The list of monuments and museums to visit in Florence is endless. But if you feel like a change of pace, why not explore another side of Tuscany? Get away from the bustle of crowded cities and head to the Tuscan countryside. Find the picture perfect Chianti hills and cypress lined streets, the fortified villages of the Middle Ages and the transparent water and coves of the Giglio Island.
Tuscan countryside tour ideas from Florence
Here are some ideas for day tours from Florence that will immerse you in the wild side of Tuscany. Get your camera ready for these unmissable photo opportunities. The tours span all of Tuscany and cater to different tastes. Whether you be a wine connoisseur, a foodie, a nature enthusiast or just a curious traveller, there is something here for you.
#1 – A visit to Montepulciano and Montalcino: the heart of Tuscany
Montepulciano and Montalcino, about 1.30 hour from Florence are located in the beautiful Val d’Orcia. Both towns are perched on hills offering beautiful views. They are also famous for their wine production: the Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
This tour includes a visit to an organic cheese farm and winery which makes it perfect for food and wine enthusiast. It also gives travellers the opportunity to compare these rival cities which strive to produce the best wine and drive across some of Tuscany most beautiful landscapes.
#2 – A tour of Chianti by night
The best time to fully appreciate the beauty of the Chianti landscapes is at dusk. If you don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn to get a full day tour, this is the perfect option! Leave after lunch and explore different Chianti wineries. This is a perfect opportunities for wine lovers to taste the famous red and find out how it is made. Finally, enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner at sunset before heading home.
#3 – From San Gimignano to Greve in Chianti: the Middle Ages in Tuscany
Leave the Renaissance and Florence behind and head straight to the Middle Ages. This tour includes a visit to two of the iconic Medieval towns: San Gimignano and Siena. It also takes you to the epicenter of the Chianti area: Greve in Chianti. Though the towns are quite touristy, if it’s your first time in Tuscany they are absolutely worth a visit. A tour in the Chianti area wouldn’t be complete without good food and wine tasting!
#4 The Giglio island: a taste of the Tuscan coastal life
The Giglio island is famous for its crystalline water and wild nature. Get a glimpse of the life on a Tuscan island with this day tour. The day starts in Porto Santo Stefano, a beautiful seaside town on the coast from where you will cross over to the island by ferry. Enjoy amazing views from the top of Giglio Castle. After an island tour by boat, there will be time for lunch and some sunbathing. This tour is ideal for nature lovers.
And if you need some travel hints we have prepared a guide on what to do on Isola del Giglio.
Tuscany is much more than just Florence. A well rounded Tuscan experience should include some time in the countryside, soaking in the enchanting views. Another fundamental reason to go is that food and wine produced locally tastes so much fresher and better.