A Four-Day Tour through Epic Tuscany (and Venice Bonus!)

August 16, 2023

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Tuscany is located in central Italy, stretching from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The capital is Florence, renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to masterpieces of art and architecture. 

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Tuscany is famous for its wine regions, especially Chianti, producing some of the best wines in the world. The region boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centers of Florence, Siena, Pienza, and San Gimignano.

Tuscany is one of the most epic places to visit in Italy

It is also known for its picturesque landscapes, with rolling hills, cypress trees, and medieval hilltop towns.

The cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, focusing on fresh, high-quality ingredients. Dishes like ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, and bistecca alla fiorentina are classic examples.

Apart from tourism and wine, Tuscany has a strong agricultural tradition, producing olive oil, cheeses, and other products.

Several renowned figures hail from Tuscany, including Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, and Michelangelo.

For this summer we decided to do a short travel tour in Tuscany, starting from Slovenia, a country we live in and is just next to Italy.

In just four days, you can get a delightful taste of Italy, cruising through the picturesque Tuscan countryside and checking out some of its most iconic cities. Oh, and did we mention an epic stop on our way back in Venice?

First we checked on internet for accomodation options and on Booking.com found a beautiful rustic place called Bio Agriturismo La Ginestra, near Florence. We decided to stay there for all 4 days and it was really nice. Absolutely worth the price, clean, warm, cosy and the food was amazing. We traveled with our car, which was a good choice and we had no trouble on the road. 

Here are all your hotel options in Tuscany

Our suggestion of a 4 day Tuscany Itinerary would be:

Day 1: Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance

Having so many attractions, museums, galleries and great restaurants, we suggest to reserve at least 2 days to explore the whole beauty of this magical city.

The best place to park your car in Florence is Interparking Garage Europa Firenze, located in the center of the city and therefore, very close to all of the main attractions. Make sure to be there early morning though because free spaces run out very quick. It takes between 10-30 min walk to reach all the famous attractions, galleries and museums in the center of Florence which is great!

Our advice is to start your day bright and early at the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria and visit Uffizi Gallery. This place is packed with art which will make your jaw drop. There is no need to know the entire history of the Renaissance – just enjoy the beautiful paintings and sculptures around, including many known artist such as Botticelli and his Birth of Venus. 

After this stage is done, head to Mercato Centrale. It’s a food market where you can grab some Tuscan treats to please the soul.

Throughout your trip, you’ll want to savor Tuscany’s flavors such as:

  1. Olive Oil: It’s liquid gold here. Dip some bread into it or drizzle it over salads.
  2. Pecorino Cheese: Especially famous in Pienza, it’s a hard, salty cheese that’s perfect with a splash of honey.
  3. Truffles: These earthy delights can be found in many pasta dishes throughout Tuscany.
  4. Chianti: Wine lovers rejoice! This region produces some of the best wines, with Chianti at the top.

After a delicious lunch, take a look around the Florence Cathedral and make sure to climb to the top of its Dome. The panoramic views of the city are worth every step.

In the evening enjoy a walk on the Ponte Vecchio bridge, and maybe pick up a souvenir or two from its many shops. Finish the day with a gelato because, at the end, you are in Florence!

Day 2: Florence part 2

Start your day at the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s “David”. This allows you to beat the biggest crowds and fully enjoy the artwork with beautiful sculptures & art to be admired.

Tip: It’s highly recommended that tickets are bought in advance to avoid long lines. 

After that, walk to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, one of Florence’s principal churches and a stunning example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

There are numerous trattorias and cafés near Santa Maria Novella. Therefore, consider trying traditional Tuscan dishes like “Ribollita” or “Pappa al Pomodoro”. Look for places where locals are eating to ensure an authentic experience.

Then make your way to the Forte di Belvedere, a historic fortress offering beautiful views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan landscape. The climb is a bit steep, so wear comfortable shoes.


Go around the grounds and ramparts, enjoying both the historic architecture and the views it offers.

For dinner, head to the Oltrarno area (south of the Arno River). This area boasts several local eateries and offers a more authentic dining experience away from the most touristic zones.

Remember, Florence is a city best explored on foot, and its charm is not just in its landmarks but also in its streets, alleys, and hidden piazzas. Take your time, and don’t rush – Enjoy your trip!

Day 3: Siena, a Medieval Marvel & San Gimignano, the Town of Fine Towers

Starting with Siena  first, check out the Piazza del Campo, famous for its shell shape and the thrilling horse race, the Palio di Siena.

Make sure to check the Siena Cathedral. This black and white marble beauty is full of surprises. And if you’re up for some sweet treats, look for a bakery selling ricciarelli, the famous almond-based cookies.

Find a spot around the Piazza and enjoy some tasty local tuscany dish, we recommend tuna fish salad with olives, homemade njoki with cherry tomatoes and shrimps, bread with mozzarella & tomato and super tasty lasagna. Pure perfection.

In the afternoon drive through the picturesque Tuscan hills until you see a skyline of medieval towers. That’s when you’ll know you’ve reached San Gimignano.

Check out the Torre Grossa. Climbing this tower gives you stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside.

You have to try the famous San Gimignano ice cream in Gelateria Dondoli, which won 2 times title of the best ice cream in the world. It absolutely deserves the title, it is simply fabolous, tasty, creamy, it melts in your mouth.

Before leaving, sip on a glass of Vernaccia, San Gimignano famous white wine. It’s a taste you won’t forget.

Day 4: Venice, the Floating City

If times and route allows you, make sure to stop in Venice, approximately 3h drive from Florence. Even if It’s a bit of a detour, Venice is worth it! 


Start at St. Mark’s Square. Snap some photos with the pigeons and check out the gold mosaics inside St. Mark’s Basilica.

Riverside cafes are the place to be. Grab a seat, order a plate of seafood risotto, and watch the gondolas glide by.

Get lost in Venice narrow streets. Seriously, wander around, find quaint canals, and maybe hop onto a gondola yourself. And don’t forget to cross the iconic Rialto Bridge.

On your way out, pick up some Venetian masks or Murano glass as souvenirs. And as a parting treat, enjoy a slice of tiramisu – a sweet end to a sweet trip!

Here are all your hotel options in Venice

Tuscany in four days it’s totally doable and every bit of it is a delight. The cities are full of charm, the countryside looks like a postcard, and the food is magnificent!

We recommend to pack just the things you really need and don’t forget to take your camera or to have your phone with enough memory to take epic photos for your Insta!

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