5 Exquisite Wine Routes in France

As Europe’s peak travel season winds down and most people are returning to work and school refreshed from their summer vacation, the sleepy vineyards sweeping the French countryside awaken for the annual harvest. Foliage begins to turn, days and evenings become pleasantly cooler. And the picturesque back roads call out to be traversed, beckoning in one of the best times to visit France. There’s no better time than autumn to channel your inner wine connoisseur and rent a car in France. The following list is a compilation of five lovely wine regions and scenic routes fringed with vineyards that beg to be explored. Each of these destinations is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

Alsace Wine Route

Alsace Wine Region

The Alsace region is situated along a narrow plain, which is bordered by the Rhine River to the east and the Vosges Mountains to the west. Why not rent something special for your trip, like a Mercedes SLK Roadster in Strasbourg? Put the top down and leisurely make your way south along the Route des Vins d’Alsace (Alsace Wine Route). This 170 km stretch of roadway begins in Marlenheim and ends in Thann. Take your time and discover the Alsace vineyards, castles, and charming villages that dot the way.

Bordeaux Wine Route

Bordeaux Wine Region

Six distinct wine producing territories branch out from the heart of the Bordeaux region. The beauty of visiting this location is that you can create a unique tour of the wineries based on your specific taste. Sample the fine red wines north of Bordeaux, and the sweet or dry white wines south of the city. Offering an excellent array of grape varietals, colors, and tastes, you won’t be disappointed when visiting this southwestern area of France.

Provence Wine Route

Provence Wine Route

South of the Alps and north of the cliff-lined Mediterranean Sea is the Provence region, a part of France that is celebrated for its rosé wine. Start your journey by driving west along the coast with your rental car in Nice and making frequent stops to appreciate the villages and scenery, follow the 200 km course to Camargue, a town just east of Montpellier. The Provence vineyards are divided into eight appellations, and there are about 350 winemakers along the way.

Burgundy Wine Route

Burgundy Wine Route

A two hour car-ride southwest of Paris leads into the rolling hills of France’s Burgundy region. Renowned for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the vineyards here yield some of the country’s finest wines. Burgundy has five territories, and Route des Grands Crus (road of great wines) takes you through Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. It is the area’s most popular drive and is close to 60 km. Clearly marked road signs make this itinerary very easy to follow.

Champagne Route

Champagne Wine Route

Only 160 km east of Paris, yet seemingly worlds away from the city of light, is the highly regarded Champagne region. Sparkling wine can’t claim the name Champagne unless it originates from here. There are five circuits that wind their way through each of the appellation territories. The Coast Bar route is the longest at 220 km, and the shortest courses are Montagne de Reims and Massif of Saint Thierry, each of these is 70 km.

Before setting off on any trip in France, it is important to note the country’s new driving law, which requires every vehicle to have a breathalyzer on hand. Avoid the possibility of needing to use one of these devices by staying at a lovely Chateau when choosing to indulge in a few glasses of regionally produced wine.

Enjoy the wine and enjoy France!

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Sydney’s Culinary Trends in 2018

 

Sydney’s Culinary Trends in 2018

Sydney's Culinary Trends

With so many food trends popping up every day, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the things to try and satisfy your hedonistic need. If you happen to be a fan of Sydney’s culinary trends in particular, you’ll be glad to see some of the foods that will take over the internet in 2018. No matter if you’re a coffee junkie, vegetarian or lactose intolerant, you’ll find most of these food choices quite acceptable. Here are some of the most popular culinary choices that originated from Sydney.

The rise of mocktails

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With the rising number of individuals who prefer gluten-free, low-cholesterol and other healthier products, there is a notable rise of non-alcoholic beverages in Sydney bars. The whole point of a cocktail is to mix the “kick” of alcohol and refreshing effect of juices to create the ultimate refreshing adult beverage. However, the whole game changes when the majority of tourists don’t want even the slightest pinch of alcohol in their drink. So, what’s a bartender to do? It’s simple, make them a mocktail – a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail. Mocktails have all the features of a cocktail – unique look, amazing garnish, and colors – but they contain 0 percent of alcohol. So, what’s not to love?

