Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.
Start with a walk inside the Volterra Cathedral to see the marbled entrance and unique ceiling. Then take time to visit the ancient ruins of the Roman Theater and wander through this incredible archaeological site. Finally, don't forget to simply stroll through the artisanal shops and handicrafts and see for yourself why Volterra is famous for its beautiful alabaster stone.
As you leave Volterra, and if you'd like to discover some natural wonders with amazing views, we recommend a quick detour to the Balze Cliffs. Then, enjoy a late morning short hike following the dramatic and cliffs for fantastic views from the Camaldolese Abbey.
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Itineraries with Day Trip to Volterra in Tuscany
Off-the-Beaten-Path Greece & Italy Road Trip: Lake Garda, Bologna, Tuscany, Olympia, Nafplio, & More - 21 Days
Explore the back roads and small villages that characterize the countrysides of both Italy and Greece on this three-week road trip. You'll visit well-known highlights, like Florence, charming Tuscan hill towns, and the first Olympic site in Olympia, as well as some places a bit off the beaten path: Romeo and Juliet's Verona, the medieval villages of the Peloponnese, the wineries of Nemea, and more. With full control of the daily driving schedule, you'll have time to plan for spontaneous stops for coffee, for shopping at roadside markets, and for late-afternoon beach breaks.
Indulge your taste buds on this Tuscan tour, visiting beautiful vineyards and medieval towns like Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano, where you'll enjoy the flavors of the region with wine tastings and traditional, locally-sourced cuisine. Explore ancient cobblestone streets and monuments, enjoy the old Cypress trees of Bolgheri, and sleep soundly in your cozy farmhouse accommodation. End your trip on the rocky coast of Cinque Terre where you'll enjoy more wine and regional foods, plus one last stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This road trip around Tuscany is perfect for those looking to delve into Italian wine culture. Start in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, stroll around its medieval plazas and cathedrals and see for yourself the history that permeates the city. Visit picturesque Tuscan villages and local wineries, getting a taste for local life and in some incredible surroundings.