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Tours and Daytrips from Florence

The surroundings of Florence make the city the perfect destination. Find out which are the best excursions you can do from Florence

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

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Tours and Daytrips from Florence

Tuscany landscape | ©Evan Verni

You can enjoy Florence's architectural, artistic and historical jewels but you can also get lost in the Tuscan countryside, villages, and vineyards such as Siena, Pisa, Assisi, Chianti, or San Gimignano. Here are the best tours and excursions in and around Florence.

1. Guided tour of Florence express

Uffizi Gallery, Florence | ©Matt Twyman
Uffizi Gallery, Florence | ©Matt Twyman

The best introduction to a city like Florence, especially if it is your first time in the capital of Tuscany, is with a guided walking tour of its historic center in small groups. In this way, you will soak up the majesty, architecture, and history of must-see places such as its Cathedral, the Duomo.

You will cross the Ponte Vecchio, one of the most famous in the world, now full of jewelry shops and originally occupied by the city's butchers, or the bustling Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open-air museum full of sculptures.

What is included in this tour

  • 1 hour and a half walking tour
  • Guide in English and 2 other languages
  • Groups of 8 people maximum

Itinerary

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Duomo
  • Historical center
  • Battistero di San Giovanni

2. Half-day wine tour to the Tuscan countryside

Tuscan vineyard | ©Johny Goerend
Tuscan vineyard | ©Johny Goerend

Traveling to Florence and not exploring the beautiful Tuscan countryside is a real sin. If you are also a wine lover or are curious to know the secrets of one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, this is the tour for you.

This guided tour of Tuscany with winery visit will transport you to vineyards, woods, and olive groves, in a horizon dotted with Romanesque parish churches, villas, and castles. You will visit a family winery, where you will taste its prized Chianti wine, and picturesque hilltop villages, such as the medieval Greve, where the region's most important wine fair is held every year, and Castellina, known for its great fortress and Etruscan settlements.

What is included in this tour

  • 7-hour large group tour of the Tuscan countryside, local villages, and wineries
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Expert wine guide in English and 3 other languages
  • Regional wine tasting and traditional food

Itinerary

  • Wine estate and tasting
  • Greve and family winery with tasting
  • Castellina

3. Three hours private guided tour in Florence

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence | ©Kai Pilger
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence | ©Kai Pilger

To get an idea of all that beautiful Florence has to offer in the most personalized and comfortable way, choose a private walking tour of Florence's old town. Thanks to your guide you will learn first-hand everything there is to know about its main points of interest, such as the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the church of the Medici family.

You will visit the fundamental Piazza del Duomo, with the Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Baptistery of St. John and the Casa di Dante Museum, in the medieval quarter where Dante Alighieri and Beatrice, among others, lived.

What is included in this tour

  • 3 hours of private walking tour with personalized explanations according to your interests.
  • Hotel pick-up included (if in the center)
  • Guide in English and 5 other languages

Itinerary

  • Basilica of San Lorenzo, in the lively area of the Central Market.
  • Piazza del Duomo: with the Duomo and its Dome, the Campanile di Giotto and the Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Casa di Dante Museum
  • Palazzo del Bargello
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Mercato del Porcellino, where the famous piglet fountain is located
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Pitti

4. Day trip to Tuscany, Assisi, and Cortona

Dusk in Tuscany
Dusk in Tuscany

Did you see the movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and fell in love with its landscapes? Now you can see them with your own eyes thanks to this day trip to Assisi and Cortona to the beautiful village where it was filmed, Cortona, that you can explore on your own.

You will also learn about the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, who left the wealth of his family in the 13th century to preach in the streets of Assisi, and of one of his first followers, St. Clare.

In Assisi, you will take a guided walking tour of its main historic buildings, such as the Basilica of St. Francis, one of the most beautiful churches in Italy with stunning frescoes by Giotto, and the interior of the 9th century Santa Maria degli Angeli, believed to be the favorite place of worship of St. Francis.

