emilia Romagna, Italy. It’s home to slow food and fast cars. Modena is the headquarters for Ferrari, Lamborghini, and more of the world’s most famous luxury cars. Stop by the Enzo Ferrari museum, which is only a few blocks from the train station.

Day Trips from Florence

By Amber Hoffman from With Husband In Tow

There are so many good things to eat in Modena too, from Prosciutto di Modena to Parmigiano Reggiano to traditional balsamic vinegar, which is all made in Modena. It’s a destination for slow food lovers, who look to eat traditional and local. You can even taste some of the best balsamic vinegar in Modena in a little shop on Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini.

Later grab a pre-lunch gelato. One of the best places to eat in Modena is Hosteria Giusti, a small restaurant with only 4 tables, set in the back of a food shop. Eating here means you are in the know. Another great spot for food lovers is the local Modena food market, one of the best in Emilia Romagna.

For culture lovers, marvel at the Modena Cathedral or climb the tower to get a birds-eye view over Modena. It’s possible to train to Modena from Parma. Take the high-speed Frecciarossa from Florence to Bologna in only a half hour, and then it’s another 20 minutes onto Modena. Modena is light years away from Florence in every way. Much smaller, and most notable, must less touristy.

San Marino

Florence is one of the most charming Italian cities with its mix of old school charm, culinary, cultural and historical trails to follow. And while there is so much to do within the city itself, Florence also makes for a great starting point for some exciting day trips. On our trip to Florence, earlier this year, we took a day trip to San Marino.

Day Trips from Florence

By Parampara & Parichay from Awara Diaries

It took us about 2 hours by train to reach the coastal town of Rimini from Florence. Since San Marino is a landlocked country, we took a bus from Rimini to San Marino which took us another 40 minutes. But after all that travel, we knew we had made the right choice. San Marino makes for a great destination for those who love hiking. You can climb Castello Della Cesta for the gorgeous views or opt for the cable car. And of course, you must go shopping since the taxes are much lower. An added bonus is that you can get your passport stamped at the tourist office of San Marino.

Located on Monte Titano, San Marino is the oldest surviving sovereign states in the world and is known as the oldest constitutional republic.

San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe and is located within Italy, making it look like just another city in the glorious country. And yet, it manages to shine along with its positioning, the way of life, architecture and the scenic beauty that the country has to offer come sun, come snow.

As a tourist, the biggest brownie points come from the fact that the crowd here is mostly locals or Italians from nearby towns. Not to miss out, you get to cover a whole new country in a day’s time that too with a stamped passport. It’s a win-win all the way!

Chianti for Wines

Your Florence tour should not end without visiting Chianti. It’s an adventure for everyone. If you are a wine lover or love to explore wines, then, Chianti is the best place to go to. Best of all, wines from Chianti is well-known around the world.

By Allan Liwanag from The Practical Saver

You can get to Chianti from Central Florence via Highway 222, and it will take you about 1.5 hours outside rush hours. With traffic, travel time can be around 2.5 hours. When visiting Chianti, you’ll find big and small wineries where you can stop, take the “cantina” tour, the wine cellar, and get the chance to taste their production.

You’ll be able to witness not just the wineries, but also the history behind the wines’ production (i.e., from pruning to harvesting). What’s even better is that you can buy wines and ship them to your friends and family from Chianti. It can be overwhelming when you first get there, but there are several local tours in that city that helps tourists get the best experience from Chianti.

I highly recommend you do an organized tour (instead of a DIY tour, which you can) because these organized tours not only organize the transportation and wine tasting but they also introduce you to authentic Chianti lunch and/or dinner to include pasta and cold cuts.

Truffle Hunting in San Miniato

For Italian food lovers, San Miniato is the perfect day trip from Florence. It’s a 35-minute drive from the city, or a 40-minute direct train, which leave every 30 minutes. San Miniato is a small quiet town in the north of Tuscany and happens to be one of the best places in the whole of Italy to find truffles. It’s not easy to find truffles, which is part of what makes them so expensive and sought after, you’ll need to enlist the help of an expert truffle hunter!

By Hayley Lewis from A Lovely Planet

Massimo from Truffle in Tuscany was our guide and offers trips into the forest with his truffle dog Mela, to search for the precious food. It’s impressive to watch a truffle dog on the hunt and even more exciting when she discovers a truffle! We were lucky enough to find two truffles during our hunt. Depending on the time of year, you may find black truffles or the more expensive white truffle. Massimo gives a great insight into the art of truffle hunting, how to train a truffle dog and what to look out for when buying truffles or ordering them in a restaurant. All useful info for eating out in Florence!

The day ends with a trip back to Massimo’s house where you can sample the day’s findings, along with some delicious Italian wine, before making the trip back to Florence.

Montepulciano

Tuscany has endless options for things to do and sights to see. One of my all-time favorite day trips from Florence though is the medieval Montepulciano. Just an hour and a half from Florence, you can easily get to the town known for its superb wine by car. This is one of my favorite ways since you can meander through other small Tuscan villages and countryside along the way making for an amazing day trip.

Day Trips from Florence

By LeAnna from Well Traveled Nebraskan

However, know that the town itself is a blissful car-free village, meaning that parking on the outskirts is hard to find in high tourist season. Alternatively, you can also take the train in about 2 hours, which makes drinking that wine much more responsible!

While in town, wander the cobbled streets, stopping for wine samplings here and there. Marvel at the fortress castle and slow down in the piazza. Of course, no visit in Tuscany would be complete without sliding into one of the countless churches and just soaking in the culture and quiet of the stone buildings. This is a town meant for slowing down and in Italy, that means stopping regularly go food, good drinks, and good people watching!

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