The Uffizi Gallery. The Arno River. Mercato Nuovo.
Of course, there are some things in Florence that you absolutely must see.
However, Florence is a thriving city that stretches beyond its main attractions. There are several destinations and activities that could spice up your next vacation; here are eight that you might find intriguing:
Test Drive a Ferrari in Florence
Unless you are a competitive auto racer or invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into your cars, you may not have had the chance to drive an Italian work of art. Florence offers opportunities for test-driving the nation’s iconic red Ferrari.
Cruise through the Tuscan breeze with the top down by contacting Test Drive Firenze. A tutor will join you on your journey to teach you how to manage a high-performance automobile, and you can tailor the distance and route of your drive to fit your budget. Don’t miss out on a chance to take one of these for a spin!
Learn to Cook Like a True Italian
You know the old saying: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This saying applies to Italy as well, as a cooking class will provide you with delicious meals for long after you’ve paid your bill at one of Italy’s many fine restaurants.
Many cooking schools like the Food & Wine Academy of Florence host popular classes where you can learn techniques for making authentic Italian pasta, pizza, or gelato. Of course, tasting is an important part of the experience – come with an empty stomach!
Taste the Very Best of Florence
While learning to cook is one thing, tasting the food of the masters is another! Our Florence Food Adventure tour gives you the chance to try all of the specialties that Florence is known for, from cured meats and cheeses to fine wines and gelato.
On this four-hour tour your guide will offer relevant information about the various food venues that you visit, making it both delicious and informative. This tour is designed to introduce you to a variety of Italian delicacies, so leave any picky eaters at home!
When in Italy… Travel Via Vespa
Want to travel like a real Italian? Take a tour of the Tuscan countryside on Italy’s famous vehicle, the Vespa. Depending on where you want to go and how long you want to spend trying out the classic motor scooter, you can choose tours ranging from one to four hours.
We love the Vespa because it’s perfect for exploring; when you’ve reached a spot you’d like to see more of, just set the scooter on its stand and have a look around. No need to worry about finding a parking space in a busy city!
Get an Adrenaline Rush with an Escape Game
The “escape game” trend is sweeping across Europe, and Florence is no exception. These thrilling experiences challenge your intelligence and courage as you have only 60 minutes to escape from a locked room. Packed with clues and surprises, your heart will be pounding from the time you enter to the moment you leave.
Escape games are especially popular with groups and families, and larger groups often receive discounted rates. Check out Adventure Rooms to see if this is the type of experience you’re looking for on your Italian vacation. Of course, we’ll understand if you’re more interested in relaxation!
Experience the High Life with Luxury Shopping and Wine Tasting
Italy is known throughout the world for the finer things in life, and our Luxury Shopping and Wine Tasting Tour takes you into the heart of Florence’s class and sophistication. With inside information from local fashionistas, this tour is designed to give you access to famous Italian brands like Gucci, Prada, and Versace at highly discounted prices.
Factory stores and unique markets comprise this daylong experience that concludes with a VIP wine tasting. We recommend scheduling this tour for the day after a busy visit to Florence’s main attractions; you’ll appreciate the relaxation and sophistication of our luxury experience.
Visit Your Local Library
It’s not very often that you’ll see a library recommended on a tourism site, but Florence’s incredible Biblioteca delle Oblate is more than just a typical library. Free to the public, you can enjoy a relaxing day reading in the library’s courtyard behind classic Florentine walls.
At the top of the library, a small bar serves light snacks and beverages that are a bargain when compared with similar menu items in the heart of Florence. The bar offers a stunning view of the Florence Cathedral, particularly at sunset. We can’t recommend this venue enough for a relaxed Italian experience.
Experience the True Meaning of “Horsepower”
While a Vespa has 22 horsepower and a Ferrari has 660, you may find that the most exciting horsepower is one. Many local farms and stables offer horseback tours of the Tuscan countryside, giving you the chance to see Italy from its earliest form of transportation.
These tours are ideal for families, as they often include a lesson at the beginning of the experience to acquaint guests with horseback riding. Look out for experiences that include a fresh meal at the conclusion; you’ll have worked up an appetite over the course of the journey!