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Introduction

Italian Fruit Stand

Italian Fruit Stand

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Florence is the capital of the region Tuscany in Italy and considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Famous for its art and architecture, this city of 400,000 inhabitants is viewed as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, home to such famous Florentines as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Machiavelli. Steeped in ancient history, it's little surprise that the historic centre of Florence was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1982.

The famous Duomo (Cathedral) is an icon of the Florence skyline and a great place to get a magnificent view over the city. Other well-known sites include the Santo Spirito church, Giotto's Bell Tower and Ponte Vecchio.

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Districts

There are five districts in Florence and the old area of town is divided into four sections. The city centre is the area that contains the vast majority of tourist sights. The newer areas of towns have the university and sports stadiums.

Old Town

  • San Giovanni;
  • Santa Croce;
  • Santa Maria Novella;
  • Santo Spirito Oltrarno.

Outside of the Old Town

  • Campo Di Marte;
  • Gavinana;
  • Isolotto e Legnaia;
  • Rifredi.

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Sights and Activities

The city of Florence itself is an amazing sight. Just looking at and wandering around the stone buildings and narrow streets makes one wonder about the old days. But the problem is Florence has so many sights that unless you intend to spend a month there it will be difficult to see everything. Therefore this section has been broken into "Must See" and "Other Sights and Activities." And even then this is only a fraction of the sights you can see in Florence. Some of the sights are described in more detail.

The David

Statue of David

Statue of David

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The statue of David is one of the master-pieces by Italian artist Michelangelo. It depicts David before the fight with Golliath, which was very uncommon, as around that time David was always depicted after the fight. The statue is made out of white marble. Work of the statue has begun in 1464, but several artists failed to complete the statue. It was young Michelangelo, he was 26, who convinced the commissioners that he could complete the statue of David. in 1501 he started where the others had left it, which was basically some rude shapes, and some worked out details of the feet. He would work on the sculpture for 2 years, before it was finished. The statue was unveiled at the 8th of September 1504 and placed outside of the Palazzo della Signoria. At the place of this original sight, now stands a copy, while the original is located at the Galleria dell' Accademia. It is recommended to reserve tickets (especially during holidays) if you want to avoid a long queue. Although at the Galleria dell' Accademia the David is the only thing worth seeing, if you go about 30 minutes before closing there will be no line on most days.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

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The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge") is a bridge that crosses Arno River which is covered with little high end jewelry shops, art dealers and souvenir sellers, and a famous meeting place for lovers. The bridge is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge and originally, butchers occupied the shops. The Ponte Vecchio's two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Santa Trinità and the Ponte alle Grazie. The bridge spans the Arno river at its narrowest point and consists of three segmental arches: the main arch has a span of 30 metres and the two side arches each span 27 metres. No one knows why, but the Nazis did not destroy the Ponte Vecchio in World War II, even though they did destroy all the other bridges in Florence. Instead the Nazis blew up everything around the bridge so it could not be crossed.
For more information on famous bridges around the world read the article: Famous Bridges.

Must See

  • Duomo Cathedral - Duomo Cathedral is the main cathedral in the city with a nice a view from the top. Vasari's paintings inside the Cupola are a later addition - Brunelleschi's intention was simplicity.
  • Medici Chapels - Medici Chapels - do not miss the tombs designed by Michelangelo.
  • San Lorenzo - San Lorenzo is a stunning church with some nice private chapels.
  • Santa Croce - Santa Croce is a church that has the tombs of some of the most famous people from history buried in it. The perfectly proportioned Pazzi Chapel there, is a prime example of the work of Brunelleschi. Don't miss Giotto's fresco of The Life of Christ.
  • Uffizi Gallery - Uffizi Gallery hosts some of the most famous renaissance art work in the world.
  • Vasari Corridor - The Vasari Corridor takes you across the Ponte Vecchio, and is packed with artworks. Connects the Uffizi with the Pitti Palace.
  • Vecchio - Vecchio was the original government building during the Florence Republic.
  • Convento San Marco - Convento San Marco - along with beautiful cloisters, each of the 'cells' contains a fresco by Fra Angelico depicting the life of Christ.

Other Sights And Activities

  • Pitti Palace - Pitti Palace is a nice palace but houses lots of left over portraits from the 19th century.
  • San Michelangiolo is a church on top of the hill over looking Florence. Every evening at 4:00pm the monks come out and sing.
  • Strozzi Palace is a nice traditional Italian palace.
  • Rucellai Palace is another traditional Italian palace.
  • Piazza di Michelangelo overlooking the city is where the firework display for San Giovanni (24th June) takes place.
  • The jewel-like San Miniato al Monte church stand near the top of the Viale Michelangelo, and is well worth the walk there!
  • Capella dei Brancacci - Capella dei Brancacci in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine - Massaccio's amazing fresco - look out for the first shiver depicted in the History of Art!

