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How far is Tuscany from Milan

Milan is the chief town of Lombardy and is the king of northern Italy.

This city is famous all over the world for its ability to enhance fashion and design through trade shows, exhibitions and industry events.

This last aspect is particularly relevant for understanding the type of tourism that characterizes this modern Italian city.

Visitors expect Milan to be an evolved and frenetic city, in partial discontinuity with other important Italian cities and capable of entertaining, through surprising installations and events, such as the Triennale and La Scala theater.

However, this city is more than just liveliness, because inside it also contains spectacular monuments of great historical importance.

Among them, noteworthy are the Duomo and the Sforzesco Castle.

Moreover, Milan holds enchanting neighborhoods, where walking becomes an unforgettable experience.

In particular, Brera and Navigli are two very picturesque areas, above all thanks to the shops and the architectural works that adorn them.

On the other hand, Tuscany is famous for being a container of artistic works and evocative monuments, able to best represent the Italian historical and cultural heritage.

It is especially Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Florence that enclose real architectural and pictorial jewels, such as Piazza dei Miracoli, Botticelli’s Primavera or the Torre del Mangia.

This region is also a place of encounter and communion with nature, the most typical Mediterranean vegetation.

There are numerous natural parks and verdant hills, often occupied by vines or olive trees, which hosts and which allow it to offer panoramas of rare beauty.

The city of Milan and the Tuscany region are two very different places, but somehow complementary.

In fact, the two realities allow us to appreciate Italy at 360 °, from its strong historical roots to a recent and dynamic development.

The latter is still in progress and the Lombard capital is its maximum expression.

After visiting Milan, or after having landed there, it is, therefore, possible to amplify and improve one’s knowledge of Italian wonders by going to its most precious pearl, Tuscany.

Specifically, the distance between Milan and the main Tuscan cities is:

  • Siena = 378 km
  • Florence = 315 km
  • Lucca = 282 km
  • Grosseto = 430 km
  • Pisa = 378 km
  • Livorno – Milan = 300 km
  • Arezzo = 377 km
  • Mass = 241 km
Milan to tuscany - Milan

Milan to Tuscany by train

A clever and very useful way to get around Milan and the main cities of Tuscany is by train.

This particular vehicle allows you to avoid traffic and allows you to move ingeniously, comfortably and quickly.

Furthermore, Milan Central Station is very functional and is the second in Italy for daily passenger and train flows.

FROM MILAN TO FLORENCE BY TRAIN

Milan and Florence are two of the most important and renowned Italian cities. Tourists often choose both, together with Rome, as unmissable stops to visit during their peninsula tour.

Among the many, the best solution to move between the two cities, offered by Italian Railways, consists in the very frequent (about one every hour) and direct train Frecciarossa.

This allows you to cover the itinerary in less then 2 hours and costs 55 euros.

DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
16:15
Milano
Centrale
18:00
Firenze
S. M. Novella
1h 45′Frecciarossa 
9551
da  56,00 €
Solution 2



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
19:00
Firenze
S. M. Novella
  1h 40′Frecciarossa 
9555
da 56,00 €
Solution 3



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
22:10
Firenze
S. M. Novella
  4h 50′Regionale
Veloce 
2283
da 25,50 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
11635

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FROM MILAN TO SIENA BY TRAIN

The discussion on the connection between Milan and Siena is different.

In fact, the two cities are very distant from each other and not efficiently connected.

All options to make this move involve at least one change (more frequently two).

The possible combinations between Regional, Arrows and Intercity are many and varied, so their prices range from 30 to 80 euros.

Finally, this itinerary usually requires 3h and 30 ‘of travel.

DepartureArrival Lenght Train Price
17:40
Milano
Centrale
23:14
Siena
  5h 34′Intercity 599 da   46,00 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
11783

Solution 2



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
01:20
Siena
  7h 15′Intercity 
679
da   47,40 €


Change: 2  Train



Regionale 
11740




Train



Autobus 
FI183

Solution 3



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
18:20
Milano
Centrale
21:35
Siena
  3h 15′Frecciarossa
1000 9559
da   65,50 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
6897

FROM MILAN TO PISA BY TRAIN

Milan has a complex connection also with Pisa.

As in the case of Siena, the two cities are very far apart, but in this case, there is some rare option of direct trains, Intercity or Frecciabianca, many hours away from each other.

The route can last from 3h 15 ‘to more than 5h.

In particular, about every hour there is the Frecciarossa + Regional combination which allows you to travel in the shortest time, but which is the most expensive (around 65 euros).

Instead, if you choose to travel longer, changing more Regional or Intercity, you can pay for this transfer between just 20 and 30 euros.

DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:05
Milano
Centrale
21:38
Pisa
Centrale
  4h 33′Regionale 
2119
da   23,60 €
Solution 2



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
20:28
Pisa
Centrale
  3h 08′Frecciarossa 
9555
da   64,70 €


Change: 1 Train



Regionale
Veloce 3149

Solution 3



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
22:17
Pisa
Centrale
  4h 12′Intercity 679 da   36,50 €
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FROM MILAN TO LUCCA BY TRAIN

Despite Lucca being among the Tuscan provinces closest to the Lombard capital, even between Milan and this city the rail link is difficult, but interesting.

To complete this route, it is better to choose the Frecciarossa + Regional option.

Despite the high price (63 euros), the combination is quite frequent (occurs slightly less than once every hour) and allows you to move between the two cities in just 3 hours.

In this way, it is possible to avoid the inconvenience of the 3 different changes and the 6 hours of travel foreseen by the other alternatives.

DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:05
Milano
Centrale
22:27
Lucca
  5h 22′Regionale 
2119
da   23,60 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3097

Solution 2



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
17:20
Milano
Centrale
20:29
Lucca
  3h 09′Frecciarossa 
9555
da   63,90 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3086

Solution 3



DepartureArrivalLenght Train Price
18:05
Milano
Centrale
22:27
Lucca
  4h 22′Intercity 679 da   36,60 €


Change: 1  Train



Regionale 
3097

Milan to Tuscany by flight

The plane is certainly a means of transport that rewards safety and speed, but not pockets.

From Milan Malpensa you can quickly reach the 2 Tuscan airports, located in the cities of Florence and Pisa.

Between Milan and the Tuscan capital the connection is offered by Alitalia.

Flights to Florence Peretola are numerous every day (around 4), they include a journey of 50 minutes and cost around 95 euros.

Also with regard to the connection with Pisa, the flight is managed by the Alitalia airline.

In this case, the airway appears very advantageous for those who have little time to devote to the otherwise arduous movement between the two cities.

In fact, the solutions offered by the airline are about 3 per day, the flight takes 55 minutes and the price at which it is possible to buy the ticket is 90 euros.

Milan to tuscany - flight

Milan to Tuscany by bus

For those who want to save money, for those who love to travel in less conventional ways or for those who don’t want to plan, surely the bus is a profitable solution.

In fact, traveling by bus allows you to travel comfortably seated to destinations otherwise not reachable by train or plane and to enjoy the Tuscan landscape the most.

Secondly, choosing to use the buses allows you to buy the ticket at a very competitive price even at the last moment.

Finally, as anticipated, the tickets have a low price, between 10 and 25 euros.

However, if traffic is found, traveling by bus can turn into a trap.

In fact, the time needed to make the various movements between Milan and the various Tuscan cities are those of the street, which can vary a lot.

Flixbus is the main bus line that allows you to travel by bus in Italy.

In Tuscany, it presents a network of capillary lines and from the bus station of Milan it is possible to reach through direct connections:

  •          Pisa
  •           Viareggio
  •           Prato
  •           Barberino di Mugello
  •           Livorno
  •           Firenze
  •           Cecina
  •           San Vincenzo
  •           Poggibonsi
  •           Follonica
  •           Piombino
  •           Siena
  •           Bettole
  •           Orbetello

Milan to Tuscany by car

A final means of transport to be taken into consideration for moving from Milan to Tuscany is the car.

As in the case of the bus, even moving by car can lead to very variable timing depending on the state of the traffic.

However, the machine allows greater flexibility in the choice of roads and departure times.

The main strength of this means of transport lies in the resulting independence.

In particular, traveling by car in Tuscany can be an opportunity for those who love to plan their own stages independently and want to be able to improvise new ones, guided by personal taste.

In other words, the machine allows you to be captured and captivated by the evocative, most remote and unusual villages, far from the usual tourist destinations.

The cost of this means of transport depends on a multitude of factors.

Among all, it is necessary to take into consideration the petrol, the toll booths and, if necessary, the rental of the vehicle.

Milan to Tuscany: the solutions of the travel agencies

If you prefer to be helped in the organization of the move from Milan to Tuscany and in the planning of the latter’s visit you can rely on travel agencies.

There are many proposals on the web, so it is necessary to get information to find the one that best suits your needs and the aspect of the Tuscan heritage that you prefer to discover.

Most agencies do not exclusively deal with the Milan-Tuscany section, but offer interesting tours of the region and allow you to choose the city you prefer as a starting point. In this case, the move will be made thanks to a private bus provided by the organization.

For example, Miraga travels is a tour operator agency that offers the possibility to choose between 3 different itineraries to visit the beautiful region:

  1. Tour Mugello Ville e Castelli
  2. Weekend in Viareggio to experience the fun and magic of its Carnival
  3. Toscana Antichi Borghi

Instead, Job tour operator organizes 4 days of visit of the only enchanting Florence, with departure from Milan and movement carried out by train Frecciarossa.

Milan to tuscany - road

Where to stay in the heart of Tuscany: the wonder of Volognano

The place in the region where it is certainly the most convenient and interesting to stay is Florence and its surroundings.

In fact, reaching first the Tuscan capital from Milan allows you to spend little and make the trip quickly in this way it will then be possible to have more time to dedicate to the exploration of the amazing region.

Moreover, the Florentine area is advantageous to discover the rest of Tuscany, with which it is well connected, and to move to the nearby enchanting Val D’Elsa, Chianti and Casentinese.

The Castello di Volognano is located just 20 km from Florence. It represents the ideal stay for those who intend to fully enjoy his experience in Tuscany and to get the most out of the heritage it has to offer.

In fact, this privileged location is surrounded by rolling hills, which can be admired from a special panoramic terrace, and conceals elegant rooms furnished with period paintings and furniture, in Renaissance style.

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Capital of Tuscany

Why Florence is the capital and the most visited city of Tuscany

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous and famous city in the region.

The city is famous for its history, indeed Florence was the centre of Medieval European trade and finance. It is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Florence, form 1865 to 1871, was the capital city of the Italian Kingdom. It was the political, economic and social center of Italy.

Florence attracts many tourists every year and, in 1982, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

It is famous around the world for its culture, art, architecture’s style, monuments, and food!

Florence is one of the top 51 fashion capitals in the world, it is also the national economic and industrial center.

It is a city surrounded by hills, nature, and rivers. Florence is a magical and romantic city where everything is possible.

If you are planning to visit Florence, don’t miss to taste all the traditional dishes: fiorentina beef, cantucci, ribollita and many others.

Tuscany is one of the best Italian region where is possible to taste amazing and incredible wines.

A map of Florence: the capital of Tuscany area

The most important monuments, galleries, and museums are located in the city center of Florence. To visit the city you can walk in the narrow streets and enjoy all the amazing history and architecture that surround this magical town.

Capital of Tuscany: map

A short history of the capital through the centuries

Florence was a small Roman settlement which was destroyed by Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 80 B.C. and then the city was rebuilt from Julio Caesar in 59 B.C. as a settlement for his veteran soldiers and its style was similar to an army camp. This settlement, thanks to its fertile valley with the river and the main route between Rome and the North became an important commercial center. At the beginning, it was called Florentia.

In the 4th century the Roman Empire split into two: East and West. The western Roman Empire, in the 5th century, were overthrew from the Germans, while the Eastern became the Byzantine Empire.

After a century, the Byzantine Empire tried to reconquer the Germanic empire and during their fight the city of Florence changed hands many and many times.

At the end of the 6th century, Florence was captured from the Lombards and in those years there was a long period of peace.

Day by day Florence grew up, and it became larger and richer.

From the 14th to 16th centuries Florence was politically, economically and culturally one of the most important cities, not only in Europe but in the world.

From 1434 to 1737, Florence continued to flourish under the rule of the Medici Family and after that, the city came under the Austrian rule.

In 1865 Florence was so important to become the capital of the Italian Kingdom, but then, in 1871, it was replaced by Rome.

During the Second World War all the bridges in Florence were destroyed, except Ponte Vecchio that it is still possible to visit and admire the view of the city from there.

Today Florence is famous around the world thanks to its art, culture, museums, sculptures and many other things that make the city magic and romantic.

