Florence is the capital of Firenza province and the Toscana region in central Italy. Florence is located around 230 km northwest of Rome, Italy. Florence is a city that is surrounded by rolling hills that are covered with astonishing farmhouses, orchards, and villas.
Day Trip to Florence from Rome
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Florence is the city that was founded as a Roman military colony in the first century and during the long history of the place being a republic, a seat of the duchy of Tuscany and this city remains a capital of Italy from 1865 to 1870.
During the 14 to 16th century, Florence achieved it heights in fields of commerce and finance, learning and arts. The museums, palaces and churches of Florence are some of the amazing artistic treasures in the whole world. If you are an art lover then Florence could make your hearts beat double time.
How to get Florence from Rome
If you are looking for an enjoyable and amazing day trip to Florence from Rome, then here is the rational transportation means for your fast train. Trains leave on regular basis to Florence from Rome throughout the day, occasionally from Tiburtina and normally from Termini.
Trains take time to reach Florence is about 1 and half hour that gives you plenty of time to explore during your day trip t Florence. Regional or slow trains also available on regular basis to Florence from Rome but these trains about 4 hours to reach your destination that makes it impractical for a day trip to Florence.
You should keep in mind that the fast train tickets prices can e quite expensive for your as compare to slow or regional train. But price rise can be there usually as your travel dates get closer so as soon as you are able to final date and be sure that you must book our train tickets in advance.
There are normal ticket booking is available with Trenitalia and you will never face any issue with it, on the other hand, the trains are also available on the Italo Terno route.
The trains will arrive at Florences Sant Maria Novella railway station, which is located at a distance of 10 minutes walk from the Piazza del Duomo and the cultural center of Florence.
Places to visit on a Day Trip to Florence from Rome
It is impossible to cover all of Florence city during a day trip, but there this is the only time to make enough from your day trip that makes the trip worth it.
You can cover all the best places in Florence listed below, If you are on a day trip from the below places to Florence
- Day Trip to Florence from Milan
- Day Trip to Florence from Venice
- Day Trip to Florence from pieca
- Day Trip to Florence from bologna
- Day Trip to Florence from Lucca
Galleria dell Accademia
The Galleria dell Accademia was specially built as a house of the masterpiece, Michelangelo’s David but the fact is that this place is the home of one of the most popular artworks in the whole world that combined with the fact that this place is a small and manageable museum that make it a perfect place to visit on a day trip to Florence.
You would not have any extra time on a day trip so make sure that to schedule your visit in advance.
Mercato Centrale & the San Lorenzo Market
Mercato Centrale is one of the busy markets In Florence. It is a bustling central food market in Florence you should come here to enjoy the views and can check the sample of Tuscan delicacies including olive oil, wine and you can also buy some good food souvenirs for your loved ones.
On the top floor of the building, you could find all types of prepared food if you are one of them who are looking for a bite to eat. On the other hand, the San Lorenzo Market is situated, just outside the Mercato Centrale. There was also a time when this market was the busiest local marketplace in Florence but today it exists only for the benefit of Florence ever- presents tourists, you can also find hawking souvenirs and some leather goods of all kinds in this marketplace to take away for your dear ones.
But the leather products in this market are not typically good quality but as the market is just right by the Maercato Centrale it is still worth visiting during a day trip to Florence.
The Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence, it is famous for buildings that are built upon both sides of the bridge. There was a time when this bridge uses to be populated by butchers who used to dump their scraps into the Arno river.
But in 1593, Grand Duke Ferdinando decides that the jewelers and goldsmiths would move to the bridge instead and more than 400 years later that is exactly what you will find populating the shops of the bridge.
The bridge is beautiful as well as interesting as it is home to part of the corridor and it is hard to admire this bridge while you are on it, so if your want to enjoy the scene of this gorgeous bridge then you must take a short stroll over the near situated Ponte Santa Trinita.
The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is the place that hosts one of the premier Renaissance art collections in the world, such as a number of plenty of works by Botticelli and Da Vinci, but it is also quite expansive as compared to the rest of the art galleries in Florence and to visit here requires a large amount of time at least a couple of hours and it is absolutely required to book your tickets in advance if you want to skip the long ticket queue, a combination of the long queues and the art pieces at the Uffizi could easily eat up the bulk of your whole day in Florence.
So it is essential to priorities the places visit during a day trip to Florence from Rome if you have spare time then it is my advice that you should visit this art gallery if you are an art lover.
Best Restaurants in Florence For Day Trip
Places To Eat in Florence
You should explore it with our list of best restaurants in Florence-
Osteria dell’Enoteca offers you the best seasonal food in Florence with some modern twists.
You can expect here dishes like chicken liver terrine with a vin santo reduction, spicy octopus, potato soup, gazpacho that garnished with burrata cheese especially in the summer season and there is a special dish for winter season also that is pappardelle with vension sauce and braised wild boar. Some dishes are affordable and some are expensive too here.
Gurdulu is a glamorous Santo Spirito restaurant in Florence with a cocktail bar, that is name after a character in an Italo Calvino novel. The menu of the restaurant changes often like sometimes it includes amazing amberjack Tortelli with rich seafood bisque and a grilled octopus with barbecue sauce and caper berries.
This restaurant is also a famous cocktail spot as it is famous for both aperitive and after-dinner drinks. I am sure that the wine list does not disappoint you. Prices are quite fair at this restaurant. The staff members are very humble and the services are quite fast here.
Cantinetta Antinori offers your menu with some seasonal variations. The menu includes fettunta (brusschetta) that topped with cavolo nero, pappa al pomodoro, pasta with artichokes, ossobusco and tagliata.
Cantinetta Antinoa is a restaurant that appeals to an older crowd of well-heeled tourists who are looking for a quite good meal with their best service. There are also a number of Florentines among the diners and many of them are friends of the aristocratic owners. This place is very peaceful to have a meal, I advise you to visit there on a drip trip to Florence.
Some tips for a day trip to Florence from Rome
Start your day early
If you are planning a day drip then it will be good for you to start your day as earlier as possible because earlier you can pull yourself out of that cozy bed and onto the train. Each hour you could squeeze into your day trip to Florence will be well worth it. In case you are feeling tired then there is no shame to start your day with a cappuccino in Florence.
As sooner you could commit to a day for your Florence day trip as better it will be
As I mentioned above that the fast train tickets to Florence from Rome increase in price as the dates get closer, so you should book your train tickets as soon s possible so that more money you can save.
Book your tickets in advance
You should book your tickets in advance especially when you go for visiting the Galleria dell Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery because these museums are the only realistic way to experience and explore the true essence of Florence. But you should keep in mind to pre- book your tickets if you want to skin the lines and save your time to explore more places in Florence.
You should limit yourself to one sit-down meal
Keep in mind that you should not go hungry, though! I recommend you supplement with Panino- Osteria All’ Antico Vinaio which is the most popular Panino shop in the city of Florence but it often has very long queues and later on a gelato. If you find long queues at Osteria All’ Antico Vinaio too long when you stop by, then you should go for II Panino del Chianti for a Panino and you should also go for a glass of chianti.
Restaurant and Closing times
You would usually be able to see restaurants right in front of tourists hotspots such as Piazza de Duomo and Piazza Signoria open all day but there are also a number of restaurants in Florence that open between 11 to 12 am only for lunch and then close between 4 to 5 pm and then they reopen for dinner about 7 pm.
In case you have your train back to Rome around 7 pm then keep in mind that as well. The staff of the restaurant is also well mannered and they are suited in cream jackets with a bow tie.