Pisa is by far the most popular day trip option for people visiting Florence. That leaning tower is too powerful an allure to skip when you’re already so close. But when your time in Florence is limited, you don’t need to take an entire day (or even half a day) to go to Pisa. You can make it a short pit-stop on your way to Florence.
You’ve probably heard of the Palio in Siena, that bareback horse race staged in the Piazza del Campo in the historic center. It’s one of Tuscany’s most famous festivals, and was even featured in the 2008 James Bond film, “Quantam of Solace.” But what you may not realize is that there is not one but two palios run each summer in Siena.
Florence, the Tuscan capital, has enough to see and do to keep any visitor engaged and busy for a week – or more. But with so much to explore an easy day trip outside Florence, it’s usually too tempting for travelers to resist the allure of a great day trip (or two) from a home base in Florence.
Pisa’s famous leaning tower gets almost all of the press when it comes to travel guides for this Tuscan city. There are plenty of things to see and do in Pisa that are nowhere near the tower, but you don’t even have to leave the Piazza dei Miracoli to see one of the city’s other claims to fame – the Pisa baptistery is the largest in all of Italy.
Only 30-minutes from Florence by car, charming Tuscany — with its overlapping hills, quaint farmhouses and endless vineyards — is an absolute must for wine lovers. And, if you have the opportunity to visit the celebrated Chianti region with a very knowledgeable sommelier and an intimate group of like-minded individuals, well, all the better.
For many travelers, Siena is one of the most popular day trips from the Tuscan capital of Florence. But if you’re a wine lover, you might want to make Siena your home base instead, exploring the world-class wine regions you can visit on day trips from Siena.