It’s entirely possible to spend several weeks just in the city of Florence and still not see and do everything. This relatively small city is packed to the gills with world class art and historic attractions, as well as excellent restaurants and shops. But even with a short visit to Florence you can sample of the Tuscan wine that makes this region so famous with a wine tasting tour of the region that leaves from Florence.
Probably the best-known wine-producing area of Tuscany is Chianti, which isn’t very far from Florence. This means it’s something you could do DIY with a rental car if you wanted to – but for most visitors the better option is to book a guided tour. Wineries in Tuscany (and throughout Italy) don’t typically have regular open hours for wine tastings, making it more challenging to plan a wine tour on your own. Not only that, if they do have websites they’re often in Italian only – so if they do have regular hours, you may not be able to discern much more than that. Add in the potential hassle of driving in Italy (if you’re not comfortable doing so already) and it might be more relaxing to simply book a tour.
With a variety of day tours of Tuscany’s wineries available, it’s easy to find one that will suit your trip and budget. If you have a full day to spend in the countryside and want to focus strictly on wine, you can choose a Small Group Tuscany Wine Tasting Tour that includes visits to Chianti wineries guided by a sommelier or a Chianti Region Wine Tasting and Dinner Trip that includes both a wine tasting in a Chianti castle as well as dinner in a typical Tuscan restaurant. With only a half-day to spare, you can take a Chianti Region Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip, where you’ll get a wine tasting and snack at one wine-growing estate.
For more comprehensive tours that cover more than just wine, consider the Tuscan Towns and Chianti Wine Tasting Trip, which lasts about 12 hours and gives you a chance to explore Siena, Lucca, and Pisa, as well as a tour of a winery in Chianti. There’s also the Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour, which is another 12-hour trip that includes visits to Siena, Pisa, and San Gimignano along with lunch and a wine tasting in Chianti.