Whole fish meal

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When it comes to food trends, there is one thing to keep in mind – they tend to change frequently. In most cases the lines are blurring between the conventional and unconventional method of preparing food. It’s time to accept that some of the dishes that will take over the culinary world in 2018 might be out of the ordinary.
Whole fish dining is quite familiar to those who fancy Japanese cuisine, but to us, it’s definitely something we’re not used to. At least not yet. By removing the entrails, and only that from a fish, the chef then seasons it while adding a couple of dressings and sauces to the mix of spices. Afterward, the fish is ready for the cooking process. Chefs from all around the world are serving some of the most expensive types of fish in their restaurants this way. And the customers love it! If you haven’t tried whole fish dining yet, you’ll have more than plenty of opportunities to do so, as this trend will stick in 2018.

The coffee culture

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Starbucks coffee is great for one thing- to get your daily portion of caffeine when you don’t have the time for a real coffee break. Luckily for real coffee lovers, Australians aren’t too fond of Starbucks products.

Aussies love their coffee brewed every way possible, as long as it’s brewed right. There are a lot of quality coffee suppliers and one of the best is certainly Coffee Galleria with white label blends to suit every need. People in Sydney will never give up their cup of quality coffee. Many are familiar with different brewing methods from aeropress to Chemex, which are at home-friendly as well. This is what makes their coffee so popular.
And speaking of popular, did you know that you’ll be seeing more private coffee brands of premium quality in 2018? The trend of home brewing goes back to traditional methods of brewing coffee, and has inspired many coffee shops to change their menu. So, go ahead order your Macchiato, Mocha, Piccolo or the regular Flat White coffee and experience the real taste of coffee.

Seafood out of the ordinary

Seafood fans will love the fact that restaurants from all around the world will be adding fish to their menu. But why would they do that?
Because food trends dictate what we see in our favorite restaurant’s menu. With an increased demand for lobster, urchin and other seafood dishes in Sydney’s most prized restaurants, the rest of the world has no choice but to follow this trend. So, if you enjoy fish more than any other meat, you’ll be glad to hear that this trend of focusing on seafood dishes is yet to be popularized. Although not as rich in protein like beef or pork, fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely beneficial to our health.

Every gourmet knows that food trends dictate what we see in the menu of popular restaurants in our vicinity. But we always have a choice to make and filter what we ingest to stay healthy. Luckily, this year has some promising food trends that will satisfy even the most demanding food lovers.

What to do When it Rains in the Lake District

If you’re planning a trip to the Lakes, it’s best to be prepared for both rain and shine. Even if it’s more of the former, there’s plenty to keep you occupied throughout this beautiful region.

Weather in Cumbria certainly couldn’t be called boring with the phrase ‘four seasons in a day’ summing it up quite nicely. When you’re planning your trip the one thing to bear in mind is that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing.

Bear in mind that the Lake District wouldn’t have its majestic bodies of water if it wasn’t for frequent rainfall. So, let’s appreciate this weather phenomenon, get out there and experience everything the Lake District has on offer. Here is our guide on what to do when you encounter a rainy day in the Lakes.

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Parent Only Getaways to the Costa del Sol in Spain

The Costa del Sol in Spain is currently one of the hottest choices both for family vacations, and for second home, for buyers from the UK, Scandinavia and even Russia and China. The reasons why so many people from abroad are visiting and even moving to the south of Spain, are manifold. Perhaps most importantly, the weather is fantastic almost all year around; winters are mild and summers, deliciously sunny, with life focused on the beach and the many beach restaurants and clubs which pepper the Coast. Safety is another strong point. Families love the peace and calm, which sits nicely alongside the buzzing night life in both the city of Málaga and her smaller yet more luxurious sister, Marbella, famed for top-level shopping and gastronomic offerings. Finally, price is another strong point. You can enjoy a great tapas meal or three-course meals for a fraction of the price you would pay in a city like Paris or Berlin.

One thing many travellers won’t tell you about, is that the Costa del Sol is also a great choice for a parents-only holiday. The buzzword these days in health and travel circles alike is self-compassion; which in essence involves being kind to oneself, taking a break from our duties to work, friends and children to re-focus on the things that make each of us feel happy and whole. The results of ignoring our inner needs can be disastrous, ranging from anxiety to depression so it pays to make it a point to disconnect at least once a year. A parents-only holiday also allows us to reconnect with our partner or spouse, and enjoy a few romantic days away together, discovering new sights, sounds and flavours in the company of our best friend and lover.

