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Discover the heart of Renaissance history with this independent day trip from Venice to Florence by high-speed train. All transportation essentials will be arranged for you, including a round-trip train ticket and a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence attractions like the Ufizzi Gallery and the iconic red-capped Duomo. Before your full-day excursion, a local host in Venice will present you with all tickets and plenty of helpful information about timetables and navigating Florence’s charming medieval streets.

Highlights

  • Independent day trip from Venice to Florence with round-trip train transport
  • Meet a host at Venice’s Santa Lucia Station to receive train times, tickets and information about Florence
  • Relax on the 2-hour high-speed train journey from Venice to Florence
  • Enjoy a day of independent sightseeing and see top Florence attractions such as Florence Duomo and Boboli Gardens
  • Take a Florence hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by open-top, double-decker bus
  • Hop on and off at any of the city's 15 stops and see the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and more

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What You Can Expect

Independent Florence Day Trip from Venice by High-Speed Train

Admire replicas of Michelangelo's famous sculptures around town!

The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century and boasts an abundance of artistic masterpieces among its world-class museums, statue-filled piazzas, historic cathedrals and distinctive architecture. Take a break from the canals of Venice to visit this urban homage to the arts.

On the morning of your tour, head to Venice’s Santa Lucia Station to meet with a local representative, who will provide you with a round-trip train ticket, hop-on hop-off bus pass and information about train timetables and bus routes. Hop aboard a comfortable high-speed train and settle in for the scenic, 2-hour journey to Florence, which lies approximately 160 miles (260 km) to the south of Venice.

Once you arrive in Florence, climb aboard an open-top, double-decker bus and design your own itinerary by getting off and on at any of 15 stops along the sightseeing route.

Visit the central Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori to climb to the top of the iconic Brunelleschi’s Dome, or ogle Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture at the Accademia Gallery. Admire the wares of goldsmiths’ shops that line the Ponte Vecchio bridge, or relax among the lush landscaping and statuary of Boboli Gardens.

View a jaw-dropping collection of Renaissance paintings at the Ufizzi Gallery, or simply wander through charming piazzas and winding medieval streets, which appear little changed from centuries ago. When you’re ready for a break, settle into a sidewalk seat at a local café to watch daily Florentine life go by or enjoy a sweet scoop from one of the city’s famed gelaterias (all entry tickets and meals are at your own expense).

Make your way back to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Station to catch your return train at the time advised by your Venetian host. Relax on the return ride to Venice, where you will arrive back at Santa Lucia Station in the late evening.

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Itinerary

Please note: LINE C only operates between April and October 31.To see the route of the bus please see the maps under 'View Additional Information'.

Florence Hop-On Hop-Off Stops:
LINE A route stops:

Stop 1 - Piazza Stazione FS SMN
Stop 2 - Piazza della Libertà
Stop 3 - Piazzale Donatello
Stop 4 - Piazza DAzeglio
Stop 5 - Piazza Beccaria
Stop 6 - Corso Tintori
Stop 7 - Teatro Verdi
Stop 8 - Lungarno Pecori Giraldi
Stop 9 - Piazza Ferrucci
Stop 10 - Piazzale Michelangelo
Stop 11 - Piazzale Galileo
Stop 12 - Villa Cora
Stop 13 - Porta Romana
Stop 14 - Pitti
Stop 15 - Tornabuoni
Stop 16 - Antinori
Stop 17 - Piazza Unità

LINE B route stops:
Stop 1 - Piazza Stazione FS SMN
Stop 2 - Piazza della Libertà
Stop 3 - Piazzale Donatello
Stop 4 - Piazza DAzeglio
Stop 5 - Piazza Beccaria
Stop 6 - Corso Tintori
Stop 7 - Teatro Verdi
Stop 8 - Lungo lAffrico
Stop 9 - Villa Camerata
Stop 10 - San Domenico
Stop 11 - Regresso
Stop 12 - Fiesole
Stop 13 - Regresso
Stop 14 - San Domenico
Stop 15 - Villa Camerata
Stop 16 - Stadio
Stop 17 - Piazzale Donatello
Stop 18 - Piazza Beccaria
Stop 19 - Lungarno Pecori Giraldi
Stop 20 - Piazzale Michelangelo
Stop 21 - Piazzale Galileo
Stop 22 - Villa Cora
Stop 23 - Porta Romana
Stop 24 - Pitti
Stop 25 - Tornabuoni
Stop 26 - Antinori
Stop 27 - Piazzale Montelungo

LINE C route stops:
Stop 1 - Piazzale Monte Lungo
Stop 2 - Piazza Stazione
Stop 3 - Piazza Liberta Viale Matteotti
Stop 4 - Piaza Donatello
Stop 5 - Piazza D'Azelio
Stop 6 - Piazza Beccaria
Stop 7 - Via Lungo L'Affrico
Stop 8 - Via Righi Ostello
Stop 9 - Fiesole San Domenico
Stop 10 - Fiesole Regresso
Stop 11 - Fiesole Piazza Mino da Fiesole Arrivo
Stop 11 - Fiesole Piazza Mino da Fiesole Partenza
Stop 12 - Fiesole Regresso
Stop 13 - Fiesole San Domenico Via Mantellini
Stop 14 - Via Righi Ostello
Stop 15 - Viale Paoli ang. Viale Maratona
Stop 4 - Piazza Donatello
Stop 6 - Piazza Beccaria
Stop 16 - Corso Tintoti ang. Via dei Benci
Stop 17 - Lungarno Serristori
Stop 18 - Piazza Ferrucci
Stop 19 - Piazzale Michelangelo
Stop 20 - Piazzale Galileo
Stop 21 - Viale Machiavelli altezza Villa Cora
Stop 22 - Porta Romana Viale Petrarca
Stop 23 - Piazza Tasso
Stop 24 - Via Vittorio Veneto
Stop 2 - Piazza Stazione

Stop 1 - Piazzale Montellungo


Customer Reviews

Nathaniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

enjoyed this experience at our own pace.

Ceri M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An excellent way to see Florence if staying in Venice traveling by the .italo 300kmh train in just over 2 hours you get there at around 11.00am with the whole day to enjoy the sights in Florence. 'Hop on Hop off' bus pass included in the tour price we found this an excellent way to get around the city. Plenty of good cafe's to eat in especially around the Duomo, a really enjoyable day we would thoroughly recommend.

Dawne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything was well organized. Agency person I met was very friendly and helpful. Great day trip.

Mr C L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The agent met us on time with the tickets. The train was excellent, very comfortable and clean and on time. It gave us a full day in Florence to see the places we wanted to. The open top tour bus was good unfortunately we didn't use it that much as we walked between galleries. Would certainly recommend doing the trip if you want to see Florence without actually staying there.

Willard E. M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

THE GIRL MET US ON TIME TO GIVE US OUR VOUCHERS AND VOUCHER FOR THE HOP ON AND BUS. THE TRAIN RIDE WAS PERFECT AND RETURN TRIP WAS FINE.

Pavla

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing trip in amazing city. KInd people, good shoping, food was magnific!

joodebee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had the best day. Your representatives met at at each station with tickets, times of arrival, and departures. We did the Hop on Hop off bus, which is such a great way of seeing the sights. We spent many hours in Florence and arrived back in Venice at 11 pm. Thank you.

Daniel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip. We were 4 people and we gave 440, instead if we would have done the same on our own it would cost 582 euro! Well organized and lovely way to look around Florence. Highly recommended.

moira.kinnear2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

completly faultless. would highly recommend

Steve M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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