The Best Day Trips from Florence

Siena Tuscany is one of the best day trips from Florence, Italy. Find out the others right here!
Siena, Tuscany, is one of Italy's most beautiful cities

Looking for a fantastic day trip from Florence? Luckily, you’ve got lots of options. Whether you’re looking for a day in the Tuscan countryside or the chance to explore a medieval town, it’s all reachable from Florence.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable general experience that highlights the very best of the region, take a look at our guided day trip (including a driver, so you can sample as much wine as you want) to Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano.

If you want to go it on your own we’ve put together a list of our favorite Tuscany day trips. You can easily spend the entire day exploring any of these day trip options. Or, if you want to see as much as you can, you can combine them for a full, rewarding day in Tuscany. (Just don’t forget to schedule yourself time to relax over a glass of local wine!).

Lucca, Florence’s graceful neighbor

Lucca,Tuscany is one of the best day trips from Florence, Italy.

Lucca’s elaborate Duomo

Lovely Lucca offers up cobblestoned streets and elegant palaces, elaborate churches and a ring of Renaissance-era fortification walls that have been turned into biking and walking paths. For music aficionados, it also happens to be where the composer Giacomo Puccini was born.

To get to Lucca from Florence: The train takes 1 hour 20 minutes, and since the station is located right outside the city center and easily walkable, this is a very convenient option. By car, Lucca is located 1 hour 10 minutes west of Florence.

Pisa, home to much more than the Leaning Tower

Pisa, a great day trip from Florence

Lovely Pisa and its River Arno

If you want to get what must be the most iconic photo in Italy, Pisa’s your place. But there’s much more to Pisa than that. Yes, the Leaning Tower is spectacular—even more so in person than in pictures. But the medieval city also boasts an 11th-century Duomo chock-full of gorgeous art, the elaborate Baptistery, and beautiful palaces. The downside, of course, is all the crowds around the Leaning Tower here—which is why we recommend the below schedule. (And if you want to really experience the best of Pisa, our private Pisa tour explores the Square of Miracles and includes skip-the-line access to the Leaning Tower).

To get to Pisa from Florence: The direct, high-speed train to Pisa takes just 50 minutes from Florence. It’s then a 20-minute walk from the train station to the Leaning Tower, or a 10-minute bus ride. Driving, Pisa is located 1 hour 20 minutes from Florence.

How to visit Lucca + Pisa in one day trip from Florence

Beautiful Pisa, a day trip from Florence or Lucca

Plan to be in Pisa in the evening, when the crowds are gone—even around the Leaning Tower!

You want to avoid the tour-bus crush of crowds that take over Pisa during the day. To do this, leave Florence on the train by 9am, putting you in Lucca around 10:30am. Enjoy a relaxing walk on the city walls, explore the churches, and have a late lunch around 1:30.

From there, Pisa’s just a 25-minute train ride from Lucca, so if you leave Lucca around 3:45, you’ll be standing at the Leaning Tower by 4:30… just as the tour buses are all leaving. (Be aware that the tower closes at 5pm from November to February and has differing closing times throughout the year, so if you want to climb the tower, adjust your schedule accordingly!). Take as much time as you need to marvel at Pisa’s beauty by dusk. Then grab the direct, high-speed train back to Florence, which takes just one hour.

The Chianti wine country

The Chianti wine country is Easy day trip from Florence, Italy

Vineyard in the Chianti countryside, a short drive from Florence

If you want to enjoy wine tastings and the Tuscan countryside, but without going too far from Florence, then the region of Chianti, just a 30 minutes’ drive south of Florence, is your best bet. (Of course, this convenience also makes it more crowded and touristy than, say, the Val d’Orcia, below). Small towns like San Casciano, Montespertoli, Gaiole, and Panzano, are lovely, and you’ll see signs for one vineyard after another. Our guided tour visits one of these stunning farms/vineyards for both wine and a full lunch.

To get to Chianti from Florence: This is definitely a day trip best done with a car! The SS22 heads south of Florence right through the heart of the Chianti region.

Siena, gem of a medieval city

Siena, Tuscany is one of the best day trips from Florence, Italy.

