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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

2. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers. Explore Ligurian Riviera, Riomaggiore, and Manarola with your guide, and try local produce and wines. You will first travel by train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. Stop for 2 hours at Pisa, home of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will see Pisa’s most significant attractions, including the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Next, travel by local train from La Spezia station, on the Pisa to Genoa line, to Cinqueterre National Park. Known as the "Five Lands," Cinqueterre is a stunning cluster of villages famous for their scenic walking trails, gorgeous coastline, and sunny beaches. The next stop will be a visit to Riomaggiore. Two more villages will be visited Manarola and Vernazza, which is ideal for those who want to relax and lay on the beach. 

From Rome: Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Train to Florence

3. From Rome: Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour with Train to Florence

Discover the Renaissance city of Florence and join a guided tour at the must-see Uffizi Gallery on this trip from Rome, including fast train tickets to Florence. Enjoy free time to explore the sights of Florence before meeting your guide for a tour inside the Uffizi Gallery. At the Termini Railway Station, you'll meet your tour assistant who will hand you your train tickets and vouchers and provide some useful information before you start your journey to Florence. The high-speed will take approximately 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, you'll have time to explore the city at your own pace. Do not miss the Duomo, Giotto’s Belfry, and Piazza della Signoria with the statue of David by Michelangelo. Make sure to check out the famous Ponte Vecchio with its goldsmiths’ shops. In the afternoon, join a guided visit inside the Uffizi Gallery, the oldest art gallery in the world. Venture through the huge rooms and bright hallways to admire masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raffaello. After the guided tour, you can remain in the museum as long as you like. At the end of the day, travel back to Rome by train.

From Rome: Siena, Chianti, Wine Tasting and Lunch

4. From Rome: Siena, Chianti, Wine Tasting and Lunch

This tour has been designed to showcase the very best of Tuscany in just one-day and is perfect for travelers who only have a short amount of time. The day begins with departure from Rome at 6:45am on a fast speed train to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, head to the meeting point sent to your email to meet your guide and set out on your sightseeing adventure. The first stop of the day is the historic city of Siena, which is bursting with rich architectural styles, best showcased at the cathedral and the old palace. After a brief guided walking tour of Siena, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Wander around the quaint streets of this magical town, have a traditional Italian lunch at one of the many cafés, or shop for handmade crafts and souvenirs. Continue the tour to the walled town of Monteriggioni next, which was the filming location of the blockbuster movie, Gladiator. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed San Gimignano next, which is the most famous walled medieval town in Tuscany, and nicknamed the ‘Manhattan of Tuscany’ due to its many towers. Armed with tips and recommendations from your guide, head out on your own adventure in the town and visit the sights and attractions that interest you most. Don’t forget to stop by the store of the world-champion gelato maker, and treat yourself to a seriously sweet treat. During the day, ride through the rolling countryside of Chianti and soak up the charming scenic views on the way to an authentic Tuscan winery. Against the backdrop of luscious vineyards and olive groves, enjoy a spectacular lunch with a wine and olive oil tasting session. At the end of a truly unforgettable day, head back to Rome, arriving at approximately 8 PM.

Cinque Terre: Private Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

5. Cinque Terre: Private Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

Discover one of Italy’s most amazing destinations, the unforgettable Ligurian Coast of Cinque Terre, UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy scenic views of the 5 ingeniously constructed fishing villages on this private tour from Florence, accompanied by your own guide/sommelier. Cinque Terre was proclaimed as Italy's first national park in 1999. It is the smallest but also the densest national park in Italy. Between the villages, you will enjoy scenic train rides along the Ligurian coastline. A relaxing boat ride is also included between 2 of the villages so you can witness the stunning views of the Cinque Terre from the water. Wander the narrow streets, admire the colorful houses, or take the chance to swim in the turquoise water. Cinque Terre's rocky landscape has been tamed by winemakers who carved and cultivated the steep terraces facing the sea. It remains as Italy's most difficult area to cultivate, due to unfriendly environmental conditions. Despite this, the area produces high-quality wines that reflect the traits of the territory: the salty whiff of minerality served as a reminder of the terraced vineyards on the Ligurian coast. Its wines are equally stunning: refreshing like a dip in the sea and scented like its exotic flora. Apart from sightseeing, this tour is centered around wine and food autochthonous to the area and distinct in nature. Wine tasting is offered in one of the villages’ enotecas, where you will sample the most representative local wines, such as the classic Cinque Terre wine: a white made out of Bosco, Albarola and Vermentino and the real jewel of Cinque Terre: the dessert wine Sciacchetrà. A multi-course will be served in a restaurant overlooking the Ligurian sea. Dive into traditional food and local specialties like focaccia, seafood dishes and pasta with pesto, a sauce whose birthplace is the Ligurian region. Discover a paradise on the Italian Riviera where houses are suspended on steep cliffs and the crystal clear waters of the Ligurian Sea invite you in for a swim!