What to see: 3 top monuments

There are too many things to visit in Florence: galleries, monuments, museums and of course restaurants and wineries.

Here you can find out top 3 monuments that absolutely you don’t have to miss when you visit Florence.

1.      The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is a huge museum with masterpieces, paintings, and sculptures. All of them are displayed in chronological order.

Here are preserved paints made by Giotto and Cimabue, who left works with a gothic style. You can have a walk through history and Renaissance art. You will enjoy all the masterpieces made by Paolo Uccello, Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Federico da Montefeltro, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Vasari and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Every single paint preserved in this museum will be breathtaking. When you visit the gallery take your time, walk slowly and enjoy one of the most famous and impressive museums of the world.

Capital of Tuscany: Uffizi Gallery

2.      The Duomo

The Duomo or Cathedral was built during the Renaissance period. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and it has a Gothic style.

The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century and the dome part was added in the 15th century.

The exterior part of the cathedral is covered with pink, white and green marble. Inside the church, the most attractive part is the floor. It looks like a big mosaic carpet.

Another important part is the clock, it was designed in 1443 by Paolo Uccello and it still works.

Once you are inside the Duomo you should pay attention to all the frescos that decorate the church.

Capital of Tuscany: Duomo

3.      Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio, the old bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Florence. It the past centuries it was considered the Vasari Corridor. It was a secret way that links Palazzo Vecchio to Pitti Palace.

Since the 13th century, on this bridge, there were many kinds of shops. In 1953 Ferdinand I decided that only jewelers be allowed to open their shops on the bridge.

At night the bridge becomes a romantic place where to have a walk and enjoy the view of Florence.

Capital of Tuscany: Ponte Vecchio

A perfect accommodation to visit the city and the area

A perfect accommodation to visit Florence is the Volognano Castel. The Castel is located into the Tuscan countryside, far from the crowd city center, and at the same time, near the main city of the region: Florence.

You can have the chance to stay in the heart of Chianti, leave close to the acres of vineyards and olive groves.

You will also, have the opportunity to taste traditional Tuscany dishes and take part in a wine tour.

Come to discover one of the most beautiful regions in Italy.

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Tuscany pictures: a selection of charming places and monuments

Tuscany is a region of special charm and full of breathtaking places to visit.

Its variety and the heterogeneity of the views and monuments it offers makes it particularly difficult to choose and recommend what is truly unmissable.

Some foreigners will prefer to explore the natural landscapes, others will want to lose themselves in the streets of perched villages, others will still seek out the majestic Gothic-Medieval and Renaissance monuments that embellish the verdant region.

Therefore, tourists should only be partially influenced by those who know the area better and are its ambassadors.

Although certainly valid, only one’s personal taste and the emotions look into the experience are able to guide the planning of one’s Tuscan holidays.

The images below try to capture the essence of many of the main attractions that the region offers, in order to allow the view, the most important sense for man, to help us trace our own path.

DUOMO DI SIENA

Duomo di Siena - Tuscany Pictures

The Duomo of Siena is a place of worship built according to the taste of the romantic-Gothic current.

It is a powerful structure whose splendor is evident from its main façade.

However, what is mainly distinctive about this monument are the indoor parts. In fact, there are preserved several artistic works and the ceilings are richly decorated.

PALIO DI SIENA

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The Palio di Siena is an unmissable event which can be attended only twice a year in the homonymous city.

It is held in Piazza del Campo and formed into an equestrian carousel, that is a particular competition on the horseback of medieval origin, between the different ‘Contrade’ (Siena districts).

TORRE DEL MANGIA E PALAZZO PUBBLICO (SIENA)

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The Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia overlooks on Piazza del Campo.

The first one is probably considered the greatest examples of civil Gothic architecture, although it was completed, as we can see it today, only in 1680.

La Torre del Mangia, on the other hand, is a building of great elegance. It was completed in 1347 with the mission of marking the hours for the entire Tuscan city.

BASILICA SAN DOMENICO (SIENA)

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The Basilica of San Domenico is a building that rises from the boundaries of the city of Siena and that is part of the itinerary to discover the history of Saint Catherine.

Other recommended stops for those who want to take this path of great spiritual and historical value are:

The sanctuary and the house of Santa Caterina, Fontebranda and the baptistery of San Giovanni.

SAN GALGANO (SIENA)

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There are mainly two attractions that make San Galgano a popular destination for tourists and all those who looking for beautiful places: the huge abbey with no roof and the hermitage of Monte Siepi, where the legendary sword in the rock is kept.

ABBAZIA DI S. ANIMO (SIENA)

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The abbey of Sant’Animo is located in the province of Siena and has a special charm.

In reality, the church has no particular ornaments and decorations, but its majestic and austere structure recalls the medieval period in a disarming manner.

The atmosphere is further enriched during the ceremonies, because they are still today accompanied by the famous Gregorian chants.

BAGNO VIGNONI

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Bagno Vignoni is a spa town located in the province of Siena, in the Val D’orcia.

It has both free spas and wellness centers and can be particularly interesting from a naturalistic point of view, in particular for the surrounding area.

CAVE DI CARRARA

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Carrara, thanks to its numerous quarries, represents one of the main centers of marble extraction.

There are a lot of panoramic itineraries that allow the exploration of these structures that are located halfway between natural and artificial landscapes.

CASTELLO DEL BOCCALE (LIVORNO)

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The enchanting Boccale castle was built in Livorno at the behest of the De Medici.

Initially, the building had to be purely functional and represent a sighting tower.

Now the castle is like a nest on the Tuscan cliff and a particularly interesting stage, especially for couples, thanks to its romantic view and the coves adjacent to it.

TERRAZZA MASCAGNI (LIVORNO)

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Elegant and refined, the Terrazza Mascagni is a unique viewpoint located on the Livorno coast.

It was built in the twenties of the twentieth century and the chessboard floor recalls the themes of metaphysical abstraction, so much in vogue at those times.

CASTIGLIONCELLO

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Castiglioncello, nicknamed “the pearl of the Tyrrhenian”, is a small town built on a pretty cliff of the coast.

For its beauty, it has often been an inspiration for artists, particularly the Macchiaioli.

Moreover, it is possible to visit the famous Torre Medicea.

FONTANA DEL NETTUNO (FIRENZE)

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Piazza della Signoria, in the center of Florence, lies the fascinating Fountain of Neptune.

The monument was built by Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giambologna in the mid-1500s.

The fountain shows the God of the sea on a chariot drawn by four horses. The work is further enriched by the statues of three young tritons and by four other figures representing Doride, Teti and two sea gods.

BASILICA DI SANTA CROCE (FIRENZE)

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The Basilica of Santa Croce is an immense Franciscan structure, whose construction was commissioned in 1294.

Its grandeur (it has 16 chapels) and its external splendor, however, cannot compete with the treasures that enrich its interior.

In fact, the church is the burial place of the great Michelangelo, Rossini, Macchiavelli and Galileo Galilei.

Furthermore, the basilica houses the frescoes and other works by Gaddi, Giotto, and Donatello.

CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE (FIRENZE)

santa maria del fiore - Tuscany Pictures

The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo of Florence, was built in 1367. Only the dome is of later construction and it is a work of Brunelleschi.

The exterior of the structure is decorated with a mix of pink, white and green marbles. The interior, in contrast, is less sumptuous at first sight, but full of interesting details.

Moreover, next to the cathedral, it is possible to admire Giotto’s Tower and the Chapel of San Giovanni.

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI (FIRENZE)

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The Uffizi Gallery is a museum complex that houses both statues and paintings.

The art gallery is particularly known for its decorations and for the surprising density of works it conceals.

Among these we cite:

  •  La Primavera, Botticelli
  •  La Nascita di Venere, Botticelli
  •  La Madonna col Bambino e angeli, Lippi
  •  La Venere di Urbino, Tiziano
  •  … and many others accomplished by Tuscan artists such as Giotto and Michelangelo

GIARDINO DI BOBOLI (FIRENZE)

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The Boboli garden is located near Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, and was initially edited by the De Medici.

This green space, of great historical value, is comparable to an outdoor museum.

In fact, inside we can find various decorative statues, fountains and the Kaffehouse, an ancient architectural jewel designed specifically to combine coffee with the charming place.

PALAZZO PITTI (FIRENZE)

pitti - Tuscany Pictures

Palazzo Pitti is a huge and magnificent collection of museums. It was commissioned by the Pitti family but was mainly used by the De Medici.

Its complex contains:

  • The Palatine Gallery
  • The Royal Apartments
  • The Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Silver Museum
  • The Fashion and Costume Museum
  • The Porcelain Museum
  • The Boboli Gardens

PONTE VECCHIO (FIRENZE)

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The Ponte Vecchio is probably the most iconic monument of Florence and is also the oldest crossing of the Arno.

It was built in 1345, but its elegant and picturesque appearance is owed to Giorgio Vasari, who made the Vasari Corridor in 1565.

Currently, the bridge is occupied mainly by goldsmiths and jewelers and it is considered a perfect destination for shopping.

PALAZZO VECCHIO (FIRENZE)

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Palazzo Vecchio was the political symbol of the Medici and, now, of Florence.

In fact, the structure houses the headquarters of the town hall of the city.

However, the building is also a beautiful museum and every room is rich in history and has its own artistic heritage.

Moreover, there are many secrets and mysteries concerning the building and some of these have not yet been resolved.

ISOLA DEL GIGLIO

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The Isola del Giglio is a particularly relaxing and evocative destination.

In fact, it is surrounded by turquoise waters and contains enchanting beaches, caves, and cliffs.

Inside we can find the charming Lighthouse of the Lovers and an ancient castle, both immersed in the wild nature that adorns the island

ISOLA D’ELBA

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Elba is the largest of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.

This place is a particularly popular seaside tourist destination. Above all, for the extreme beauty of its natural landscapes and for the lively villages it hides.

CATTEDRALE DI SAN ZENO (PISTOIA)

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The splendid cathedral of San Zeno is located in Piazza Duomo in Pistoia.

The structure was built according to the Romanesque style and is accompanied by a bell tower and a baptistery.

The relics of St. Zeno are kept in the crypt of the church and in the naves it is possible to admire frescoes made between the 13th and the 16th century.

SAN GIMIGNANO

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Probably the most famous and most visited village in Tuscany is San Gimignano.

The town is perched between the Chianti hills and is surrounded by thirteenth-century walls.

Moreover, in the 90s it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO to be an enchanting example of architectural and landscape complex.

The tower is the distinctive symbol of the village. However, of the 72 medieval towers erected in Sam Gimignano, today we can only admire 13 of them.

CHIESA DI SAN MICHELE IN FORO (LUCCA)

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Lucca is frequently nicknamed the city of 100 churches.

Among these, the Church of San Michele in Foro is the oldest and most impressive. In fact, the current building was commissioned in 1070 by Pope Alexander II.

The Basilica has a predominantly Romanesque style.

Its high facade is embellished with many sculptures and columns. Furthermore, at the top, there is a huge marble statue that portrays the archangel Michael defeating the dragon.

MASSA MARITTIMA

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Massa Marittima preserves one of the most seductive urban-architectural complexes of the entire region.

In its main square, a simply magical place, overlooks the Cathedral of San Cebone.

Exploring the area of Massa Marittima may not only mean art and history. In fact, many interesting excursion activities start from the town, such as trekking and horse riding.

MONTECATINI TERME

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Montecatini Terme is a green oasis, renowned primarily for the therapeutic properties of its waters, which makes it particularly regenerating.

Furthermore, these have led to the construction of numerous spas in its surroundings.

However, the village is also fascinating for its artistic-architectural and naturalistic value. For example, in its vicinity, it is situated the beautiful Grotta Moana.

MONTEPULCIANO

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Montepulciano rises between the Val D’Orcia and Valdichiana.

The beautiful Renaissance village is the place of origin of the famous Vino Nobile, one of the most appreciated Tuscan products in the world.

In addition to its enogastronomic notoriety, the historic center of the verdant small town is particularly stimulating, adorned and enriched by the Duomo and the temple of the Madonna di San Biagio.

MONTICCHIELLO

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In Val d’Orcia, near the town of Pienza, lies Monticchiello, an ancient village of Etruscan origin.

The town has almost entirely preserved its authenticity and medieval austerity. This was a very recognizable and prominent feature compared to the other villages of Pienza, all Renaissance.

In addition, Monticchiello is protected by a robust city wall and inside is localized the Torre del Cassero.

PIAZZA DEI MIRACOLI (PISA)

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Piazza dei Miracoli has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The unusual quality of the monumental masterpieces that it houses makes it one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

In fact, the Duomo, the Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery and the monumental Camposanto overlooks the area. Furthermore, the spectacular places combine the Pisan Romanesque and the early Christian style.

