For those looking to explore the many and varied delights of Tuscany, Florence is one of the best places to make a holiday base. The gorgeous, historic Renaissance city places you in the perfect location to get out and about on a range of wonderful short excursions, most of which will have you home in time for dinner at your favourite Florentine restaurant. |
While there are literally hundreds of options from which to choose, the following are three of the most popular.
A Chianti Tour from Florence
Even if you’re not a wine aficionado, there’s every chance you’ve heard of this lovely region in the context of its abundant wine production. A Chianti tour from Florence will take you out into the beautiful rolling hills to eat and drink your way through charming towns, prestige wine estates and tiny, out of the way family-run vineyards. The beauty of taking a professional Chianti tour from Florence rather than hiring a car and doing it yourself is that you won’t waste any time navigating the unfamiliar roads and, more importantly, you’ll be able to enjoy those fabulous wines without having to worry about a designated driver! In addition, the accompaniment of a passionate local guide means that you can rest assured you really are seeing the very best of Chianti’s food and wine.
Visit the Magical Cinque Terre
If you’re holidaying in Tuscany, you’ll be so close to one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Europe it’d be a great shame not to squeeze it into your itinerary. While the Cinque Terre is actually in Liguria, it is definitely possible to see it in a day – although you’ll need to be prepared for an early start and a long (but very enjoyable) day. Visiting the Cinque Terre on a guided tour allows you the option of hiking along this magnificent part of the so-called Italian Riviera or, if you’re not up to that, enjoying the experience by catching the train between the five villages. You’ll travel by coach from and back to Florence and how you spend the time in between depends entirely on you! For many people, walking the trail and taking in the extraordinary views of the Cinque Terre is a genuine ‘bucket list’ experience – and it’s every bit as magical as one would expect.
A Foodie Experience to Make you an Italian Chef
If you just can’t fit in enough of the food on your holiday, why not guarantee a taste of Italy when you get home? One of the most enjoyable short excursions involves travelling to an authentic Tuscan farmhouse and learning the secrets of the Italian cuisine for yourself. Whether it’s pizza, pasta or even gelato, these day trips allow you to get hands on and get all the tips and tricks for creating these gourmet icons in your own kitchen. The best part about these lessons is that you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your own labour at the end!
Get Out and Explore Tuscany
This is just a small sample of the ways you can really get to know the heart and soul of Tuscany on a day trip. Whether it’s a Chianti tour from Florence, a foodie experience or the chance to walk along one of the most famous trails in the world, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t enjoy the delights of Tuscany in a day!
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best Chianti tour from Florence. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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