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Tours and Daytrips from Florence

The surroundings of Florence make the city the perfect destination. I tell you what 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

In Florence you can enjoy its architectural, artistic and historical gems but you can also get lost in the Tuscan countryside, villages and vineyards such as Siena, Pisa, Assisi, Chianti or San Gimignano. I tell you the best tours and excursions in and around Florence.

1. Renaissance and Medici Tour in Florence

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

The best introduction to a city like Florence, especially if it's your first time in the capital of Tuscany, is with a guided walking tour of its historic center about the Renaissance and the Medici. 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 bridges 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

  • 2 hours walking tour
  • Expert English speaking guide

Itinerary

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Duomo
  • Santa Maria di Fiore Cathedral
  • Historical Center
  • Battistero di San Giovanni

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2. Half day wine tour of 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 curious about the secrets of one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world, this is the tour for you.

This guided excursion to Tuscany with a visit to a winery will transport you to a landscape of vineyards, woods and olive groves, in a horizon dotted with Romanesque parish churches, villas and castles. You will visit a family-run winery, where you will taste their 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 excursion through the Tuscan countryside, villages and local wineries.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • Expert wine guide in English and 3 other languages
  • Tastings of regional wine and traditional food

Itinerary

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

Book an excursion to Chianti with wine tasting

3. Three hour 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 overall, but very deep idea of all that beautiful Florence has to offer in the most personalized and comfortable way, choose a private walking tour of its ancient area. Thanks to your guide, you will learn first-hand everything you want 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, used to live.

What is included in this tour

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

Itinerary

  • Basilica of San Lorenzo, in the lively Central Market area
  • Piazza del Duomo: with the Duomo and its Dome, the Campanile di Giotto and 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
  • Pitti Palace

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4. Half day tour 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 highly recommended. It can be covered in a few hours, so going from Florence with this afternoon guided tour of Pisa is a great plan. On your visit you will see all the highlights of Pisa, starting with one of the main centers of medieval art in the world, Piazza del Duomo of Pisa, called 'Piazza dei Miracoli' because of the monuments it encompasses: the Tower, the Baptistery and the Duomo, known in the past as authentic miracles of architecture.

You will also see 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 tour of Pisa
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • Guide in English and 3 other languages, with the option to choose a private or group guide

Itinerary

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

Here I leave you a complete article with the best excursions to Pisa from Florence so you can see the most recommended ones.

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5. Two hour guided bike tour of Florence

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

What about seeing Florence on a pleasant bike tour? With this guided bike tour you will also tour the historic center of this fascinating city, but pedaling leisurely through its charming cobblestone streets. Or maybe you prefer the guided electric bike tour, also with a duration of two hours but a little more comfortable.

You will see areas such as the artisan quarter of Oltrarno; the 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 hours bike tour
  • Professional guide in English and 2 other languages
  • Groups of 15 people maximum
  • Bicycle and bottled water
  • Possibility to do it in the morning, afternoon or at sunset.

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
  • Pitti Palace
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Ponte alle Grazie
  • Piazza Santa Croce
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Casa di Dante Museum
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Piazzale Michelangelo

You may also be interested in spending a fun day on an electric scooter tour of Florence, or as electric scooters are also known, an increasingly popular way of getting around cities.

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6. Day trip to Pisa and Lucca

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

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

Lucca 's highlights include the huge circular Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, the Guinigi Tower and the Cathedral, as well as its charming narrow streets. In addition, you will be able to 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
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus 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 the Piazza Anfiteatro and the Duomo

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7. 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? Do it 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

  • 3-hour guided tour on Vespa
  • Local guide in English and 2 other languages
  • Original Vespa scooter 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

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8. One day getaway 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 full day guided 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 its 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 Chianti wine tasting.

What is included in this tour

  • 13-hour guided group tour of Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus with WiFi
  • English speaking guide and 7 other languages
  • Tuscan lunch and wine 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, 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.

Here is another article about the best excursions to Siena from Florence that will be very useful if you are especially interested in visiting Siena.

Book an excursion to Tuscany from Florence

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

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

This is the most complete tour, as it includes the excursion to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano. For a very reasonable price in relation to all that it includes, you will take away the most unforgettable and complete memory of southern Tuscany, thanks to the visit to some of the greatest jewels of the region.

You will walk through the Tuscan landscapes, full of vineyards and bucolic countryside; 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 hilltop winery where you will taste three excellent local wines and a 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 St. Catherine of Siena, and the 12th century Cathedral of Siena.

What is included in this tour

  • 11-hour guided group tour of San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni and Chianti
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus 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 wine and typical products
  • Siena

Book an excursion to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano

10. Day trip to Tuscany, Assisi and Cortona

Sunset in Tuscany
Sunset in Tuscany

Did you see the movie 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and fell in love with its landscapes? Now you can discover them in person thanks to this day trip to Assisi and Cortona to the beautiful village where it was filmed, Cortona, which 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, including 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 St. Francis' favorite place of worship.

What is included in this tour

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

Itinerary

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

Other interesting activities in Florence

If you feel like going deeper into the organization of your trip, I recommend you to read my detailed guides on Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence: how to buy, prices and schedules, Accademia Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence: how to buy, prices and discounts y Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours: how to buy, prices and schedules, which for me are the great must-sees of the city.

If on the other hand you are looking for a way to tour the city in the most comfortable and quickest way possible, you should consider the tourist bus option. Although a priori it may seem too touristy (redundancy aside) it also has its advantages. Check them all out here: Barcelona Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.