Many travelers choose Florence as their base while traveling around Tuscany; some stay in the city for a few days before moving onto other places, while others, especially those on a budget, are interested in visiting Florence's surroundings without spending a fortune. If you're worried about breaking the bank, consider some of the following options, all cheap destinations around Florence that are absolutely worth visiting.
Prato is located only 20 km north of Florence and is best known for its stunning cathedral and other artistic marvels, including a number of Renaissance masterpieces. The city also boasts a large number of textile factories and Italy's largest Chinese community. Head to the town by train: trenitalia.com/en
Siena is a Unesco world heritage site, and this say pretty much everything! The cheapest option for getting to Siena from Florence is by bus: sitabus.it/firenze-siena-autobus. Alternatively, train tickets are cheap as well and the journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes (visit Trenitalia website). If you want to reach Siena from Florence by car, read this itinerary.
Although the city is full of things to do and see, the unparalleled piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower, is enough to merit a visit to this marble city. Looking at the map, Pisa may seem a bit far from Florence, but there's a fast train that reaches the city in just 49 minutes. From Pisa's train station to piazza dei Miracoli you'll enjoy a delightful walk through the city center. Some tips for touring One day in Pisa and about what to eat (Pisa for foodies) are available on this site.
Lucca is another Tuscan destination not to be missed. With its perfectly-preserved Renaissance city walls, it's a unique spot in Tuscany located only 30 minutes from the coast. Train tickets cost less than 10 euros and the journey takes about an hour and 10 minutes from Florence.