Day trip and Weekend Trip Ideas
Over the course of the semester, you’ll be able to participate in a number of program-sponsored excursions. We encourage you to explore the area as much as possible while you’re in Italy!
Here are some ideas for daytrips or weekend trips which can easily be planned from Prato:
One of Tuscany’s historic cities, in Roman times Arezzo was described as the Capital of Etruria. It’s particularly fun to visit during its vast open-air antiques fair, held the first Sunday of the month. Bologna
This city is home to the oldest existing university in the world, founded in 1088. It can also boast some of the tastiest food in all of Italy: Bolognese sauce, tortellini and lasagne all originated here.
The Chianti area is famous all the world over for its gentle rolling hills, its picturesque towns and fields of poppies and sunflowers – not to mention its delicious local food and wine.
The Cinque Terre
Some of the most breathtaking scenery in Italy can be found in these “five lands” on the nearby Ligurian coast. Best in warm weather, but it’s beautiful even in the off-season when there are fewer crowds.
The historic center of Lucca is surrounded by massive fortified walls, which have kept it so well preserved over the centuries. Rent bikes and tour the town from atop its walls, and then stop for a picnic!
Who hasn’t heard of the Leaning Tower? But Pisa has a lot more to offer once you step off the beaten tourist track: Renaissance palazzi, peaceful gardens and fragrant pine-nut cookies, for starters.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t see it in a day either! Do yourself a favor and set aside at least a weekend to see the Roman forum, tour the Vatican museums, and sample some hearty Roman cuisine.
Siena and San Gimignano
Florence’s historic rival, Siena, is divided into medieval rioni, or neighborhoods, each with its own symbol and identity. Nearby San Gimignano is famous for its centuries-old towers and views over the countryside.
The Thermal Spas
Tuscany is dotted with thermal spas, where natural hot springs have attracted spa-goers for centuries. The waters are known for their healing properties, whether you drink them or just soak in them!
Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Trasimeno, Orvieto: Tuscany’s neighbor to the south, Umbria, is full of historic cities and beautiful green countryside. Home of Baci Perugina and many other chocolates!
Viareggio is the closest seaside resort to Prato and is perfect for a day in the sun. Be sure to try cecina and some of the area’s fresh seafood while you’re there.