Beautiful Siena, an easy day trip from Florence

Florence’s longtime rival, Siena is a gem of a medieval city. Just take its 13th-century duomo alone: One of the most stunning cathedrals in all of Italy, it boasts pieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Pisano, and Bernini, not to mention an incredible, frescoed library that you have to see if you love the Sistine Chapel! But that’s not to mention the city’s unique, scallop-shaped main piazza, dominated by the 14th-century tower that’s taller even than the one in Florence. Or its important art, including Lorenzetti’s seminal frescoes of “Good and Bad Goverment.” Or its being the birthplace of St. Catherine of Siena, and the resting place of her head alone (which is on display!). Or its being the location of the famous, twice-yearly Palio horse races. And the list goes on! Here’s our guest post for Art Trav on more of what to see in Siena, and here’s information on our 3-hour experience of Siena with a local guide.

To get to Siena from Florence: By car, Siena is 1 hour 15 minutes south of Florence. The direct SITA bus from Florence takes 1 hour 15 minutes; you can look up the timetables here. By train, Siena is located 1 hour 30 minutes from Florence, but be aware that the train station is almost 1.5 miles outside the city center and requires either a half-hour walk or taking the local bus).

How to visit the Chianti countryside + Siena in one day trip from Florence

The main piazza or town square of Siena, Italy, with Palazzo Pubblico

Stay in Siena into the evening to see the main square lit up

To do this, you need to rent a car. And be aware that you could also easily spend a whole day exploring Chianti’s vineyards and small towns or a whole day exploring Siena so this should be a combined day trip only for the energetic!

We’d recommend leaving Florence by 9 or 9:30am, making it to Chianti’s small towns and vineyards just as they “wake up” (and open), generally between 10am and noon. Enjoy wine and food tastings, and a relaxing lunch, before heading onto Siena by about 1:30pm. You’ll be there by mid-afternoon, which will give you time for two or three of Siena’s main sites (don’t miss the Duomo!), and perhaps dinner, before taking the 1 hour 15 minute drive back to Florence.

The Val d’Orcia, where all of those postcards of the Tuscan countryside come from

Orcia Valley Tuscany

The Val d’Orcia, one of the most beautiful regions of Italy

Dreaming of cypress-lined roads, rolling hills, and rambling farms and vineyards? Then make your day trip from Florence one to the Val d’Orcia. Possibly the most stunning countryside in Italy (…if not the world!), it’s even been added to UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Landscapes. You could easily spend the day just rambling around here, exploring back streets and perhaps paying a visit to Montalcino, Pienza, or, just outside the valley, Montepulciano. But what we love doing in this region is visiting local farms and vineyards, getting home-cooked meals and enjoying wine, cheese and meat tastings (all included on our day-long “Tuscany in a Day” experience of the region!).

To get to the Val d’Orcia from Florence: Public transport is tough: There’s no train station right near the Val d’Orcia, and while the bus goes from Florence to Montalcino (with a switch at Siena), you can’t then explore the rest of the countryside. So the best way to visit the Val d’Orcia is either to rent a car (the area is located a 2-hour drive south of Florence) or hire a private driver, included in our “Tuscany in a Day” experience.

Montepulciano or Montalcino, perfect for wine lovers

Montepulciano, a beautiful Tuscan town known for its Vino Nobile wine

Montepulciano… and its wine

Both sleepy, medieval towns (Montalcino being smaller, less touristy, and more tranquil than Montepulciano), these are two places to check out if you’re a big wine lover. Montalcino produces Brunello di Montalcino, often considered to be Italy’s best wine, while Montepulciano makes Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a DOCG-rated wine that’s been consumed since the Middle Ages and is considered one of Italy’s best. At either town, you can easily spend two or three hours wandering the medieval streets, gazing at the scenery, and, of course, sampling wines, meats, and cheeses.

To get to Montalcino or Montepulciano from Florence: Don’t be fooled by the “Montepulciano” listing on the Trenitalia site, as the train station of Montepulciano is actually a 20-minute drive from the medieval town itself! Instead, for either town, you can take the bus from Florence (switching at Siena). Or, especially if you want to explore both towns or other areas around, the best option is to rent a car or use a private driver, as on our “Medieval Towns and Tuscan Countryside” day trip.