What is included in this tour

  • 11-hour guided group tour to Assisi and Cortona
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 2 other languages

Itinerary

  • Rocca di Passignano, with stunning views of Lake Trasimeno
  • Basilica di Santa Chiara
  • Papal Basilica and Sacred Convent of San Francesco d'Assisi
  • Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola
  • Cortona

5. Half-day excursion to Pisa from Florence

Sunsets in Pisa
Sunsets in Pisa

If there is one thing you should not miss on a longer visit to Florence is to take the opportunity to visit the nearby town of Pisa and see one of the most famous monuments on the planet, its Leaning Tower, declared a World Heritage Site and originally designed to be the bell tower of the Duomo.

Pisa is a small city, but a visit is highly recommended. It can be explored in a few hours, so going from Florence with this excursion to Pisa in the afternoon is a great plan. On your visit you will tour all the sights of Pisa, starting with one of the main centers of medieval art in the world, Piazza del Duomo di Pisa, called 'Piazza dei Miracoli' because of the monuments it encompasses: the Tower, the Baptistery and the Duomo, known in the past as true miracles of architecture.

You will also visit the oldest church in Pisa, the Church of San Sisto, and the Piazza dei Cavalieri, the political epicenter of medieval Pisa and home to one of the most famous universities in the world, the Scuola Normale di Pisa.

What is included in this tour

  • 6-hour guided excursion to Pisa
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 3 other languages, with the option to choose a private or group guide.

Itinerary

  • Piazza dei Miracoli
  • Duomo di Pisa
  • Tower of Pisa
  • Baptistery
  • San Sisto Church
  • Piazza dei Cavalieri

6. Two-hour guided bike tour of Florence

Tourists cycling in Florence | ©Roving-Aye!
Tourists cycling in Florence | ©Roving-Aye!

And what about seeing Florence on a pleasant bike ride? With this guided bike tour you will also tour the historic center of this fascinating city, but pedaling leisurely through its charming cobblestone streets.

You will see areas such as the artisan quarter of Oltrarno; Piazza della Repubblica, in the heart of the city; the most beautiful bridges, Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Santa Trinita, and Ponte alle Grazie or the last residence of the Medici dynasty, the Pitti Palace.

What is included in this tour

  • 2-hour bike ride
  • Professional guide in English and 2 other languages
  • Groups of 15 people maximum
  • Bicycle and bottled water
  • Possibility of doing it in the morning, afternoon or evening

Itinerary

  • Piazza del Duomo, with the Cathedral, the Dome, the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile
  • Piazza della Repubblica
  • Ponte Santa Trinita
  • Piazza Santo Spirito, with the Basilica of Santo Spirito
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Ponte alle Grazie
  • Piazza Santa Croce
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Casa di Dante Museum
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Piazzale Michelangelo

7. Day trip to Pisa and Lucca

Duomo of Lucca | ©s9-4pr
Duomo of Lucca | ©s9-4pr

One of the advantages of Florence's geographical location is that it allows you to visit nearby towns and villages with lots of charm. For example, if you are in Florence and you feel like visiting Pisa and the small town of Lucca, another dream place with an impressive collection of Etruscan ruins and Renaissance architecture, you can do it in the same day.

In Lucca stands out its huge and circular Piazza dell 'Anfiteatro, the Guinigi Tower, and the Cathedral, as well as its charming and narrow streets. In addition, you can taste one of its most emblematic sweets, the buccellato, a delicious ring-shaped cake.

What is included in this tour

  • 9-hour guided group excursion to Pisa, with entrance to the Cathedral, and Lucca with the superior option
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 5 other languages

Itinerary

  • Pisa, with the Cathedral, the Tower, Tower and the Baptistery of St. John in Piazza dei Miracoli
  • Lucca, with Piazza Anfiteatro and the Duomo

8. Three-hour guided Vespa tour of Florence

Vespas in Florence | ©Masatada Ho
Vespas in Florence | ©Masatada Ho

Want to make your tour of Florence as authentic as possible? Tour Florence aboard an iconic Vespa. A comfortable, exciting and very Italian way to get lost in the narrow streets of the historic center of Florence and admire the best panoramic views of the city.