ANFITEATRO ETRUSCO A VOLTERRA

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The Volterra Amphitheater was unearthed in the mid-twentieth century. It is located near the town of Vallebuona and is probably very ancient: it seems to date back to the end of the 1st century BC.

The Roman theater is part of an ancient Romanesque complex, of which it was possible to recover even the baths.

VOLTERRA

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Volterra consists of a complex of 4 villages enclosed within thirteenth-century walls.

The predominant style is the medieval one. In fact, the town has managed to preserve its historical authenticity and allows one to experience an experience beyond the present time.

In addition, there are many museums in Volterra (Pinacoteca, the Museum of Sacred Art, or the Ecomuseum of Alabaster) that contribute to making the city famous also for the artistic testimonies that it is possible to discover inside.

BELVEDERE DI PITIGLIANO

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In the heart of Pitigliano, outside the Palazzo Orsini, the “windows” are positioned.

From the viewpoint offered by these constructions it is possible to admire two different landscape of the surrounding Maremma landscape:

  • to the north the valleys of Prochio and the mass of Monte Amiata
  • to the south the Meleta valley and the remains of the ancient Etruscan necropolis

PITIGLIANO

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Pitigliano is located in the Tuscan Maremma.

Visiting this village is particularly recommended for lovers of urban architectural landscapes.

Pitigiano is in fact a harmonious and fairy town. It houses many historic buildings such as the majestic Palazzo Orsini, the ancient accommodation of the Orsini family.

POPULONIA

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Populonia is one of the ancient Etruscan city-states and is located atop a hill, among those that form the Gulf of Baratti.

At the present inhabited center, the remains of the Etruscan and Roman passage are visible, which have marked it. Also of great importance are the medieval walls, originally built for defense against pirates, as well as the Rocca.

CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA E SAN GENESIO (SAN MINIATO)

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The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Genesio was built in the 12th century.

The Church appears bare outside: the facade was decorated with only ceramic basins. Despite this, the originality and elegance of the building are evident.

On the contrary, the interior has a Neo-Renaissance base, further enriched by ornaments from the Baroque period

SORANO

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Sorano dates back to the Etruscan era and is perched on a natural cliff.

The walls that surround it had a defensive function and were even fortified with ramparts.

From the folkloristic village it is possible to visit the Vie Cave, which are intriguing passages carved into the rock, and the archaeological park of Città del Tufo.

 GIARDINO DEI TAROCCHI (CAPALBIO)

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In the outskirts of Capalbio, in the extreme south of Tuscany, it is possible to explore a truly unusual and enchanting garden: the Tarot Garden.

This space was designed by the visionary Niki de Saint de Phalle in the second half of the last century. The artist’s spectacular sculptures represent the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot cards and are decorated with colored glass, mirrors, and ceramics.

LA VERNA – SANTUARIO DI SAN FRANCESCO

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La Verna is a Franciscan sanctuary nestled in the Casentino area on the top of Monte Penna.

It is said that St. Francis received the stigmata in this structure, during a long period of meditation.

The religious place is surrounded by uncontaminated woods characterized by an equally spiritual atmosphere, named for this the Foreste Sacre, absolutely to visit.

ORBETELLO

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Orbetello rises on narrow strips of land and is surrounded by the lagoon, from which the city itself took its name.

The main sources of livelihood of the town have always been the fish farm and fishing, facilitated by the low tide that characterizes the lagoon waters.

Inside the town, it is possible to admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, while, in its surroundings, it is particularly interesting to admire the lovely port of Talamone.

PIENZA

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In the heart of Val d’Orcia you can explore and discover the cheerful town of Pienza.

Defined by Pascoli as “a city born of a thought of love and a dream of beauty”, the area is perfectly preserved in its original beauty.

In 1996 Pienza (together with Monticchiello), as part of the Val D’Orcia, was recognized as a World Heritage Site.

MUGELLO

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The Mugello International Circuit is 5,245 meters long and features 15 curves. The circuit is owned by Ferrari and is located north of Florence.

The plant hosts motomondiale races, which are always fun and spectacular. For this reason, when you are organizing the itinerary of the Tuscan tour, it can be interesting to study the competition calendar

LAGO DI VAGLI E IL PAESE FANTASMA

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Below the surface of Lake Vagli, in the Garfagnana, lies the ghost town of Fabbriche di Careggine.

From the surface, it is possible to see some elements of the town, which emerges entirely only on the rare occasion when the dam is emptied. During these moments Fabbriche appears preserved in its entirety, with its houses, bridges, and churches.

VALLI DEL CHIANTI

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Between Florence and Siena, nature becomes enveloping and soft. The Chianti hills are verdant and decorated with frequent vines responsible for the production of Chianti Classico wine.

The area is probably considered the heart of Tuscany and is further enriched by the enchanting castles and the pretty villages that surround it. Among these we mention Gaiole, Castellina, Radda and San Casciano.

VAL D’ORCIA

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The Val d’Orcia extends between hills and gullies and is adorned above all by its cypress trees.

On the heights stand several monumental villages, built mainly in the Renaissance style.

In this area, Brunello and other famous Tuscan wines are produced. Other aspects that characterize the zone are the different thermal springs and the strong gastronomic culture, which aims especially at the enhancement of truffles.

CRETE SENESI

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The Crete Senesi are characterized by a typically lunar landscape, and are located in the south-western area of the region.

The lunar term is consistent with the greyish streaks and shades of the clay hills, protagonists of the landscape.

This” locus amoenus” is a true Italian landscape heritage because of it recalls the nuances and atmosphere of the desert, an environment very far from our territory.

COSTE MAREMMANE

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The Maremma is a wetland, a very long coastline very differentiated within it and able to offer a multiplicity of panoramas and experiences.

It extends from Follonica to Monte Argentario.

In the area, you can decide whether to rest on the beach or, instead, participate in intriguing excursions by boat or by trekking.

LAGO DI GRAMOLAZZO

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The lake of Gramolazzo allows you to have a beautiful skyline of the most beautiful peaks of the Apuan Alps.

The basin is well equipped and its waters are green and turquoise.

The area, from the naturalistic point of view, is of great beauty and the mountains seem almost to protect the lake.

PARCO NATURALE DELLA CECINA

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Marina di Cecina we can find the Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve.

The town crops up among long dunes stretch and its surroundings are covered by thick vegetation that wants, in some way, to represent a form of defense of the cultivated areas compared to the sea winds.

In addition, a specific fauna is protected in the reserve: wild rabbits, foxes, weasels, porcupines, roe deer, and badgers.

TERME DI SATURNIA

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Saturnia is home to the most famous thermal spring in Tuscany. Here, in fact, it is possible to use the beneficial water for free at the magical Cascate del Mulino.

The structure of this wellness area is extremely suggestive. In fact, this consists of many small natural pools, similar to flower petals, with a clayey bottom.

The village of Saturnia, on the other hand, was built near an Etruscan necropolis and is known for its liveliness and enjoyment.

 CASCATA DI DIBORRATO

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On the Colle Val d’Elsa and, more precisely, in the upper Val d’Elsa river park, we find the Diborrato waterfalls, characterized by the clear turquoise color of the water.

These can be reached through a stimulating and intriguing itinerary on the banks of the Elsa river, between catwalks and Tibetan bridges.

The largest of the falls is 10 meters high and behind it lies the Bear Cave. In addition, the water of this special waterfall ends up in a sort of a deep and very wide well.

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Tuscany landscape: the country besides art and history

Tuscany is recognized as one of the Italian regions with the richest cultural heritage.

First of all, thanks to the ruins of the Etruscan civilization that its territory hosts.

Secondly, as most of the Tuscan cities and towns have significant expressions of Gothic-Medieval or Renaissance architecture.

Finally, because the cities of Pisa and Florence, among all, are famous for the monuments, from Piazza dei Miracoli to the Cattedrale of Santa Maria del Fiore, and for the artistic works they conceal.

Sometimes the historical and artistic splendor that characterizes the region distracts attention from its other preciousnesses.

In particular, the territory of the region is among the most varied in its landscape.

We can find the Alps, the Apennines, several lakes, the coast and the verdant hill, covered by the best Italian vineyards.

Moreover, the region is particularly attractive for lovers of food and wine tourism.

On one side, because of the quality of Tuscan wine is recognized throughout the rest of the world which requires its continuous export.

On the other hand, since traditional food and flavors are equally famous as they are intertwined with the history of the region and are skilfully linked to the evocative atmospheres that the territory offers.

There are many opportunities and ways in which these other qualities of the territory can be appreciated.

Below we offer the best 10 unconventional ideas that allow you to fully understand the various experiences that nature, food and wine from Tuscany have to offer.

1. National Park of the Casentino Forests

Located between Florence and Arezzo, the Casentinesi Forest National Park is a timeless place, far from the pressures of contemporary society, which became a UNESCO heritage site in 2017.

The landscape is enjoyable especially in autumn, when the foliage is at its most splendid, and offers a mystical space where to meditate and feel in harmony with nature.

You can explore and admire the park, with its ponds and waterfalls, choosing among the many possible suggested itineraries, on foot or by bike, which allow you to delve ably into its woods.

Another interesting aspect of the Park is the biodiversity it protects.

The environment is, in fact, extremely dynamic and interesting from the point of view of wildlife and vegetation.

In particular, WebGis has estimated that the park’s forest heritage has 600 monumental trees.

Tuscan Countryside: National Park of the Casentino Forests

2. Nature train

Another idea that can escape the haste of the post-modern era is the Nature Train.

This particular old train leaves from the Terre di Siena and has a steam locomotive by which it moves at a speed (or rather slowness) that is quite unusual for us.

This allows us to appreciate from a new perspective the transition between villages, parish, vineyards and mountains, and to move with a reduced environmental impact.

The idea is part of a larger project that aims to raise awareness of the possibility of slow sustainable eco-tourism.

The calendar of appointments and the various journeys along the rails of a disused road is drawn up annually.

The proposed itineraries not only cross territories of rare beauty, but are often designed to lead us to the various places in the Val D’Orcia coinciding with important food and wine events that host them.

3. Taste the Vino Nobile in Montepulciano

Between Val D’Orcia and Val di Chiana we find Montepulciano, a town famous both for its thermal area and for the wine it produces, called Vino Nobile.

Going to Montepulciano, in addition to visiting the village, it is a must to explore its wine cellars and vineyards. The first ones are mainly underground and host pleasant tastings where you can participate freely.

The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is produced from a vine variety called Sangiovese “Prugnolo Gentile” and has a garnet red color.

It undergoes an aging process of at least two years and has won numerous awards for its fresh, crisp and unique taste.

Tuscan Countryside: Montepulciano

4. Isola del Giglio and Isola Capraia

For lovers of the maritime landscape, the Tuscan Archipelago can offer extraordinary views.

In particular, the Island of Giglio and the Island of Capraia are probably the most suggestive of the 7 islands that make up the archipelago.

The first can be reached from Porto Santo Stefano, while the second from Livorno.

In these small land areas it is possible to rent a boat to explore its hidden corners, such as coves and cliffs, or to move from one island to another.

For example, taking a speedboat to Capraia you can admire the Old Port Beach and then move on to Baia Bricchetti.

Alternatively you can design curious  walking tours. In fact, the Archipelago also holds a natural park.

A particularly famous and romantic walk is organized on the Island of Giglio, where, in the middle of a pine forest, there is The Lighthouse Of Lovers.

Tuscan Countryside: Isola del Giglio

5. Visit the Valdichiana by bike

Inside the Valdichiana there are several panoramic streets that can be traveled by bike.

This idea is particularly intriguing for athletes, who in addition to wanting to discover Tuscan landscapes are interested in amplifying their experience and “gaining” the prospects that the region has to offer.

An interesting itinerary is the one that from Chiusi winds up to Sarteano.

In fact, this route offers a fascinating view of Lake Chiusi and, later, of the turquoise Lake Trasimeno.

The road, pleasantly windy, circulates among the knotty olive trees and the fragrant vines typical of the region.

For those who decide to undertake this adventure, a gem:

with a small detour you can visit the prehistoric site of Belverde which boasts a complex system of 25 caves.

Moreover, wonderful travertine blocks have formed within them over the millennia.

The route is not particularly difficult, but it is not completely flat, and for the most inexperienced it can be a fun challenge.

6. Food Festival

During your Tuscan tour it is highly recommended to go in search of some food festival.

Many and many are organized to celebrate individual types of foods or traditional dishes.

These festivals can be spread throughout the Tuscan territory and sometimes, given the size of the region, it is possible that more villages decide to celebrate the same product.