Even if you have just a few days (between three days and a week), there is plenty to do in the Costa del Sol. Top suggestions include:

  • A night at the theatre: Head for Málaga’s premiere theatre, the Teatro Cervantes, which attracts world-class performers from the worlds of dance, classical and modern music, opera, ballet, modern dance, jazz, flamenco and so much more. The Cervantes was built in the 19th century and is beautifully elegant inside, with gilded balconies, a painted ceiling and a magnificent main stage.
  • The Starlite Festival in the summer: Starlite is a festival which takes place every summer (July and August) in Marbella, a city which is around an hour’s drive (or less) from the Costa del Sol’s main city (Málaga). Starlite features top performers, and offers a fun night for all in a unique setting: the Cantera de Nagueles, set in the midst of dramatic rock formations. Just a few of this year’s performers are Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, and Jason Derulo.
  • Museum hopping: Málaga has long ceased to be a city that relies on the beach for tourism. Its Town Hall has done plenty to make it an epicentre of art and culture, with the establishment of various museums, including the Contemporary Art Centre, the Picasso Museum of Malaga, the Russian Museum and the pop-up Pompidou Art Center, the first of its kind in Europe. Also on the list of most visited museums is the Carmen Thyssen Museum, which focuses on 19th-century art. While you are in the Old Town, take in the stunning exponents of architecture, including Málaga’s magnificent cathedral, built between 1528 and 1782 and featuring stunning Renaissance-styled interiors.
  • Tasting evenings: Málaga is home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other province in the south of Spain. In Marbella is Dani García: a two-Michelin starred restaurant that takes you on an imaginative journey which combines traditional ingredients with avante-garde preparation methods. Also in Marbella are El Lago (one Michelin star), Messina (one star) and Skina (also with one Michelin star). Skina is a particularly beautiful place to dine, since it is located in the quaint Old Town of Marbella, where iron lampposts stand gracefully in cobblestoned squares, and where restaurants are often graced with the scent of flowers and the sight of flickering candles. For an elegant night out with a big party afterwards, head for Plaza Village at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. The latter boasts a plethora of top-rated restaurants (including Thai Gallery, Dani García and Bibo) as well as elegant nightclubs such as La Suite or Joe’s Bar.
  • Relaxing spa breaks: Málaga is home to a plethora of stunning spas, the best and most luxurious of which are in Marbella. Have an anti-ageing facial or soothing massage at the Villa Padierna Palace spa, the La Cala Resort Spa or the Marbella Club Hotel Spa, to name just a few of the many luxurious spas on the Coast.

This is an article sent in by Sally Barker

Top 3 Excursions Around Sydney

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There are so many things that Australia’s Sydney has to offer. In the midst of all the possibilities and excitement, it can get a bit tricky to organize your time well and actually decide on your itinerary. If you ever happen to be in such situation, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by booking some of the most popular excursion tours around Sydney. The following three are the best of the best and you should definitely try to squeeze them in your schedule.

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Enjoying some of the best wines in the country is undoubtedly something most people would enjoy. There are many ways for you to get to the Hunter Valley. You can go by train that leaves from Sydney’s Central Station; by coaches and tours that depart from Sydney regularly; by car or take a bus. It will take you about 2 hours to get there by car, while the bus or train takes longer (around 4.5 hours). Leogate Estate Wines should be your first place to visit in Hunter Valley where you can taste some of their award-winning wines. Afterwards, you can relax and have a delicious lunch at the Hunter Valley Resort. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you eat your meal and sip on some wine. Afterwards, make sure to check out McGuigan Wines because they are one of the best in the world. Nothing can complete your day here as much as Hunter Valley Gardens. You’ll be able to shop, spend time in great cafés, taste amazing food and liquor and admire the view altogether.

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Snowy Valleys Way

The beauty of Snowy Valleys Way is only matched in fairy tales. Taking a trip here is absolutely wonderful and pleasant all year round. It will take you almost 4 hours to get there by car if you go on the M31, or around 6 hours via Great Western Highway. Bus rides usually take longer, around 8 hours. Still, even though Snowy Valleys Way is a bit far from Sydney, it is well worth the experience. There are always some cool outdoor activities as well as seasonal events to keep you entertained. From the picturesque Gundagai, your next stop should definitely be at Tumut, which is known for its spectacular autumn colors. Continue to Batlow and Tumbarumba. All through Corryong to Tallangatta and even further, you’ll enjoy some amazing sights and sceneries as well as the rural charm of this region.