Accompanied by a guide, you will ascend to the most important viewpoints of Florence, such as its highest observation point with postcard views, the Piazzale Michelangelo, or the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, one of the greatest examples of Romanesque architecture in the entire region and another of its highest points, to capture your best memories in photos.

What is included in this tour

  • Guided 3-hour Vespa tour
  • Local guide in English and 2 other languages
  • Original Vespa motorcycle with automatic transmission (international driving license and knowledge of driving required)
  • Groups of 10 people maximum

Itinerary

  • Historic center of Florence
  • Basilica San Miniato al Monte
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Porta Romana
  • Piazzale Michelangelo

9. Day trip to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena with Tuscan lunch

San Gimignano | ©Groume
San Gimignano | ©Groume

To discover the three most emblematic destinations in Tuscany, choose this complete guided day tour to Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena. You will discover the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Piazza dei Miracoli; the medieval streets of beautiful San Gimignano, a World Heritage Site; and Siena, with its magnificent cathedral and Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio di Siena horse race takes place.

In addition, you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch in a wonderful winery in the Tuscan hills with bruschetta, salami, and fresh cheese, a plate of tagliatelle with ragù sauce and a typical dessert, accompanied by a tasting of Chianti wine.

What is included in this tour

  • 13-hour guided group tour to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 7 other languages
  • Tuscan lunch and tasting of Chianti wines

Itinerary

  • Siena, with Piazza del Campo, Fonte Gaia, the Duomo, Palazzo Tolomei, Via di Città and its historic center.
  • Poggibonsi, with Tuscan lunch in a local winery located halfway between Siena and San Gimignano.
  • San Gimignano, with Piazza della Cisterna, Piazza del Duomo, the Torre Grossa and Porta San Giovanni
  • Pisa, with the Piazza dei Miracoli of Pisa and the Baptistery, the cathedral and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower.

10. Day trip to San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni and Chianti with wine and lunch tasting

Cathedral of Siena | ©Alessio Patron
Cathedral of Siena | ©Alessio Patron

This is the most complete tour, as it includes the guided day trip from Florence to San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, and Chianti. For a very reasonable price with everything included, you will take away the most unforgettable and complete memory of southern Tuscany, thanks to a visit to some of the jewels of this region.

You will walk through the Tuscan countryside, full of vineyards and bucolic fields; you will stroll through the medieval town of San Gimignano, known for its impressive towers and frescoes, and discover the charming historic village of Monteriggioni, an incredible medieval village enclosed by walls.

You will tour the village of Chianti to visit a charming winery on its hilltop where you will taste three excellent local wines and traditional lunch and end your trip in Siena, strolling through its narrow medieval streets flanked by splendid palaces and visiting the Basilica of San Domenico, a marvel of Renaissance art erected in the 13th century in honor of Saint Catherine of Siena, and the 12th-century Cathedral of Siena.

What is included in this tour

  • 11-hour guided group tour to San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni and Chianti
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 3 other languages
  • Typical Tuscan 3-course lunch in a Chianti winery

Itinerary

  • San Gimignano
  • Monteriggioni
  • Chianti, with tasting of its wine and typical products
  • Siena

11. Other interesting activities in Florence

If you feel like reading more about how to take your trip to Florence to the next level, I recommend you to check out my detailed guides about Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours, Accademia Gallery Tickets and Tours and Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours; which for me are the big must-sees of the city.

If on the other hand, you are looking for a way to get around the city in the most comfortable and fastest way possible, you should consider the tourist bus option. Although at first glance it may seem too touristy (redundancy aside) it also has some suprising advantages. Check them all out here: Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.