How to visit the Val d’Orcia + Montepulciano or Montalcino in one day trip from Florence

Want to discover hidden gems like this cheese farm? One way is with our day-long Tuscan experience!

You might have gathered this by now, but in all honesty… we’d say the best way is by enjoying one of our day-long Tuscany excursions, like “Tuscany in a Day”. That’s because finding truly authentic experiences—i.e. vineyard tours or home-cooked lunches at a farm that aren’t visited by the tour buses—takes a lot of local know-how and digging. And the places can be tough to find on your own in more ways than one: Assuming you can find out where to go that’s really off-the-beaten-path, that very fact means that actually navigating your way to your destination can be pretty tough (and no, Google maps or a GPS alone won’t solve the problem!). This way, you have a local, English-speaking driver who picks you up right from Florence and helps you shape the day around what you want to do.

If that’s not a possibility for you, you can still enjoy a fantastic day in the Val d’Orcia! We’d recommend renting a car, leaving Florence by 9am at the latest, and driving the 2 hours straight down to the valley. Have lunch at Pienza, Montepulciano, or Montalcino, and spend the afternoon exploring the towns and roads and tasting the local wines. Just make sure that you bring a lot of patience (along with your GPS), as you will probably get lost. But, of course, that’s half the fun!

(Explore Tuscany with us in this fun, and beautiful, #TakeWalks video below!).

For more day trip ideas from Florence, don’t miss our post on the top 10 towns of Tuscany.

72 Comments

  • Ahmed Ali says:

    i always dreamed about travelling to italy especially after watching godfather 1 and 2 😉 and the city did meet my expectations. the views in tuscan were just amazzing and the medieval city of Siena was just like going back in time. my kindle book really helped me aswel to communicate with the locals, you guys should check out their website http://www.eton-phrasebooks.com/
    they have phrasebooks for upto 17 languages

  • abhishek soni says:

    would it be a good idea to visit tuscany in decmber first week? would wine tasting and places like montalcino be operational?

  • Bhaw says:

    Can we do a day trip from Florence to Pisa and take a train to Naples from Pisa ?

    Where do we leave our luggage once we arrive in Pisa from Florence by train for the day as we go around the city?

    • Hi Bhaw,
      Yes, you can take a day trip easily by train from Florence to Pisa. There is a left luggage area in the Pisa train station where you can pay a nominal fee to leave your bags for the day. From Pisa, you can go on to Naples, as well, although you’ll be switching trains in Florence anyway—so we would recommend leaving your bags at the *Florence* left luggage department at the Florence train station, instead, and picking them up at the end of the day to head on to Naples.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Robyn says:

    Can you recommend a driver in Lucca?

  • Shannon Bryce says:

    I am visiting Florence in early April next year.

    As per your blog, I am planning a day trip to Pisa and Lucca but was going to do the opposite by visiting Pisa first.

    Is there any merit in this? I thought if I got there early right on 8:30am when it opens we could take in the main attractions and then have the rest of the day to enjoy Lucca.

    Would this work out as well as your suggestion?

    • Hi Shannon,
      That sounds like a plan to us! In Pisa, what you have to watch out for (and what causes the lines and crowds around the Tower) are the tour buses that come in for the day; most tend to arrive by mid-morning. So the earlier, the better. And Lucca, in our opinion, definitely deserves at least a half-day to explore.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Marie-Helene says:

    Hi, I’m leaving for florence and tuscany in 2 weeks. I’d like to know if it’s possible to make a day trip to Venice?

    Is it realistic or should we put more time in Tuscany?

