Venice, Italy

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Overview

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.
  • 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
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 and 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. Relax on the return ride to Venice, where you will arrive back at Santa Lucia Station in the late evening.

Please note: Starting from April 2018, a salami tasting will be included. The tasting will take place at Mercato Centrale, (drinks excluded), and a vegetarian option is available upon request.

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

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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v
, Nov 2018

I have booked many tours with Viator and have always been very pleased. This is the first time, I've experienced the tour from hell. The train parts were perfect. We caught the Hop on Hop off bus and started our journey. Our plan was to visit 8 out of the total places. Our first stop was at the Statue of Michal Angelo. We stayed there 1 hour and was planning on catching the next bus to see the rest of the stops. The next bus that came was full so we waited about an hour for the next bus to come. Which was okay. The next bus, never stopped. She pulled up behind another bus and kept going. It was about 10 people waiting at the stop. We all had to find alternative ways to get to our final designations. We were ONLY able to see ONE stop and we had to WALK back to the train station. The reason why we catch the 2 hour train ride to Florence was to see the sites at the Hop on Hop off site. Ridiculous!

r
, Jul 2018

Would have given it 5 stars if there was an option to have the train ride include a fully guided tour rather than the on/off bus. Florence is very small that you can walk it yourself. Also, if there was an option to leave from Florence back to Venice earlier rather than the last train out around 930PM, that would have been a plus. The public buses in Venice stop at midnight.

L
, Apr 2018

Absolutely loved this tour! Florence was amazing and everything was well planned out!the hop on/off bus was great,the michealangelo David statue stop had an amazing view,the sun was shining so sat all afternoon listening to a street performer singing and drank prosecco which was sold at a refreshment van for only 10 we ended it with a trip to planet Hollywood then back on the train,perfect day out seeing the sights in the sunshine

R
, Nov 2017

First and foremost, I want to give Viator 5 stars for all they did to help with our trip. Three stars is only because of the Hop on/Hop off Services.

We were on our honeymoon and planned a day in Florence. Their was an issue with the train however, Viator was very accommodating and fixed the problem. When we arrived it was raining. Because of this the Hop on/Hop Off Buses the representative said they oversold and would not help us were only running one bus per line. We ended up having to pay for public transportation.

This is not Viator's fault but it was so frustrating to have to deal with something that you paid for with no help from the vendor.

m
, Nov 2017

This tour is great.. we have enough time in florence, did some shopping and saw the tourists spots in 1 day.. this is a long journey but worth it.. will definitely do this again in the future

C
, Nov 2017

Wonderful trip, but quite long as you were unable to change your return train, which did not get back to Venice until almost midnight!!

R
, Oct 2017

Great trip to Florence! Florence has many more things than it is possible to see in one day, so a second day would have been best.

T
, Sep 2017

OK, but the canal was blocked during the trip, so we had to leave venice early.

J
, Sep 2017

Train ride was good. Meeting place was fairly easy to find. Hop on hop off bus tour was excellent. Florence was quite interesting an interesting city...that always helps.

G
, Sep 2017

Fantastic day well organized.


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