How to visit Tuscany from Florence?

How to visit Tuscany from Florence?

Sep 23, 2022

If you are staying in Florence, you are most probably planning to visit its region, Tuscany. Are you thinking about how to get to the various attractions and enchanting places in Tuscany from Florence? You are in luck, because we will show you how to get from Florence to these magnificent places! We'll also recommend some of the things to do in Florence, but at the same time we'll show you one of our day trips in Tuscany! That said, let's start with where you need to go from Florence to the other places in Tuscany.

Where to go from Florence?

Let us start off by saying that there is no right answer to this question, it all depends on your preference and what you’re looking to get out of your trip. That being said, there are multiple ways you can get from Florence to Tuscany as there are tons of public transportation options you can choose from since Florence is the capital of Tuscany. Although public transportation services are available across most of Tuscany’s towns and cities, the connectivity offered is much less consistent in the smaller towns like Chianti and San Gimignano. We’ll go more into detail about each of the options later on, but you can choose between car, bus, train, and even guided tour! Speaking of San Gimignano, that is one of the destinations of our Tuscany day trip tour!

Day Trip in Tuscany Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa with lunch

If you’re looking to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as Siena and San Gimignano in one day, then this tour is just for you! During this journey, you'll have the chance to admire the typical scenery of Tuscany, made of hills and cypresses. When you arrive in Pisa, you'll spend your free time admiring the beauty of Piazza dei Miracoli. The view of the Baptistery, Cathedral, and Leaning Tower will take your breath away. The white marble and the Leaning Tower will be the fantastic beginning of this day dedicated to Tuscany and some of its most beautiful and fascinating cities. You will then visit San Gimignano where its system of towers tells the glories of the powerful families. Near the end of your tour, you will visit Siena and then you’ll reach a winery in the Chianti Area, where you'll join a wine tasting and have the chance to taste different kinds of wine. Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended for this tour as there will be moderate physical exertion because it is largely on foot and please arrive at your meeting point 15 minutes early. Click the link below to learn more about this tour!

Day Trip in Tuscany Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa with lunch

What to see around Florence, Italy

Before you start your day trip to Tuscany, why not check out all of the cool things there is to do in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy! There’s always something to do in Florence so don’t worry about not being able to find something that’ll catch your interest. Because there’s only so much you can do in one day, here are some things we highly recommend you try while in Florence. You can take one of our guided tours to the Uffizi Gallery and marvel at the works of world-famous artists like Da Vinci and Raffaello, visit the Duomo Complex and learn more about one of the most important buildings at the heart of Florence’s historic center, or visit the Florence Cathedral and discover all the history it holds. You’ll always find something to do in Florence, Italy!

How to travel from Florence to Tuscany

Now let’s go into detail about the multiple options you can choose in order to get from Florence to Tuscany starting with traveling by car. Tuscany is made for four wheels so cruising down these often-deserted country roads is an experience in itself. If you’re looking to drive to Tuscany by yourself consider investing in a great rental car whether it be a Fiat 124 or a Fiat Spider convertible. There are many car rental agencies that operate right out of the Florence airport if you’re looking to immediately set out to Tuscany. Your drive from Florence to either Siena or San Gimignano would ideally take about an hour and a half.

If you’re on a budget, then taking a bus to Tuscany is a budget-friendly way of getting around. Many bus companies operate in and around Tuscany from several hilltop towns and regions along the coast. So if you’re looking to travel to either Siena, Grosseto, Cecina, Lucca, or Pisa then traveling by bus might be great for you! The bus station in Florence is situated right in front of the SMN train station. Make sure you check bus schedules for Tuscany if you decide to travel there by bus.

If you want to take the scenic route to Tuscany, then why not travel by train? One thing to note though is that many of the hilltop and coastal regions are inaccessible by train, so this mode of transportation will limit your destinations. Siena, however, is one of the most popular destinations visited from Florence via train since Siena is only a mere 43 miles from Florence. There are two trains available every hour and one train will take you directly to Siena and the other will take you to Empoli where you can change trains. Click on this link to access train times if you’re planning on traveling by train!

You might also want to consider taking a guided tour from Florence to Tuscany. If you’re someone who struggles with planning your day then nothing will ease your anxiety more than a well-organized tour with a guide leading the way, planning your itinerary for me, and taking care of all the logistics. All you’ll have to do is sit back, enjoy the bus ride, and gaze out the window to drink in the spectacular scenery under the Tuscan sun! myTour in Italy has all kinds of guided Tuscany tours that you can book if you’re looking to travel to Tuscany that way. Click on the link to find and learn more about our Tuscany guided tours!

Best time to visit Tuscany

Let’s wrap this up by going over when the best time to visit Tuscany is. Although Tuscany boasts of mellow weather throughout the year, we think the best time to visit Tuscany is between Mid-May to July and during the month of September. Spring in Tuscany flaunts clear, sunny skies with temperatures ranging from 64°F (18°C) to 82° F (28°C), making it the best time to bask under the Tuscan sun and go sightseeing. However, this time is also considered to be peak tourist season so if dates aren’t a concern and you’re not a big fan of crowds then we recommend you visit in the fall season between October and November which allows for pleasant weather conditions along the Tuscan countryside, making it a great time to visit Tuscany. Whatever time you choose and how you choose to travel to Tuscany, we hope that our guide has helped you in preparing your trip from Florence to the beautiful region of Tuscany!

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