    For now we are spending 3 days in Florence, we rent a car for 3 other days and then head to rome for 5.

    thank you

    • Hi Marie-Helene,
      We’re happy to help. From Florence, you can do a day trip to Venice; the fast train from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station to Venice’s Santa Lucia station takes 2 hours. It will be a long day, but doable if you want to make sure you don’t miss getting a glimpse of Venice on your trip.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Marie-Helene says:

    and is there any vineyards that have white wine? (good ones)

  • Tracy says:

    So excited just booked a trip for us to Venice, Florence and then Rome for 11 days the end of next March. We don’t care for lines, crowds and love to go off the beaten path. What are your recommendations for us to see on such a short trip. I do think we want to see Lucca
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions

    • Hi Tracy,
      That sounds like a lovely trip! Remember that you could easily spend all 11 days in just those three cities, especially as you’ll need to transfer between them, so at most you’ll want to do 2, maybe 3 day trips, maximum. Lucca is a good idea; we’d also recommend checking out Verona and Orvieto. If you want to go even more off the beaten path, you might consider renting a car for your trip from Florence to Rome or Venice to Florence, which will afford you the flexibility to visit some smaller towns in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, or Umbria.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • chloe says:

    Hello!

    Mi and my partner are visiting florence on 22-26 dec. Would like to knoe whether train n bus transportation are available on christmas. Is day tours out of e question?

  • bill says:

    I wonder in vinyard opens for tasting and business in janurary in Chanti / Tuscany area?
    Is drving in winter there safe?

    • Hi Bill,
      Some, but not all, vineyards should be open for tastings. In the towns, wine bars and shops where you can do tastings should almost all be open. If there’s a particular place you’re interested in, make sure to call in advance for hours (especially when it comes to vineyards).

      The area can get snow, and is hilly, so follow the same precautions you would driving in similar weather elsewhere and you should be fine. Also be aware that more off the beaten path destinations (like vineyards and farms) often have narrow or dirt roads.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • bill says:

    any good recommendation for mid January visit regarding where to go around florence?

    • Hi Bill,
      Of course! It will be quite cold, so we’d recommend places with lots of attractions you can duck in to—or, at least, trattorias and wine bars where you can warm up! We especially like Volterra, Siena, Lucca, and Pisa.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Brenda says:

    I sent a question asking for the best way to travel in Italy stating the areas & the number of days that I will be staying in each place as well as the most cost effective a eurail pass or regular daily train but need to know where to look for answer.

    • Hi Brenda,
      Usually, buying train tickets individually is the most cost effective, and much better than a Eurail pass, particularly if you book online in advance to take advantage of special fares.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • suzanne says:

    Hi, I am looking for road trip ideas. We are renting a car in Florence and spending two days driving to Naples. Most of our 16 days in Italy are going to be very touristy so we would like this part to be off the beaten path! Any ideas on where to stay? Maybe family owned places? We could stay one night between Florence and Rome and one night between Rome and Naples. Thanks!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Suzanne, we’d like to suggest visiting and staying at agriturismi (family owned farmhouses) when traveling off the beaten path! Between Florence and Rome, we’d suggest Montepulciano and Orvieto, and Caserta and Latina for between Rome and Naples! Do let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Gina Bailey says:

    We are planning a trip for. 7 days in June staying in Florence and want to do day trips if possibly stay 2 nights elsewhere! Tell us what you would do if you were planning this trip!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Gina! Any of the day trips we mentioned would be great for an overnight trip, too. Do let us know what you’re looking for (a larger or smaller city, countryside, sea, etc.) and we can help you pick the perfect place!

  • Michael says:

    Hi
    My girlfriend and I will be visiting Italy from April 14 – April 25, We are spending our first 4 nights in Rome, and are looking at booking the rest of our time in Florence and doing day trips….
    We are really keen on doing a quiet little wine region though stain over for one night perhaps??? Any suggestions on the best area/region to visit from Florence?

    Thanks heaps
    Michael

  • Hi,
    We are interested in visiting Assisi. We will be coming from Sorrento and heading towards Florence. Would it be best to stop there first? Can you recommend other sites to visit along the way. Which is better, train or bus for this destination?
    Thanks,
    Pam

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Pam, we think it would be best to visit Assisi on your way from Sorrento to Florence. Have you considered stopping in Rome? It is quite easy to get to the Assisi from there from both train and bus. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Loretta says:

    We will be arriving by ship and would like to know the best way to see Florence area loretta

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Loretta! Can you give us some more information about your trip like where you will be docking and how long you will have in Florence so we can get you some helpful information? :)

  • Andrew says:

    Buongiorno! In about 3 weeks we will be arriving in Rome. Our second stop is Florence for my birthday. We are looking for a day trip to some vineyards. We will be car-less, so preference for something accessible by bus/train. Our train gets in from Rome around midday 21/5. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    The more I read your posts the less I think I’ll come back! Grazie!

