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Via degli Dei landscape between Florence and Bivigliano
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5 cheap and unforgettable day trips from Florence

Where to go from the Tuscan capital

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. 

Fiesole - Credit: Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

Fiesole is located about 7 km from Florence's city center. By bus the trip to its main piazza takes about 35 minutes. The bus drops off visitors in Fiesole's main square, a spot that affords breathtaking views of Florence! For more information about tickets: ataf.net/en

Prato - Credit: Roberto Guido

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 - Credit: Roberto Taddeo

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

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa - Credit: McPig

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 - Credit: Stanislav Georgiev

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. 

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