In this post I will share with you the best way to explore Florence, Italy in a day. I will go over what the best tour to take is, what to see, what to do and where to eat.
When I was a kid I was huge fan of the Olsen Twins movie franchise. Passport to Paris, When In Rome, and Winning London are just to name a few memorable movies I watched. I always dreamt that I would go to Europe one day and ride a Vespa through the streets just like the Olsens did in their movies.
In Italy one of the main ways people get around is on a Vespa. There is something so magical about riding one. It’s freeing and exciting, an experience you’ll never forget! It’s also one of the best ways to explore Florence.
Florence is such a beautiful city. It’s clean and a little more quieter then Rome which makes it a great destination to get on a scooter.
I didn’t know much about Florence other than it’s in Tuscany and the Duomo is a must-see so I decided to book this Florence Vespa Tour to take me around town.
It’s also a nice way to take a break from all the churches and add a bit of thrill to your trip!
From Rome to Florence
We took the Trenitalia train (fast train) from Roma Termini to Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence. It took about an hour and a half to get to Florence.
From the train station to the Walkabout Tours, it was an 18-minute walk but we didn’t mind because it was our first time in Florence and the streets were beautiful!
Florence is filled with high-end designer shops, restaurants and cafés. Since we arrived early in the morning the streets were quiet and we had Florence all to ourselves.
On our way to the Vespa Tour, we stumbled upon La Fontana del Porcellino, a bronze statue of a boar. I learned from watching The Roman Guy on YouTube that if you put a coin in the boar’s mouth and if it falls into the grate below, it ensures a safe return to Florence. This tradition was documented as early as 1766. All coins are donated to charity. Although we didn’t put a coin in the boar’s mouth, we stopped to take a picture.
About the Vespa Tour
The 4-hour Vespa tour started at 9AM. If that’s too early for you, there is another tour at 1PM. You’ll need your driver’s license and you’ll have to sign a waiver. The first 45-minutes is spent testing your skills on the Vespa. The tour guides want to make sure you feel comfortable riding a Vespa and are good with stopping and turning. If you’re worried about this, don’t be! Just about everyone in the group, never had any prior motorcycle experience and was fine to ride.
Pro Tip: I recommend you do not share a Vespa with your partner. The Vespa’s you’ll be riding are from 1985 and there is very little seat room for two people. I find it to be much more dangerous having an extra person on board. Plus, it’s way more fun to ride your own Vespa.
During your 4-hour Vespa tour, you’ll stop at multiple places where you’ll get the most amazing views of Florence and Tuscany.
Our first stop was the Church of San Miniato where we admired the most amazing panoramic views of Florence. Our tour guide was really awesome and took pictures of us and the other couples!
Our next stop was visiting an Olive Vineyard. The guide told us the houses nearby go for $2 million!
We rode into the windy Tuscan Hills to get to our lunch spot on a private terrace overlooking the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany. It was absolutely beautiful! All I could think of was this is Italy! This is the reason why I traveled here to experience this moment!
Our lunch consisted of a pasta dish, red table wine, bread, cured meats and Kalamata olives which was included with our tour. We made a few friends on the tour from Milwaukee and London who were very nice and friendly!
After lunch, we rode back to the garage to drop off our Vespa’s. It was my favorite experience in Italy and I cherished every moment! This is a must-do tour if traveling to Florence. I promise you’ll have the best time!
Must See Attractions in Florence:
After our tour, we explored the rest of Florence.
Florence Cathedral a.k.a. the Duomo –
We did not go in the Duomo but instead admired it from the Piazza. It’s so huge it’s challenging to take a good picture!
Pro Tip: Be careful where you step! There are street vendors selling artwork that is laying in the streets. I saw someone accidentally step on the artwork and the street vendors were quick to roll up the artwork and follow the person down the street demanding money!
Admire the Duomo with Organic Gelato!
If you want to get really good gelato near the Piazza, I recommend Edoardo Il Gelato Biologico. It is a 100-year-old family owned gelateria who makes organic gelato! I ordered the Wine Sorbet and Chocolate Hazelnut flavors.
Pecchio Bridge –
Next stop was the Pecchio Bridge where we were left with another gorgeous spot to take some pictures. Again, be careful of the street artists and pick-pocketers. Someone took a picture of a woman dressed as a statue and she followed him asking for money. Don’t take pictures of the street artists or take anything from them! Nothing is for free!
Piazza della Signoria –
Another attraction we saw was the Piazza della Signoria which is a piazza filled with statues.
Brew Dog –
When we walked back to central Florence, we stopped at Brew Dog for a few beers before heading back to the train station. FYI, there is another Brew Dog location in Rome near the Colosseum.
If you plan to visit Florence, do the Vespa tour. It was amazing and one of the most memorable experiences you’ll have in your life. It’s the only way to truly experience Florence by visiting panoramic views of the Tuscan Hills and you knows, you might even make some friends!