Among the main Tuscan gastronomic festivals to be held this autumn we suggest:

9-10 and 16-17 October; San Giovanni d’Asso

Market Exhibition of the White Truffle of the Crete Senesi

12-13 and 19-20 October; Bagnolo (Municipality of Santa Fiora)

Amiata mushroom festival

13.19 and 20 October; Vivo d’Orcia (Castiglione d’Orcia)

Mushroom Festival

18-19-20 and 25-26-27 October; Arcidosso

The Chestnut Festival

19 and 20 October 2019; Santa Fiora

Brown Festival of Santafiorese

October 27th; Campiglia d’Orcia (municipality of Castiglione d’Orcia)

Brown Festival

October 31st, November 3rd; Piancastagnaio

Il Crastatone

End of October (date to be defined); Castell’Azzara

Festive pumpkins

9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 November; San Miniato (Pisa area),

National White Truffle Market Exhibition

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7. The Chianti Classico road

About 7,200 hectares of vineyards make Chianti Classico one of the most important wine types in Italy.

The wine is produced in the Chianti region, a land of ancient winemaking traditions, located between Florence, Siena and Arezzo.

The verdant hills enclose a spectacular landscape: the long rows of Sangiovese vines are surrounded by charming villages and parish churches.

Depending on the days you have available, you can organize a creative trip to discover the flavors and the cheerful towns that animate the area, where it is inevitable to participate in attractive tastings of the precious red.

Among the most important and characteristic villages we find Greve in Chianti, with its Wine Museum, Castellina, where there is a well-known archaeological museum, the fortified city of Barberino Tavarnelle, Gaiole and San Casciano Val di Pesa.

Moreover, the Chianti hills deserve to be explored also for the DOP Chianti Classico olive oil that is produced there.

This has a fruity flavor, flavored with raw artichoke, and has an aftertaste of cut grass.

8. Collect the chestnuts in the Mugello Valley

Located north of Florence, the Mugello Valley abounds in landscapes and views of rare harmony.

The territory is known above all for the cultivation of fruit chestnut groves, a typical product of the region.

Chestnuts are used here mainly for the production of the prized IGP marroni.

These can be eaten fresh or destined for the confectionery industry.

The peasants of the Mugello valley kindly call the chestnut trees ‘the bread tree’.

In fact, these have for a long time been the main way in which their families could receive the necessary sustenance throughout the year.

If you want to organize an excursion, a trip in the woods, out of the ordinary you can contact the Marrone del Mugello IGP Association to find out about where and when program this day.

The product is in fact part of the gastronomic tradition of the area and is therefore protected in its production and in its collection.

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9. Rapolano Terme

Rapolano is a unique and iconic Tuscan land, which is made up of several towns located in the clayey Crete Senesi. Its countryside is wooded and contains several thermal springs and arable land.

Moreover, Rapolano is an area of travertine stone that was formed over the years in the basins and waterfalls where limestone was present.

By planning your own tour of Tuscany, you can decide to visit one of the pools in this less known spa area.

There are two establishments:

1. Terme di San Giovanni; which present a singular geyser within them

2. Terme Antica Querciolaria

An added value to this stage lies in the therapeutic properties of which its thermal waters are full, that is why the springs have been used since Roman times.

10. Ride in the Val Cecina

For animal and adventure lovers, in Val Cecina, located in the central-western area of ​​Tuscany, it is possible to design splendid horseback riding itineraries immersed in nature.

For example, you can ride in the Guardistallo forest and head towards Poggio Gagliardo. Near this village the landscape suddenly and wonderfully turns into a series of vineyards.

At this point you can decide whether to visit a winery or continue towards Casale Marittimo, a small ancient gem part of the ‘wine road’

In particular, when setting out towards the latter it will be necessary to cross a forest of holm oaks, ash trees and downy oaks, and walk the Fosso delle Tane stream for a while.

This is just one of the routes offered in the area, full of stables, which has many other possible routes that can make the natural landscape of the area appreciated.

Tuscan Countryside: Val Cecina

Where to stay in Tuscany

If you want to plan a tour of Tuscany that allows you to experience the flavors and nature of the entire region in a creative way, you should stay in a central area, ideally in the surroundings of Florence.

With the exception of the Tuscan Archipelago, in fact, the Florentine countryside is a good starting point from which to move around to visit the various attractions offered and the countless other offers from the Tuscan territory.

The region, so precious and magnificently ancient, offers accommodations able to maintain the same atmosphere that tourists look for in small villages, to make their experience as seductive as possible.

In particular, the Castle of Volognano is an enchanting neo-gothic structure surrounded by walls. Staying in a similar place is an unmissable opportunity, because it completely reflects the essence of the region.

Furthermore the Castle is located in the outskirts of Florence and is surrounded by greenery, a true paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor adventures.

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Why to visit Siena

If you are wondering why you should visit Siena, here you can find the answer to your question.

Siena is one of the most romantic cities in Italy, it is a small town, full of wonderful Medieval buildings and it is less chaotic than the capital city, Florence.

Siena’s historical past is rooted in the Etruscan period, and the city had its major splendour during the Middle-Ages. During those years the town grew and were built many buildings that are still intact.

Siena is famous around the world for the “Palio”, it is the horse race. It takes place twice a year, usually on July and August, in the main square of the town, Piazza del Campo. The Palio’s tradition is really old and it dates back to 1600. This tradition keeps the local people busy during the all year round to make the celebrations perfect.

The city centre of the town is among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here the most important and precious buildings are Piazza del Campo, known for its particular shape, and the Duomo, that has a Romantic and also Gothic style.

Once you are in Siena you have to taste the local cold cuts, called “Cinta Senese” and, of course, cheese. The Siena’s cheese is made with local milk and its most delicious one are Pecorino delle Crete Senesi and Pecorino di Pienza. Don’t also forget to taste the typical and fresh pasta from Siena, called Pici. This kind of pasta is similar to spaghetti.

All the region is famous for its inimitable wine, Tuscany is the land where many different types of wine are made, as the Brunello, Chianti Colli Senesi, Vernaccia and so on. Thanks to its excellent wines you can take part in a wine tour to taste them and know more about their origins and production methods.

Where is Siena

Siena is located in the central part of Tuscany and it lies at 32 metres above the sea level. The hills surround the town. The city centre is Piazza del Campo, that since the Middle-Ages was the central economic and social part of the town.

Siena top attractions

Siena is a famous city, and its main characteristics are the narrow streets where it is also possible to admire ancient buildings.

But let’s discover what the things you should not miss during your trip to Siena are.

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city. It is one of the biggest medieval squares in the world and it is particular thanks to its shell-shape. The square, as we said previously, hosts twice a year the famous Palio, the horse race.

Piazza del Campo has been, since 1300, the centre of social, political and economic life.

Siena Tuscany: Piazza del Campo

Torre del Mangia

The tower is called Torre del Mangia because it takes the name from its fist guardian that used to “earning eater”, indeed he used to spent all his money eating in the many taverns located around the city of Siena.

The best part of this tower is its amazing landscape. It is high 88 meters and there is not the elevator. 400 steps are waiting for you but the effort will be rewarded. From the top of the tower the sight is breathtaking, and it will leave you speechless.

Duomo

Duomo, or Cathedral, has a white and black façade. The best and particular part of the Cathedral is its interior floor. On it are represented religious stories and esoteric symbols. Unfortunately is possible to visit the floor only at certain times of the year.

Inside the Cathedral, you can also visit the Piccolomini Library and the Piccolomini Chapel, where Michelangelo carved the statues of the niches for three years, from 1501 to 1504. Another valuable part of the church is the pulpit by Nicola Pisano, where is represented the life of Jesus.

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Church of San Domenico

The main characteristic of the Church of San Domenico is the architecture and the relic of the Holy head of Saint Catherine from Siena. The Chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine has frescoes painted by “Il Sodoma”.

Civic Museum

The Civic Museum of Siena is located in Piazza del Campo, inside Palazzo Pubblico. The Museum preserves one of the most famous allegories of the world: a paint made by Ambrogio Lorenzetti that represent the “bad and the good government”.

Palazzo Pubblico

Palazzo Pubblico is located in Piazza del Campo, and it was the house of politicians. The structure has a medieval architecture but also a gothic style.

Baptistery

The Baptistery is located behind the Cathedral. It was built in 1325 and for centuries all the pilgrims that visited Siena, famous or not famous, were baptized into this building. Inside the Baptistery there are frescoes and the baptismal font made of bronze and marble.

Complex of Santa Maria della Scala

The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala is located in front of the Duomo of Siena. Today the complex is a museum but in the past years it was a public hospital dedicated to helping for poor, pilgrims, sick people and abandoned children.

The complex host’s monumental areas, frescos and masterpieces. The museum is big, indeed it is composed by four floors.

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Siena top restaurants

Siena is not only history and beautiful landscapes. Are you ready to discover all the best restaurant, or maybe it is better to say “Osterie” in Siena?

La Taverna di San Giuseppe

La Taverna di San Giuseppe is one of the best place where you can taste the authentic and traditional recipes from Siena. All the types of pasta here are hand-made and if you are a food lover you will love it!

It is located in the heart of the old town, it is only 400 metres from Piazza del Campo. In the evening the restaurant is lit up with candles creating a romantic and special setting.

The food, the atmosphere and the staff make the restaurant excellent.

Osteria Le Sorelline

If you are looking for a classic and simple restaurant Osteria Le Sorelline is the perfect place for you. Here you can find delicious flavours and friendly staff. This restaurant is the ideal setting for a romantic date, a family reunion and a lunch or dinner with friends.

Numero Unico

Numero Unico has a classic style that is in contrast with most of the typical restaurants in Siena. Each dish in this restaurant is perfect, from the main course to the desserts. Once you are in this restaurant don’t miss to taste the marinated rabbit, the honey and coriander seed glazed duck, and at the end of a meal is also important the dessert. Everything will be delicious.

Castel Monastero

Castel Monastero is a hotel restaurant and it is located into the Siena’s hills. The chef of this restaurant is the famous Gordon Ramsay. In the hotel you can find two different hotels: “Contrada”, where you can taste typical and local dishes, and “La Cantina” that is more intimate and light up with candles.

These restaurants are exclusive and luxury but once you are in Siena you cannot miss Gordon Ramsay’s cuisine.

Tre Cristi

Tre Cristi is located in an old building from the XV century. The interior design is a mix between 1920s furnishings and walls full of medieval paintings. Also this restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, thanks to its elegance and location in the historic centre.

In the restaurant is possible to reserve the “Secret Room”, perfect if you are looking for privacy and a special service.

Gino Cacino di Angelo

Gino Cacino is the perfect restaurant where you can find one of the best selections of meat and cheese in Siena. Here the staff can speak fluent English and they can recommend all the best and typical dishes for the tourists. If you go to this restaurant you have to taste their amazing sandwich filled with roast chicken or pork. Delicious!

Siena top wineries

Tuscany is famous for its food and wine. Around the city of Siena, you can find many wineries where you can taste incredible wines and everyone knows that a couple of glasses of wine per day can help your body and your brain to eliminate toxins.

Now let’s discover which are the most famous wineries in Siena.

Cantina del Brunello di Montalcino

This wine shop is one of the most historic in Siena. Here is possible to take part in a wine tasting with the owner that will explain to you the history of all the wines.

Wein Vino Wine

The owner of this wine shop is a sommelier and when he talks about wine you can feel the passion and love for his job. Here is possible to take part to a wine tasting. Furthermore, is also possible to taste biologic wines.

Emporio Mediterraneo

The owners of Emporio Mediterraneo are four friends that in common have the passion for wine. Their wine shop is close to the main Piazza in Siena, Piazza del Campo. Here is possible to relax with a glass of wine and at the same time taste local cheese.

Siena top dishes

Italian cuisine is loved around the world and each region has its traditional dishes. Of course also Siena has many delicious and typical dishes.

Ribollita

Ribollita represent the icon of Tuscan cuisine. It is not easy to find the original one because it takes three days to prepare. The first day is prepared the Minestrone, so it means soup with vegetables. The second day the leftover soup is layered with small pieces of brad. Sometimes the bread can be toasted and rubbed with garlic. Then it is baked with some red onion on the top. The last day the leftovers are reboiled. The name of this dish takes its name from the third day because in English “Ribollita” means “reboil”.

Chicken liver crostini

Toasted bread with liver paste on the top. The liver paste is made from chicken livers, anchovy fillets, capers, butter and chopped sage leaves. Delicious!

Pici

Pici is a kind of pasta, similar to spaghetti. Picci is made with water and wheat flour that is seasoned with pepper and cheese, or sausage, or with garlic and tomato or duck sauce. Whatever is the meal’s dressing you will feel like to be in the heaven.

Siena Tuscany: Pici

Chianina

If you are a lover of beef, Chianina beef is a “must-have” or, in this case, a “must eat”. Chianina beef is raised on pasture.

