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  • Florence Boat Tour

    1. Florence Boat Tour

    See Florence from a whole new perspective, with a relaxing and leisurely cruise down the Arno River. Hop on board the “barchetto”, one of only four original traditional wooden boats left in Florence. A traditional rower will steer you through the water with a long, sweeping oar. Your guide will tell you about the secrets and history of the Arno River as you cruise on its calm waters and admire the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed. See the Uffizi and the charming Ponte Vecchio from the water, and hear stories of the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to pass under the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine onboard, to celebrate your romantic evening in Florence! See and experience a new side of this special city from the comfort of a traditional, gondola-style boat.

    Met prachtig weer en een heel kalme rivier was deze boottocht in Florence, mede dankzij de gids, zeer de moeite waard!

  • Florence: Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

    2. Florence: Uffizi Gallery Private Tour

    Enjoy your own private, customized tour of the priceless artistic masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery. Take advantage of priority entrance and a knowledgeable guide to show you all of the best highlights. Learn about the history of Florence and the Medici Dynasty and how this remarkable museum was founded. Hear the stories behind the lives of the artists and how the works were produced. Uncover the meanings behind various famous works and learn about the history of Renaissance art. Discover who was Botticelli’s muse behind his breath-taking Venus, or how Leonardo’s masterful techniques brought his art to life. Your own private guide can create an itinerary just for you, so you can focus on your interests and ask about all those things you’ve always wondered about. Take home great memories of this incredible encounter with the Renaissance masters.

  • Florence: Accademia Gallery Private Tour

    3. Florence: Accademia Gallery Private Tour

    Complete your Florentine excursion with a 2-hour private tour including skip-the-line ticket. Explore the history of one of the central figures of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo, and his classic sculpture David, housed at the Accademia Gallery in Florence (or, as locals say, Firenze.)

    Once inside the world-famous Accademia Gallery, learn about the creation of Michelangelo’s world-renowned masterpieces, such as the original versions of David, I Prigioni, and San Matteo. This will be a revelation for anyone interested in Italian/Tuscan art or the creative process.

    The private tour will be led by a professional guide, educated in art history, who will reveal unknown facts about Michelangelo. Go into the heart of this creative hub and leave with improved knowledge of the region's classics.

  • Florence: Florentine Mosaic Private 1-Hour Tour with Guide

    4. Florence: Florentine Mosaic Private 1-Hour Tour with Guide

    Meet your expert guide at the famous Opificio delle Pietre Dure, which when translated means the Workshop of the Inlaid Semiprecious Stones. The Opificio delle Pietre Dure was created in 1588 by Ferdinando I dei Medici for the creation of decorations for the tombs of the Medici family. On this tour, discover the wonders of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and learn about its fascinating history as well as about the mosaics themselves. Follow your guide around the workshop and marvel at the array of stunning mosaics on display. From a very close distance, admire the artworks made of jasper, mother-of-pearl, malachite, lapis lazuli, quartz, precious marble, and more. The gemstones have been precisely carved and perfected to create paintings, tables, fireplaces, and more. Throughout the 1-hour tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insight into this ancient technique and get a greater...

    The Opificio delle Pietre Dure has a sublime collection of art works and is absolutely worth visiting. The guide Susanna has extensive knowledge about the history and background of the art works and tells it in a very pleasant way.

  • Florence: Street Art Tour

    5. Florence: Street Art Tour

    Explore an unexpected, contemporary side of Florence on this walking tour of the city's best graffitis, murals and street art. Learn where the modern-day Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo live and work and discover the links between past and present Renaissance art. During your tour, experience an alternative Florence and learn about the city's recent history through its colorful walls which tell stories of society, history, and politics.  Stroll through the streets of the city and explore the main squares, such as Santa Maria Novella, Piazza Della Signoria, and Piazza Pitti. You will also visit some more off-the-beaten-path locations where the walls have been turned into canvases by young contemporary artists.

