With so much to see in Italy, you’re probably wondering how to squeeze every drop out of your trip, right? Fortunately, Italy’s two most iconic cities — Rome and Florence — are not that far apart (about 300 km/185 miles).
Whether you want to tour Florence in a day and return to Rome, or see Tuscany while on transfer from Rome to Florence, you basically have two transportation options for your day trip: Take the train or hire a private chauffeur.
So what kind of transportation is best for a day trip from Rome to Florence?
IF YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE A BEE-LINE FROM ROME TO FLORENCE
If you want to boogie straight from Rome to Florence (or vice versa) and not stop to see anything along the way, the train could be a suitable option. The high-speed train runs frequently and takes 90 minutes from Roma Termini to Firenze S.M.N. (Santa Maria Novella, the main train station in Florence). It costs about 45 Euro.
Of course the thing to keep in mind regarding the trains is that you will have to
- schlep and keep an eye on your luggage
- deal with crowdedness in high season
- have a Plan B in case of a train strike, which can happen with some regularity in summer. (In the event of a strike some trains will still be running, but it will be a gong show.)
If all this risk of train strikes makes you antsy, or if the hassle of dealing with luggage and crowds doesn’t appeal to you so much, then consider a chauffeur service. We can help with this! Having a private car and driver will enable you to glorify a Rome-Florence transfer by stopping at other places along the way, if you wish. Keep on reading to get some ideas!
If you want to simply visit Florence from Rome in a day and return to Rome that evening, our day trip to Florence from Rome is very popular.
IF YOU WANT TO STOP AND SEE VILLAGES IN TUSCANY OR UMBRIA, OR DO A WINE TASTING ON THE WAY FROM ROME TO FLORENCE
The countryside in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria is so gorgeous, and there are so many pretty villages and so many amazing wineries, why not break up a transfer by stopping somewhere? You can stop in such places as:
- Siena & San Gimignano (Tuscany’s most splendid Medieval towns)
- Montepulciano, Montalcino & Pienza (paradise of wine and cheese)
- Orvieto (hilltop city with 3000 years of history and amazing architectural points of interest)
- the Chianti wine region (Tuscan Medieval villages and wine tastings)
Frankly, a limo service is the only way to accomplish touring as you transfer between Rome and Florence. The train, which is efficient for direct hops, isn’t a viable option when it comes to stopping along the way from Rome to Florence, or vice versa. And a lot of places simply aren’t reachable by train.
If you'd like to do a wine tasting in Chianti we can arrange it for you. You can relax and enjoy the experience, and not have to worry about how you’re going to get to your lodgings in Florence or Rome or wherever your final destination is!
Keep in mind that we can customize any transfer or excursion according to your wishes. Please contact us.