Cinta Senese

Cinta Senese is a particular breed of pigs.  Usually, it is eaten as an appetizer or snack with croutons, cheese or honey.

Siena Tuscany Cinta Senese

Cavallucci

The origin of Cavallucci is ancient. Cavallucci are biscuits that, in the past, were eaten by people who travelled by horse because they stay fresh for a long time. Years ago these cookies were made with flour, honey and sugar. Their shape is round and flat. Today they are made with candied orange peels and anise. These ingredients give to the biscuit an original and unique taste.

Siena Tuscany: Cavallucci

Ricciarelli

Ricciarelli has a taste of almond, tender inside and crispy on the outside. Ricciarelli ingredients’ are orange peel and candied citron. These elements combined with almond give to the cookies a delicate taste. In Siena each bakery has its way to make these biscuits so our suggestion is to taste the cookies in different places.

Siena Tuscany: Ricciarelli

Panforte

The name Panforte is a Tuscan way to say that something has a strong taste. This is a kind of sweet bread. Flour, honey and pieces of fresh fruit or dried fruit, these are its ingredients.

How to get to Siena

You can reach Siena in different ways: car, train, plane or bus.

The choice of transportation depends on where you are leaving from. If you are close to Tuscany you can go by car, bus or train and these are the cheapest solutions.

If you are not close to Tuscany then is better to reach Siena by plane. The main airport is located in Florence. Once you arrive in Florence you can go to Siena by bus or rent a car.

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Train Rome to Tuscany: choose your destination

Train Rome to Tuscany

Rome is both a great metropolis, with 3 million inhabitants, and a city of art.

It looks like an open-air museum: it holds unique masterpieces and monuments, famous throughout the world, such as the Pantheon or the Colosseum. Perhaps for this reason the Italian capital is capable of attracting 11 million tourists a year.

Inside there are 84 railway stations, located at strategic points in the city. Despite their number, rail traffic continues to have an impact mainly on the Termini and Tiburtina ones. In fact, these two depots are also nodes of high-speed trains.

In particular, Termini is famous for being the Italian railway station with more racing and track traffic: it is traveled by about 850 trains and 480,000 passengers per day.

Thanks to the efficiency of Italian railways it is easy to reach the main Tuscan cities from Rome. In fact, Tuscany is crossed by the main Italian railways.

This is useful, especially because the beautiful region inevitably is part of the itinerary scheduled by any Italian tourist tour.

Let’s look specifically at the various options for moving from Rome to the main Tuscan centers.

Trains Rome to Florence

Florence is a city of extraordinary beauty, rich in art and with unmissable Renaissance architectural works.

Moreover, starting from the Tuscan chief town it is possible and easy to explore the other wonderful places of Tuscany.

For these reasons, the city is the second Italian favorite destination for tourists, who often decide to move to the Tuscan capital after visiting Rome.

There are many solutions proposed by the Italian railway system able to satisfy this choice. In particular, we have Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Intercitynotte, Regionale and Italotreno trains that provide this transfer.

However, these different options can lead to very different journeys, due to the price and duration:

  • Frecciargento takes 1h 12’ and the price of the ticket starts from € 50.00.
  • Frecciarossa requires 1h 32’ and costs minimum € 50.00.
  • The Regionale Veloce train needs 3h 35’, but it is the cheapest solution, in fact you can buy a ticket for € 21.65.
  • The Intercitynotte travels in 3h 09 ‘for € 34.00
  • Italo, finally, brings in 1h 20’ to Florence for a price that varies from € 21.90 to € 44.90, based on days and times.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
17:12 Roma Termini20:48 Firenze SMN3h 36′Regionale Veloce 2316From € 21,65
17:20 Roma Termini18:51 Firenze SMN1h 31′Frecciarossa 9556From € 50,00
17:35 Roma Termini19:07 Firenze SMN1h 32′Frecciargento 9446From € 50,00
18:12 Roma Termini21:20 Firenze SMN3h 08′Intercity 596From € 37,00
Train Rome to Tuscany: Florence

Trains Rome to Siena     

Siena is a city opulent in history, immersed in the fascinating Tuscan countryside.

In particular, the town still retains a medieval charm that makes it unique and recognizable. For this reason and for the famous Palio di Siena which takes place twice a year, it is a popular tourist destination.

Despite being, in the air line, one of the Tuscan provinces closest to Rome (230 km against the 270 of Florence), it is not well connected with the capital. Therefore, moving between the two cities necessarily requires a change and several hours of travel.

The solutions proposed by Trenitalia for this itinerary are however frequent (every 20 minutes) and different:

  • Regionale Veloce + Regionale; this option is particularly economical as the ticket costs only € 17.40, but lasts 3h 38’ because it provides for the call to Chiusi-Chianciano Terme.
  • Frecciarossa + Regionale; a combination that requires a change in Florence Santa Maria Novella and that is not very convenient, because it takes 3 hours and 15 minutes and you have to pay € 59.90.
  • Intercity + Regionale; also with a stopover in Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, it is the fastest solution (only 3 hours) and involves a minimum cost of € 29.70.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
16:20 Roma Termini19:38 Siena3h 18′Frecciarossa 9552From € 59,50
16:39 Roma Tiburtina20:03 Siena3h 24′Intercity 596From € 29,70
17:12 Roma Termini21:22 Siena4h 10′Regionale Veloce 2316
Regionale Veloce 6922
From € 17,40

Trains Rome to Grosseto

Grosseto is located in an area called Maremma and is the main center for Tuscan seaside tourism. In fact, compared to the other chief town, two of the aspects for which it is famous are its beaches and nightlife.

Despite this peculiarity, this city contains monuments of special beauty, such as the Duomo and the Fortezza Medicea, and has a strong food and wine tradition.

Being the southernmost chief town of Tuscany, Grosseto is very close to Rome (190 km away) and a minimum time is required to move between the two cities.

The best choice to make this move is definitely the train, especially because it allows to avoid traffic and Ferrovie Italiane offers solutions every half hour.

Options include:

  • Frecciabianca;

duration = 1h 40’

price = € 28.50

  • Regionale Veloce;

duration = 2h 10’

price = € 13

  • Intercity;

duration = 1h 30’

price = € 24

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
15:57 Roma Termini17:36 Grosseto1h 39′Intercity 518From € 24,00
16:12 Roma Termini18:23 Grosseto2h 11′Regionale Veloce 2344From € 13,35
16:57 Roma Termini18:37 Grosseto1h 40′Frecciabianca 8626From € 28,50
Train Rome to Tuscany: Maremma

Trains Rome to Pisa        

Pisa is famous throughout the world for Piazza dei Miracoli. In fact, this space contains 3 spectacular monuments such as the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Baptistery, and has recently been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.

The city is located in the northern part of Tuscany, so it is 355 km far from Rome. However, the two cities are well connected at the railway level, so the journey is far from tiring.

In fact, there are very many possible routes to move between the two cities, so we will report only the most functional ones:

  • Frecciarossa + Regionale; with a trip of 3h 05’ and a price that starts from € 58, it includes a stopover in Florence Santa Maria Novella.
  • Intercity; a direct solution for € 38, which includes a 3-hour journey.
  • Regionale Veloce; the cheapest choice (the ticket costs only 24 euros), but also the longest, with 4 hours as travel time
  • Frecciargento + Regionale Veloce; a € 58 option, which includes 2h 54 ’of travel and the change of the train at the Florence station.
  • Frecciabianca; this last alternative provides for slightly shorter times than the others (about 2 hours and 50 minutes) at a price of € 48 per ticket.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
15:57 Roma Termini19:00 Pisa Centrale3h 03′Intercity 518From € 38,00
16:05 Roma Termini19:04 Pisa Centrale2h 59′Frecciarossa 1000 9342
Regionale 23369
From € 58,70
16:12 Roma Termini20:15 Pisa Centrale1h 32′Regionale Veloce 2344From € 24,15
16:35 Roma Termini19:29 Pisa Centrale2h 54′Frecciargento 8448
Regionale Veloce 3147
From € 58,70

Trains Rome to Arezzo  

Arezzo is a city with very ancient features, which still fully preserves the signs of the Etruscan people and the Roman Empire. In particular, the Pieve and the Amphitheater are among the most interesting examples of Romanesque architecture never known.

As for its rail link with the capital, Arezzo enjoys some direct, but not particularly frequent, solutions, every hour or so.

The options that you can choose are 3:

  1. Intercity; includes 2 hours and 25 minutes of travel and a charge of € 27.50.
  2. Regionale Veloce; requires 2h 30’ for the distance and the ticket costs only € 14.75, so it is the most advantageous option.
  3. Frecciargento; if you have little time it is certainly the most convenient choice because the train takes only 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach Arezzo, but to buy a ticket you need 42 euros.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
17:12 Roma Termini19:43 Arezzo2h 31′Regionale Veloce 2316From € 14,75
18:12 Roma Termini20:24 Arezzo2h 12′Intercity 598From € 27,50
18:50 Roma Termini20:00 Arezzo1h 10′Frecciargento 9450From € 42,00
Train Rome to Tuscany: Arezzo

Trains Rome to Lucca     

Lucca is a lively city of art, known above all for its Renaissance walls that enclose the historic center.

Probably the best choice for a tourist who is looking for niche places, unconventional, but rich in monuments to visit and discover. It can also be a pleasant destination for families, thanks to its beautiful green spaces and its Botanical Garden.

Moving between Rome and Lucca necessarily requires the use of more trains. However, the alternatives are numerous and very frequent.

Here are some possible combinations:

  • Frecciabianca up to Pisa and Regionale;

duration = 3h 10’

price = € 52

  • Frecciarossa up to Florence Santa Maria Novella and Regionale;

duration = 3h 10’

price = € 58

  • Regionale up to Florence Santa Maria Novella and Regionale;

duration = 5h 30’

price = € 25.65

  • Frecciargento up to Florence Santa Maria Novella and Regionale;

duration = 3h 30’

price = € 58

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
05:35 Roma Termini09:23 Lucca3h 48′Frecciargento 9400
Regionale 3046
From € 57,90
05:45 Roma Tiburtina09:23 Lucca3h 38′Frecciarossa 9502
Regionale 3046
From € 57,90
06:05 Roma Termini09:20 Lucca3h 15′Frecciabianca8602
Regionale 3051
From € 52,10
06:12 Roma Termini12:47 Lucca6h 35′Regionale Veloc 2336
Regionale 6761
From € 25,65

Trains Rome to Livorno 

Born as a fishermen’s village, Livorno is still a beautiful port town overlooking the Ligurian Sea.

Since ancient times exploited as a place of naval passage more than a place to stay, it deserves greater attention for the fascinating monuments and viewpoints it houses, such as the New Fortress and the Mascagni Terrace.

Moreover, its urban/maritime landscape makes it a rare pearl of the already rich region.

The Italian railway network allows an efficient connection between Rome and Livorno, allowed both by direct solutions and by combinations of several lines:

  • Regionale; it takes 3 hours and 40 minutes, but it is a very economical solution, in fact to take it you have to spend only € 23.
  • Frecciabianca; convenient if you have no time to lose, it requires 2h 40’and costs € 45.
  • Frecciarossa + Regionale Veloce; it is not the most advantageous choice, because it foresees a change in Florence Santa Maria Novella, the journey takes 3 h 30 min and costs 60 €.
  • Regionale Veloce + Regionale; also this solution is not recommended, in fact, despite the price of the ticket is only € 28, it needs to change in Florence and spend 5 hours and 15 minutes on the train.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
15:15 Roma Tiburtina18:11 Livorno Centrale3h 48′Frecciarossa 9338
Regionale Veloce 3177
From € 60,10
15:47 Roma Termini18:44 Livorno Centrale2h 47′IntercityFrom € 36,50
16:12 Roma Termini19:53 Livorno Centrale3h 41′Regionale Veloce 2344From € 22,85
16:57 Roma Termini12:47 Livorno Centrale2h 41′Frecciabianca 8628From € 45,00
Train Rome to Tuscany: Livorno

Trains Rome to Massa Carrara

Massa is the northernmost capital of Tuscany, and therefore the most distant from Rome.

Among the most beautiful architectural works guarded by the city we find the Malaspina Castle and the Duomo.

Moreover, from the city it is possible to admire both the sea of ​​the Ligurian Gulf and the beautiful peaks of the Apuan Alps.

Despite its considerable distance from the capital, the railway network offers excellent solutions for traveling to the curious Massa and starting the Tuscan tour from the northern area.

For example, you can choose between:

  • Frecciarossa + Regionale; making a stop in Santa Maria Novella, it allows you to make the journey in 3h and 50’, but costs € 62
  • Frecciabianca; with a ticket that  you can buy with€ 52, runs the itinerary in just 3h and 25’.
  • Intercity; the probably most advantageous solution, leads to Massa in 3 hours and 30 minutes and is € 41.50
  • Regionale Veloce + Regionale; not a particularly convenient choice because it provides a train change in Pisa and lasts 5 h, but it should be taken into consideration for its price which is only 27 €.

