When it comes to exploring the many alluring corners of Tuscany, the day trip from Florence makes for a handy solution; especially when it comes to Siena! In fact, Florence to Siena day trip is one of the most popular trips for travelers! The ancient city is not more than 80-minute train or bus ride away and boasts a cultural heritage that rivals Florence with dignity. Who would want to miss out on a place of which entire town center is a UNESCO world heritage site? There are tens of guided Florence tours to Siena to choose from, each of them providing different perks. Some help you experience the history, others gastronomy. You can either enjoy the succulent wine and food or explore Palazzo Civico, the masterpiece of medieval architecture. Better yet, you can climb Torre del Mangia, a 400-steps bell tower for a fantastic view of the city.
Yet, the city is most famous for its historically unique Palio horse race which runs bi-annually in Piazza del Campo. In other words, Siena is incredibly diverse and captivating. It's worth visiting even for a day if you don’t have more time. Those looking for the best value for money can sign up for a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano from Florence. First, this day trip helps you discover Siena’s one-of-a-kind city center. Next, takes you on a visit to a medieval Tuscan village known for lovely views of rolling hills and excellent wine.
Still, if you prefer, there is no need to book a trip. You can travel from Florence to Siena on your own. The best way to travel there is by bus from Florence’s SITA bus station on Via Della Scala (on the left side of the main entrance to the Santa Maria train station). It’s a lovely way to travel because the bus takes you to the picturesque countryside. Plus, it drops you off in Siena’s city center in Piazza San Domenico. Feel free to explore the city on your own or. To make the most of your time, pick one of the many bike or walking tours in Siena. Purchase your tickets either at the station or in one of the tobacco stores nearby. Be sure to stamp the ticket once you get on the bus to validate it!
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How to Get from Florence to Siena by:
The drive from Florence to Siena is 86 kilometers and takes approximately an hour an a half. Take the Raccordo Autostradale Firenze-Siena and exit at Siena Sud SS674. This route includes toll fares.
There is a fast bus that leaves from Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence and stops off at Poggibonsi and Colle Val. This journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Alternatively, there is a slightly longer bus that takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets cost about € 7.80, and there are 3-4 buses every hour.
The train from Florence to Siena takes 1 hour and a half. When booking tickets, look for direct trains as some require a change at Empoli. If you take a train that does require a change, the journey takes 2 hours. Direct trains leave on the hour and tickets begin at € 9.10.