There is a wonderful choice of day trips that can be taken during your Florence holiday, whether travelling by car or by public transport. Here is an un-exhaustive list of day trips you can easily take from Florence:
Castello Di Verrazzano – For example, Castello di Verrazzano is about an hour’s drive from Florence through delightful scenery. The first sight of the castello is its silhouette which rises up above the horizon and welcomes you to one of Tuscany’s most charming and traditional wineries, where you can taste the wine and take a tour.
Lucca – The walled city of Lucca which is protected on three sides by mountains and original defensive walls. In the heart of the town is a Roman racetrack that is now the central market square where you will find the town’s magnificent cathedral. Lucca is a beautiful place to visit and the Palazzo Ducale is definitely worth a tour as it is rumoured that Napoleon Bonaparte stayed there. During your visit to Lucca, you could also visit one or two of the local grand villas which were once home to some of the region’s most noble families.
Siena – Located on a hill to the south of Florence is the remarkable city of Siena, which once rivalled Florence for prominence in central Italy. The winding streets lead to the main square of Piazza del Campo where every year there is an amazing horserace around the perimeter. Palazzo Pubblico is Siena’s town hall which is resplendent with frescoes. The climb to the top of the bell tower is well-worth the effort as it affords visitors the most amazing view of Siena and the surrounding countryside. A short walk from the town hall is the Duomo, famed for its works of art by Pinturicchio and for its sculptures by Bernini. Another great building that is a must-see in Siena is the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana where there are some magnificent Renaissance panel paintings.
San Gimignano & Mugellp – Other day trips from Florence that are worth taking include a trip to San Gimignano, which has changed little over the centuries and is a wonderful medieval city; and the green valley of Mugello, to the north of Florence, which has some exquisitely pretty villages.