Florence Day Trips

1. Pisa
2. Bologna
3. Siena
4. Lucca
5. Cinque Terre
6. Chianti Hills
7. San Gimignano
8. Assisi
9. Pistoia
10. Arezzo

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Florence is the best place to explore locations in Tuscany and beyond its borders. Visitors can book their Florence day trips to places like Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Bologna, Chianti, etc. You can even visit Rome and Venice which are located approx 278 and 253 kilometres from the Cradle of Renaissance.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also book your self-guided day trips from this city like Magelline, Real Luxury, Saetta Driver Car, etc. You can spend three to four days in the city to explore its hidden gems by booking your day trips from Florence. For instance, you can visit Pisa and Lucca, where you can climb up to the leaning towers to capture the spectacular views and a taste of Italian Wanderlust. The day trips in this city will give you a breathtaking experience and memories that will last with you forever.

Here are some of the best day trips from Florence:

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01

Pisa

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous attractions of the city which attracts tourists from across the world.
  • Pisa is considered the most beautiful city in Italy which has plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions to spend the evening with your loved ones.
  • Besides capturing the spectacular views of the Leaning Tower, you can also visit other sites like the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery, and Campo Santo.

Location: 42 miles from Florence

Getting There: You can onboard the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella which will take approx 1 hour and 2 mins.
02

Bologna

  • Bologna is one of the most appealing cities for tourists which is home to amazing restaurants, cafes, fine old shop fronts, and beautiful arcades.
  • If you’re in Italy and looking for the best place for shopping, then consider booking your day trips from Florence Italy to Bologna.
  • The two mediaeval leaning towers of the Torre degli Asinelli are one of the main attractions of Bologna.
  • You can even climb up to one of the towers to capture the scenic views of Bologna.

Location: 50 miles from Florence

Getting There: Approx 90 minutes drive from Florence; 35 minutes by direct train from Florence Santa Maria Novella.
03

Siena

  • Siena is a city where you can witness beautiful architecture, secular monuments, and an open-air museum.
  • The monuments like Palazzo Pubblico have a wide variety of art collections that are worth seeing.
  • Book your day trips from Florence to Siena and visit Torre Mangia (tower) which offers brilliant views over the red-tiled rooftops.
  • If you’re in Siena, visit Siena Duomo which is surrounded by black and white gothic towers and the interiors will give a treat to your eyes.

Location: 52 miles from Florence

Getting There: Onboard the train from Florence Santa Maria Novella station which will take approx 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Siena.
04

Lucca

  • Take a break from the busyness of Florence and book your day trips from Florence to Lucca.
  • This is a beautiful city that is crammed with 100 churches and a plethora of religious buildings.
  • If you’re in Lucca, you can book your walking tour, cycle the walls, and stare up at the remarkable frescoes of the Duomo di San Martino.
  • You’ll get a chance to wander around the Italian town, enjoy the calm environment, and witness the beautiful architecture.

Location: 39 miles from Florence

Getting There: You can reach Lucca from Florence by car and it will take approx an hour to reach.
05

Cinque Terre

  • Situated at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is a coastal area where the mountains meet the sea.
  • Cinque Terre is one of the best Florence day trips to enjoy with your family and you’ll fall in love with its carefree atmosphere.
  • You can hop on a boat to see the villages in Cinque Terre like Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Manarola, etc. where you can witness the colourful houses wedged between the ocean and the mountains.

Location: 105 miles from Florence

Getting There: It takes about 3 hours to reach Cinque Terre by train with a stop in Pisa.
06

Chianti Hills

  • This is one of the best day trips from Florence which will take you to the greenery of Italy.
  • Chianti Hills lies between Florence and Siena and it has a lot of twists and turns through this region.
  • You’ll fall in love with this place when you encounter historic olive groves, dense forests, honey-colored stone farmhouses, Renaissance villas, and more.
  • Get a chance to visit Greve, a hub of the local wine industry which also has an amiable market-town air.

Location: Approx 21 miles from Florence.

Getting There: From Florence’s city centre, it is a 20-mile drive which takes approx 50 minutes to reach Greve.
07

San Gimignano

  • San Gimignano is a hilltop town where 14 towers dominate the city’s skyline.
  • When you book your day trips from Florence to Sam Gimignano, you’ll witness the mediaeval streetscape, rural setting, and history of the city.
  • Sam Gimignano is also known for Vernaccia wine, golden ham, and local saffron.

