Itinerary with public transport in Tuscany
Tuscany is a magical land! With its incredible capital Florence, several cities in Tuscany offer public transport options, which makes it much easier to move between them. Today, I bring you a brief itinerary with public transport in Tuscany. Today I tell you which are the best cooking courses in Rome. 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!”
The Tuscany region has good public transport options for those who don’t intend to rent a car, but I already anticipate that the time spent on public transport is much longer than with a rented car or a group tour. In some cases, it’s necessary to stay overnight because, unfortunately, some smaller and/or more remote cities may not be as easy to reach. Therefore, I’ll present you with a brief itinerary with public transport in Tuscany. Discover 10 must-see places in Tuscany here!
Choosing the base city
First of all, it’s important to know how to choose the base city, and this isn’t difficult when thinking about using public transport: choose a city that has a train station. Why? Because the train is great for those who want to move around without major problems. It’s fast, secure, and offers huge reach between cities in both Tuscany and other Italian regions. Click here and learn all about trains in Italy!
To choose your hotel, the tip is the same: if you intend to move frequently, choose a hotel close to a train station! This will help you a lot to come and go without major problems. Find out here the difference between hotel categories in Italy!
Tuscany, in the Middle Ages, was known by the name of Tuscia. The name Tuscia derives from the Latin Tuscia, and designated the territory inhabited by the Tusci, that is, the Etruscans. Tuscia is actually the plural of the Latin Tuscus. Tuscia is synonymous with Etruria and hence derives from the name of the region of Tuscany; there is a city called Tuscania and it is located in the province of Viterbo.
After all, which city should you choose?
Here’s the thing: when we talk about Tuscany, we immediately think of Florence, but Tuscany offers other very interesting cities that can be perfect base cities!
However, due to its size and location, Florence is one of the cities with the most accommodation options, perfectly fitting the budget of many travelers. This is because there are numerous hotels with excellent values very close to the city’s central station, which makes it very easy to carry out the itinerary with ease. The big disadvantage of the city is the movement, especially during the high season, because it becomes crowded and, therefore, the central station is much busier.
Don’t disregard smaller towns.
Don’t disregard smaller cities and, among them, I suggest Siena, Pisa, Lucca and Arezzo (all have a train station and work very well!). The great advantage of choosing a less popular city as a base is undoubtedly the lower flow of people, especially at the train station.
It’s also worth remembering that you can use the buses. In Tuscany, the bus service covers a large part of the region and also facilitates travel between cities.
Itinerary with public transport in Tuscany: where to go and which city to choose as a base?
First of all, whichever city you choose, know that you won’t encounter any problems moving around. As for the itinerary, it is good to organize your available days and, before leaving, have already drawn up a visit plan. For example: first and second day, Florence; third day, Pisa and Lucca; fourth day, Arezzo, etc., but don’t forget to leave one day free so you can go to an unscheduled city or go back to that city you LOVED!
I always suggest that you don’t include more than one city per day in your itinerary because, despite being small towns, they are full of very interesting attractions, such as museums, for example. One day per city, depending on what you want to see, is more than enough.
Pisa and Lucca can be visited in just one day, as Pisa has few attractions and you can spend more time in Lucca. Even if you are a two-wheeler lover, I advise you to rent a bicycle and take a beautiful tour around the walls of Lucca. For bike rental in Lucca click here or to rent a bicycle, or scooter, or motorcycle anywhere in the world, click here!
If you want to leave the Tuscany region to go to another region, the golden tip of the famous “round trip” is that the journey cannot last more than 3 hours, ideally, at most, an hour and a half to go and an hour and a half to return.
The best base cities
Below, I’ve listed the best base cities for you, and they are all close to each other because they are in the same region, obviously, so the displacement between them is a little faster and offers you good options to go and return on the same day.
You can start your itinerary in our beloved Florence. Florence is a magnificent city, and, like most cities in the region, it can be visited on foot. Florence is an excellent base city, as its Santa Maria Novella Station offers many train options and is very close to the city’s attractions. Everything you need to know about Florence? Click here!
Pisa is very famous for its Leaning Tower, but what few know is that the city is magnificent for those who want to escape the large tourist mass when it comes to staying. It also offers a train station, and this makes the city a very well-located base for those who want to know other places in Tuscany and other Italian regions. Want to read more about Pisa? Click here!
For those who love a quieter city, but one that makes coming and going easier, Lucca has its value! The city is full of history, culture, and beauty and offers a great tourist structure, including its efficient train station! All the details about Lucca here!
Group Tour to Lucca and Pisa
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Who knew, right? Arezzo, oddly enough, is a city to consider when it comes to base city options in Tuscany. Much like Siena, Arezzo is the type of city that charms us without any effort, and for those who like quieter places to stay but still want the ease of a train station to move around, I suggest that you take this charming city into consideration. All about Arezzo here! How about having a wine tasting experience in Val di Chiana, in Arezzo? Click here to learn more!
Another city that might be a good choice Despite being very busy, Siena is not the first choice of base city for those traveling to Tuscany; however, it offers a great range of accommodations and also has a train station that facilitates movement to other nearby cities for those who want to explore the region. Everything about Siena here!
A city little considered by tourists to visit, but which can also be a great option if you want to stay in an incredible place, is San Gimignano. The city isn’t big, and the hotels there can cost a little more, but the splendor of it is fantastic. The city is full of incredible places, and, at sunset, it’s all dyed in gold! It’s something very magical. Everything about San Gimignano here!
Good to know…
San Gimignano has no train station! To get to San Gimignano you will have to disembark the train at Poggiobonsi Station, and take a bus to San Gimigniano. I advise San Gimignano, only for those who are not in a hurry and to spend the night in the city.
Group Tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti
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Where can I see train times and buy my tickets?
To access all train schedules and buy your tickets online, you can access this Trenitalia website. Prices vary according to the city of departure and arrival, but prices, on average, are around 15 euros.
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