Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, one of those places to see at least once in a lifetime! Its streets are rich in history, museums among the most beautiful in the world. The best way to immerse yourself in this wonderful atmosphere and fully experience the soul of the city is move on foot through its streets, admiring the historic buildings and the many monuments scattered in every corner of the city!
So here's one guide on how to move around Florence: info, costs and advice!
- Useful Tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Florence
- How to get around on foot
- Con i mezzi pubblici
- By car
- User questions and comments
The best way to explore the city is on foot. The center is not extensive and is an open-air museum, with the main attractions all close together! For a first approach to the city, the advice is to take a guided walking tour, even better if with a local guide, to orient yourself and at the same time get practical advice from a local guide.
Florence is becoming more and more a bike-friendly city, so even the bicycle or e-bike is a recommended means. Here too, the advice is to participate in an electric bike tour to optimize times and become familiar with the cycling circuits of the city.
For more distant attractions there are city buses. Cars and taxis are not recommended, the former for the few available parking spaces and the presence of the ZTL in the historic center, the latter for the costs that are not always very convenient.
If you use public transport a lot, it might be convenient Florence Card, which offers free transport, discounted admissions to attractions and discounts on affiliated activities!
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, bus
- Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
- City cards and season tickets recommended: Firenze Card (from € 7,00 -), 10 bus tickets (from € 14,00)
How to get from the airport to the center of Florence
Florence is served byAmerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Florence-Peretola Airport (flights from € 29,00). To be taken into consideration especially if you come from Southern Italy, while from Northern Italy the rail connections with the city!
The airport is located about 6 km from the city, and to reach it you will have different possibilities! The most comfortable and fastest is the Tramvia line T2, the route costs only € 1,50 and you can bring two suitcases per person (in case of more luggage, you need to buy an additional ticket). In just 15 minutes you will arrive at the central station of Santa Maria Novella.
The alternative is the bus, at € 6,00 each way (round trip € 10,00) and 20 min always up to Stana Maria Novella. Finally, there are taxis, outside the arrivals terminal, with a fixed rate of € 22,00.
However, about 71,5 km from the city is theGalileo Galilei airport of Pisa, served by low cost lines, and very well connected to all Italian cities (flights from € 29,00). From here Florence can be easily reached by train in 1 hour and 10 min, € 13,70.
- Distance from the center: 6 km / travel time: 25 min;
- By tramway: T2 line / ticket cost: € 1,50
- By taxi: average cost € 22,00 / travel time: 25 min
- By bus: average cost € 6,00 / line Vola in Bus
- Private transfer: private airport-hotel transfers
Galileo Galilei International Airport of Pisa
- Distance from the center: 71,5 km / travel time: 1 h and 10 min;
- By train: average cost € 13,70 / travel time: 1 hour and 22 min;
- By taxi: average cost € 150,00 / travel time: 1 hour and 10 min;
- By bus: average cost € 4,99 / Terravision line;
- Private transfer: private transfers from Pisa airport to Florence
How to get around on foot
The best way to visit Florence is to walk around. The historic center is in fact very intimate and the main attractions are all close to each other. Moreover, this is also the best way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city: stroll through the streets to admire the wonderful historic buildings, enjoy a good ice cream while walking on the Ponte Vecchio and admire the beauty of the Duomo.
Taking Florence Cathedral as a reference point, you will have some of the most beautiful attractions within walking distance of you: Piazza Signoria (400 m), Ponte Vecchio (600 m), Uffizi (650 m) or Galleria dell'Accademia (500 m) . The attractions on the other side of the Arno, such as Palazzo Pitti (1,1 km) and Piazzale Michelangelo (1,9 km), are also quite close.
The advice is to take a guided walking tour, even better if with a local guide to find your way around and get practical advice from a local guide.
If you are passionate about the history of the Medici family, you can opt for the thematic tour in the footsteps of the Medici, or if you are with children we organize ad hoc walking tours for families. In this way you will be able to familiarize yourself with the reference points and then be able to move independently.
Con i mezzi pubblici
If you need to reach further attractions or are feeling tired, you can count on aefficient public transport system, consisting of bus and tramway. To move around the center, the bus is definitely the best solution while the Tramvia is the best choice to reach the city from the airport, thanks to the T2 line that goes up to Santa Maria Novella, right in the center! Both buses and trams are equipped with access for the disabled, making public transport suitable for anyone, without barriers!
Let's see the two public transport in detail:
The bus network is managed by the ATAF company, counts 85 daytime lines and also some at night, active until 3:00 am. The ticket can be purchased before boarding the special automatic machines or newsstands at a cost of € 1,50, with a duration of 90 min. Possibility to also buy it on board from the driver, with an increased price of € 2,50 (make sure you have the right money). It must be validated once you get on the bus, under penalty of fines up to € 50,00.
- Map: bus-map-florence.pdf
- from 05:50 to 23:50, at night until 3:00
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50, € 2,50 on board
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 4 ticket booklet € 4,70, 10 ticket booklet € 14,00
It currently consists of 2 lines, T1 and T2, but is gradually being expanded. The service is managed by the company GEST, tickets must be purchased before boarding the special automatic machines and the single journey costs € 1,50, the 10-trip booklet is also available for € 14,00, ideal if you need to move and use tramway several times.
- Map: tram-network-map
- by 5: 00 00 to: 30
- Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,50
- Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10 ticket booklet € 14,00, monthly € 35,00
If your stay is limited to Florence, the car is strongly discouraged! This is because the center is not very extensive and can be easily visited on foot, for the more distant areas then there are different buses! Furthermore, the historical center is a ZTL and violating schedules or zones can lead to hefty fines. Finally, even the parking lots are not entirely cheap, especially near the center. If, on the other hand, you want to go on an on the road in Tuscany with the first stop in Florence, we recommend that you first explore the city on foot and then rent a car at a later time.
Limited traffic zone
The entire historic center is a Limited Traffic Zone! The only ones that can access it are residents, taxis and buses.
The entrances to the ZTL area are indicated by a traffic light: when the light is green it can be accessed, when it is red it is forbidden, under penalty of very high fines. There are in fact several surveillance cameras, which photograph cars and license plates, immediately identifying that access without a permit. The ZTL is active at the following times: weekdays 7: 30-20: 00, Saturdays 7: 30-16: 00.
To circulate in the ZTL there are daily permits at a cost of € 5,00 issued by the company SAS Servizi alla Strada, or by the Municipal Police (for info you can contact the URP SAS at 055-40401, Mon-Fri 8: 00-17: 30)
Stops and parking
If you arrive in Florence by car, make sure your hotel or b & b offers the parking service! Florence has a very small historical center and finding a place is a challenge, sometimes even for the residents! The best solution is therefore to look for a parking space in the more peripheral areas, where you can find both underground paid ones and private garages, free parking spaces and along the road for a fee. Costs range from € 1,00 / hour, up to € 2,00 / hour, the closer you get to the center, the more prices go up.
Outside the ZTL area there are the Controlled Parking Areas (ZCS), divided into:
- free parking spaces;
- parking spaces for residents (delimited by the white line);
- paid parking spaces (delimited by the blue line, free for residents).
for mothers with children up to three years a special "W la mamma" permit has been designed for access and parking in the ZCS (parking control area). It is issued by the Parterre Passport Issuance Office, € 30,00.