Examples:

DepartureArrivalDurationTrainPrice
11:57 Roma Termini15:23 Massa Centro3h 26′Frecciabianca 8616From € 52,00
12:12 Roma Termini17:11 Massa Centro4h 59′Regionale Veloce 2340
Regionale 11858
From € 26,65
12:20 Roma Termini16:14 Massa Centro3h 54′Frecciarossa 9528
Regionale Veloce3133
Regionale 11854
From € 66,80
12:40 Roma Tiburtina17:41 Massa Centro5h 01′Intercity 590
Regionale 23365
From € 48,80
12:50 Roma Termini16:43 Massa Centro3h53′Frecciargento 8434
Regionale 23363
From 61,80
13:12 Roma Termini18:12 Massa Centro5h 00′Regionale 23652
intercity 684
From 36,85

Tips: where to stay in Tuscany

Tuscany offers unique and special accommodations.

If you are looking for a place to stay for a breathtaking tour of the region, you should probably look for a characteristic solution between Florence and its surroundings.

In fact, the capital is located in the center of Tuscany and not only is it a must visit, but it also allows you to move skillfully towards the other points of interest that the territory has to offer.

Among all the possible accommodations, Volognano is an 1100 castle located near Florence.

It is a solution out of the ordinary, which would allow you to fully experience the atmosphere of the region right from the night, thanks to the antique furniture that recall the Renaissance character.

Moreover, it has a strategic position because it is located in an area of great attraction both for the cultural tourism of the city, and for the food and wine tourism of the Chianti area.                                                                                                  

Train Rome to Tuscany: Chianti

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Siena to Florence

How far is Florence from Siena

There are several ways to get from Siena to Florence. This could be an important feature because of the historical significance and the beauty of both these cities make them essential stops of your own Tuscan tour.

Siena is a Tuscan city that overflows with medieval architecture and a bucolic landscape.

Famous and visited since ancient times for the great Palio di Siena, in reality this city presents many other opportunities and places to visit, also in its surroundings.

Unmissable points of interest of the city are Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia, Piazza del Duomo, Garden of Pecci (especially enjoyable if you are on a family trip) and Piccolomini Library

Florence is probably the most suggestive Italian city. Cot of the greatest Renaissance artists, it is still today famous for the artistic and architectural works it hosts, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Boboli Gardens and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Siena to Florence: Siena

Siena is located in the southern part of Tuscany, while Florence is in the central part. The two picturesque cities are 76.4 km/47,47 miles away.

The territory located between them is as enjoyable as the two urban centers themselves. In fact, the Chianti hills is one of the main attractive areas for enogastronomical tourism:

this countryside boasts many wineries, among the best in Italy, located near beautiful villages such as San Gimignano, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Therefore, between Siena and Florence it is possible to organize exciting wine tours that lead to visit vineyards, wineries and join wine tastings.

Moreover, the wineries are often part of farms, able to attract even the youngest visitors.

Finally, this countryside is also particularly interesting to explore for the castles it hides, including the Castle of Brolio and the Castle of Sammezzano.

Siena to Florence: greve in chianti

HOW TO GET THERE BY TRAIN

The train is a comfortable and convenient way to move from Siena to Florence.

In particular, every hour there is a regional train that takes you directly to the Santa Maria Novella station.

Alternatively, it is possible to change trains in Empoli. This combination of two different regional railway lines takes place more frequently (about each 30 minutes).

Both routes have an average duration of 1 hour and 40 minutes, but the first solution is slightly faster usually.

Such way to travel is certainly cheap (the ticket costs less than 10 euros) and avoids traffic.

SIENA TO FLORENCE BY BUS  

There are valid other options to reach Florence. Among all these there is the bus, that is considered by many people the best way to make this trip.

Exactly in the center of Siena, in Piazza Gramsci, it is possible to catch the bus. The races are numerous, both on weekdays and on holidays, and lead to a bus station adjacent to Santa Maria Novella.

The ticket price is very similar to that of the train but the journey lasts only 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The most interesting feature of this solution is that it will allow you to stay relaxed and to enjoy the Tuscan landscape, from villages perched to enchanted hills.

Siena to Florence: viti

SIENA TO FLORENCE BY CAR 

The car is the trasport chosen mostly by those who want to be independent.

In fact, it allows to study an ‘ad hoc’ itinerary and manage the timing independently. Furthermore, in this way it is achievable to satisfy one’s curiosity and let oneself be carried away by the landscape.

In general, three routes are usually offered:

  1. The ‘Raccordo Autostradale Florence-Siena’ has a journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

It is certainly the fastest route and it offers exciting “escapes” along its itinerary, such as San Gimignano, Certaldo, Badia a Passignano and Barberino Val d’Elsa. This latter village

hides a Locus Amoenus which is a real rarity:

The SottoVico garden, unique in its kinds because it mainly contains succulent plants, many of which come from exotic places and are difficult to admire otherwise.

  • The Regional Road 222 is slightly longer and more climbed. In fact, it takes from Siena to Florence in 1 hour and 50 minutes, but it’s making it up to you:

it passes among the enchanting vineyards in the heart of the Chianti region and offers you the opportunity to stop and taste the local delicacies.

  • Finally, if you pass through the Provincial Road 540 and then take the A1 it is possible to arrive in Florence in 1 hour and 40 minutes. However, this route is probably worst: it is less suggestive and includes a toll.
Siena to Florence: San Gimignano

SIENA TO FLORENCE BY BIKE

For those who consider themselves more unconventional it possible to travel by bike among Siena and Florence, thanks of the proximity between them and the characteristics of the territory.

it is reasonable to move from Siena to Quercegrossa, then to Castellina in Chianti, to Ponzano, to Greve in Chianti and finally to Florence. It might be the fastest and the better route, but the time taken can range according to the km/h (or mph) and the rhythm you are traveling. Probably are required 280 minutes in the saddle and we also need to consider the necessary breaks to rest and have lunch.

However, many different itineraries are conceivable, especially if you decide to split the trip over more days. This would allow you to adequately visit famous medieval villages such as Certarlo, Colle Val d’Elsa and the Fortress of Monteriggioni, but it could be very expensive.

Siena to Florence: Castellina in chianti

DISTANCES FROM SIENA TO OTHER CITIES IN TUSCANY                                                                     

It is likely to organize a memorable tour of Tuscany starting from Siena. In fact, the city, located in the south of the region, is close to other wonderful places rich in culture and traditions.

To plan your trip in the best way you need to know the distance of these other places from Siena

Distances from Siena

  • Florence: 76,4 km/47,47 miles
  • Pisa: 122 km/75,81 miles
  • Lucca: 146 km/90,72 miles
  • Chianti: 45,6 km/ 28,33 miles
  • San Gimignano: 43,3 km/26,90 miles
  • Montepulciano: 65,3 km/ 40,58 miles
  • Arezzo: 70,2 km/43,62 miles

After being overwhelmed by the magnificent gothic that characterizes Siena what will you choose? Will you visit the tower of Pisa or will you enter the walls of Lucca?

Have a good trip!

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Tuscany Region: map of less known incredible attractions

Beauty is everywhere in Tuscany, from the well known cities of art like Florence, Siena and Pisa to less known small towns, unconventional destinations that can transform your holiday in a unique journey among Tuscany and its beautiful towns.

Get out of the ordinary holiday and explore Tuscany and its less known incredible places, far from the crowd, to truly live this land.

Discover little pearls hide in the countryside and plan a day trip here to fully enjoy these small towns, incredible places of beauty that will make you a true connoisseur of Tuscany.

Let you inspire by these incredible places and plan your tour with our map of Tuscany towns and their hidden destinations.

 

 

Map of Tuscany and its beautiful towns

tuscany towns map

  1. Barberino Val d’Elsa (Florence)

tuscany towns - florence

Barberino Val d’Elsa is a beautiful small town near Florence, just 20 mi apart.

Visiting this place you can admire all the medieval charm of Tuscany, immersing yourself in enchanting buildings and alleys that brings you back in time.

The buildings in this town tell the story of this place, a story of wars and alliances between families and near cities, represented in Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo del Cardinale.

Barberino Val d’Elsa is enclosed by the ancient defensive wall and there are two entrance, Porta Fiorentina (the Florentine Gate) and Porta Senese (the Siena Gate).

For a day trip from Florence this hidden town is perfect to discover all the ancient charm of Tuscany.

 

  1. Anghiari (Arezzo)

tuscany towns near arezzo

Immersed in the beautiful countryside of Valtiberina Anghiari is a small fascinating medieval town. Surrounded by strong defensive walls Anghiari has been for centuries the ground of great events for Tuscan history.

In the ceiling of Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence, the famous artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci painted one of the most important events here, The Battle of Anghiari.

In the historic center of the town you can see how time has passed creating a wonderful scenario, walking among churches, ancient buildings and alleys, and from here you can admire the view of the surrounding nature, with woods and other towns lost in the countryside.

Anghiari is only 15 miles far from Arezzo and you can reach this enchanting place with a few minutes of driving.

 

  1. Barga (Lucca)

tuscany towns near lucca

photo: giannellachannel.info

In the north part of Tuscany, Barga is a beautiful small town in the area of Garfagnana.

Barga is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll surrounded by nature and beautiful historical buildings, such as Palazzo Balduini and Palazzo Pancrazi, mansions of important aristocratic families of the town.

Barga is also linked to the life of Giovanni Pascoli, one of the most important Italian poet of nineteenth century.

Here you can visit the beautiful house where the poet lived for seventeen years writing some of its most important works, a mansion where culture reign in a fascinating atmosphere.

Barga is a beautiful destination for a day trip from Lucca and Massa discovering less known places in the beautiful Tuscany.

 

  1. Casale Marittimo (Pisa)

tuscany towns near pisa

Casale Marittimo is a wonderful medieval town on the top of a hill, facing the valley of Cecina river. From the town you can admire a wonderful view that reaches the sea and the Tuscan Arcipelago, the coast is only 8 miles away.

The countryside surrounding the town produces fine wines and oils that you can taste in the local restaurants.

Casale Marittimo dates back to the year 1000 and here you can find beautiful historical sites such as the Palazzo Rocca, the Church of Sant’Andrea.

Near Casale Marittimo there is the ruins of an Etruscan village and the fascinating necropolis of Casa Nocera.

Visiting Casale Marittimo is a wonderful journey between the lush countryside and the coast, discovering an unconventional destination for your holiday in Tuscany.

 

  1. Casole d’Elsa (Siena)

tuscany towns near siena

Nestled in the hills of Chianti, Casole d’Elsa is a charming town from wich you can admire the breathtaking landscape of Siena countryside.

Casole d’Elsa is the typical medieval town, surrounded by strong walls and on the top of a hill, guarding the nearby lands.

Now this place gifts incredible views of Chianti, including San Gimignano and Volterra, two famous cities near Siena.

In Casole d’Elsa there is a magical mix of history and art, indeed the medieval walls and other ancients buildings are now a wonderful background for museums and galleries scattered throughout the town.

Casole d’Elsa is the perfect place where to admire beautiful landscapes in a day trip from Siena.

 

  1. Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina (Pisa)

tuscany towns near pisa

Castelnuovo di Val Cecina is a beautiful small town in the rolling hills between Pisa and Florence, where olive groves and vineyards surrounds hamlets lost in the countryside.

This town has inside interesting archeological remains of several historical period, dating back even to the Etruscans. You can admire these treasures preserved here and in the nearby woods.

This town is the perfect destination for nature lovers, from Castelnuovo start many paths for trekking and hiking, making an incredible journey among towns and woods.

 

  1. Certaldo (Florence)

tuscany towns near Florence

photo: visittuscany.com

Certaldo is a suggestive medieval hamlet just 30 miles far from Florence. At a first glance Certaldo might seem the typical Tuscan small town, full of historical buildings and great natural landscapes, but there is more to know about.

Certaldo is divided into two parts, the high part is Certaldo Castello, the oldest and more charateristic part of the town, and the other is Certaldo Basso, that has a more recent history dating back the 19th century.

Certaldo has a characteristic city planning with several little squares scattered in the town, with stone staircases and alleys that connect them.

The town is famous throughout Tuscany for being the birthplace of the poet Giovanni Boccaccio, writer of a masterpiece of classic literature such as “The Decameron”.

Even now, spectacular re-enactments are staged throughout the year in honor of the great poet of Certaldo.

