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Day Trips from Florence: Tours or On Our Own???

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I’ll have four full days in Florence (in March)—not including travel days. If the weather cooperates I want to do a trip to Cinque Terre. I’d also definitely like to visit San Gimignano, and maybe Pisa.

Should I do organized day tours? Or would it be easy to go by train and explore on our own? On some of the Viator tour reviews a recurring complaint was not having enough time in San Gimignano. Also, the tours seem to all include wine and olive oil tasting—which I have no interest in.

Do I just accept that with my limited time (and no ability to speak the language) that it would be better to settle for just a glimpse of San Gimignano—than to deal with the stress of doing it on our own? Have others done these trips easily on their own?

Thanks for your advice.

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