  • sanjay says:

    We are planning a Tuscany day trip from Florence via Chianti , Siena , Val d’Orcia

    Can you please suggest best route and English Speaking driver

  • Flordeliz says:

    Hi , we are travelling to Venice 2 nights, Florence 2 nights and Rome 3 nights From June 15- 21 starting from Venice. What is the best way to see these places, best train to choose fro travel in between and best places to see on each destination. Thank u so much.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao! We suggest traveling by train and booking in advance if possible to reserve your seat and ensure the lowest price possible. Depending on your budget, we recommend the faster trains (Frecciarossa via Trenitalia and Italo) which usually cost more but save a substantial amount of time when traveling between cities. We invite you to take a look at our articles on Venice, Rome and Florence and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have :)

  • Flordeliz says:

    Thank u very much we will await your suggestion , I hope we can maximize our short trip and make it easier for us. Thanks

  • Richie says:

    Is the Tower of Pisa open on Sundays as we will be visiting Pisa on a Sunday during the first week of July?

  • Cora says:

    We are renting a car for our trip from Rome to Florence. We will have our 20yo son, 15 yo son and 13 yo daughter. Our daughter wants to go to the chocolate factory and our son wants to see the ocean. What route would you suggest for exploring from Rome to Florence with teenagers? Thanks in advance:)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Cora! We would suggest going a bit off route which will take more time, but promises great views of the sea. You can take the highway along the coast to Livorno and, from there, you can drive 1.5 hours to Florence. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Azman says:

    Hi, we plan to visit Rome, Florence & Tuscany in mid December. Our initial schedule is travel via train from Rome to Florence. Would 2 days in each city sufficient? Also, what would you recommend the best mode of transport – car or train? Any specific locations in Florence to visit other than the wine cellars & cheese factory? If train is suitable, should I buy it now. Thanks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Azman, two days in each town should be sufficient to see the main sights and attractions, and get a feel for the city. We suggest traveling by train, however tickets are only available up to 4 months before your departure, so it’s a bit too early right now. We invite you to have a look at our articles about what to do in and around Florence to help you plan your trip. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Maria says:

    Hi, I am trying to organize 2 sightseeing day trips from Florence but I am not sure how feasable they are… We will be driving it.
    1. San Gimignano + Siena + Montepulciano
    2. Santa Marguerita + Cinque Terre + Lucca + Pisa

    Please advise if roads are ok to travel for my plan #2. Should I revise anything, any recommendations are welcome. Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Maria, day trip #2 may be a bit too packed because you will be spending lots of time driving between cities, not leaving you very much time to explore. We’d suggest Lucca & Pisa for a day trip from Florence. Let us know if you have any questions!

      • Ray says:

        We are staying in Vinci and would like to take a day trip to Cinque Terre. We have 2 cars and if we leave early would we have time to go to a few towns and also take a boat/ferry out on the ocean as we’re told the veiws are fabulous?

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Ray, the trip is 2 hours each way from Vinci, but you should have enough time to explore the towns. You can find information regarding boat excursions on this website. Let us know if you have any questions!

    • Maria says:

      thank you for your answer. Actually the stop at Pisa would only be for the picture, not climbing the tower. If I drop out Lucca would it still be reasonable for day #2?

      • Walks of Italy says:

        Ciao Maria, we think you could fit Pisa and Cinque Terre into one day, but adding on Santa Margherita would be a bit too much because you would have to add an extra 3 hours of driving (there and back) from Cinque Terre. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Patrick says:

    what places can we reach by train from montecatini for a daytrip?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Patrick, which cities you are interested in visiting from Montecatini? Florence is accessible by train (approximately 1 hour, 5.30 euro).

      • Patrick says:

        Are Bologna and Venice also a possibility?