 

  1. Abetone Cutignano (Pistoia)

tuscany towns near pistoia

photo: bandierearancioni.it

This beautiful small town in the high mountain of Tuscany, is the perfect destination for nature and winter sports lovers.

During winter Abetone Cutignano is covered with fresh white snow, and the mountain becomes a wonderful background for skiing and snowboarding.

For those who love a peaceful stroll the town is perfect for an adventure exploring the historic center and its alleys.

The municipality of Abetone Cutignano was created only in 2017 with the union of the former towns of Abetone and Cutigliano.

This beautiful town in the mountains is perfect for a winter holiday skiing and enjoying a different face of Tuscany.

 

  1. Fosdinovo (Massa Carrara)

tuscany towns near massa carrara

Fosdinovo is a unique town in the north of Tuscany, with a mix of sea and mountains that gifts unforgettable views to its visitors.

From the height of the mountain you can admire the Tyrrhenian sea, just 8 miles away, and breathe the fresh air of mountain nature.

In Fosdinovo soars Malaspina Castle, a beautiful fortress of 11th century representing the feudal age of the town and now a charming building to visit admiring all its history.

This town is also perfect for those who love to hike and explore nature, Fosdinovo is full of beautiful paths that leads to the surrounding woods.

 

  1. Pitigliano (Grosseto)

tuscany towns near grosseto

When you arrive in Pitigliano you cannot but be struck by its unique shape, at the top of a hill, overhanging, carved out of the tuff rock since the Romans age.

The houses in this small town have developed in height to make the most of the narrow space on which it stands, forming beautiful medieval towers.

Strolling in the historic center of Pitigliano through alleys and small squares you reach the characteristic Jewish ghetto.

Since 1500 in this town there is a large Jewish community who contributed with its buildings and the Synagogue to make Pitigliano even more unique and charming.

Pitigliano is one of a kind among all the small towns in the Tuscan countryside, and all its peculiarities make it one of our beautiful unknown pearl.

 

  1. Suvereto (Livorno)

tuscany towns near livorno

Suvereto has all the charm of the typical medieval town, immersed in the nature of the countryside, surrounded by strong defensive walls and full of beautiful historical building inside.

Suvereto is located between the sea and the hills, in Val di Cornia, a countryside area near the Etruscan coast.

In the town there are several interesting religious buildings, such as the Church of San Giusto, a Roman church dated 9th century.

Another interesting religious site is the Convent of San Francesco, a beautiful convent with cloister dated 12th century that now hosts many cultural events.

Suvereto is a wonderful town where time seems to have stopped, visiting it is a journey in all the medieval beauty of Tuscany.

 

  1. Chiusi (Siena)

tuscany towns near siena

Chiusi is a small town in the south of Tuscany, with a long history marked in its walls and buildings.

The town dates back to Etruscan age, when Chiusi was an important center for the nearby villages.

Chiusi preserves its past and the clear signs of the time with Etruscan, Roman and medieval buildings that coexist in the town creating a wonderful historical atmosphere.

Walking around Chiusi you can admire Cathedral, one of the oldest in Tuscany dating back the 6th century, and its museum.

The Museum of the Cathedral is hidden under the town, in the Labyrinth of Porsenna, a series of old Etruscan tunnels that you can visit from the Cathedral.

Porsenna is a wonderful hidden place to discover by walking through its alleys and buildings.

 

  1. Radicofani (Siena)

tuscany towns near siena

Located below an imposing medieval fortress overlooking the valley, Radicofani is a unique town to visit.

From Radicofani you can notice immediately the Rocca, one of the biggest and most important forts in Tuscany, built in the 9th century and since then guarding the land below with its strong walls.

Now the fortress is a beautiful museum that shows all the history of this place, from its construction under the Carolingian to the Medici’s period, including remains of Etruscan and Roman age found in the nearbies.

Visiting the fortress you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the valley and its lush vegetation surrounding the town.

Visiting Radicofani and its impressing fortress is a journey through the history of Tuscany in a less known towns of great beauty.

 

  1. Vinci (Florence)

tuscany towns near firenze

Vinci is a wonderful town not far from Florence, in the hills of Montalbano area. Vinci is the birthplace of one of the greatest minds in history, Leonardo da Vinci, and visiting the town is a journey among the story of its genius.

Here in Vinci there is the Leonardo Museum, the greatest collection of models and machines invented by Leonardo and built with the directions left in its many notebooks preserved here.

In the museum you can admire all the genius of Leonardo in its works and studies preserved here.

Walking around the town you will find a mix of ancient and modern coexisting together, like the medieval Church of Santa Croce and the modern Piazza dei Guidi, designed by a contemporary artist taking inspiration from Leonardo’s works.

Vinci is a beautiful pearl of Tuscany, a place where culture reigns in antique and modern buildings creating a unique town.

 

  1. Sorano (Grosseto)

tuscany towns near grossetoSorano is a wonderful small town of Etruscan age, where you can admire the greatest expression of the architecture of that time.

Sorano preserves the mark of the centuries in its buildings; founded by Etruscan, passed through Romans and medieval age up to Renaissance, that refined and influenced its architecture.

All the territory surrounding the town is rich in castles and forts of medieval age such as Castello di Montebuono and Rocca di Castell’Ottieri.

Sorano is near another town in this list, Pitigliano (number 10 on this list), and the landscape here is very similar, carved in the tuff rock that defines its borders.

In Sorano you can visit Città del Tufo, a natural park where are preserved important archeological remains found in the area.

Visiting Soverano and its near is a wonderful journey in the Etruscan age discovering an unknown face of Tuscany.

 

 

On this list we showed you how beauty in Tuscany is everywhere, even away from the most famous attractions. To make your journey in Tuscany unique and special, it is a good idea to choose less known destinations such as small towns, visiting them you will discover a new face of Tuscany following our map of incredible destinations.

 

 

Volognano: the best accommodation for an amazing small towns tour in Tuscany 

Best accomodation in Tuscany

If you are looking for a wonderful tour among small hidden pearls of Tuscany you need the right accommodation where to start your jorney.

Volognano is a castle of the 1100 near Florence, immersed in vineyards and olive groves giving you the opportunity to stay in an accommodation engaged in the wonderful art of winemaking.

In Volognano you can taste wines and local products, know how to perfectly pair wines and food and learn to cook the best tuscan recipes at the cooking classes making a dive into this fantastic land and its flavors.  The castle is a charming accommodation for your holidays in Tuscany. Relax swimming into the pool surrounded by lemon trees, stroll in the Italian garden around the castle or simply stay in one of its rooms finely furnished with antiques decors.

 

Located in the Chianti area, just 10 miles from Florence, Volognano is the perfect place to stay in the Tuscan countryside and move from Florence living your holiday among the most wonderful towns of Tuscany.

 

 

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Tuscany travel: top travel guide for real travellers

If you are thinking of travelling to Tuscany and you are looking for a travel guide, you can find some suggestions here.

The most important travel guides about Tuscany are:

  • Lonely Planet: This is one of the most famous travel guides thanks to its dynamic spirit and style. In this travel guide, you can find more than 29 different tours and along with car routes. This way, you will discover more than 4000 years of architecture, culture, arts and typical dishes.
  • Rick Steves: This 17th edition it is dedicated to Tuscany and particularly to Florence. This travel guideadvices on  how to get the most out of your time and money, how to connect with local culture, detailed maps, and so on.
  • Fodor’s Travel: One advantage of this travel guide is that a local expert has written it. On it, you can find incredible pictures about monuments, food, architecture and all the most important things that make Tuscany the Italian masterpiece. Furthermore, it is possible to find complete “Best of” list about the best things to do, visit, eat and much more.

Pack your suitcase and travel through the fantastic history, culture and natural beauties of Tuscany.

Tuscany trip where to go

Tuscany is an Italian Region full of impressive landscapes, history medieval villages, and countryside.

In Tuscany, you can taste some of the best Italian wines and, of course, delicious dishes.

A trip to Tuscany is more than a journey. It is a collection of adventures, flavours and emotions. It will be a different trip than usual, to discover new cities and even yourself.

Once you are in Tuscany you have to go to the main cities of the Region: Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Arezzo.

Tuscany trip what to visit: Florence

Tuscany vacations Florence

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. It is undoubtedly the most famous and attractive city in Tuscany. The Romans have founded it in the first century B.C., and later, it became the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

From the 14th to the 16th century, Florence was the most important city in Europe thanks to its political, cultural, and economic power.

Florence’s most magnificent splendour was during the XV Century, under the rule of the Medici Family. Since then, many artists visited the city and fallen in love with it.

We still can admire their paintings, sculptures and masterpieces such as the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, that attracts thousands of tourists every day, the Brunelleschi Cathedral, the Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, who is the protector saint of the city. It is covered in white Carrara Marble and Prato green.

The Uffizi Gallery, where is located the private collection of the Medici Family, composed by ancient statues and busts. This museum opened for its first time in 1591, and it is one of the most famous and visited gallery in the world.

In the museum are preserved the masterpieces of important painters and sculptors such as Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Goya, Tiziano, Mantegna, Raffaello and, in addition, many works by European painters: mostly German, Flemish and Dutch. The collections are from the XIV Century and Reinassance period.

Once you are in Florence, you have to visit also Palazzo Pitti and its beautiful and private Boboli Gardens. In the garden, you can find statues, the Museo degli Argenti, the Galleria del Costume and the Porcelain Museum.

Don’t miss the chance to visit also Palazzo Vecchio, the Medici Chapels, the National Museum of Bargello, the Academy Gallery.

Just as the artists of the past, you will fall in love with this incredible and unique city.

Tuscany trip what to visit: Pisa

Tuscany vacations Pisa

Pisa is an old city in Tuscany with Etruscan origins, which later became a Roman settlement. Thanks to the Roman colony, today there are many remains such as religious and civil buildings, streets and squares.

During the XI century, the city reached its most significant prestige as an important naval base and trade.

The Leaning Tower, or Pisa Tower, is undoubtedly the most important monument in Pisa and its main feature is the precarious leaning angle which attracts millions of tourists every year. It is the Bell Tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Construction of the tower occurred in three stages over 199 years, from 1173 to 1319, when the seventh floor was completed. In this Tower, there are seven bells that represent the note of the major musical scale.

In Pisa you can also visit many other monuments such as the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, and the ancient Church of S. Paolo a Ripa d’Arno. This one is an example of Roman architecture.

While you are in Pisa you should also visit the Borgo Stretto. It is the historical street of the city, where you can discover ancient buildings from the XIV and XV centuries. At the end of this street, there is Borgo Largo. These two “Borghi” are the main commercial areas of the city, full of shops and restaurants where you can taste some typical dish from Pisa.

Tuscany trip what to visit: Siena

Tuscany vacations Siena

Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, culture and the “Palio”, horse races held twice each year that attract many local and foreign people.

Siena, similar to Pisa, is an old and Etruscan city. This city reached its peak during the Middle Ages.

Today it is still possible to walk admiring the ancient narrow alleys and aristocratic buildings. If you go to Siena, then you have to visit the Cathedral, Piazza del Campo, where the Palio is located and where since the XIV century the economic and social life was built. The Civic Museum, holds a collection of masterpieces from the Tuscan artists. The Palazzo Pubblico is one of the civil buildings in Italy, and what makes it unique is its gothic shape.

If you are in Siena, make sure to visit the Salimbeni Palace, the Medicean Fortress, and many other historical places that will make you feel like in the Medieval Ages.

Tuscany trip what to visit: Lucca

Tuscany vacations Lucca

Lucca is famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, built between 1504 and 1645, and they are still intact.

The city acquired great importance during the XV century thanks to the art of silk, which became the main economic source.

Lucca is full of monuments, palaces, churches and museums full of stories. The Ducal Palace began its construction began in 1577 and continued until the XVIII Century. The National Museum of Palazzo Mansi and Villa Giunigi, the botanical garden, Museum of the Archaeology and the Lucca Cathedral.

Furthermore, Lucca Comics and Games festival is the largest European Festival dedicated to comics, videogames, movies and related genres that attracts many visitors from different Italian cities and around the world.

Tuscany trip what to visit: Arezzo

Tuscany vacations Arezzo

Arezzo is an old and medieval town. In the city centre you can find one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, Piazza Grande, surrounded by palaces, churches and towers, all of them built in different centuries.

The Cathedral of San Donato has a gothic style. Its construction began at the end of the XIV century and ended after three centuries.

Another church that is important and magnificent in Arezzo is the Basilica di San Francesco. It was built in the XIII century. The interior walls are decorated with Renaissance frescoes, made by Piero Della Francesca, one of the greatest painters during the Italian Renaissance art.

Passeggio del Prato Park is close to Piazza Grande and it is the perfect place for a quiet and relaxing walk.

Tuscany trip when to visit

Any season is perfect to visit Tuscany. Each season has different colours and different attractions.