Location: 37 miles from Florence

Getting There: Travelling by car is one of the best ways to reach San Gimignano. You can enjoy a road trip from Tuscany to Florence which will take approx 1 hour to reach San Gimignano. Also, you can hop on a bus from Florence to San Gimignano with a stop in Poggibonsi.
08

Assisi

  • Located in Italy’s Central Umbria region, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St. Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints.
  • This is one of the best day trips from Florence where you can explore historically significant buildings like the Basilica di San Francesco. It is home to several frescoes and paintings that rival many art museums in Italy.
  • You can also visit the Cathedral of San Rufino which has amazing early mediaeval stone carvings of animals, mythical beasts, foliage, and saints.

Location: 84 miles from Florence

Getting There: You can onboard the train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella which will take approx 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach Assisi.
09

Pistoia

  • Located between Florence and Lucca, Pistoia day trips from Florence are known for remarkable churches which attract tourists from all over Italy.
  • It is a small city but it has a lot more than just art from the middle ages.
  • You can visit Cappella di San lacopo where you can admire a magnificent silver altar that represents the styles from Early Gothic to Renaissance.

Location: 26 miles from Florence

Getting There: Take a train for Florence which will take approx 36 minutes to reach Pistoia. If you want to get there more quickly, you can get the fastest services from Trenitalia which will take 26 minutes to reach Pistoia.
10

Arezzo

  • Located 80 km away from Florence, booking your day trips from Florence to Arezzo will take you back to the Etruscan times.
  • This place is crammed with tons of museums and churches where you can explore the art of some of Italy's great names.
  • Some famous artists like Nicola Pisano, Andrea Della Robbia, Piero Della Francesca, and others have contributed their Renaissance art.
  • You can also visit the Cathedral which is famous for its stained-glass windows and the frescos.

Location: 37 miles from Florence

Getting There: The fastest trains from Florence will take approx 27 minutes to reach Arezzo.

People Also Ask About Florence

  1. What are the best day trips from Florence?

    1. Pisa: Pisa is one of the most beautiful cities which is home to some amazing cafes, restaurants, wine bars, and other attractions. You can visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa to capture the scenic views from the top of the tower. Book your day trips from Florence to Pisa and explore other attractions like the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery, and Campo Santo.

    2. Bologna: Bologna is heaven on earth for all the shopping enthusiasts out there. You can spend a great evening with your loved ones in bars, restaurants, and cafes. Climb up to the medieval leaning towers of the Torre degli Asinelli and capture the scenic views of Bologna.

    3. Siena: Book your day trips from Florence to Siena and get a chance to witness the beauty of secular monuments, architecture, and an open-air museum. You can visit monuments like Palazzo Pubblico where you can explore a wide variety of art collections. Head to Siena Duomo which is surrounded by black and white gothic towers which have luxurious interiors.

    4. Lucca: Lucca is a peaceful city that is loaded with 100 churches and tons of religious buildings. If you want to take a break from the busyness of Florence, you can book your Florence day trips to Lucca. You can wander around the city, soak up the calm atmosphere, and explore the beautiful architecture.

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  2. Can I do a day trip to Pistoia from Florence?

    Yes, of course. You can book your best day trips from Florence to Pistoia and it is easily reachable by car or train. Pistoia is a small city that is home to remarkable churches which attract tourists from Italy. You can visit Pistoia’s historic centre which is perfect to spend half a day in Tuscany.

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  3. What is the best day trip from Florence with your family?

    There are tons of Florence day trips to enjoy with family, including San Gimignano, Siena, Pisa, Montepulciano, Val d'Orcia, Chianti Region and Hills, Lucca, Perugia, Bologna, Cortona, Cinque Terre, Assisi, Pistoia, Arezzo, Prato, and more. These day trips will surely make your trip more fascinating and give you memories that will last forever.

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  4. What is special about Florence?

    Florence is one of the most beautiful cities which falls in the list of “must-see” places in the world. This city is known for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, and monuments. You can even book your day trips from Florence to explore the nearby cities like Lucca, Pisa, Prato, etc.
  5. How to reach Florence?

    By train: Onboard the high-speed network train from cities like Munich which will arrive at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station, which is the biggest station in the city.

    By air: Take a flight from European cities like Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Barcelona which will arrive at Florence’s Vespucci International airport.
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