Day trips from Florence by train

We are in Florence for 6 days and want to make the most out of it. We do not have access to a car. Which are the recommended day trips from Florence which can be reached by train

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Florence is located in the heart of the Tuscany region, and while the city has plenty to offer, there are several places in the surrounding area that are an easy train ride away if you have the time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pisa

Why it is worth visiting

The main attractions in Pisa is obviously the leaning tower, which is actually the Campanile or bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral. It will take you about two and a half hours to explore all the buildings around the Leaning Tower, including the Cathedral and Baptistery, in the Piazza dei Miracoli. It is important to remember that you will need to book in advance if you are wanting to climb the tower. This is the main attraction in Pisa, but don't miss out on the rest of the city itself that offers many gardens and museums dedicated to more modern art.

How to get to Pisa

It is a good idea to take an early train from Florence to Pisa. These are all run by Trenitalia and go directly from both Santa Maria Novella or Campo di Marte train stations to Pisa central train station, and it takes about 50 minutes to get there.

Lucca

Why it is worth visiting

Guinigi Tower, Via Sant'Andrea, Lucca
Lucca is not a major tourist destination, but it is still worth visiting if you are visitng Pisa, or you have a day to get out of Florence. There are less crowds in this area, and it has several points of interest. The most famous landmark is the Guinigi Tower, and the ancient Roman wall that runs around the outside of the town. You can walk or cycle around these wide walls, and climb to the top of the tower that is topped by trees. There are also several lesser known attractions like the Museum of Modern Art in Montecatini and the 12th Century Devil's Bridge at Borgo a Mozzano. Other reasons to visit are the scenic train ride on the way there, and if you go around Christmas time the central square is transformed into a nostalgic Christmas market.

How to get to Luca

You can easily visit both Pisa and Lucca in one day. If you want to carry on from Pisa to Lucca, walk back to the main station in Pisa and board the train towards Lucca. It should only take about 25 minutes to get there. If you start early from Florence, you can explore Pisa and be in Lucca in time for lunch, then simply catch the train directly back to Florence at the end of the day.

If you want to go straight from Florence to Lucca, you can take the train from the central station in Florence straight to Lucca. This will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, and costs about €8.

Arezzo

Why it is worth visiting

Arezzo is a great little day trip if you are looking for a different perspective on Renaissance art. This place holds some slightly lesser known museums, and is worth a look around the small town. If you visit on the first weekend of the month, the whole city is transformed into a gigantic antique market which would make for a wonderful day of wandering

How to get to Arezzo

Arezzo is an easy train ride from the city of Florence. Simply take the train marked Arezzo/Rome from the central station. This will cost around €8.50 and take around 50-70 minutes.

Note: Make sure you get off at the station marked Arezzo (not Arezzo Casello 1 or Arezzo Pescaiola as these are not as close to the centre of town).

Assisi

Why is it worth visiting

Assisi is known for being the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, and it has many significant religious and architectural sites to discover. There are spectacular views of the area to be seen, and some of the most important sites to visit include the Basilica of St. Francis, the San Rufino Cathedral and the accompanying museum, and St. Claire's Basilica, where it is said that the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis is located. Assisi is a significant pilgrimage destination, and is an important part of Italy's religious history.

How to get to Assisi

You can get to Assisi using the train system from the central station in Florence. The trip will take about 2 and a half hours, and will cost from €15-€30. Have a look at the Trenitalia website for different times and prices, and make sure you book a direct train without transfers if you are wanting to keep it as simple as possible.

Cinque Terre

Why it is worth visiting

Cinque Terre is a group of fishing villages on the coast that host stunning views and beautiful nature walks. This is an amazing place to visit if you have the time and energy, as it offers stunning coastal landscapes, fresh seafood, and a different atmosphere to the inland city of Florence.

There are five villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) and it is possible to hike between all of them to discover what each village has to offer. You can also go between them by ferry and train if you are wanting to walk less, but it will be a big day regardless of how you do it. If you are wanting to do a shorter hike you could consider doing the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero which is not as arduous as the full day of walking.

How to get to Cinque Terre

You can reach Cinque Terre by train from the central station in Florence by catching the train to the village of Monterosso. Tickets cost between €15 and €26, and the trip will take about 2 and a half hours. It is important to note that if you want to take the train you will need to transfer, and if you are wanting a simpler way to navigate the day trip, then it can be a good idea to look into guided day tours that will take you to all the main sights as a group.

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Florence has a wonderful train station which can make you reach all the major cities in Tuscany and Italy in general. You can reach Pisa and Arezzo without any problem. Also Lucca is not so far away!

The only town which is not well linked is Siena - because of the way the railroads are made - which I totally recommend for a day trip!

I suggest you rent a car for a day - it won’t take more than an hour - or use the bus line which has a similar journey time.

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