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Poachers Way

A three hour drive to Canberra, or almost 5 hour trip if you take the bus, will provide you with the impeccable start to your excursion and exploration of Poachers Way. There are several places that you should visit in this region. Since there will be a lot of important stops during the excursion, it might be better to book a bus charter than to drive yourself. The differences in the travel time are minimal. Murrumbateman, which is around 45 minutes from Canberra is definitely a place to start. Horseback rides, tasty chocolate and numerous cellar doors are just part of the fun. Half an hour further and you’ll reach Gundaroo, where you can soak up on the wine culture and get incredible historical insights. Another half an hour and you’ll reach Bungendore, where you’ll get the chance to visit incredible cellar doors liquor stores, but amazing village antiques and wood works gallery as well. Wrap up this journey with Hall, which is about an hour away. Make sure to try Pankhurst Wines and check out the One Tree Hill Lookout Walk. Finally, end your journey in Yass, that’s only half an hour away, and get a complete picture of the amazing culture that Poachers Way has to offer.

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Be sure to catch the weather forecast before visiting all the mentioned places. Since most of these tours include wine tasting, forget about your diet restrictions and eat proper meals whenever you have the chance.

 

This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.

How to Ship Wine Bottles: Best Way to Ship Wine from Europe

Many of Europe’s vineyards produce some of the most sought-after wines in the world, and continue to influence other world cultures, pioneering new growing methods, developing grape genetics, and popularizing wine connoisseurship around the world. If you are a wine-buff, or would just like to sample some great wines while on vacation, then you should know How to Ship Wine Bottles, as you will most-likely discover a wealth of incredible vintages and blends that you’ll want to enjoy at home.

When you buy wine in Europe, you are generally expected to take it with you, as many wineries and vineyards lack the resources to ship it all the way back to the United States due to import regulations. This means you have to determine the Best Way to Ship Wine from Europe yourself. But don’t worry, there are plenty of options for getting your wine back stateside included in this detailed guide to shipping wine home from Europe.

Ship Wine in a Checked Box

Ship Wine in a Checked BagIt is possible to box up your wine (carefully) and take it home with you as luggage on your flight. This means no waiting around for it when you get home and it doesn’t cost too much. Wineries and vineyards are usually able to provide a six-bottle or 12-bottle box, however, these are often a little unreliable. Make sure you pick up a sturdy Styrofoam box that can fit neatly into a cardboard box – these are protective and light. Only take this option if you have the right packaging, otherwise it could be disaster. It is the cheapest option and would usually only cost the price of an extra bag, which can sometimes be as little as $20.

Pack Wine in Your Suitcase

Pack Wine in Your SuitcaseIf you really want to save money on sending your wine home, and are willing to take a risk, then you could pack your wine in your suitcase. The issue with this option is that you cannot take liquid on flights, and as such, you will have to check the bag in. This means that it will be subject to the airline staff getting the bags on and off the aircraft and could be weighed down by other bags. The main issue with this method is breakage, you have to do everything you can to avoid having your bottles break. A hard case is usually the best type of bag to bring, as it adds extra protection. If you can, you could try to pack all of your clothes in your hand luggage and check the wine in, packaged up in a suitcase on its own.

If you want to pack the wine with your clothes here’s how:

  • Put one layer of clothing beneath the wine
  • Wrap each bottle individually ideally in proper packaging, although clothes will do if you do it properly. Make sure whatever you wrap it with that you enclose each one in a plastic bag to prevent any leaks ruining your case and clothes. Wine totes (that you can sometimes get from wineries) are also good for wrapping.
  • Make sure the wine is in the middle of your bag
  • Try to create a bumper of clothes around the wine
  • Add a layer of clothes on top of the wine, so it’s completely surrounded
  • Fill any extra pockets and areas with more clothes to create extra padding
  • If the airport offers bag wrapping go for it. It will help to keep your packaging job in place and make your bag more secure.

If you decide on either of the options above, and pack your wine home in your suitcase, you should be aware of the US Customs laws regarding alcohol importation. In most circumstances it’s OK to bring home up to 15 bottles of wine – roughly one case per person – as long as your wine is for personal use only, however, in some situations US Customs requires that you pay a per-liter tax (usually between $1-2 per liter), as well as small excise tax of around $0.21 per bottle. Despite the potential fees, shipping wine home in your suitcase is usually the cheapest option – just make sure to check the Customs regulations before you leave.

