If you’re concerned that you’ve filled up on all that handmade pasta, cheeses and Tuscan wine, and want to burn off those excess calories or if you’re just keen to stay fit during your travels, here are a clever ways to do it and still feel like you’re on holiday.
1. Bicycle through Tuscany
Take a pleasant break from the city centre and hop on your bicycle as you enjoy a guided tour through the countryside. Organisations like Tuscany Bike Tours or I Bike Italy offer day tours with plenty of commentary for smaller groups with lunch included.
2. Get a bird’s eye view
Enjoy a morning of hot air ballooning with companies like Tuscany Ballooning who will leave you awestruck as you glide over the vineyards and rolling countryside of Tuscany before finishing your morning with a Champagne breakfast, of course!
3. Take a dip
You can easily cool down during the summer months or practice your backstroke at one of Florence’s several outdoor pools. Many will offer half or full day access from €5-10. Most city pools stay open until late September.
4. Hike Cinque Terre
Take a day trip to Cinque Terre where you can hike this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site named for the five fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Hosted day tours typically include rail and boat transfers between villages, entry in to the National Park and lunch.
5. Play a round of golf
Spend a day on the green at Golf Club Castelfalfi in nearby Montaione. With 27 holes, you can play 18 on the mountain course and/or the remaining 9 on the lake course. Poggio dei Medici Golf Club offers 18 holes in Scarperia e San Piero.
6. Walking the city
The best way to see the city is on foot and with organisations like Context Tours you can experience all the best of the city with a knowledgeable local. Most often, you can also skip the queues at the more popular attractions with your group.
7. Hop on a Vespa
What’s more Italian than getting on a Vespa and enjoying the city like the locals? Florence Vespa Tours leads a group of ten off the beaten path to experience the Tuscan hills and other points of interest. With lunch included, it’s a thrilling morning out.
8. Tuscany on horseback
A variety of tour operators specialise in full day tours into the Chianti region departing from Florence where you can visit cellar doors, learn a bit about winemaking, enjoy a Tuscan style meal and ride horseback through vineyards and olive groves.
9. Parco Avventura Il Gigante
If you’re travelling with family, this adventure park in nearby Vaglia has an aerial climbing park from the treetops where they can climb, hang and zip line from treetop to treetop and back to the ground. It’s ideal for parents and kids alike.
10. Enjoy the Arno
A variety of water sports are available on the Arno River including sailing, stand up paddle boarding, water biking (a bicycle on a flotation device that paddles along the river) and much more. Or take it easy and enjoy river cruising with some wine.