Tuscany is one of the many beautiful regions in Italy. The home of Florence and many other small towns, Tuscany is bursting with incredible history.
Visitors currently staying in the city of Florence will be excited to know you can do a day trip from the city to other parts of Tuscany. You will have to pick one or maybe two places to visit in a day, but it will be worthwhile!
Of course, you need to visit Pisa! This charming Tuscan town is the home of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most iconic towers in the world. Travellers across the world ensure they take a trip to Pisa just to get a photo of the iconic tower! Aside from the famous tower, Pisa has stunning beaches nearby, such as Bagni Vittorio Emanuele. With a restaurant open for lunch and dinner, it is a perfect way to relax and enjoy the city.
Established in the 1200s, Siena is a medieval town in Tuscany, about an hour’s drive from Florence. While in Siena, be sure to visit the art filled church, Duomo di Siena. If you don’t think you have an hour or two to view everything inside, seeing it from the outside is still fantastic. Piazza del Camp is Siena’s main square, where twice a year in July and August the horse race known as Palio takes place. And of course, there are many wineries you can visit while in Siena for the day.
Once known as the ‘city of beautiful towers’ when it once had 72 towers, San Gimignano is now known as one of Tuscany’s hill towns in the countryside. While there are now only 14 towers, you can still get the best views of the town from the 54 metre tall Torre Grossa. Built in the early 1300s, it’s the tallest tower in the city. Piazza del Duomo is the town’s main square where you can see more of the medieval buildings. Be sure to check out Palazzo Nuovo del Potesta and Torri Gemelle dei Salvucci. San Gimignano is located above Elsa Valley, with stunning views of the valley across the town. It’s easy to see why travellers flock here for a day trip.
Greve in Chianti
Another medieval town in Tuscany, Greve is best known for the surrounding wine region, Chianti. Some of the best wineries are Castello di Verrazzano (which is also an incredible castle), Montefioralle Winery and Enoteca Falorni. There is also Museo del Vino, a wine museum that shows old machinery and of course, offers wine tastings. Aside from the wines, the main square Piazza Matteotti has local shops, restaurants and bars to see while walking through the square.