Buy a Wine Suitcase

Buy a Wine SuitcaseCustom-built to carry 12 bottles of wine, wine suitcases are a handy invention that guarantee your wine will make it home safely. Even if you don’t intend to bring 12 bottles of wine back, you can pack six bottles and then use the remaining space to pack your clothes, as the interiors of these suitcases use adaptable foam padding that can be removed, or adjusted to accommodate all shapes and sizes. Be sure to invest in a well-made suitcase for this purpose, as the higher-end options are usually built from impact and temperature resistant materials, so your wine won’t be damaged during the airport baggage process. Some brands of wine suitcases even provide a luggage tracking option so you won’t lose your wine while connecting flights!

Ship the Wine Home From Europe

Ship Wine Home from EuropeProbably the most complicated option, though still widely popular, shipping wine home from Europe using a international courier service is a smart choice for travelers sending large quantities of wine, or those who prefer the peace of mind knowing their bottles are safe from airport mishaps. Unfortunately, you can’t ship the wine back to the US through the United States Postal Service, so you’ll have to find a local shipping or courier service that has the authority to ship alcoholic beverages internationally. Many people use FedEx or UPS for this purpose, but if you choose to go this route be sure to pack your wine in Styrofoam casing, within another box.

Prices for shipping wine internationally can vary a lot, depending on where you are shipping from, and some services may charge Customs handling and broker fees, so before shipping wine home this way be sure to check the following:

  • Check your state laws – not all states allow wine shipping.
  • Make sure your wine is sent somewhere that people will be able to sign for it. If you send this home and you aren’t there the wine could end up being moved around a lot, increasing the chances of it breaking.
  • Keep your wine receipts and book on a credit card so if something does go wrong you can claim back on your insurance.

Choosing the Best Way to Ship Wine Home from Europe

Deciding how to ship wine bottles  home from Europe is an important consideration before embarking on a wine country road trip. Determine the best way to ship wine from Europe before you travel to guarantee your wine will make it home, and avoid spending extra time and money coordinating last minute international shipping arrangements. Ready to embark on a wine-tasting vacation in Europe? Discover incredible wineries and vineyards along one of Auto Europe’s comprehensive road trip itineraries, and drive your European rental car along breathtaking coastlines, palatial orchards, and historic cities, between stops at famous wine-tasting venues, and quaint local eateries.

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Day Trips from Florence Italy: Tuscany Tours from Florence

Known for its romance, architecture, and famous works of art, Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Located in the heart of the the sprawling Tuscan countryside, surrounded by palatial vineyards and verdant landscapes, embarking on day trips from Florence Italy to explore neighboring cities and villages is an excellent way to experience the breadth and complexity of Italian culture, see a wide-variety of historically significant sites, and enjoy the many authentic home-style bistros and eateries scattered throughout the region.

Here are our top day trip itineraries for Tuscany Tours from Florence:

Siena

Florence to Siena Day Trip Route

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Florence to Siena Day Trip: 75.5km – 1 hour 12 min

Siena may be a small city, but it has a lot to offer travelers exploring Tuscany. This 13th-century town is steeped in history, and is considered one of the most well-preserved cities in the region. Keep an eye out for well-known 14th century frescoes in the historic town center, which includes the 800-year-old town hall Palazzo Pubblico. You can also enjoy the city’s many wine bars, boutiques, and restaurants, which add their own element of Italian charm to this already beguiling city.

Chianti Wine Region

Florence to Chianti Wine Region Day Trip

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Florence to Chianti Day Trip: 28.5km – 35 min

Step away from the city and into the most beautiful part of Tuscany – the Chianti Wine Region. Drive past flourishing vineyards and wineries, and soak in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside in this world famous wine region. The Chianti region’s blossoming landscapes and quaint historic villages provide travelers with unique insights into rural Italian life, and an excellent venue to sample some of the region’s most well known wines and culinary fare. Some of the best-known Italian wines, such as Chianti Rufina and Chianti Colli Fiorentini, can be sampled here. And if wine isn’t your thing, the region is also photographer’s dream, with hidden parishes, rustic cottages, and, of course, the iconic rolling green hills.

