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Day Trips from Florence to Experience Italian Country Side

Italy is renowned as the most beautiful country in the world and is home to amazing cities like Florence, Rome, Venice and Milan. All cities have are filled galleries, museums and architectural wonders that leave you in a state of delight and administration. All cities are well connected with trains and other public transportation making it convenient for day trips and to explore nearby attractions from each city. Today we explore the city of Florence with a major focus on day trips from Florence.

Florence is a city in central Italy. The capital of Tuscany is famous for its renaissance art and architecture. You will also witness numerous galleries, museums and amazing artworks in this city. In addition, Florence has many amazing destinations around Florence that are perfect for a day trip. These include the likes of Pisa, Cinque Terre etc. Read on know more about these destinations and what these destinations are famous for.

Day Trips from Florence

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • San Gimignano and Siena
  • Chianti
  • Venice
  • Cinque Terre
  • Rome

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The leaning tower of Pisa is one of the most visited monuments in Italy. The structure is a bell tower of the Pisa cathedral. As the name suggests, the structure is leaned, but this inclination was due to the fragile and unstable basement and has no figurative significance. The structure is inclined at a 4-degree angle giving it the leaning appearance.

Leaning tower of Pisa
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The Pisa Province is 86 Kilometers from Florence and take an hour and an hour to reach from the train. Trains are available at regular intervals from Florence to Pisa, almost once in every half an hour. From the central railway station to Leaning tower its a kilometre and half, you can stroll around while enjoying the feel of the place or board a taxi from there. You can also opt for a guided tour from Florence and operators have their own fleet to take you to Pisa.

San Gimignano and Siena

San Gimignano and Siena are the provinces in Italy and can be combined together if you are planning a day trip Florence.

San Gimignano is a small town midway between Florence and Siena. The city is famous for its towers, architecture and white wine. San Gimignano has always been a wealthy locality, aristocrats had built 72 tower-houses to showcase their wealth and significance in Tuscany. However, over the years only 14 tower-houses have managed to survive. A wall circumscribes the entire city and tourists are only through a central gate. San Gimignano is one of the best day trips from Florence owing to its surreal architecture and enchanting views of surrounding valleys and stellar.

San Gimignano
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The second leg of the day, you can visit Siena. Siena city is 35 Kilometer towards the south of Florence in the Tuscany region. It is an ancient city known for its art and architecture, cuisines, derbies and medieval landscape. The fan-shaped central plaza, gothic town, Slender tower are the highlights of the city. Many Bollywood movies are also shot in the city owing to its classy locations.

The best to visit these cities is through a public bus if you are exploring on your own else you can take a guided tour where transportation is taken care of by the operators. For people self-exploring, you can board bus 131 from SMN bus depot.


Chianti, also known as the wine region in Italy. Cliffs, Mountains and stunning vineyards make this an impressive historical hamlet that shouldn’t be missed. There are some dedicated guided tours for wine tasting where you will able to different varieties of wine. Make time to visit the historical towns of Greve, Castellina known for its castles and tombs.

Chianti is just 35 kilometres from Italy and is easily accessible through trains. Chianti is the perfect location for a day trip from Florence as it not far and just one hour travel.


Although a mere shadow of what it used to be several decades back, Venice is still one of the fascinating cities in Italy. The city is full of canals and major mode of transportation is through water taxis. Venice city itself is an attraction in its own right. Floating market, Cathedrals, narrow yet vibrant lanes, picturesque locations are all integral part of Venice. The gondola ride is a must-try in Venice,

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Though it is advised to stay for a couple of days. a day trip from Florence is not a bad idea if you are running short of time. The best way to travel to Venice from Florence is through trains. Hop on a direct train and you will be Venice in less than 3 hours. Start a bit early so that you have enough time to explore and experience the city.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a group of five beautiful century-old villages on the Italian coastline – Riomaggiario, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Monterosso. The Villages are famous for their colourful houses, rugged beaches and spectacular seaside views. Though you might feel its similar to Amalfi coast, Cinque Terre is much more peaceful and less crowded.

Cinque Terre
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It takes two to two and a half hours to reach Cinque Terre from Florence, hence even if you start your journey early morning it won’t be possible to cover all 5 villages. Vernazza and Riomaggiario are the best of the set and hence we advise you to visit these two towns. La Spezia is the nearest train station and you will have to take a local train again.

Florence is indeed is a gem of a city. For a person who loves art, there only a few cities across the globe that matches Florence’s finesse. However, Florence is not the only city, but there are also many other intriguing and interesting cities in Italy. If You are planning for a vacation to Italy, reach out to travel consultants from Pickyourtrail who help you plan and customise itineraries as per your needs and requirements. Also, check out their Italy Packages for best of Italy itineraries. Feel free to drop a query on Whatsapp Inquiry for more details and information regarding any international destinations.

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