If you’re based in Florence but you’d like to see more of what Tuscany has to offer, it’s easy enough to join a tour that will give you the opportunity to enjoy a hassle-free excursion in some of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.

If you’ve only one day to spare, the easiest thing to do is join a guided tour that will pack the day with fun, amazing sights and great food.

Tuscany Tours from Florence

See the Best of Tuscany with this Full Day tour

Tuscany in 1-Day Sightseeing Tour – You’ll meet your guide and board a coach that will drive through the Tuscan hills from Florence to Siena, your first stop. The Medieval historic centre of Siena is a sight to behold, from the Piazza del Campo where you can enjoy a coffee watching the world go by, to the Medieval edifices, and the splendid Gothic Cathedral. You’ll visit the interior of the Cathedral, a real must for art lovers, and enjoy a wander along its ancient streets.

palazzo pubblico siena
Piazza del Campo, Siena. Photo Pixabay @maxsanna

Lunch is in a winery immersed in the Chianti vineyards, where the view matches the quality of the traditional Tuscan food. You can relax and enjoy some of the locally produced Chianti wine before heading to San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s famed hill towns. This wonderfully evocative small town with its house-towers, and picturesque corners is a must-see, and you’ll find the best gelato in the region at Dondoli.

Last stop is Pisa, where you’ll have just short of an hour to admire the Cathedral Complex in Piazza dei Miracoli, where the Leaning Tower is the star of the show. Upgrade to the Tour & Leaning Tower of Pisa option and you’ll receive pre-booked entrance tickets.

Experience the Cinque Terre

This Cinque Terre Day Trip offers transport from Florence. Part of the region of Liguria, the Cinque Terre borders Tuscany, but is easy enough to reach from Florence and a trip here is well worth it. This stretch of coast is famous worldwide and is an official UNESCO heritage site, with its picturesque villages perched on the side of the steep hill, watching over the blue water of the Mediterranean sea. You’ll be travelling by coach, boat and train, and have free time to walk and enjoy the small villages that make this part of the world so special.

From the evocative streets of Riomaggiore to the beaches of Monterosso this tour gives visitors a glimpse of one of Italy’s most scenic destinations. Expect to do a bit of walking up and down hills, so take comfortable shoes, and of course a camera!

summer destinations in italy
Cinque Terre – @Kookay on pixabay

A trip to Siena & San Gimignano

This tour leaving from Florence, takes in Siena, San Gimignano and includes lunch near the Medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. You’ll see stunning architectural masterpieces like Siena’s Cathedral and Piazza del Campo flanked by beautifully preserved buildings. You’ll also be taken to the historic centre of San Gimignano with its stunning Medieval streets and tower-houses.

Both Siena historic centre and San Gimignano are UNESCO Heritage sites, known for their historic and artistic value. A knowledgeable and friendly guide will introduce you to the history of the towns and you’ll have free time to explore at your leisure.

Lunch is offered at a family owned wine estate, where you will enjoy typical Tuscan dishes and a taste of local hospitality.

top things to do in san gimignano
San Gimignano – photo @Mariamichelle on pixabay

Do the Pisa & Lucca Grand Tour

This 9-hour Grand Tour of Pisa and Lucca will give you a snapshot of two of Tuscany’s great towns, with a professional guide to show you the many sights; from Pisa’s awe-inspiring Piazza dei Miracoli to Lucca’s Guinigi Tower and its Renaissance city walls.

While you’re in Pisa you’ll get up close to all the monuments in the Square of Miracles including The Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tour includes a light lunch in Pisa.

where is tuscany
Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli

A Taste of Chianti

Enjoy a full-day Chianti wine and food tour from Florence. Try some of Tuscany’s finest wine, cheese, meat, chocolate and learn about the region’s food heritage with the a local guide.

You’ll travel in comfort in an 4×4 you will see a historic villa, and experience a real, working Chianti Classico winery. Guests will be able to sample up to seven glasses of wine throughout the day and you’ll be able to relax with at a restaurant in the Chianti hills where you’ll be treated to a three course traditional meal.

areas in tuscany
A view of the Chianti hills

Disclaimer: Our site contains affiliate links, and when you book one of the sponsored tours or hotels, we get a small percentage, at no additional cost to you! This helps keep the site going, thank you 🙂

Your friendly online guide to Florence and Tuscany. Get our insider travel tips delivered to your mailbox every month.

Share your love of Tuscany!

Explore more of Tuscany

  • Tuscany is famous for its charming small towns, Medieval hilltop hamlets and scenic walled towns rich with atmosphere. Here you’ll find some of our favourite towns that we recommend adding to your itineraries. We’ve chosen...
  • Here are a few ideas for a Tuscan holiday in 2019. A year that we think should be dedicated to slow travel, cultural curiosity and savouring every moment. For us its the best way to...
  • Storybook villages in Tuscany are not in short supply. Small towns in enchanting locations, full of turreted towers, romantic archways, secret passageways and plenty of magical atmosphere. Go there and you feel you’re walking around...
  • In this 5 day itinerary travelling around Tuscany, we whisk you from the awe-inspiring Piazza dei Miracoli, to some of the world’s Medieval treasures and, of course, through some of the best scenery that Tuscany...
  • Love is always in the air in Florence. Maybe because there’s no shortage of romantic things to do here. From watching the golden sunsets on the river Arno, and strolling in the Bardini gardens to...