Pisa

Florence to Pisa Day Trip

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Florence to Pisa Day Trip: 83.5km – 1 hour 6 min

You have probably already heard of Pisa’s famous leaning tower, and just an hour from Florence, you can go see it for yourself with ease. Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa – designed to be a 185ft white marble bell tower – began in 1173 during a brief period of local prosperity, but due to significant foundation design flaws, construction was halted 5 years later as the tower began to sink into the subsoil groundwork, preempting the eventual 3-stage, 199 year-long build process to complete the tower. Although, the accidental lean has, in fact, made the city of Pisa a very popular tourist attraction. The city also has some other magical monuments and great historical buildings, including the city’s cathedral, the Duomo di Pisa, which features a number of impressive ancient artifacts.

San Gimignano delle Belle Torri

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Florence to San Gimignano Day Trip: 53.1km – 57 min

The small town of San Gimignano delle Belle Torri dates back to the 8th century, and is one of Italy’s most storied, and intriguing small towns. Today, 14 of the 72 medieval towers that once guarded San Gimignano delle Belle Torri’s town walls, serving both as defensive structures and symbols of wealth, remain well-preserved, and help to cultivate the towns historic and feudal atmosphere. Just outside San Gimignano delle Belle Torri, travelers can enjoy the lush countryside speckled with ancient olive groves and ambrosial vineyards as far as the eye can see. Taking a day trip to this quaint Italian town is a great way to escape the frenetic pace of larger cities, and get a glimpse into the rich history of medieval Tuscany.

Cinque Terre

Florence to the Cinque Terre Day Trip

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Florence to the Cinque Terre Day Trip: 157km – 1 hour 57 min

For slightly longer day trips from Florence Italy that promise a contrast of scenery from Tuscany, drive your Italy car rental towards the 11 miles of postcard-worthy coastline that makes up Cinque Terre. Around 2.5 hours from from Florence by car, the Cinque Terre is home to some of Italy’s most iconic and picturesque coastal villages, with gorgeous views of the ocean, and secluded hidden beaches to enjoy. Try some of the local seafood, walk the cliff-top trails, or just spend your day sunbathing at the beach – no matter what you decide, the Cinque Terre is the place to enjoy a relaxing getaway from the city.

Cortona

Florence to Cortona Day Trip

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Florence to Cortona Day Trip: 116km – 1 hour 26 min

Escape to the natural world for a day, and drive into the Tuscan countryside, navigating at your own leisure through the region’s rolling viridian hills, punctuated by ancestral villas and tranquil vineyards, as you make your way to the quiet, culturally charming town of Cortona. Perched upon a hilly summit overlooking the sylvan landscapes below, Cortona offers spectacular views of the region, that help to cultivate an authentically Italian, relaxed setting to enjoy a vacation. Cortona, surrounded entirely by heavenly Tuscan landscapes, affords travelers the most authentic view of Tuscany, which might be why the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed in Cortona.

Bologna

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Florence to Bologna Day Trip: 89.1km – 1 hour 22 min

Drive a little over an hour from Florence, and discover the medieval city of Bologna, an ancient metropolis famous for its unique regional culture and modern edge. Bologna is home to one of the world’s oldest universities, as well as some of the most beautifully preserved piazzas and architectural wonders, yet it also has a contemporary side to it, with portions of the city dedicated to the advancement of modern technologies and industries. Many tourists come to Bologna from Florence to try the famous “bolognese sauce”, which is said to have originated in the city, and to see the city’s famous terracotta buildings, known as “la Rossa.”

Lucca

Florence to Lucca Day Trip

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Florence to Lucca Day Trip: 78.5km – 1 hour 5 min

To this day, the city of Lucca is still surrounded by Renaissance-era walls designed by Leonardi da Vinci, and its list of attraction credentials doesn’t stop there. Lucca has a wealth of ancient and medieval architecture throughout the city, with many monuments and structures dating back to the Gothic and Roman eras. The city also has some great parks, cathedrals, and a historic old town to be explored. The whole city is best navigated by foot, as driving on the inside of the walls is reserved for residents only.

Tuscany Tours from Florence with Auto Europe

Embark on one, or all, of our recommended day trips from Florence Italy, and experience Tuscany’s timeless blossoming landscapes, architectural wonders, and world famous regional cuisine, all at a pace that best suits your travel style. Auto Europe can take care of all your travel needs long before you arrive in Florence, so the only thing you have to worry about is personalizing your vacation itinerary, and packing your bags for the ultimate Italian road trip.

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