15 days in Tuscany Itinerary

15 days in Tuscany Itinerary

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15 days in Tuscany Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+3
Fly + Train + Bus + Ferry:  17 h 45 min
1
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Montepulciano
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Florence
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Step out of the city life by going to Spiaggia delle Tombe and Spiaggia di Seccione. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo and Spiaggia Di Sansone. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Chiessi (in Chiessi), Spiaggia di Cotoncello (in Marciana) and Spiaggia del Relitto (in Pomonte). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Canata, stroll through Spiaggia di Acquarilli, and look for gifts at Elba Nostrale.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Portoferraio is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and ferry. Traveling from Detroit to Portoferraio, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Portoferraio, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Marciana, Campo nell'Elba, Spiaggia di Chiessi, Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo, Spiaggia Canata
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Spiaggia di Seccione ©
Spiaggia di Seccione
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia di Chiessi
Spiaggia di Chiessi

4
nights
Montepulciano

Montepulciano ©
Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Bianco e Nero di Sonia Staccioli and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona and Siena Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montepulciano: Montalcino (Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencioni Solaria, Poggio Rubino, & more), San Quirico d'Orcia (in San Quirico d'Orcia) and Siena (Basilica di San Domenico, Loggia della Mercanzia, & more). There's more to do: appreciate the views at Val d'Orcia.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montepulciano day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Montepulciano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Portoferraio in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Montepulciano, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, Val d'Orcia
Highlights from your plan
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale, take in the exciting artwork at I Mosaici Di Lastrucci, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation maker app .

Drive from Montepulciano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Beaches
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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