For anyone visiting the magnificent Renaissance city of Florence, with all that art, history and culture there’s plenty to keep you occupied for the entire duration of a few weeks’ stay. But you should also try to make time to explore a little further afield, as well, because the surrounding countryside is not only filled with things to see, do and experience, but many places are very accessible from the city. |
If you’re not quite sure which Tuscany day trip from Florence would be the best one for you, it really depends on your interests and what kind of traveller you are. We’ve got a few tips to pass on in Part 2 of our series – so, have a look, but don’t forget to go back to Part 1 before you make any final decisions.
Choose Your Own Kind of Tuscany Day Trip from Florence
Of course, the preference would be to do more than one Tuscany day trip from Florence, but if you can only choose the one, the following ideas may help, based on what kind of person you are.
For the Road Tripper
If you like the idea of getting out and about into the countryside on the open road and you don’t mind being the centre of attention, this one’s for you! Exploring the Tuscan back roads and rural areas in a self-drive vintage Fiat 500 is the ultimate adventure – and you’ll see so much more than from a coach or train. All you need is a driver’s licence and, after an orientation with the tour leader, you’ll head out through the streets of the city with a small convoy of other Fiats and into the countryside. Don’t worry, you’ll be in constant radio contact with the leader so there’s no chance of getting lost or left behind. This is a brilliant way of enjoying not only a slice of Italian automobile history, but also the chance to see so much more than you otherwise could. The perfect adventure!
For the Home Cook
Who doesn’t love Italian food? You’ll no doubt eat yourself into a virtual food coma whilst here, but if you’re the kind who not only loves eating but is also keen to replicate the local dishes at home, then here comes your perfect Tuscany day trip from Florence! A foodie tour that takes you to a traditional Tuscan farmhouse for a cooking class is such a fun and fulfilling thing to do – even if you’re not the world’s best cook. This very hands-on small group experience sees you shopping for fresh ingredients, then learning how to create a range of authentic dishes in a stunning farmhouse. The best part of all? You get to enjoy the meal you’ve prepared overlooking the magical landscape with good wine and new friends. Buonissima!
For the “I Want it All” Type
Can’t choose? Don’t choose! You can, of course, embark on the ultimate Tuscany day trip from Florence on a tour that has it all. A full-day guided tour will take you to explore iconic places like San Gimignano, Siena and Pisa, as well as visiting Chianti vineyards and seeing a huge swathe of the picturesque rolling countryside. Make sure you do your research and choose a reputable local company to ensure the most relaxed and authentic experience. Yes, you can see the best of Tuscany in one fun and fabulous excursion that you’ll never forget.
So, what kind of traveller are you? Don’t forget to read Part 1 of this series, then get ready to see the most beautiful part of the world…your way.
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including great ideas for a Tuscany day trip 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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