Activities in Florence, Italy

By | August 18, 2022

In addition to visiting museums and sightseeing, there are many other things you can do in Florence. These are our top 3 things to do in Florence:

Cocktails in the secret garden

Florence off the tourist track

According to, Serre Torrigiani is a real hidden gem in Florence , as the garden is actually a private park with only a small corner open to the public.

In the Torrigiani Garden you can escape the hustle and bustle of Florence for a moment and enjoy cocktails in a small, green oasis .

Do a cooking class

Make your own pasta

You can take cooking classes anywhere in Florence. You will learn how to make fresh pasta and a matching sauce yourself. An experienced Italian chef will introduce you to the secrets of Italian cuisine.

At the end, the pasta is eaten with the other course participants at a convivial dinner – of course with a good glass of Chianti.

Do a wine tour

Wine tasting & feasting in Chianti

A trip to one of the many wineries around Florence is actually a must, if only to visit the wonderful landscape of Tuscany.

In Florence you can book many wine tours where you will be picked up from your hotel in a van and driven to one or more wineries. With the wine tasting there are always Tuscan snacks, such as Pecorino cheese, olives or Tuscan salami.

Vespa tour

Jet over the Tuscan hills

It is the favorite means of transport in Italy: the Vespa.

And the Tuscan country roads with their hills and beautiful views are really good for a Vespa excursion.

From Florence you can book a guided, 6-hour Vespa tour with a group, including a typical Tuscan lunch.

To the Vespa Tour

Arrival to Florence

Florence Airport is on the northern outskirts of the city but is fairly small and has direct flights only from Frankfurt and Munich .

However, because the airport’s runway is quite short, planes only land in Florence when the weather conditions are good . If it is windy or foggy, your flight will be diverted or canceled at short notice.

That’s why we advise you to only fly directly to Florence in summer, when the probability of good weather is very high.

At other times of the year it is more worth flying to Pisa or Bologna .

Both cities are close to Florence and the airports are well connected to central Florence by train and shuttle bus.

From Florence airport to the center

Florence Airport is located on the outskirts of the city and is well connected to the city centre.

With the tram

Tram line T2 runs from the airport directly to the main train station in the city center. The bus stop is in front of the only airport terminal, the terminus is Piazza dell’Unità, right in the center.

The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs the same as a normal ticket, i.e. 1.50 euros per person. You can get tickets from the machines at the bus stop or at the kiosk in the airport.

With the taxi

The taxi is much more expensive, but it will take you to the hotel. The trip to a centrally located hotel costs around 25 euros. When you come out of the terminal, the taxi rank is to the right of the airport building.

From Bologna Airport to Florence

Bologna is about 120 kilometers from Florence, on the other side of the Apennines. However, there are many connections between Bologna Airport and Florence.

By shuttle bus

A shuttle bus runs several times a day from Bologna Airport to Florence Central Station, the Appennino Shuttle .

The journey takes about 90 minutes and costs 20 euros per person. While this is quite expensive, it is also the fastest and most convenient way to get to Florence.

Attention : The bus is always full, so be sure to book your ticket online in advance.

By train

From Bologna Airport you can take the Marconi Express monorail to Bologna Central Station in 7 minutes. From there, trains run to Florence all day long. The fast train to Florence Central Station takes about 40 minutes.

From Pisa airport to Florence

The easiest way from Pisa is by train . Pisa is about 60 km from Florence.

From the airport, take the fully automated MiniMetro PisaMover to Pisa Central Station. The journey only takes a few minutes.

At Pisa Central Station you can then take the next regional train to Florence, which runs about every half hour. The journey takes less than an hour and the train ticket costs around 8 euros.

Piazza della Signoria