For years, Florence has been synonymous with the finer things in life as a center of Italian and Tuscan art, culture and cuisine. But this storied city has much more to offer, and there are plenty of outdoor activities and sports in Florence — making it the perfect destination for travelers who want to stimulate their grey matter, as well as their adrenal glands.
Imagine cycling up a Tuscan hillside and being met with the breathtaking view of the Chianti Valley stretching as far as the eye can see.
This and many more visual treats await travelers traversing Tuscany on a bike tour — making it one of the most memorable ways of exploring this fabled region. These bike tours visit a variety of destinations and are well-suited for newbies and veteran riders alike.
If you prefer taking your time when exploring Tuscany’s treasures, you should consider a hiking tour.
There are many different hiking excursions to choose from. Some combine urban and nature landscapes, venturing into the Acreti Hills for unforgettable views of Florence and the Duomo, while others explore the famous Cinque Terra coast or the legendary wine regions of Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino.
For a landlocked city, Florence offers a surprising number of aquatic activities — including kayaking, rafting and stand-up paddleboarding. However, the most popular way of enjoying the waters of the Arno River is with a good old-fashioned boat tour.
Laze your way downstream on a traditional barchetto, passing by Florence’s countless landmarks during your journey. Or make an entire day of it as you head to the Ligurian coast for a private boat tour of Cinque Terra and Portovenere.
An early morning hotel pickup is the start of a journey that promises to stay with you for the rest of your life — a hot air balloon ride that soars high above the Tuscan hills while the day breaks golden over some of the most stunning landscapes imaginable.
If the idea of being at the mercy of air currents doesn’t sit well with you, you could consider a helicopter tour — an option that’s just as scenic, albeit rather a bit noisier.
Coming firmly back to earth, this outdoor activity employs the help of one of humanity’s oldest and greatest allies — the humble horse. Gallop your way through Tuscany, combining your horse riding tour with a wine tasting — or simply trot along scenic nature trails during a laidback equine-powered exploration while your experienced guide helps to get the most out of your mount.
Florence is home to a plethora of Renaissance artworks, all jampacked with symbols and hidden messages — making it the perfect setting to test your mental mettle during an outdoor escape room tour.
Some of these immersive experiences will even guide you through the entire city — as you strive to stop a cataclysmic event, inspired by Dan Brown’s Inferno. Whatever escape room you choose, you’ll be in for a whole lot of fun while solving puzzles and deciphering hidden messages and codes.
Travelers looking to experience the need for speed will find themselves in dreamland during a Ferrari test drive.
This unforgettable experience is hosted by the Maranello Ferrari Museum and you’ll have the opportunity of diving a Ferrari 488 for an exhilarating 15 minutes. Afterward, you’ll help your shaky knees recover while exploring the state-of-the-art museum and the story of Enzo Ferrari.
Florence isn’t all about fine food, exquisite art and enchanting architecture as a number of buggy tours and quad tours in the area aim to prove. Travelers that want to feel the wind in their hair can choose a quad tour through Chianti — while those who want to stay closer to the city can opt for a Florence buggy tour.
Whilst this excursion may not be as fast-paced as the quad bike tour, an electric buggy can accommodate up to four people — making it a wonderful option for a small family or group of friends.
4X4 and jeeps might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tuscany — but these rugged vehicles provide a unique way of exploring the more rural areas outside of Florence.
An added bonus is the fact that you’ll usually have a driver — especially handy when the jeep tour visits the legendary vineyards of Chianti