  • Florence: Private Accademia Gallery Visit with Walking Tour

    6. Florence: Private Accademia Gallery Visit with Walking Tour

    Uncover all the details of Michelangelo's David and walk through magnificent squares, as you make your way to the Accademia. Begin your tour in Piazza Della Signoria at Palazzo Vecchio where a copy of David now stands. Hear the story of how the original statue stood here for hundreds of years. Proceed towards the Cathedral Square to see beautiful sculptures along the way. Stop just below the magnificent dome to learn where David was supposed to be placed. Head to the Accademia Gallery and see the original David. Taste a delicious traditional Florentine gelato (ice cream). Enjoy priority entrance into the museum and step right inside to marvel at the original David and other works by Michelangelo. Enjoy the rest of the Gallery’s collection on your own at the end of the tour to discover Renaissance paintings, with works by Botticelli and his workshop.

  • Medici Tour: History and Secrets through Family Monuments

    7. Medici Tour: History and Secrets through Family Monuments

    Prepare yourself for an exciting journey through the history of the most famous family of Florence: the Medici. Firstly, you will visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the parish of the Medici and the first cathedral of Florence. It hosts many masterpieces of the great names of the artistic and architectural panorama, such as Brunelleschi, Donatello and Verrocchio. Inside there is the "Sagrestia Vecchia" (the Old Sacristy), one of the must-see spaces in Florence, where the genius of Brunelleschi joined Donatello's. The Sacristy has the shape of a cube, surmounted by a dome and contains the funeral monument built in honor of the sons of Cosimo il Vecchio. The tour continues with the visit of the Medici Chapels, burial place of the whole family. Inside there are several rooms, including the famous Chapel of the Princes where six Grand Dukes of the family are buried. This mausoleum is an exam...

  • Florence: 3-Hour Afternoon Street Art Tour

    8. Florence: 3-Hour Afternoon Street Art Tour

    Immerse yourself in Florence's urban art culture and discover the story it wants to tell with an expert guide. Start your urban adventure at the Oltrarno neighborhood and cross the river to Santa Maria Novella. Navigate off-the-beaten-path streets with your guide to discover the vibrant world of local street artists. Stop to capture photos of the incredible murals and understand the meaning of the works with commentary from your professional guide. Finish your tour at the Street Levels Gallery, a key center for all street artists living or simply passing through Florence.

  • Florence: 3-Hour Street Art and Food Tour

    9. Florence: 3-Hour Street Art and Food Tour

    Experience a different side of Florence and explore the district of Oltrarno on this 3-hour street art and food tour. Discover a new Florentine Renaissance on the city's streets, walls, and signs around the city center. Make 5 stops for authentic street food along the way.

    Meet your guide in Piazza Nicola Demidoff to begin your tour through the Oltrarno District. This off-the-beaten-path tour takes you through a part of the city beyond the usual tourist areas and gives you a taste of local life. Try delicious street food, go by wine windows, and learn about the local street art. Visit art studios and have the chance to meet the city's street artists too.

5 best day trips from Florence

Day trip to Siena

1. Day trip to Siena

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.

How far is Siena from Florence?

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.

Day trip to Cortona

2. Day trip to Cortona

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.

How far is Cortona from Florence?

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.

Day trip to Bologna

3. Day trip to Bologna

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.

How far is Bologna from Florence?

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.

Day trip to the Val d’Orcia

4. Day trip to the Val d’Orcia

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.

How far is the Val d’Orcia from Florence?

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.

Day trip to Pisa

5. Day trip to Pisa

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.

How far is Pisa from Florence?

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.

Florence day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Determining the best transportation option for your trip can seem like a daunting task. Some methods of travel may suit your needs and wallet better than others. We’ll help you find the best transport option, regardless of your destination.
  • • Florence day trips by train

    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.

  • • Florence day trips by car

    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.

  • • Florence day trips by bus

    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.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

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 should I pack for my day trip?

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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