If you love swimming and beaches, summer is the perfect time to enjoy the Tuscany coasts. If your soul is more adventurous, you can enjoy the countryside, have a walk into nature and do some trekking and excursions. During this season it is better to avoid the city centre because it is crowded and hot.

Autumn in Tuscany is a dream. The changes in colours and the landscapes are impressive. The weather is perfect, not too warm and not too cold, to visit the city and enjoy a walk in the city centre. During this season there are also many wine and food tours where you will taste the original Tuscan products.

Winter in Tuscany is quite, not many tourists and more local people. Tuscany, in this season, can be very cold so after a cultural visit in the main cities as Florence, Siena or Pisa, you can relax in one of the many thermal baths around the Region. Don’t miss the Viareggio Carnival, one of the biggest Carnival parades in Europe and it lasts five days.

Spring, as well as autumn, is the perfect season to visit the countryside and explore the cities. The weather is warmer, the countryside blossoms and you can admire amazing landscapes.

Whatever season you choose, Tuscany is always ready to give you charming landscapes and unique emotions.

Tuscany trip: how to get there

There are many different ways to get Tuscany: car, train, plane or bus.

The choice of transportation depends on where you are leaving from. If you are in a Region close to Tuscany, then you can go by car, bus or train. Usually, these are the cheapest solutions.

If you are not close to this Region then, maybe, the best and quickest solution is the plane. The main airport is located in Florence but this could also be the most expensive way to reach Tuscany.

Tuscany trip: the perfect accommodation

During your trip to Tuscany you should enjoy the Italian lifestyle and to do so you need the best accommodation.

Only 10 miles away from Florence, there is a castle in Volognano. Its particular position is perfect for discovering the nearby city of Florence and at the same time to enjoy the typical Tuscan countryside.

In the castle, you will also taste wines and all the typical dishes and products from the Region.

The Volognano Castle is a magical place and it is perfect during any season of the year.

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How far is Tuscany from Florence

Florence is the capital city of Tuscany region and one of the most enchanting cities in Italy, famous all over the world for the works of art preserved in its Museums and Churches.

Visit Florence is a wonderful experience to live in your holiday, and after Florence you cannot miss to visit the other beautiful places in Tuscany, making a journey between lush countryside with wineries and castles, the blue pearl sea of the coast and all the works of art you can admire everywhere in this magical region.

From Siena and its art beauties to small medieval villages nestled in the countryside, from the wine lands of Chianti to the wild nature of Versilian coast, here in Tuscany you will find your new place to love.

Follow us on a journey from Florence exploring Tuscany and its most enchanting places.

 

Florence to other Tuscany cities: distances     

After visiting Florence and its beauty is a good idea to continue discovering other wonderful places in Tuscany.

Plan your Tuscany tour discovering how to move and how far are the other cities in Tuscany from Florence.

 

Distances from Florence:

Siena: 47,5 mi /76,4 km

Pisa: 53 mi /85,6 km

Lucca: 48,7 mi /78,5 km

Chianti: 18 mi /30 km

-San Gimignano: 37 mi /59,8 km

Montepulciano: 70 mi /113 km

Versilia: 60 mi /98 km

Florence is in the center of Tuscany, from here is easy to reach the near Chianti countryside and the other internal cities such as Siena and Lucca, also the coast is not too far and in a few hours of travel you can enjoy the wonderful Tuscan sea.

Now that you know how far from Florence are some of the most beautiful destinations, well, its time to pack and leave for your next adventure.

Plan your amazing journey discovering how to move from Florence by train, bus or car and live to the full this tour of Tuscany.

 

 

From Florence to Siena

From Florence to Siena

Siena is a place where medieval charm and Renaissance art meets together giving life to a magical atmosphere.

Best monuments to visit in Siena are the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and Palazzo Pubblico, in the main square of the city, Piazza del Campo.

 

From Florence to Siena by train:

You can reach Siena by regional Trenitalia trains departing from Florence central station S.M. Novella.

Trains departs often, almost every 20/30 minutes, and the average time of travel is 1h 30 min. The train stops a few times during the journey.

 

From Florence to Siena by bus:

Train is not your only option to reach Siena, you can also take a Bus that from Florence city center brings you to Siena. This bus makes several stops in its route, driving among the villages of the countryside and arriving with an average time of 1h 15min.

 

From Florence to Siena by car:

If you are driving your car, or a rental one, during this amazing journey in Tuscany you can drive from Florence to Siena.

The fastest way to go is by “Raccordo Autostradale Firenze-Siena”, where the average travel time is between 1h 10min and 1h 40min.

 

 

From Florence to Pisa

From Florence to Pisa

In Pisa you can find a square that is a concentrate of beautiful monuments, it’s Piazza dei Miracoli.

In this square you can find one of the most recognizable monuments in all the world, the famous Leaning Tower. Moreover there are two wonderful buildings in Piazza dei Miracoli, the Cathedral of Pisa and the Baptistery.

 

From Florence to Pisa by train:

You can reach Pisa and all its fantastic monuments with a regional train from Firenze S.M. Novella, the central station of Florence.

A train departs for Pisa every 10/20 minutes and the average travel time is 1 hour making a few stops during its journey.

 

From Florence to Pisa by bus:

Leaving Florence to reach Pisa with buses requires a little more time than with trains but is a smart way to travel, also by night.

Everyday several private companies connect with their buses Florence and Pisa departing from central station and from other points of the city.

The average travel time is 1 hour, but depending on the route could be even less.

 

From Florence to Pisa by car:

If you have the opportunity to drive during your holiday you can easily go to Pisa with your car driving among the wonderful Tuscan countryside.

From Florence you can take the A11 Highway or the “Firenze-Pisa-Livorno” and with a travel time between 1h 10min and 1h and 50min you can admire the Leaning Tower and all the other beauties in Pisa.

 

 

From Florence to Lucca

From Florence to Lucca

Lucca has a unique atmosphere, all the medieval buildings and wonderful towers preserves here their antique charm. Here you can visit the beautiful historic  center of Lucca and Torre Guinigi, a tower built in 1300 with an hanging garden with holms and flowers on its roof where you can admire the town from above.

 

From Florence to Lucca by train:

Leave Florence and all the tourists that crowds its beauties here and reach Lucca, a small town rich in history where you can get lost in its charming center.

Several regional trains every day leave from Florence S.M. Novella and reach Lucca. Depending on the route and the stops of the train the travel time could be 1h 20min or 1h 45min.

 

From Florence to Lucca by bus:

Buses could be better if you have many luggage and to reach Lucca from Florence you have several buses combination for your journey.

The easiest way is to take a city bus from Florence’s central station that stops at Magellano Caciolle, a bus station slightly away from the city center. Then you can take a bus that will bring you directly to Lucca.

The travel time of this route is about 1h 25min, but you can find other buses combinations with different times.

 

From Florence to Lucca by car:

If you have a car with you, driving to Lucca is really easy. From Florence you can take the A11 Highway arriving in Lucca with a travel time about 1h 15min, depending on traffic.

 

 

From Florence to Chianti

From Florence to Chianti

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Chianti is a beautiful countryside area of Tuscany that strecthes from Florence to Siena and Arezzo. A really vast area where vineyards and olive groves surround beautiful wineries and castles nearby. Chianti is famous for its wines and here you can taste the best wines of the ragion joining a tasting tour and visiting beautiful wineries.

Here we will describe the way to reach one of the most charming villages in the Chianti near Florence, Greve in Chianti.

The only way to reach Greve in Chianti is by bus or car, trains don’t pass here because there is no train station.

 

From Florence to Chianti  by bus:

Leave Florence and reach the wonderful peace of Chianti countryside tasting wines and exploring villages of unique charm.

To reach Greve in Chianti you can take a city bus from the Bus Station in the center, just a minute away on foot from S.M. Novella.

The average travel time is 50min and the train stops several times passing through the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

 

From Florence to Chianti by car:

A car is the best way to explore Chianti visiting villages and wineries that you can hardly reach with a bus. From Florence take the route 222 “Strada Regionale Chiantigiana”, the drive will be amazing passing throuh small villages and vineyards of the countryside. The travel time to Greve in Chianti is about 1 hour, enjoy and let you inspire for your next destination in Chianti during your journey.

 

 

From Florence to San Gimignano

From Florence to San Gimignano

San Gimignano is one of the most famous villages of Tuscany, known for its medieval charm and the historical buildings inside its old defense walls. San Gimignano is the perfect destination for a day trip from Florence, immersing yourself in the beautiful atmosphere of the countryside.

 

From Florence to San Gimignano by train:

To reach San Gimignano you can take a train that will take you from Firenze to Poggibonsi, a town near San Gimignano, then from the station you can take a bus that will arrive at your destination in about 20 min.

The overall travel time from Florence to San Gimignano with train is 2h 15min.

 

From Florence to San Gimignano by bus:

With a bus you can reach San Gimignano driving through the wonderful countryside of Chianti.

From Florence bus station, near S.M. Novella, you can take a bus that will bring you to the little village of Romituzzo, where a connecting bus takes you to San Gimignano in about 20min.

The average travel time of this journey is 1h 45min.

 

From Florence to San Gimignano by car:

Driving around the hills of Chianti to reach San Gimignano is an amazing journey, it will not take so long and the route is full of unforgettable landscapes. From Florence take the route to Siena for a wile, then follow the road signs for San Gimignano. The average travel time for this drive is 1h 10min, so relax and take your time to fully enjoy this wonderful journey.

 

 

From Florence to Montepulciano

From Florence to Montepulciano - Tuscany

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Montepulciano is a small Medieval town in the southern area of Tuscany. Nestled in the hills, this town has a unique atmosphere where historical charm and natural landscapes mixes together.

Visiting Montepulciano is a good idea for a Tuscan adventure immersed in the countryside, tasting fine wines and typical food far from the stress of a crowded city.

 

From Florence to Montepulciano by train:

To reach Montepulciano by train the best way is to leave from Firenze S.M. Novella taking a train that stops at Chiusi-Chianciano Terme. From that stop you can easily take a bus to reach Montepulciano in about 1 hour.

The overall travel time for this journey is 3 hours.

 

From Florence to Montepulciano by bus:

If you want to travel to Montepulciano only by buses there are some solutions that will easily take you to destination. Leaving from Largo Alinari (a bus station in front of S.M. Novella) a bus will first take you from Florence to Bettolle. From here you can take another bus that will make you reach Montepulciano in about 30 min.

The overall travel time is about 2 hours. This solution is faster than trains, but you have to plan well your journey checking the schedules, not so many buses make this route daily.

 

From Florence to Montepulciano by car:

Driving to Montepulciano with your car is easy and the journey will no take much long.

From Florence you can take the A1/E35 Highway turning to Bettolle after a while, then follow the road signs to Montepulciano and you will arrive to your wonderful destination.

The average travel time following this route is 1h 40min.

 

 

From Florence to Versilia

From Florence to Versilia

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The Tuscan coast is a place where the wild nature meets the blue sea crating a beautiful scenario for a sea holiday. Versilia is one of the most popular seas in Tuscany, in the northern part of the coast. Here you can find wonderful beaches and breathtaking landscapes.

Leaving Florence and the center of Tuscany to move in its coast is a magical journey through all the shades of this region.

 

From Florence to Versilia by train:

To reach Versilia and the coast you can take a regional train that from Florence S.M. Novella brings you to Viareggio, the main city in Versilia. From here you can take a bus to some of the many sea resorts of the coast. The average travel time for this journey is 1h 25min.

Trains are very frequent and every 20/30 minutes you can leave to reach Versilia and its coast.

 

From Florence to Versilia by bus:

If you prefer to travel with buses the journey is longer, but you can also reach Versilia with two buses. From S.M. Novella you can take a bus for Pisa Airport and from here another bus will take you to Viareggio and the coast of Versilia. The average travel time, including the waiting at the airport, is 3 hours.

For this journey we suggest you to take the train, that will take you to Versilia faster and in an easier way, requiring no connections.

 

From Florence to Versilia with car:

From Florence you can easily reach Versilia and its coast by car, free from schedules and stations. For this journey you can take the routes “SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno” or A1 Highway. We suggest you to check the traffic and the travel time on Google Maps before to choose which way is better to take, because traffic can really make the difference.

The average travel time on the two routes is similar, between 1h 15min and 2 hours of drive depending on traffic.

 

 

Tuscany is full of unmissable destinations and you can create your own tour visiting some of the most beautiful places here. You can travel passing through wonderful landscapes, coast, countryside and cities of a unique charm, making special your holiday in Tuscany.

Take a map, move by train, bus or car and let you inspire by our post to choose your next destination from Florence, in that way you will complete your adventure traveling Tuscany among all its beauties.

 

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