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The best excursions to do in Florence and surroundings

After Milan, Rome and Venice, Florence It appears as one of the most visited cities in Italy. The capital of Tuscany encompasses in its entrails an impressive catalog of works of art and monuments. The great geniuses of Italy in history seem to come together to offer the best that art has given itself throughout history.

The Duomo of Florence

Try to cover all the essential places of Florence In a weekend it is practically impossible. It is best to prepare the trip in advance and focus on the most important points or what interests us most.

If we also enjoy a few more days we can always make an excursion to charismatic villages of Tuscany or the nearby Cinque Terre.

Guided tour of Florence

The Ponte Vecchio of Florence at night

Once in Florence, the first thing to do is take the pulse of the city, stroll through its streets and squares that are shown as living museums. Contemplate the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with their spectacular dome that bears the seal of the great Brunelleschi they should be among your priority lists in Florence.

One of the things I like most when I visit a new city is to get on the tourist bus. In this way I have a first contact with her and I recognize the places where I would like to deepen more in the same route or in a subsequent visit during the trip.

The Florence tourist bus Make two different routes with several stops. Buses are the usual two-story detachments with audio guides to listen to the information of the places we pass through.

Click on this link to get your tickets for the Florence tourist bus

We can also visit those areas that we liked the most for free or sign up for a guided tour of Florence where we will not only contemplate the city of the Renaissance but also learn part of its history.

Visit to the Uffizi galleries or the Accademia Gallery

Sunset over the city of Florence

If we gather the works of art that gather in the Uffizi galleries and in the Academy we are facing one of the most overwhelming art exhibitors from around the world. To see these places it is almost essential the assistance of a guide to understand the details and history hidden by the works of Boticelli, Miguel Angel, Leonardo da Vinci and others. There are so many works that you will recognize that you will be in a continuous deja vu.

The queues in high season to visit these two museums can be exasperating for this it is convenient to try to visit Florence away from the high season months: July and August or Easter. If you have no choice, for work reasons to do it during those dates, I recommend paying a little more and hiring excursions before the trip with which we can avoid queues and save time.

If you want to know the best of Florence, probably visiting these two museums will give you the best of yourself when it comes to discovering the best works of art in the city.

Click on this link to get a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and the Skip-the-Line Academy

Getaway to Pisa and its Leaning Tower

Pisa in low season wins especially in perspective and without tourists doing strange positions or absurd jumps every two by three.

The distance between Florence and Pisa is about an hour and a half by car. If you go on a trip to Florence for at least three days, you can take the opportunity to include one of the essential travel items in your suitcase.

Recommended accommodation in Florence

Below we show you the accommodations in Florence with the best ratings:

Hotel Centro Florencia: A Renaissance building where centuries ago the artist Rafael was staying. Simple, economical and very central 2 star hotel.

Wow Florence Hostel: A fantastic and modern hostel where you can book both bedroom and double rooms at a great price. An ideal solution if you want to interact more with other travelers.

Hotel Machiavelli Palace: Even if you don't settle in it, you should go in for a drink and enjoy its great views from the roof of this hotel built in a 14th century convent. Modernity and art come together but do not expect high prices, in the low season a double does not exceed 100 euros.

From Santa Maria Novella station there are trains with a continuous frequency that will leave you approximately for the same time at the central station of Pisa. If you want to forget about logistics, there is the possibility of hiring a guided excursion in Castilian to Pisa with a climb to the leaning tower. In just six hours you are back to Florence with a traveling stamp under the flap.

If you want to give more to the day you can add several points on the tour, such as an excursion that includes Pisa itself, the amazing medieval towers of San Gimignano, Siena and even a walk through the Chanti wine region. Without a doubt, a very complete day to complement the visit to Florence.

Sign up for a Spanish tour from Florence to see Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena in one day

Cinque Terre excursion from Florence

Portovenere, the door to the Cinque Terre in northern Italy

If we have more than one weekend of travel it is convenient to make a trip to the surroundings to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Portovenere, in the Liguria region, is the gateway to Cinque Terre (Five Lands) that includes the towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

If you need information on how to get from the Florence airport to the city center, do not forget to check all the details through our article dedicated to transportation from the Florence airport such as Pisa.

In these villages of idyllic stamp, you will sometimes see how the vineyards defy the law of gravity resisting between cliffs. We can see these villages in a short time so that in the same day we can savor a good part of this encumbrada region of northern Italy. Needless to say, the ideal thing would be to savor them in time, take a dip in Vernazza or take a hiking trail through Corniglia.

If you don't have much time sign up for a full-day excursion from Florence to Cinque Terre.

Other excursions or guided tours of Florence

Sometimes giving a different perspective to the city can be a great idea. Lately, the visits focused on the mystery and legends that tell us about ghosts, unspeakable secrets and other anecdotes that will leave your eyes as dishes while enjoying the beauty of its streets and small squares proliferate.

A historic city like Florence could not be less and you will find proposals for a walk through the historic center of Florence between legends and mysteries.

On the other hand, you will surely enjoy the beautiful ones in the restaurants of Tuscany. If you are passionate about cooking it is a great idea to take a look at a gastronomic tour of Florence or even sign up for a Tuscan cooking class. With the help of a safe professional, thereafter your pasta will no longer be the same as always.