Exploring Florence and its environs in Tuscany, Italy
With its picturesque landscape, Val d’Orcia is a must-see for Tuscany visitors wanting to experience medieval charm of an area filled with farmhouses, castles, hamlets and villages.
Val d’Orcia is officially classified and protected as a natural park. Its medieval castles blend well with the surrounding environment to create stunning views.
Certaldo Alta is another excursion option available to you. The town is a short ride away from Florence on day trips; it is a great place for art and music lovers owing to the regular arts and music festivals.
Siena is a popular day-trip tours destination in Tuscany, Italy. Siena is a picture-perfect medieval walled city that you can explore by foot on tours. Siena is home to the 13th-century main square, the Piazza del Campo, which is still the city’s symbolic and physical heart.
This is a clear indication that even though times have changed Siena retains many of its medieval characteristics from 800 years ago. The same applies to the bareback horse race, Il Palio, it remains the most popular and anticipated event in Siena.
Pisa and Cinque Terre short trips
While in Florence, take day trips to Pisa and enjoy the charming architectural delights, such as the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral building and the Pisa Baptistery.
Pisa also hosts the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli – a major centre of medieval art in Pisa. The interior of Pisa Cathedral is overflowing with artistic treasures for you to feast your eyes on.
Spending time in Cinque Terre is an unforgettable way of enjoying Florence and its neighbouring towns as part of day trips or tours from Florence. Nestled between land and sea, the area features enchanting landscapes.
Cinque Terre is officially listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy. You can enjoy a leisurely walk along sheltered paths and cobble alleyways in Cinque Terre.
Barga and Assisi
Day trips will give you an ample chance to get away from the crowds.
Barga, with its incredible scenery, artistic treasures and twisting alleyways will captivate and refresh you. By car, the tours only take two hours and it falls under the province of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy.
On the other hand, the town of Assisi welcomes day trips visitors with its stunning medieval architecture and panoramic views. The centre of town hosts the famous Piazza del Comune, which features a clock tower and the lion’s fountain.
Venice in Italy boasts a wide array of must-see attractions, such as St Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, the historical home of doges of Venice.
Further away, you will discover the iconic St Mark’s Basilica and Rialto Bridge. Venice also offers unrivalled contemporary artwork that can be viewed at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection centre and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art of Venice, Italy. You can also opt to stay in central Venice for a few nights.