During an extended stay in Florence, you might feel you’re running thin on activities to do in the city itself. Don’t just pack up your bags and wait for your plane or train to depart. Get out and explore the beautiful surrounding area. These are some of the best day trips you can take from Florence, Italy.
Just an hour's train ride from Florence, Siena is a gorgeous hill top city with plenty to offer. The city center is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets branching out from the famous shell-shaped piazza, "Il Campo". Climb up the bell tower for a scenic panorama and don't miss the breathtaking interior of the duomo.
Another hill top town, San Gimignano is a compact town with medieval architecture. It used to be home to 72 tower houses of which only 14 have survived. Come to explore the streets which seem to be straight out of a storybook and stay for the scrumptious white wine called Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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One of the loveliest locations in a region that’s not wanting for beauty, Montepuciano can be found in Tuscany. It’s situated atop a hill and provides stunning views, especially of the religious buildings. If you’re coming for a day trip, we most recommend exploring the vineyards, such as Salcheto or Casa Emma. If you think wine tastes good when imported, you must try them at an actual Tuscan vineyard.
The name of this Tuscan village roughly translates to “mount of the holm oak trees.” You can find lots of those trees around this land, plus other excellent things to do and see. It too has a reputation for wine. We also strongly encourage you to check out the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, which goes back to the 12th century. An even older and arguably more-impressive structure is Bibbiano Castle, built in the 9th century.
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You shouldn’t have any reason to grieve about coming to Greve. Part of the famed Chianti area, Greve has everything you’d hopefully expect from a charming Italy town. That is to say, it has historic buildings, great displays of culture, and lots of wine. The annual Chianti Classico Expo, an acclaimed wine festival, takes place here in September. Known in full as “Greve in Chianti,” Greve will leave you very impressed.
If you love the Twilight books and movies (it's okay...we won’t tell anyone), you might be coming to Italy just to see Volterra, as it figures into those stories. However, this Tuscan town isn’t just partial inspiration for a popular series, it’s also an exquisite place to explore. You can view great artifacts at the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum and the Alabaster Museum. Should your “Twi-hard” nature be hard to shake completely, you can take a New Moon Official Tour, which also comes with good information about the town.
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Val d’Orcia could try and trademark the phrase “rolling hills,” and we wouldn’t feel any opposition. This is another splendorous part of Tuscany. Aside from its beauty, it’s a cheese-lover’s paradise, as the Pecorino Romano that comes out of here is regarded like mythological ambrosia. Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of wine to pair with the cheese. What else would you expect from Tuscany?
This is just the start of the day trips you can take from Florence, but we hope you see at least one of these towns. Your trip to Florence doesn’t just have to stop there, as the surrounding area is waiting for you to see it as well.
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