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Unmissable Day Trips to Take From Florence

Maya Pillai Nov 30, 2020
Florence is the capital of Tuscany, Italy. This city is home to many museums, ancient buildings that depict the architecture of the bygone era and many cathedrals of the Renaissance period.
Florence is centrally located and this makes it a base for visiting other places of the country.
Montepulciano
The art lovers and art students should visit this medieval hillside town.
Montepulciano is home to many well-preserved churches, cobbled streets and palaces of the Renaissance period.
This town is surrounded by vineyards and is a wine lovers' paradise.
Cortona
Easily accessible from Florence, Cortona is an enchanting hill top town where you can spend a day. This quaint town offers incredible views of the sprawling valley and Lake Trasimeno.
A trip to Cortona allows you to experience the authentic tradition and culture of Tuscany.
Chianti
A gorgeous place for the traveler in you. The winding roads, vineyards and olive trees make Chianti a wonderful place to plan for a day trip from Florence.
A popular wine making region that dishes out unique wines in squat wine bottles to the world must not be missed if you are in Florence.
San Gimignano
San Gimignano is located along the the rolling hills of Upper Val D’Elsa. This is home to the world famous wine known as Vernaccia di San Gimignano. This town is famous for Saffron and Santa Fina pottery.
Siena
If you are in San Gimignano and have spare few hours, plan a trip to Siena.
If you are in Siena in summer months, ensure that you do visit Palio horse race that is held at Piazza del Campo.
Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is a collection of five towns and ancient coastal villages - Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza.
Each town/village is unique and is located on top of cliff edge that overlooks the sea.
Cinque Terre is famous for pesto sauce. Consider carrying back home a couple of bottles the sauce.
Pienza
Pienza is a quaint town with gorgeous views of Val d’Orcia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Piccolomini Palace, the former summer home of Pope Pius II, San Biagio and Piazza Pio II, and the Pienza Cathedral are some of the cultural and architectural wonders of Pienza.
Pisa
The most iconic landmark and one of the architectural wonders of the world - The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located here.
The tourist hotspots in Pisa that are worth visiting are Pisa Cathedral and Piazza dei Miracoli.
Lucca
If you are fascinated by the Italian architecture, then Lucca should be in your list of places to visit when you are in Florence.
Guinigi Tower is one such architectural gems in Lucca, that gives an insight into the cultural, traditional architecture of ancient Italy.
When you are in Lucca enjoy a few classic Tuscan traditional dishes in one of the many cafes in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro.
Venice
One of the romantic cities of the world, Venice can be accessed from Florence. A ride in a gondola on Grand Canal will give you the glimpse of the Gothic era buildings of Venice.
A day trip is the best option if you are on a tight budget as it is one of the expensive cities in Italy.
Volterra
A walled mountaintop is off the grid Tuscan town that is worth a visit.
This town is for those who love to listen to mystic folklore and vampire stories.
The Alabaster Museum is a must-visit. Do not miss out on the traditional Tuscan Cheese when you are in Volterra.
Florence is famous for its beautiful sunsets and sweet tasting wines. If this Tuscan city is in your bucket list, ensure to explore the other Tuscan towns too.