Tuscany Wine Region Day Trips from Florence

Florence is full of art and not only for its museums. The wines of Tuscany are part of its charm and in this post I show you which are the best excursions from the city to taste and enjoy the best wines of the region.

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Carlos Bleda

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Tuscany Wine Region Day Trips from Florence

Tuscan vineyards | ©Maria Luisa Novela

Tuscany is one of the 20 regions that make up Italy and whose capital is Florence. Famous all over the world for its landscapes full of vineyards and hills and, of course, for its wines. Thanks to its wine and gastronomic culture, Tuscany is one of the most visited regions in the whole country. An excursion to this area is one of the best things to see and do if you travel to Florence

Visiting some of its villages, vineyards and wineries from Florence is a highly recommended experience and almost a must. That's why in this post I'll tell you what are the main excursions from the Florentine city and what to do in the mythical Italian Tuscany.

1. Excursion to Chianti with wine tasting

Chianti, Tuscany| ©Greg_FOT
Chianti, Tuscany| ©Greg_FOT

Within Tuscany, Chianti is the most famous region for its wines. To visit it and taste some of the most famous Florentine wines in the world, it is best to book an organised excursion to Chianti. This type of activity includes a transfer from Florence and a visit to a couple of wineries with wine tastings of different types of wine.

In addition to tasting the wines, there is also the possibility of tasting other typical products of the area and buying them in the shops of the wineries. This type of tour usually stops in Greve in Chianti. One of the most representative and famous villages where the famous Chianti wines are sold. All accompanied by a professional guide.

  • Price: From 47 euros.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • What's included: Return transport from Florence, wine and product tasting in two wineries, stops in villages and panoramic photo stops and professional guide.
  • Means of transport: By air-conditioned bus.
  • Recommended if: You want to visit the most representative area of Tuscany and taste its best wines.

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2. Excursion to Chianti with lunch

Siena| ©Myrabella
Siena| ©Myrabella

Book a full day excursion to Chianti with lunch. An activity that will take you on an extensive tour of the flavours of Tuscany. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will travel from Florence to Chianti to visit the family-run winery Villa le Corti, where you will be able to do wine and olive oil tastings, as well as sample local food flavours.

Then in Rignana, you will have time to enjoy a typical lunch of the region surrounded by one of the most incredible landscapes of Italy. Finally you will have the opportunity to complete the tasting of locally produced award winning wines.

  • Price: From 170 euros.
  • Duration: 9 hours.
  • What's included: Transport from Florence, professional guide, transfer to a winery, tasting of 9 wine samples, 2 olive oil tastings, food tastings and traditional lunch.
  • Means of transport: Air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle.
  • Recommended if: You want to enjoy a complete gastronomic experience.

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3. Excursion to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti

Medieval Village San Gimignano| ©Chris Wee
Medieval Village San Gimignano| ©Chris Wee

If you book a guided tour, an expert will take you to all the highlights of Tuscany. You'll visit Pisa and its leaning tower, as well as touring the town. Then you can explore San Gimignano, one of the most popular excursions from Florence, and visit a family-run winery to enjoy a delicious local lunch with a taste of the region's wines.

After the wine tasting and visit to this typical medieval town, you will see Chianti and Siena, where you can choose to take a guided tour or explore it at your own pace.

  • Price: From 60 euros.
  • Duration: about 11 hours
  • What's included: Return transport from Florence in an air-conditioned vehicle, professional guide, visit to Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti, lunch and wine tasting.
  • Means of transport: Bus or air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Recommended if: You are looking for a day trip to see and experience Italian Tuscany to the fullest.

4. Tour to Montalcino, Val d'Orcia, Pienza and Montepulciano

Montepulciano Vineyards| ©Michele Alfieri
Montepulciano Vineyards| ©Michele Alfieri

This full day excursion will take you to the four most important towns in Tuscany, with all transfers included and an expert guide for the entire experience.

You will visit Montalcino and a local winery, where you will taste their signature wine and tour their museum. Then you will reach the small town of Montepulciano, one of the most beautiful villages in Italian Tuscany, for a wine tasting. Then you will reach Pienza, for a cheese tasting

. Finally, you will reach Valle d'Orcia where you will enjoy the most breathtaking landscapes of the region and you will be able to take lots of pictures.

  • Price: From 84 euros
  • Duration: 11-12 hours
  • What's included: Private transport to and from Florence, professional guide, visit to the towns of Montalcino, Val d'Orcia, Pienza and Montepulciano, wine and cheese tasting, tour of cellars and vineyards.
  • Means of transport: Air-conditioned coach
  • Recommended if: You want a complete experience of the flavours and landscapes of Tuscany.

