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Where to sleep in Florence: tips and best neighborhoods where to stay


Florence is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, loved by both Italians and many tourists who choose it as a destination every year. When planning a visit to the city, choose the neighborhood to sleep in becomes a fundamental choice in order to enjoy the holiday to the fullest. Florence it has a fairly small historical center and here you can find different solutions to stay, being close to the main attractions!

So let's find out together where to sleep in Florence: best tips and neighborhoods to stay!



Index

  1. Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
  2. Guide to the areas of Florence
  3. Neighborhood of San Giovanni
  4. Santa Croce district
  5. Neighborhood of Santa Maria Novella
  6. Neighborhood of San Niccolò
  7. Neighborhood of Santo Spirito
  8. Towns near Florence where to stay
  9. Florence accommodation price map
  10. User questions and comments

Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay

As in many cities, also for Florence the best area to stay is the historic center, as it can be easily visited on foot and with all services at hand.
The central station of Florence Santa Maria Novella is also very close to the main attractions, just 800 m from Piazza Duomo (10 min walk).

The historic center is then divided into different areas, ideal or not according to your type of holiday! If you are looking for nightlife, we recommend that you choose accommodation in the Piazza Santo Spirito area, full of places open even until late! If you are with your family, we recommend central but perhaps a little quieter neighborhoods, such as district of Santa Croce and district of Santa Maria Novella. The latter is where the station is, so prices are cheaper too!



  • Recommended areas to save: Santa Maria Novella neighborhood, Santo Spirito neighborhood, San Niccolò neighborhood
  • Recommended areas for families with children: historic center, Santa Croce district, San Niccolò district
  • Recommended areas for young people: Via dei Benci in the district of Santa Croce, Piazza Santo Spirito
  • Best accommodations: we have selected the best hotels, b & bs and hostels in Florence. Discover our advice and book on Booking

If you are in Florence for work or as a one-day stopover to other destinations, consider sleeping near the airport. Find the best solutions and selected hotels on Booking.com

Guide to the areas of Florence

As soon as you arrive in Florence, you will find that the city is very well organized and that getting around is very simple! All major attractions are located in the historic downtown area, and staying in the surrounding area you can easily move on foot, also thanks to the presence of the ZTL and pedestrian areas.

The historic center, in turn, can be divided mainly into five historic districts:

  • the district of San Giovanni, where Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo are located;
  • Santa Maria Novella, which includes a part of the center and then extends throughout the western territory, from the railway station onwards;
  • Santa Croce, which develops around the homonymous Basilica, in the easternmost part of the historic center;
  • San Niccolò, on the opposite bank of the Arno, ideal for families, as it is central but quiet;
  • finally the Santo Spirito district, an area favored by young people, which includes attractions such as Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.

Areas to avoid: to stay in the city, we do not recommend areas that are too far from the historic center. The offer is very high, so you will also be able to find excellent low cost solutions by staying close to the most touristic and busiest areas. Avoid the suburbs, as you may waste some time getting to the center.



Neighborhood of San Giovanni

The district of San Giovanni is the most central neighborhood ever, together with that of Santa Croce. Here you will find many of the most famous attractions of the city, such as the Florence Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria with Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery!

It follows that this is also the most expensive area to stay in, this district specifically, while in Santa Croce it is possible to find more offers. But by staying in San Giovanni it will be possible open the window of your room and maybe have a splendid view of the Duomo! You can also move easily on foot and you will find yourself in the center of the nightlife.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from around € 35,00 for low cost accommodations to over € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking

Recommended accommodations

Santa Croce district

Santa Croce, together with the San Giovanni district, is the most central district of Florence. Here you will be a stone's throw from the historic center, and close to you you will have important attractions such as the Basilica of Santa Croce or the Casa Buonarroti.

As a result, this is also one of the most expensive areas to stay in, but by booking early it will be possible to find some accommodation at excellent prices. Furthermore, it is a neighborhood ideal especially for families with children. It is still in the center but quieter, without being in the middle of the nightlife.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from around € 35,00 for low cost accommodations to over € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking



Recommended accommodations

Neighborhood of Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella is the district that develops from the railway station towards the west, while on the east side it borders the district of San Giovanni. Here too you will find yourself close to the main attractions and you can easily reach them on foot! Indeed the station is located just 800 m from the Duomo and just 1 km from Piazza della Signoria, you can reach them with a pleasant walk of 10/20 min through the streets.

This district, developing in the station area, presents solutions at cheaper prices, without sacrificing comfort and convenience! Ideal therefore if you are traveling low cost, but do not want to give up services such as shops, restaurants and clubs!

The average prices in the neighborhood range from around € 30,00 for low cost accommodations to over € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking

Recommended accommodations

Neighborhood of San Niccolò

The San Niccolò neighborhood it develops on the opposite bank of the Arno and at the foot of the hill where Piazzale Michelangelo is located, one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city! Here, crossing Ponte alle Grazie you will be in the historic center in a few minutes and close to the main attractions!

It is an ideal neighborhood for families, as it is very quiet but still central, with all services close at hand and several green areas, such as the Bardini Garden or the Terzo Giardino, a park that directly overlooks the Arno. The costs are slightly cheaper than those of San Giovanni and Santa Croce.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from around € 30,00 for low cost accommodations to over € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking

Recommended accommodations

Neighborhood of Santo Spirito

Finally, the Santo Spirito district is located on the opposite side of the Arno river and is connected to the historic center by the famous Ponte Vecchio. This is the nightlife district, full of clubs open until late, and where many young people gather, who meet mainly between the squares of Santo Spirito and Piazza del Carmine. Here is also the Pitti Palace with the Boboli Gardens, a small Florentine jewel.

Who you will find many offers and accommodations at very affordable prices and, of course, there are also hostels for backpackers! At the same time, you can find apartments for greater autonomy and beautiful historic hotels! However, if you are traveling with children, we recommend that you stay in the previously presented neighborhoods.

The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 10,00 for low cost accommodations to € 100,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking

Recommended accommodations

Towns near Florence where to stay

Florence already offers several accommodation solutions for all needs and budgets. If the intention is to visit Florence and its immediate surroundings, there is no reason to prefer another home base, neither economic nor geographical.
If, on the other hand, the intention is that of visit other areas of Tuscany, such as Chianti or the Val d'Orcia further south, then you may prefer other cities, villages and towns that are more central or more immersed in the countryside.

  • Siena (70 km / 1 hour): ideal town for visiting the Chianti and Val d'Orcia wine areas, in the center of Tuscany, perfect starting point for day trips - Hotels and b & b from € 45,00 per room
  • Greve in Chianti (30 km / 45 min): ideal village to discover the whole Chianti region, one of the most famous in Tuscany, ideal for wine lovers. Ideal as a base as it is connected to Florence by direct bus (line 365A, 55 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room
  • San Casciano in Val di Pesa (23 km / 20 min): south of Florence, a town full of typical farmhouses completely surrounded by greenery. In the surroundings there are several characteristic villages. Direct bus to Florence (lines 368A, 370A and 371A, 30 min) - Hotels and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room

Florence accommodation price map

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