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Patrick, there are no direct trains to Bologna and Venice. We suggest having a look at the timetables on the TrenItalia website to plan your trip: it will take about two hours to get to Bologna and three and a half hours to Venice.

  • Charmaine says:

    Hi, we will have 6 nights in Rome over New Year, then travel by train for 2 nights in Florence 2-4 January. We have 3 nights available before we have to be in Bologna on 7/1/15 and were thinking of a farm/winery stay in Tuscany somewhere and doing day trips to Pisa, Lucca, and Siena. We will be hiring a car (2 adults and kids 18,16 & 10). Any recommendations for where we should base ourselves? we expect to pick up the hire car on 4 January in Florence and return it in Bologna on 8 January.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Charmaine, we think Lucca would be a great base for exploring the Tuscan countryside! Let us know if you have any questions :)

  • Orly Shamir says:

    Hello, my husband and I are attending the world championship dragonboat races end of August in Cesenatico, I’d like to figure out some great touring options as we are coming a week earlier. I am blind, my husband can drive if needed, however I am unable to read maps and support him in getting around. We can fly into any airport, but need to end up at Balonia airport to meet up with other’s getting in on August 28th 2014 to get shuttled. We are not interested in big busy cities, love white wine, amazing food, off the beat and path, the ocian, mountains anything seenic . I hope you can offer some direction and insight as I’m the planner of this entire trip.

  • Zaneta says:

    Hello,

    I plan to travel to Tuscany for around one week in September, 3 nights in Florenze, train drive to Lucca and stay in Pisa for 3 nights to enjoy the see (Marina di Pisa ?), 1 night in Sienna , Volterra…

    Are there any other recommendations ? Is there a possibility to enjoy one day Tuscany countryside without driving ?

  • Swati says:

    We are planning a 10 – 12 day trip to Rome, Florence and Venice. We have been to Rome and Milan before so we are more interested in Florence and Venice with Rome being our arrival and departure destination. we would be travelling with a five month old infant. Could you recommend few children friendly destinations (day tour) from forence. Also would a day tour to Venice be sufficient.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Swati,

      A day in Venice is enough, though the haul over there from Florence and back will be quite tiring. In the end, the train takes roughly two and a half hours from Florence to Venice. Check out our day tours in and around Florence here.

  • Lynda says:

    Hello, We will be in Venice, Florence and Rome for 15 days in May. We are considering adding in Cinque Terre, Siena, or something else that you might recommend. Since Venice, Florence and Rome are going to be big, heavily touristy and crowded, we thought something for a couple days which is smaller and beautiful might hit the spot. We will not have a car, by the way, so need to use the trains and buses.

  • Yasmin says:

    Hai! We’re heading to Florence in early April. These insights of yours are very helpful. Now we’ve made up our mind to visit Lucca and Pisa. Do we need to buy the train tickets now (online) or only upon arrival at Florence? Also, since we have three kids in tow (infant, 4 years old and 6 years old), do you think missing the climb in the Leaning Tower would be a bad idea?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Yasmin,

      You can easily buy the tickets from the train station once you’re already in Florence. We definitely suggest it to leave you more flexibility during your trip. As for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, many people skip the climb, as lines can be very long (sometimes you’ll have to wait hours). With the kids in tow, we suggest enjoying the view, the park and skipping the climb for some gelato instead! :)

  • Marilyn says:

    Perhaps you can help. We are preparing for a trip to visit Florence with our family of 8.
    Of course everyone has different interest. In our group 5 have never been to Europe.
    What suggestions do you have of places to visit and cities to see. Many are not into
    Museums and hate crowds…
    Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      Hi Marilyn,

      Florence is a beautiful city and a great starting point or base for your trip to Italy. Though Florence has some of the top museums in the world, you can try the Boboli Gardens instead for those who don’t care for museums. The huge, sprawling gardens are located in Florence Oltrarno (across the arno) and are beautiful year round. Outside of Florence we always recommend the beautiful cities on this list – all of which have wonderful sights to see outside without visiting indoor museums, but if you hate crowds try a bike tour in the Chianti region or even a Tuscan cooking class!

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