11 days in Tuscany & Cinque Terre Itinerary

11 days in Tuscany & Cinque Terre Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pisa
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 1 day
Drive
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Montalcino
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano
— 3 nights
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Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, see the interesting displays at Museo Stefano Bardini, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Florence tour builder site.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Florence is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Reykjavik in June, expect nights in Florence to be somewhat warmer, around 21°C, while days are much hotter, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

Pisa

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at National Museum of Saint Mathew.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pisa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Pisa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Pisa, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Pisa

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Lucca

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lucca online sightseeing planner.

Lucca is just a short distance from Pisa. In June, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:

Cinque Terre

— 1 day

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oratorio dei Disciplinati di Santa Caterina, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip builder website.

You can drive from Lucca to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montalcino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Montalcino

— 2 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, do a tasting at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Capanna di Cencioni, then learn about winemaking at Enoteca di Piazza Wine Room, and finally do a tasting at Poggio Rubino.

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Drive from Cinque Terre to Montalcino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. June in Montalcino sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

San Gimignano

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
San Gimignano Bell Tower and San Gimignano 1300 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guardastelle Vineyard and Fattoria di Montemaggio. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Cappella di Piazza). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Duomo di San Gimignano, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano, take in the exciting artwork at La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, and get a taste of the local shopping with Balducci Ceramica.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Gimignano trip planner.

You can drive from Montalcino to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.