Florence: Full-Day Pisa and Tuscany Tour

6. Florence: Full-Day Pisa and Tuscany Tour

After an early wake up and a short train ride from Florence, you will arrive in Pisa. Once there you can learn about the city from your tour leader, including the story of how it became famous. After a short tour, you will be set free to explore the renowned "Piazza dei Miracoli", or field of miracles, at your own leisure. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, this piazza has much more to offer than just the leaning tower. You can strike your final poses with the tower before jumping back on the train to Florence where you will have free time to grab a quick bite. You will then meet your tour leader again for an exciting afternoon in Tuscany. In the afternoon, you will discover olive groves and cypresses as you follow the winding roads that welcome you to the Chianti area. You can let your tour leader drive you into the heart of Tuscany, as they share stories and legends set in the nearby Medieval castles. In 1 hour you will be living the Mediterranean dream: a glass of wine in your right hand, a bruschetta in your left hand and the breathtaking views of the rolling before you. The winemakers will guide you through their old cellars, while sharing all the secrets of the ancient art of wine making. Your second stop will be a local family run farm, where you will find out that small wine producers can make amazing wine too. Whilst at this second winery, you can learn the process of picking, making and bottling these famous wines. During the day, you can taste up to 8 different types of wine, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oils paired with snacks. At the conclusion of your day, you will return to Florence at approximately 6:30PM.

From Rome: Florence Day Trip by Train with Accademia

7. From Rome: Florence Day Trip by Train with Accademia

After meeting the assistant at Termini Station in Rome, you'll travel to Florence alone by high-speed train. Upon arrival, an expert local guide will take you on a small-group walking tour of the most beautiful squares and monuments of Florence - the cradle of the Renaissance. Your first stop will be the elegant Piazza della Repubblica, where the most elegant cafes of the city are. Next stops include Loggia del Mercato Nuovo and its famous leather market, and Ponte Vecchio - a true icon of the city. Then you'll stop by Piazza della Signoria, an authentic open-air museum dominated by the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and magnificent Loggia dei Lanzi. You'll then arrive at San Giovanni Square, home of the Duomo and Brunelleschi’s Dome, as well as the Baptistery and Giotto's belfry. In the afternoon your guide will take you to the Accademia Gallery, which has treasured Michelangelo’s David over the centuries. You guide will reveal the secrets of this incredible museum and of the creation of Michelangelo’s world-renowned masterpieces including the original version of David, I Prigioni, and San Matteo. Discover that he was not only a sculptor but also a painter, an architect, and a sensitive poet. At the end of the tour you feel free to browse the museum further. Your day trip ends with a high-speed train back to Rome (times to be confirmed with the local assistant)

From Rome: Guided Tour to Florence by High-Speed Train

8. From Rome: Guided Tour to Florence by High-Speed Train

Escape Rome on a high-speed train and travel to Florence to enter the beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with a guide. Board the train and enjoy a relaxing trip on the way to Florence. Walk towards the Duomo Square and get lost between the beautiful facade of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and the unique Giotto Bell Tower, between the Baptistery and the majestic Brunelleschi Dome. Meet the guide for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see destination in Florence, and the home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Wander through the gallery and see the beautiful pieces, while gaining significant insights into art and painting techniques. Take a walk to the Central market and prepare to enjoy a tasting of typical local products followed by another walk, this time towards Ponte Vecchio, an eternal symbol of Florence, and reach the Piazzale Degli Uffizi, home to the Uffizi Gallery. Move on to Piazza Della Signoria where to meet with the guide while you admire the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Enter this unique gallery and be immersed in its artistic spirit, admire wonderful artworks such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Spring" by Botticelli. See many other famous works by artists such as Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio, and many others. After an amazing day, start the walk back to the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Rome.

Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

9. Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

Beginning from Florence, you will depart from the main train Station of Santa Maria Novella. After 1 hour you will reach Pisa Station before meeting your guide for a group tour of the main Square, Piazza dei Miracoli. This of one of the most important historical complex in Europe and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1989. The itinerary includes an introduction to the Square and of all its monuments (Baptistry, Monumental Cemetery, Leaning Tower and Cathedral) and a visit inside the Cathedral. With this tour you have the possibility to book tickets for the Leaning Tower in advance. After the visit you will have free time to walk by yourself in the city center, before choosing any train to get back to Florence 

From Rome: Florence and Accademia Guided Tour

10. From Rome: Florence and Accademia Guided Tour

Depart early in the morning from Rome to take the high speed train ready for your day in Florence. Discover the famous Accademia, where with your knowledgeable guide, learn why the David is the most recognizable symbol of Florence and what it used to represent in his time. Get the chance to have a close encounter with timeless works of art, and get the inside story of the life and times of this consummate artist. After the guided tour have some free time to wander around on your own and have lunch. Take a walking tour in the afternoon in which you will enjoy an excellent and complete introduction to Florence. Know all the facts and secrets of two thousand years of Florentine history, from the city’s Roman origins to a 15th century palace. Explore the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Uffizi courtyard, and the wonders of the architecture of Brunelleschi’s Dome.

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What people are saying about Florence

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Ado, the traveling buddy (doesn’t refer to himself as a guide) was absolutely amazing. Made the whole experience feel easy and was very knowledgeable about the towns along the way and in Cinque Terre. Handled all the questions, we had well. Cinque Terre, WoW! What a beautiful place and yes, what you see on Instagram or online you will see there as is. We really loved this day trip and cannot recommend it enough

Emma and Guido were perfect tour guides, the bus is comfortable, the scenery is beautiful. The boat trip and the train ride are simple, fast and accurate. I recommend it to everyone who wants an unforgettable trip.

We spent five days in Florence and the day of this tour was our favorite one! Anna and Ado were so helpful and informative. Excellent guides!! So much packed into one day! Highly recommend!!!!!!

This was a very well organized trip. Everything ran smoothly. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour.

I really loved my day...our guides Marco and Franscesca were just really amazing!