Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting
- Duration: 5.5 hours
For travelers looking to experience the charm of Tuscany, nothing beats a day in Siena. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most common day trip destinations from Florence, and for good reason. The hub of the town is the Piazza del Campo, with the looming Torre de Mangia — which provides magnificent views for those who dare make the climb to the top. Other popular activities include visiting the marble Siena Cathedral and simply wandering the enchanting streets of the city.
However you travel, the 80 kilometer (49 mile) journey from Florence to Siena usually takes around 90 minutes. Depending on which train you take, the trip can take up to an hour and 45 minutes by rail.
Taking a day trip to Cortona from Florence is a sublime way to escape the city. Best known these days as the setting for the book and film “Under the Tuscan Sun," this gorgeous hillside locale is a great place to slow down the pace of your trip. Visitors exploring the charming town can learn about the local history at the Etruscan Academy Museum, admire the church of Santa Margherita, and soak up the city’s atmosphere in the Piazza della Repubblica.
The trip to Cortona measures just around 120 kilometers (74 miles). By train, you should reach your destination in one hour and 20 minutes, while driving takes about an hour and a half.
The unofficial food capital of Italy, Bologna — or “la grassa" (“the fat") is a gourmet’s dream. As the home to the oldest university in the world, a trip to Bologna is much more than just a chance to fill up on fine foods. Travelers can check out the Piazza Maggiore, wonder at the strange yet fascinating 17th-century anatomical theater, and eat to their heart’s content in the massive FICO World Eataly. Of course, make sure to taste the local specialties of ragu, prosciutto, and parmigiano reggiano.
Just over 100 kilometers north of Florence, Bologna is an easy day trip from Florence. By train, the journey only takes 35 minutes, while by car it takes around 80 minutes. Allow for a little more time if traveling by bus, as the trip takes around two hours.
When you dream of the picture-perfect Tuscan countryside, the Val d’Orcia is likely what comes to mind. Rolling hills, cypress-dotted roads, and storybook villages await travelers who make their way here. Wine lovers can visit the famous towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino for local tastings, while the gorgeous town of Pienza offers samples of locally-made pecorino cheese. For some extra relaxation, take a soak in the thermal baths at Bagno Vignoni.
From Florence to the heart of the Val d’Orcia is about 120 kilometers (74 miles), though this distance changes depending on your specific destination. Train and drive times depend greatly on which route you take, but a direct trip should be around two hours.
As home to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, a day trip to Pisa is on almost everyone’s travel radar. Legend has it that the Leaning Tower of Pisa — actually the belltower of the Pisa Cathedral — was once the site of some experiments by none other than Galileo himself. There is much more to this city than just the famous tower, however. Counted among Pisa’s other attractions are the Piazza dei Cavaliere, the Campo Santo, and the Palazzo della Carovana.
Only 85 kilometers (52 miles) away, the trip from Pisa to Florence is an easy one. By car, the trip is only around an hour and 15 minutes, while the train will get you there a bit quicker, at just one hour. Bus service takes around one hour and 35 minutes.
The train is frequently the simplest and most affordable mode of transportation for traveling from Florence. Most of the popular destinations from Florence have train stations nearby, and the train cuts down on travel time from to traffic, road work, or navigation issues.
Though many people will advise against driving in cities in Italy, a car can be a great option for trips out to the countryside. Some rural destinations can be very difficult to reach by public transportation, and a car allows you to get out and see these Tuscan gems.
The bus is an economical option for day trips from Florence, and allows you to reach some lesser visited places with no train access. While the most affordable travel option, the bus will often take the longest, so make sure to allow plenty of time if making your journey by bus.
A guided tour is a great choice for many popular day trips out of Florence. Guided tours allow you to discover incredible local places that may never appear in any guide book. Tours also save the hassle of booking wine tasting reservations or navigating the Italian countryside.
What you choose to pack for your day trip will vary depending on the activity and the time of year. Some tours from Florence already include everything you’ll need, from entry tickets to lunch and dinner. An umbrella in the winter months can be a good idea, while planning ahead for intense heat in the middle of summer is crucial.
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This tour is awesome! It starts with some walking to a church in Sienna with a tour guide from the city (we were blessed to have a touring legend from Sienna give us a tour). The bus ride is smooth and they have water available if needed (which we took advantage of). The vineyard tour and wine tasting was great, and the food? To die for! We purchased 6 bottles of wine after the tour ended haha (they ship if you prefer that, we just took them with us). Our day ended with a quick trip to pisa to see the leaning tower. Great tour, awesome value, and our guide Manolo is the best tour guide we EVER HAD!
MANOLO OUR TOUR GUIDE IS AMAZING!!!!!! The bus ride was smooth and air conditioned. The multiple options for travel or not to hike or food was perfect for us as we wanted to walk as little as possible in the heat. Bring your swimwear if you want to dip into the water! I can’t talk much about the hike as we opted out, but do OPT IN FOR THE LUNCH! it was great food that’s served fast. Definitely do this tour if you can!
Constantine was AMAZING! So funny and knowledgeable. The wineries were beautiful and the wine was even better. They had snacks to pair with the tasting as well. Raul was an expert driver and navigated the incredibly windy roads with ease. Members of our group were prone to getting car sick and didn’t have a problem at all. Would absolutely recommend!
There is nothing more pleasing in travelling abroad than when everything turns out well: excellent weather, wonderful tiny little villages, blue sky, warm sea for swimming, calm sea for boating, good fellow passengers and a knowledgeable tour guide. Thank you Gabriel.
Had a great experience with the Tuscan tour. I wish they did a seperate package that left out pisa but gave more time at Siena and San gimiano instead. Our guide Elisa was very helpful and friendly. Totally recommend this experience to anyone in Florence.