Italy always ranks as one of the best and most popular vacation destinations in all of Europe. Countless people all over the world want to visit Italy, and many people who do stop off in cities like Rome and Venice are eager to return for more. One of the wonderful things about Italy that draws so many people back time and time again is the incredible beauty of both its cities and its landscapes.

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Whether you’re exploring the streets of Rome, admiring the cathedrals of Milan, taking a tour along the coast in areas like the Cinque Terre, or simply driving around the beautiful lands of Tuscany, Italy always seems to be such a picturesque place with so much to offer to tourists of all ages and backgrounds.

A lot of visitors to Italy choose to settle in the country’s capital city of Rome, home of such key landmarks as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, as well as many galleries, museums, stunning buildings, and world class shopping and dining locations. Rome is a wonderful city, but if you’d like to see even more of Italy, you can organize a lot of great day trips out of Rome to other locations around the country.

Some of the best Rome day trips you can find will take you to the region of Tuscany. Home of Florence, Pisa, Siena, and other amazing cities, Tuscany is well-known for its artistic heritage, widely-considered to be one of the key birthplaces of the Renaissance art movement, as well as being the home of Vinci, the small town where Leonardo da Vinci was born and raised. Here are some of the best day trips to Tuscany from Rome.

Day Trip to Florence from Rome

Florence, the capital city of Tuscany, is one of the best places to go on any day trip from Rome. It's widely considered to be a must-visit Italian city, ranking right up alongside the likes of Venice and Rome in terms of beauty and history. It has some of the best museums and galleries in the country, as well as some of the finest architecture, and its cathedral is simply extraordinary.

Florence is about 170 miles away from Rome when following the roads, so the drive to this city can take over three hours, even when following the fastest route along the E35. This is why the best way to get to Florence for your Tuscany day trip from Rome is to take the train. High speed rail services connect Rome and Florence, letting you get between these cities in a super fast time of just one hour and twenty minutes.

Day Trip to Pisa from Rome

Pisa is always on the list of places to visit on most people's vacations to Italy. This city is famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, an extraordinary architectural failure that is somehow still standing, despite leaning at quite a severe angle. It's a very popular tourist hotspot, with many people posing for photos in the Piazza dei Miracoli near the tower itself. Pisa has plenty more to offer beside the tower, being home to a beautiful cathedral and some interesting monuments, as well as a quite stunning cemetery.

The drive to Pisa can take close to four hours from Rome, so it's not really a suitable option for a day trip if you like to travel by car. However, you can take the high-speed train to Florence and then hop on a connecting service to Pisa, with the full journey time being around two and a half hours in total.

Day Trip to Siena from Rome

A quite extraordinary city with a lot of medieval architecture and lovely little streets and alleyways just waiting to be explored, Siena is one of the closest major Tuscan cities to Rome, so it's perfectly placed for a day trip. You can drive to Siena in less than three hours by following the E-35, while the public transport connections involve taking the train to Florence and then getting a connecting service to Siena, which can take a total of around two hours and 45 minutes.

Siena is well worth the journey time. It's a highly picturesque city, renowned for its beautiful bell tower, the Torre del Mangia, and its historic square, the Piazza del Campo. The city is a super spot for couples to explore, with lots of charming stores and excellent restaurants to be found all over Siena.

Day Trip to Vinci from Rome

If you're looking to head off the beaten path a little and see something different to the big cities like Florence and Siena, why not consider a day trip to Vinci? Art fans, in particular, will find a lot to love about this little town, which is situated just a short distance outside of Florence. As the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci is filled with museums and landmarks commemorating the great man himself.

It's a great place to learn about Leonardo, and it's conveniently located about two and a half hours away from Rome when taking the train. If you choose to drive you'll have around three and a half hours to spend on the roads, so the train is definitely the better option for this particular day trip.