13 days in Tuscany Itinerary

13 days in Tuscany Itinerary

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13 days in Tuscany Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
plane:  7 h
1
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Montepulciano
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
3
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Lucca
— 3 nights
plane:  7 h 30 min
End: Birmingham

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazzale Michelangelo and Centro Storico. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Bologna (Santuario di Madonna di San Luca & Basilica di San Domenico), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna). There's lots more to do: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planning tool .

Birmingham, UK to Florence is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Florence is 1 hour. Traveling from Birmingham in September, expect Florence to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Bologna, Basilica San Vitale, Castello di Monteriggioni, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

3
nights
Montepulciano

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Abbazia di San Galgano and San Quirico d'Orcia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cascate del Mulino and Pitigliano Centro Storico. Explore Montepulciano's surroundings by going to Montalcino (Mate Winery & Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni), Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Siena (Duomo di Siena, Torre del Mangia, & more).

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Traveling by car from Florence to Montepulciano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Montalcino, Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano, Pitigliano Centro Storico, San Quirico d'Orcia
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Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli, then stroll through Spiaggia delle Ghiaie, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and finally stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Capanne and then stroll through Spiaggia del Relitto.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio travel route planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Montepulciano to Portoferraio in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Montepulciano in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Portoferraio: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marciana, Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Monte Capanne ©
Monte Capanne

3
nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano, then browse the exhibits of Domus Romana, then see the interesting displays at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, and finally contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then make a trip to Torre delle Ore, then admire the natural beauty at Palazzo Pfanner, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santuario di Santa Gemma Galgani.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucca trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Lucca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Lucca are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pisa
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Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina
Puccini Museum - Casa Natale ©
Puccini Museum - Casa Natale

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