If you checked out our previous post on the Top Things to do in Florence, Italy, you already know that your free time in the city will be taken up by some truly incredible experiences and opportunities. But what about outside the city?
We have found that there is something for everyone near Florence during long weekends away from your internship or courses. Keep reading to find out the top day and weekend trips from Florence, and start planning your international experience today!
For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Even living in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities can be draining at times for those of us who love to strap on our hiking boots and explore nature. Luckily, areas around Florence are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts!
Cinque Terre. This chain of beautiful seaside towns on the Italian Riviera offers a gorgeous weekend getaway for Florence-dwellers, and boasts countless picturesque hiking trails around the hillside. The area of Cinque Terre is an official World Heritage Site, and is also home to some incredible Italian food and small town Italian culture. You won’t want to miss this!
Tuscan Archipelago National Park. For an even more beautiful and remote seaside adventure, hop a ferry from the port towns of Piombino or Porto Santo Stefano and enjoy an hour or so ride out to this beautiful archipelago. As the largest marine park in the Mediterranean, Tuscan Archipelago National Park is home to incredible views and unforgettable interactions with both locals and wildlife.
Casentinesi Forest National Park. Located not far from Florence, this national park will be a complete escape away from city life and offer a window into Italy’s beautiful Tuscan countryside. With plenty of protected land, hiking trails, and incredible views, this national park is definitely a must-see for wilderness and outdoors enthusiasts who need to step outside and appreciate the beauty of nature every once in awhile.
For History Lovers
If history is your hobby or art is your forte, you have definitely found yourself in the right country. Italy is not only rich with Renaissance nostalgia, but it has been shaped by countless time periods throughout history, all of which are reflected in the built landscape of this beautiful country.
Leaning Tower of Pisa. Is an experience in Italy really complete without a trip to this famed monument? Have a friend snap a photo of you holding up this falling landmark (in a sea of other tourists doing the exact same thing), and then head inside to learn more about this famous structure completed in 1372. You can even climb to the top!
Verona. As the setting of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this quaint and picturesque town is a great place to spend a day or a weekend, and is also a fantastic addition if you are visiting Venice. It’s right on the way! In addition to being the imaginary home of the Capulets and the Montagues, Verona also has many historical sites and Roman ruins.
Rome. How could we possibly forget about one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world? With countless churches, museums, ruins, and other fantastic sites, you are going to want to dedicate a weekend to this unforgettable city. Be sure to visit the Vatican while you are there as well, and dive into the history of Catholicism (and check one more “country” off your bucket list!).
Luckily, food and wine lovers don’t have to venture very far from Florence, as the Tuscany region is one of the most famed in that department. However, all of Italy is rather reputable as well and a trip outside the area will never be disappointing!
Explore Tuscan Wine. Spend a day or a weekend out in the countryside exploring and experiencing some of the area’s world-class wineries and vineyards! There are even countless wine sub-regions within the overarching Tuscany region, so one could hypothetically explore them all.
Join a Food Tour. As one of the most attractive culinary destinations in the world, Italy has no shortage of restaurant options or popular food tours. Even if you are living as a local, joining a food or wine tour offers you the opportunity for a backstage look at some of Italy’s best dishes—and an expertly curated meal of authentic Italian cuisine!
Take a Cooking Class. The best way to bring a taste of Italy back home with you is to learn from the professionals themselves. Taking a cooking class in Italy will give you incredible first-hand experience in Italian cooking, and it is a fantastic way to impress friends at home with your new worldly skills!
How you choose to spend your time in Italy is up to you, but always remember to put yourself out there and take advantage of every opportunity you come across. This is your chance to change your world!
Are you ready to get started on your adventure to intern or study abroad in Italy? Get in touch with one of our advisors or apply today!
Posted by World Endeavors on October 23, 2016
World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.