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How to go to Chianti from Florence?

Do you know those landscapes that appear in the movies? Those places that look like an amazing painting? Well, this place exists and is called Chianti, in Tuscany. Today we are going to give you tips and options on how to get to Chianti from Florence!

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How to go to the Chianti from Florence?

Today we will discover how to get to Chianti from Florence. Let’s learn some options for a trip to this charming region, full of fantastic landscapes and with a wonderful enogastronomy!  Lets go to our post How to go to the Chianti from Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Do you know those landscapes that appear in the movies? Well, this place exists and is called Chianti. This spectacular land seems to have been made by hand for lovers of the region’s namesake wine! In this spectacular piece of land it is possible to follow the grape harvest, wine production and taste different types of flavors, with absolute certainty you will find one that will suit your taste. Oh, here you can also find the house where Monalisa was born: today is called Villa Vignamaggio, and works as a hotel and winery.

1) How to go to Chianti from Florence? PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Below you will find the options using Public Transport.

Public Transport – BY TRAIN

Several trains depart daily from Santa Maria Novella station towards Chianti. Get off at Greve in Chianti station, but your options for getting around there will be very limited with this type of transport. Chianti is one of the few places that I suggest another mean of transport; I will give more details later.

The train journey is 30 km. You can buy tickets online and, I really suggest you to buy them in advance, so that everything is planned and, with that, you save a lot of time! Always remember to validate your tickets at the stations.

  • Trip duration: average of 45 minutes, departures approximately every 60 minutes.

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Arriving at the Station

It is not possible to do this complete tour using public transport or walking, the alternatives I recommend are: rent a car or go on an excursion, either in a group or private tour. The Chianti is powered by wine and its main attractions are the wineries, as I mentioned before, the historic center of Greve in Chianti is beautiful, but it does not take more than two hours to visit it, and the main tour will be the visit to wineries.

Renting a car is a good option, but only for those who do not drink alcohol! If you drink and really want to enjoy EVERYTHING in Chianti, take a group or can also hire a private driver! The cost benefit is fantastic and you will have the freedom to eat and drink everything you want, without restrictions!

Public Transport – BY BUS

There are no direct lines that make this route. The option is to use the train, rental car or group / private tour.

2) How to go to Chianti from Florence? GROUP TOUR

In a group tour that offers, more or less, what a private tour offers, the difference is that the city tour has fixed days and times. This type of proposal is unique, in terms of quality and benefit, as you will get a much better price, since the values can be shared with more people.

Group tours are a great alternative for those who do not want to spend so much and for those who are not used to traveling alone and, therefore, prefer to be in a group, where there will be a person who will organize all the tours of the day! That way you don’t have to worry with anything! Just being well rested and willing to visit magnificent places!

Benefits

  • IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends!
  • Save time that you would probably lose by going to the train stations to catch the trains, or with transportation to get to the tourist places to be visited.
  • Visit more cities on the same day!
  • Spend less time (and money) on travel, taxis, trains and buses.
  • You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after drinking!
  • You travel safely and comfortably!

Disadvantage

  • There is practically none! Just the fact that you will have to adapt to the program of the day, and respect the tour schedule!

Note

  • Remember to always evaluate customer testimonials before proceeding with the booking!

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3) How to go to Chianti from Florence? RENT A CAR

If you prefer to do things with more peace of mind and autonomy, you can choose to rent a car to take this tour. But read carefully all our rental car tips and information!

How to get there by car?

Take the SS741 road and follow the signs for Chianti. TIP: Use a GPS. Despite being well signposted, the roads can confuse those who are not used to driving on Italian roads. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts “Driving in Italy”! There you will find car itinerary tips, signage, rates, roads and much more!

Good to know!

Among the first options, precisely because it does not have fixed times the rental car is the ideal choice. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know – it depends on person to person and the type of trip you are used to. This option is ideal if you like to drive! – IF YOU’RE DRIVING: DO NOT DRINK!

Pay attention!!!!

In addition, it is important to know that in tourist cities there are places (old town) where PARKING is NOT ALLOWED, and can only be used by residents! So it is important not to go to these places so as not to take unnecessary fines. In Italy it is common for them to tow the car or put that hubcap that blocks the vehicle’s exit! Be careful!

How to understand what these places are? See this post that talks about it, but in any case another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside from the center and take a walk to reach the area, spending a little more, by taxi or other public transport.

Benefits

  • If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
  • IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!

Disadvantages

  • Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
  • Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
  • Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
  • Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
  • It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.

Traveling by car in Italy

How about if I give you a rental car option? Are you ready for it? If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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4) How to go to Chianti from Florence? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR

The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the tourist spot you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver speaking your language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.

Total Comfort

This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want to enjoy the trip “flag to flag”. Excellent option for small groups of people or elderly people. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!

Benefits

  • IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends!
  • It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules!
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vinoduring lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol);
  • You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not.
  • No need to ‘stick’ to schedules and itineraries.
  • You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose with commuting by bus and train.

Disadvantage

  • The rate is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time, with no pressure.

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices! 😉

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Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

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Conclusion

How to go to Chianti from Florence? Chianti is beautiful as well as all Italy and deserves a lot of attention, but just a small reminder: often, the cheap is expensive, especially in a place you do not know, and without knowing how to speak the local language. Therefore, I suggest you think carefully about the options presented above, especially if you are traveling with children. Don’t take any risks! Invest a little more and travel safely, comfortably and without worries! Don’t risk ruining your long-awaited trip, ok?!



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