Siena is often a day trip destination from Florence, but of course there’s no reason the reverse can’t be true. Many visitors love the setting of the smaller Siena historic center, and the city can often feel peaceful at night after the day trippers have left. So, if you’re making Siena your home base, why not consider a few day trips from Siena instead? Here are a few of the best options.
When you’re planning a trip through Tuscany, most people will suggest you stay in Florence for a few days, making that your home base for exploring the region. Because most people are getting – and following – that advice, however, Florence can be crowded and expensive year-round. If you’re looking for something different, you might consider staying in Pisa instead of Florence. This option isn’t for everyone, but here are three great reasons to make Pisa your Tuscan homebase.
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.