8 days in Tuscany Itinerary

8 days in Tuscany Itinerary

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8 days in Tuscany Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
2
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Gimignano
— 1 night
+2
train + tram + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. M.G. Design and Pitti Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence journey app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Florence is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo, view the masterpieces at Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Seccione. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Spiaggia di Chiessi, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Tombe, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Canata.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Portoferraio travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Spiaggia Canata, Spiaggia delle Tombe, Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo, Spiaggia di Chiessi, Gulliver - Terre d'Autore
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Spiaggia di Seccione ©
Spiaggia di Seccione
Gulliver - Terre d'Autore ©
Gulliver - Terre d'Autore

1
night
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Torre Grossa, view the masterpieces at Galleria Gagliardi, then learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Fattoria Il Piano - Vineyard.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Gimignano trip planner .

You can drive from Portoferraio to San Gimignano in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Gimignano

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Fattoria Il Piano ©
Fattoria Il Piano
Torre Grossa ©
Torre Grossa
Galleria Gagliardi ©
Galleria Gagliardi

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