Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

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Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

1. Florence: Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting

After meeting your guide and boarding the coach, drive to the Chianti region. On the way to the first winery, your guide will share interesting facts and curiosities about landmarks along the route. Arrive at the first “cantina” of the day, where you will be welcomed by the winemakers. After listening to a brief introduction about the winery’s history and the types of wine made there, join a guided tour of the facilities and nearby vineyards. Learn all about the winemaking process, the materials used to make the barrels, and what it takes to be classified as a “Chianti Classico”. Then, begin your first wine tasting of about 5 wines. You will hear an explanation of each of the wines that you sample, as well as some tips on how to savor the wine and understand its qualities. The wines will be accompanied by local snacks produced in the region, such as cheese, bread, olive oil, and salumi. Board the bus and continue to the second winery. On the way, make a stop at a scenic lookout to observe a stunning panorama of the Chianti Hills. At the second winery, learn about their production methods, what is unique about their vines, and how weather can affect the grapes. Explore the facilities during a short guided tour, and walk through the vineyards. Then, sample another round of up to 5 wines, as the local charismatic wine producer tells you about the peculiarities of each. After some free time, head back to Florence.

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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

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Florence: Shuttle Bus to Barberino Designer Outlet

3. Florence: Shuttle Bus to Barberino Designer Outlet

Barberino Designer Outlet is the perfect location to find your favorite designer brands at up to 70% off, all year round. Discover more than 120 boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, a children's play area, and free parking, surrounded by a wonderful Tuscan setting, Barberino Designer Outlet offers something for everyone. The outlet is conveniently located adjacent to the A1 motorway, just 30 minutes from Florence.

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From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

4. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers between 18 and 35 years of age. You will first travel by train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. Stop for 2 hours at Pisa, home of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will see Pisa’s most significant attractions, including the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Next, travel by local train from La Spezia station, on the Pisa to Genoa line, to Cinqueterre National Park. Known as the "Five Lands," Cinqueterre is a stunning cluster of villages famous for their scenic walking trails, gorgeous coastline, and sunny beaches. Then next stop will be a visit to Riomaggiore. Two more villages will be visited Manarola and Vernazza, which is ideal for those who want to relax and lay on the beach. 

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Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

5. Pisa: Day Excursion from Florence

Beginning from Florence, you will depart from the main train Station of Santa Maria Novella. After 1 hour you will reach Pisa Station before meeting your guide for a group tour of the main Square, Piazza dei Miracoli. This of one of the most important historical complex in Europe and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1989. The itinerary includes an introduction to the Square and of all its monuments (Baptistry, Monumental Cemetery, Leaning Tower and Cathedral) and a visit inside the Cathedral. With this tour you have the possibility to book tickets for the Leaning Tower in advance. After the visit you will have free time to walk by yourself in the city center, before choosing any train to get back to Florence 

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From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

6. From Livorno: Shore Excursion to Florence & Pisa

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" and the beautiful miracle square at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service from Livorno. Your journey will be in a comfortable GT coach with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi, driven by a multilingual assistant for your convenience. You'll receive a free map of Florence and Pisa, as well as receive an emergency number so that everything goes smoothly. Your first destination will be Florence - you will be dropped off at the Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station, enjoy your free time to explore the sites that interest you the most at your own pace. At 2:30 PM, you will leave Florence and travel to Pisa for 3:30 PM, where you will have at least 70 minutes to visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, one of Italy's most famous monuments. At 4:45 PM the bus leaves Pisa to arrive back at Livorno at 5:15 PM. With this transfer service, focus on enjoying these two beautiful cities instead of worrying about transportation.

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Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

7. Shore Excursion to Florence from Livorno

Discover the "Cradle of the Renaissance" at your own pace with a round-trip transfer service to Florence from Livorno Port. Benefit from the services of a multilingual assistant and free Wi-Fi aboard the bus for maximum convenience. Get dropped off on Piazzale Montelungo next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station upon arrival in Florence at 11:00 AM. Then, enjoy approximately 4.5 hours to explore at your own pace. Board the bus back to Livorno at 3:45 PM and get dropped off at the bus stop to catch the shuttle service back to the cruise terminal on arrival.

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Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

8. Florence: Pisa Morning Tour with Optional Leaning Tower

Your day of discovery begins with a walk along the medieval walls as you head toward the ancient entrance, Porta Santa Maria. Once you've reached this historic destination, you can admire how the white marble architecture stands out amongst the green lawns of Piazza dei Miracoli. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will accompany you and help you discover the Piazza dei Miracoli and all its most famous monuments. Some of these major landmarks include the Baptistery, the monumental cemetery and the famous Leaning Tower. At the end of your guided tour, you will have free time to relax on the lawn in the shadow of the Tower, or if you prefer, enjoy a spot of shopping amongst the local stores.  If you wish, you can add to your excursion by purchasing entrance tickets to the Leaning Tower of Pisa whilst boarding your bus.

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Florence: Private Minivan Transfer to Train Station (SMN)

9. Florence: Private Minivan Transfer to Train Station (SMN)

Escape the hassle of travelling with this convenient minivan transfer. Each vehicle fits a party of 6, with one suitcase and one carry on bag each. The Mercedes-Benz minivans are air-conditioned and fully equipped with WiFi and unlimited mineral water. Your English-speaking driver will meet you at your hotel's reception or outside your accommodation and drive you to Firenze Santa Maria station whilst you relax and enjoy the comfort and ease of private hire.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Novella Railway Station

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,227 reviews

Had a great time!! Highly recommended to everyone! Great value Valentina our guide had great stories and explanations about Florence and Tuscany on the way Wines were great, the snacks were a nice addition The winery owners were very interesting!! You can take away or ship back home for adding 5 euros

Superb excursion despite overcast weather. Very well organized. The guides were very friendly Very pleasant to be at the seaside the little hike allowed us to admire the nature, orange trees, lemon trees, olive trees… and the superb landscapes. A superb break from the city for a day.

We had a fantastic experience traveling to Cinque Terre with our guides Chris and Manolo. They were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed every second of our trip. I highly recommend booking with them and doing the Cinque Terre tour!

Fun and easy way to explore Tuscany. Our guide and driver were wonderful! Highly recommend if you want to explore Tuscany without spending the entire day out.

Best guide ever! Constantinos is so helpful for all the group speak very good English!