You might be wondering how many days you should spend in Florence to experience the city more fully. If you’re staying in Florence for a few days, a week or longer you will want to make the most of your days in the city and that takes planning and preparation. A great way to get to know the birthplace of Renaissance and vibrant Italian culture is on a tour. You will learn secrets of Florence and medieval Tuscan towns, see places you wouldn’t have reached on your own, plus, you have the expert knowledge of a local guide to give you the inside story on architecture, historic landmarks, and cuisine. Whether you wish to spend an evening exploring Florence on a night walking tour, learning how to create Italian pizza and gelato in a private country estate, or want to discover the wines of Chianti on a 4×4 adventure, we have the perfect tour for you.
Explore Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa
When you’ve explored the Duomo, climbed to the top of Giotto’s Campanile, visited Palazzo Vecchio, Boboli Gardens, and browsed a multitude of shops, perhaps it’s time to escape Florence for a day into the Tuscan countryside. On our Best of Tuscany Day Tour from Florence, we capture the essence of Italy, visiting the medieval city of Siena, sampling local wines and delicious cuisine, and exploring historic San Gimignano, famous for its stone towers guarding the entrance to the town. On this full day excursion, you will also explore Pisa, taking walks along the banks of the River Arno, learning about powerful families who once ruled the city, and visiting Piazza dei Miracoli home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Learn How to Make Authentic Italian Pizza and Gelato
If you enjoy the taste of authentic Italian pizza and gelato, our Tuscany Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class from Florence will suit you perfectly. On the tour, you will journey into the heart of the Tuscan countryside to a private estate where a professional chef will teach you how to make these Italian culinary delights. Covering all aspects from kneading the dough to selecting fresh herb toppings from the gardens, you will become an expert pizza craftsman in no time at all! Afterwards, relax with a glass of wine with friends and feast on the fruits of your labor, before it’s time to go back to the kitchen to make mouth-watering gelato.
Sample Wines of Chianti on a 4×4 Tour
The Chianti region of Tuscany is famous the world over for its Sangiovese blends of wine and scrumptious cuisine, plus the landscapes are pretty awe-inspiring too. On our Taste of Chianti 4×4 Tour from Florence, you can discover back country roads and “off the beaten path” locations which most tourists overlook. You will head to family-owned wineries to sample different wines with cured meats, cheeses, extra virgin olive oil, and more and that’s before sitting down to a delicious Tuscan lunch by the vineyards. In the afternoon, the adventure continues in Greve, a picturesque town overlooked by Montefioralle Castle in Chianti region. Explore bustling Piazza Matteotti with its artisan workshops and arcade cafes, wander through the Museum of Sacred Art, or continue your Chianti theme at the town’s fabulous Wine Museum.
Enjoy a Day’s Hiking in Cinque Terre
Imagine a day by the seaside, with azure waters, lush hillsides, and tumbling pastel-hued houses perched precariously on the side of cliffs. You can see all of this and more on a Cinque Terre Hiking Day Tour from Florence. On this fun-packed tour, you’ll explore not one, but all five villages of Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso Al Mare. Each village is unique and it’s possible to hike to each one along the clifftop passing vineyards, sacred churches, and sanctuaries and local landmarks. The tour begins with a trek from Manarola to Corniglia – a short route, where you can relax and enjoy the views. Then it’s onto Vernazza, a place to stop for drinks in a seafront bar or you can take a dip in the sea to cool off. Afterwards, we approach Monterosso Al Mare on the Cinque Terre Express train to give your feet a rest! Here you’ll have the opportunity to lounge on beautiful beaches and enjoy a spot of shopping. Finally, arrive by boat to Riomaggiore where you can watch fishermen bringing in their daily catch and see village life from a different perspective.
Explore Renaissance Landmarks on a Florence Night Walking Tour
There’s no better way to see Florence than on foot. Our Florence Night Walking Tour offers visitors unique insight into life after dark in the city. Renaissance landmarks are illuminated by the light of the moon and ocher lamps, creating a haunting atmosphere. An expert guide will thrill you with stories of ancient Florence and bring city history to life as you pass the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, home to Palazzo Vecchio, and Loggia dei Lanzi open-air museum. The tour lasts for 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to dine with friends or sample Florence’s lively nightlife for the remainder of the evening.
Browse Local Markets and Learn To Cook the Tuscan Way
For ardent foodies, there’s nothing more appealing than browsing local markets for farm-fresh produce, then preparing a meal for family and friends with the ingredients! On our Tuscan Market Tour and Cooking Class from Florence, we stop at San Lorenzo’s Mercato Centrale to shop for fresh ingredients from which to prepare our delectable feast. The market is lively, filled with a kaleidoscope of colors. Farmers and bakers sell their wares and stalls burst with fresh fruit, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, and other regional delicacies. When you’ve gathered your ingredients, the adventure continues to a charming farmhouse where you’ll be taught the art of Tuscan cuisine by an accomplished chef. You’ll discover how to make pasta and sauce using fresh ingredients, prepare classic bruschetta and Tuscan roast pork, herbs and potatoes, and learn how to make the perfect Tiramisu. Once your meal is prepared, gather on the terrace to enjoy your feast and sip Chianti wines overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills. Bliss!