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5. Excursion to the winery of Monteriggioni

Aerial view of the Monteriggioni Winery.| ©Viator.com
Aerial view of the Monteriggioni Winery.| ©Viator.com

Within the Chianti region there are many wineries but none like Monteriggioni. Its prestige is not only due to its spectacular wines, but also to its environment. This famous winery is located in a medieval fortress surrounded by vineyards and hills. A postcard worthy of Tuscany's fame.

The excursion to Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni includes a wine tasting at the winery as well as other typical food such as cheeses or fresh pasta. It also includes a professional guide who will accompany and advise us during the visit.

  • Price: From 60 euros.
  • Duration: 11 hours.
  • What's includedTransportto and from Florence, professional guide, wine tasting and regional products.
  • Means of transport: Bus or air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Recommended if: You are a wine lover and want to visit one of the most prestigious wineries in Tuscany.

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6. Castello di Volpaia and its famous wine cellars.

Castello di Volpaia| ©Victoria K
Castello di Volpaia| ©Victoria K

Castello di Volpaia is the name of the famous wine cellars located in the medieval village of Volpaia. There are excursions that take us to this beautiful locality to visit it, taste its wines in its cellars and enjoy its gastronomy in the restaurants of the village.

It is a highly recommended option for the beauty and tranquillity of the village and for its gastronomic quality.

  • Price: From 50 euros.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • What's included: Return transport from Florence in an air-conditioned vehicle, professional guide, free time in Volpaia, wine tasting in one of its cellars.
  • Means of transport: Bus or air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Recommended if: You want to experience Tuscany in a relaxed way and in one of its best wineries.

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7. Art and gastronomy in Badia a Passignano

Badia a Passignano.| ©Heather D
Badia a Passignano.| ©Heather D

Tuscany is not only wine. It is also history. And there are places that bring both together. One of them is the Badia a Passignano. This Benedictine abbey is located just outside Florence and houses important frescoes by the Italian artist Ghirlandaio. The abbey is also associated with wine, as it was the site of research into wine and the cultivation of vines.

So much so that it is surrounded by vineyards and there is a local wine cellar for a typical Tuscan wine tasting. Although the excursions include a guided tour of the abbey and a wine tasting, most do not include transport as it is only 33 kilometres from Florence.

  • Price: From 20 euros.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • What's included: Guided tour of the abbey and wine tasting at a local winery.
  • Transport: Not included.
  • Recommended if: You have your own transport such as a rental car and want to spend a pleasant morning combining art and gastronomy.

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8. Visit one of the most spectacular wineries in Tuscany: Antinori Winery and Vineyards

Visiting the Antinori Winery and vineyards.| ©Walter Schärer
Visiting the Antinori Winery and vineyards.| ©Walter Schärer

To visit the Antinori winery there are organised group tours that include transfer from Florence, a guided tour and a tasting at the winery. The Antinori family is one of the most important in Tuscany and their winery is one of the oldest and most renowned. They have more than 600 years of history and nowadays they amaze visitors with their spectacular and modern architecture in harmony with their landscapes.

  • Price: From 120 euros (Price varies according to the size of the groups).
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours.
  • What's included: Transfer from Florence, tour of the facilities and wine tasting.
  • Means of transport: Private vehicle or bus.
  • Recommended if: You want to visit the most spectacular and exclusive winery in Tuscany.

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9. The Italian family spirit reflected in a vineyard: Poggio Amorelli

Inside Poggio Amorelli.| ©Janneth B
Inside Poggio Amorelli.| ©Janneth B

These vineyards always make the lists of the best in Tuscany thanks in large part to the Mazzarrini family. The owners of these vineyards and cellars, called Poggio Amorelli, have earned their reputation for hospitality by offering wine tastings and dinners in their own home overlooking the vineyards.

Although there are guided tours with tastings, what the tours do not usually offer is transport to the vineyards. However, it is close to Florence and the drive to the vineyards is easy and takes less than an hour.

  • Price: From 25 euros.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • What's included: Tour of the vineyard, wine tasting and the possibility of adding dinner.
  • Means of transport: Own.
  • Recommended if: You have the possibility to go with your own vehicle and you want to enjoy the legendary Tuscan hospitality.

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10. Accommodation, wine and luxury at Castello di Verrazzano

Wine cellar at Castello di Verrazzano.| ©Shutter Runner
Wine cellar at Castello di Verrazzano.| ©Shutter Runner

In the heart of the Greve in Chianti district, very close to Florence, you will find this castle, more than 1000 years old, now converted into a place for agritourism. You can visit and do a wine tasting together with a tour of the castle, its gardens and cellars. You can also dine and even stay in the rooms. The latter is considered a luxury option.

  • Price: From 25 euros.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • What's included: Guided tour of the castle, wine tasting and the possibility of lunch and dinner plus accommodation.
  • Means of transport: Your own.
  • Recommended if: You have your own vehicle and want to get to know what a luxury winery is like.

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