If you have 4–5 days to spend in Tuscany

How to spend your time if you have just four or five days in Tuscany

Florence—PisaSienaSan Gimignanomaybe Assisi

Days 1-3

Where to spend the night
Hotels in Florence (days 1-2)
Hotels in Pisa (day 3)
Hotels in Lucca (day 3)
Hotels in Siena (day 3)
Hotels in San Gimignano (day 4 or 5)
Hotels in Assisi (day 4 or 5)
Take days 1-2 in Florence.

Make Pisa a half-day side trip on the morning of day 3, and spend the remainder of that day back in Florence.

If your feeling ambitious, see both Pisa and nearby Lucca on a single long day trip, either staying over in Pisa or Lucca or returning to Florence late (perhaps even after dinner in Lucca).

Days 4–5

Don't forget to pay attention to the "Before you Leave Home " box at the end of the itinerary covering all the details you need to take care of before leaving home—and be sure to read the "Foolish Assumptions" page about how these itineraries work along with more time-planning tips.Head to Siena to spend days 4 and 5.

While based in Siena, make a half-day side trip to San Gimignano, the quintessential medieval hilltown that bristles with 14 stony towers left over from the middle ages.

You could also choose to spend only day 4 in Siena—perhaps using half of it to explore San Gimignano—and then make your way to Assisi in Umbria on day 5 to see Giotto’s famous fresco cycle in the Basilica of San Francesco, one of the harbingers of the Renaissance.

Before you leave home:
 Book plane tickets
 Book hotels
 Check train times
 Book entry tickets:
    Florence: Uffizi, Accademia (David)
 Learn more about Italy
 Practice your Italian

If you're looking for something more thematic on a five-day trip, you could try the itinerary for five days on the Etruscan Trail.

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This article was written by Reid Bramblett and was last updated in February 2011. All information was accurate at the time.

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