A hiking trip in the Cinque Terre is one of the most popular outdoor things to do in Italy, but if you don’t plan to stay overnight in one of the five little Ligurian villages it may seem as if the hike is out of the question. You can, however, make a day trip of the Cinque Terre hike from Florence, if you’re well-organized and prepared for a long day.
Gelato is one of the best things you can eat in Italy, and by many accounts it’s best in Florence. During the winter, however, you may not want to dig into a frozen treat. Here are some winter desserts to choose from in Florence.
When you’re ready to take a day trip outside Florence to explore Tuscany further, you have a few options for getting around. The easiest is usually the train, but there are plenty of places in the region that don’t have train stations. That’s when it’s time to consider taking the bus in Tuscany.
Most people — and certainly all food-loving travelers — are familiar with the idea of sampling wine while visiting Tuscany, especially if you’re lucky enough to go during wine festival season in the fall. But there’s another big crop being harvested in the autumn in Tuscany, and it’s got its own slate of festivals: olive oil.
Inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are one of the main attractions. Most of the focus is usually on the New Sacristy, where Michelangelo sculptures sit atop Medici tombs, but the Chapel of the Princes is another part of the Medici Chapels – and it’s far flashier.
There are few better ways to spend a nice day in the Tuscan countryside than by hiking over its hills and through its vineyards. There are plenty of places to hike, but when you don’t know the area well it’s always a good idea to join an organized hiking tour.
The idea of seeing Tuscany in one day is a crazy one, but you can certainly see the region’s highlights in a well-organized day trip. Some of the not-to-be-missed destinations can all be included in a day – Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa.
The coastal city of Livorno is just under 60 miles from Florence, but it’s the Tuscan capital’s cruise port. While there are a few reasons to hang out in Livorno, nearly everyone who arrives on a cruise ship is intent on visiting Florence – so here’s how to get to Florence from Livorno.