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Day trips from Florence. Recommendations ?

stav

10+ Posts
Hi,
Which places would you suggest visiting on day trips from Florence ?
We like small picturesque villages, picturesque landscape, and more.
Thanks
 

NoSpin

10+ Posts
We've been to Florence many times, here are my suggestions. In one day you can go to Volterra and San Gimignano. In another day you can go to Pisa, and another day to Lucca.

If you really don't mind driving, in one day you can go to Cortona and Assisi. The American Cemetary in Tavarnuzze (20 minutes south of Florence) is worth a visit if you are a WWII buff, there are over 4300 American service men buried there. It is similar to the one in France.

I have some more recommendations but I'm on my tablet and it's too slow right now. I'll come back later with some fabulous shopping recs and links.
 

NoSpin

10+ Posts
If you are interested in great bargains on high end designer goods I recommend a trip to The Mall Outlets - https://firenze.themall.it/en/outlet-italy/brands/

If you want a custom made coat or jacket visit Pellicce & Capricci - https://www.facebook.com/Pellicce-Capricci-capi-in-pelle-uomo-donna-292062354141490/ and http://www.pellicceecapricci.it/origini_ing.html . My wife has purchased several coats and jackets from Sandro over the years and she has received more compliments than any other articles of clothing. One thing is for sure, nobody else will be wearing the same coat. He's in Florence, but not in the tourist area so he sells almost exclusively to Italians.
 

stav

10+ Posts
Thank you for jan, vicogirl and NoSpin the recommendations.

NoSpin, thanks for the extra shopping tips. Good to know. Any more tips would be appreciated.
 

NoSpin

10+ Posts
If you plan on going to Pisa and climbing the Tower, advance tickets are a MUST. Entry tickets are on a time schedule. No bags of any size are allowed, but there is free bag checking allowed 15 minutes before your entry time.
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
If looking for small and picturesque, would suggest Bagni di Lucca and the Devil's Bridge (Borgo a Mozzano) and then continue on to Barga and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. If you want to go further afield, you could get a lot of recommendations for towns along the coast going north from Lido di Camaiore (Viareggio). Bagni di Lucca has literary connections and the grave of Grover Cleveland's sister who served as his first lady and who is laid under a matching tombstone at the English Cemetery next to her long-time female companion (a little bit of scandal back in the day). The Devil's Bridge is on half the postcards for sale in and around Lucca. Barga is a great little strolling town as is Castelnuovo. Look around for festivals during the time you will be there -- chestnut festivals, truffles, olive harvest, etc. all in the fall. Gallicano has a large town festival filled with choreographed dancing. Lucca hosts the largest Comic Festival in Europe at the end of October.
 

Ian Sutton

500+ Posts
San Miniato has a large truffle festival, but outside of that appeared to be somewhere that might fit the bill.

Colle val d'Elsa really shone for us. It lacks the overt tourism of many other places, yet had charm, the lunchtime food was good and has a thriving glass industry if that would appeal

Lucca is reasonably sized and does attract tourists, but seems to wear them well

FInally, there are wine villages e.g. Rufina, that might appeal
 

Joe Baumann

10+ Posts
Colle val d'Elsa really is a charming town with its own history. If it weren't for a friend living there, I don't know that I would have ever discovered it.
 

Pati

10+ Posts
This may be something you’ve already experienced, but it holds beautiful memories for me. Chiantigiana car tour. SS222 from Florence takes you through beautiful villages such as Greve, Panzano, Castellina, Radda, etc. I distinctly remember the gorgeous hills of Tuscany and spontaneous picnics...not to speak of the wine.You can keep it short or continue on to Siena. This was a few years ago, and things may have changed, but it lives in my heart as a treasured memory.
 

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