Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy
So you’ve committed to studying abroad in Florence? Good choice! While the city has endless amounts of things to do, the other towns nearby are also worth a trip. Try these day trips when you’re crunched for time. Try these great getaways or check out ‘7 Underrated Cities in Italy‘ for more
Lucca A train from Florence to Lucca will cost you about $10 and takes about an hour and a half to get to. Lucca is a beautiful slow-paced town that doesn’t see quite so many tourists, so it’s a nice quick retreat when you want to get away from the crowds. The town itself is surrounded by walls that you can actually walk or bike on, and this is a great way to get your bearings. Grab lunch or gelato near the Piazza Anfiteatro. While exploring, don’t forget to climb to the top of the Torre Guinigi for a view of the whole town.
Fiesole is a town located on the hills just above Florence. You can take a bus to get there or just take a long walk (but be prepared for a climb). This is a great option for a quick getaway after class. There are a few religious sites and gardens you can stop at, or just look for a restaurant for dinner. Fiesole is a beautiful place to grab a meal and a glass of wine while enjoying the views of Florence below.
Cinque Terre is a favorite trip, especially if you enjoy hiking. You can easily turn this into a multiday trip if you have the time, or it can just be a day trip too. Cinque Terre translates to “Five Lands” and consists of five villages that you can hike between. Even if you just have the time to hike between two of the towns, you will get to see incredible views of the coast. The Via dell’Amore connects Riomaggiore and Manarola and was created to give young people the opportunity to meet someone from another town in hopes of one day marrying them. The walkway is covered in love locks that were put there by young lovers to symbolize their love for each other.
Venice is a beautiful city on the water. The only way to get around is by either walking or taking a boat. Make sure you treat yourself to a gondola ride along the Grand Canal to get your bearings, ending at the Piazza San Marco. Grab lunch there and wander around the shops. There are tons of things to do in Venice and you can decide what kind of trip you are looking to have, but also make sure you check out the Murano Glass Factory. You can see a glass blowing demonstration and then explore the shop. It is a cool experience and although the items in the shop are pricey, you can get jewelry or small trinkets for a relatively inexpensive amount. The city is also host to the Venice Carnival every year; a giant festival in which attendees lose themselves in beautiful and elaborate costumes including Venetian masks.
Siena is beautiful medieval city that is certainly worth a trip. The Piazza del Campo makes for a good starting point and a nice place to enjoy gelato or a glass of wine. Make sure that you climb to the top of the Mangia Tower for an incredible view of the city and the surrounding area. If you happen to be there during the summer time, try to visit during the Palio di Siena. It is a great festival in which jockeys race horses around the Piazza del Campo and is certainly worth the trip.
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