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Events and Festivals

  • The Carnival of Viareggio - A spectacular Italian feast that has been celebrated for over a century. Viareggio’s Carnival dates back to a tradition formed in 1873, when some wealthy Italians decided to dress up in protest against taxes. This annual carnival celebrates parties throughout the day and lasting late into the night. Visitors can expect parades with magnificent floats, and masquerade balls held throughout the city. This event is typically held during the entire month of February.
  • [listing name=Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato (International Handicrafts Trade Fair) type=event url=http://www.mostraartigianato.it/en/ fromdate=2012-04-21 todate=2012-04-29]During the last week of April, a fair known as the International Handicrafts Trade Fair takes over the city of Florence. It's a fair where visitors can expect the finest in hand-crafted arts. Italian woodsmiths and artists skilled in a variety of different styles-- from traditional to modern-- present their most prized pieces to the public to sell at this event.
  • Festival de Popoli - Attracting some of the best international documentary filmmakers, this Festival del Popoli draws big crowds to Florence each year. Everyone is welcome to attend this important film festival held every October/November. The films are presented in their original languages with Italian sub-titles.
  • Festa del Grillo (Cricket Festival) - For generations, many people in Florence have believed that the song of the cricket brings good luck. It is also believed that if a young man decorates the door of his beloved's home and gives her a cricket, he will experience luck in his relationship. To commemorate this long-held belief, every May, the Festa del Grillo is held in Cascine Park. During the festival, crickets are sold in colorful, hand woven cages while music is played in the park by local musicians. In the days leading to the festival, children hunt for crickets in order to cage them.
  • Calico In Costume (16 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2013) - A football event featuring brutality and masculinity at its best. Each year, thousands gather to watch the reenactment of ancient Florentine football game, complete with costumes, and cheering crowds. If you're in Florence in June and enjoy sporting events, you won't want to miss this crowd-pleasing spectacle.
  • Festa di San Giovanni (24 Jun 2013) - A popular festival coinciding with Calico in Costume, this highly celebrated annual event is a feast commemorating Florence's patron saint. During the evening of the event, many businesses close and thousands flock to watch a magnificent fireworks display.
  • Rificolona (06 Sep 2013 - 07 Sep 2013) - During the first week of September, the children of Florence sing songs and in a beautiful procession carry papier-mâché lanterns, called rificolone, through the streets of Florence. This annual event includes a banquet with musical performances held at the Piazza Santissima Annunziata every 6th and 7th September.
  • Travelers should be on the lookout for special vacation deals during this time; some hotels are known to offer special rates during this period.[/listing]

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    Weather

    Florence has a Mediterranean climate with generally mild winters and warm summers, though with fairly cold winter nights and abundant rainfall throughout the year. From June to early September, daytime temperatures are mostly around the 30 °C mark, while nights are between 15 °C and 20 °C. Winters from December to early March see highs of 10-13 °C, while nights are just several degrees above zero on average. The average annual precipitation is around 900 mm, with summers being the driest time of the year and November and December the wettest months.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Avg Max10.1 °C12 °C15 °C18.8 °C23.4 °C27.3 °C31.1 °C30.6 °C26.6 °C21.1 °C14.9 °C10.4 °C
    Avg Min1.4 °C2.8 °C4.9 °C7.7 °C11.3 °C14.7 °C17.2 °C17 °C14.2 °C10 °C5.5 °C2.4 °C
    Rainfall73.1 mm69.2 mm80.1 mm77.5 mm72.6 mm54.7 mm39.6 mm76.1 mm77.5 mm87.8 mm111.2 mm91.3 mm
    Rain Days9.48.48.69.18.66.33.55.95.77.4108.8

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    Getting There

    By Plane

    Florence Airport (FLR) is an international airport that serves most major cities in Italy and Europe, with regular public buses to the bus station.
    Meridiana has most flights, with connections to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cagliari, Catania, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Olbia and Palermo. Other airlines fly to Paris, Rome, Lyon, Vienna, Tirana, Brussels, Timisoara, Copenhagen, Elba, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

    By Train

    The train station is large and located in the northern part of the city. You can get trains to anywhere in Italy and most major European destinations. There are several daily trains to Venice, Milan, Rome and Pisa. Check Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's State Railways, for more information.

    By Bus

    The bus station in Florence is excellent for getting to towns in nearby Tuscany. There are several daily trains to the neighboring city of Siena, which was Florence's rival throughout history. Eurolines has connections to destinations throughout Europe.

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    Getting Around

    By Public Transport

    ATAF is the main company providing public buses throughout the city.

    By Foot

    Although the twisting, narrow streets of Florence make for stunning beauty and great pictures, they also make it next to impossible to find almost anything. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you buy a map or a tourist map in order to help find sights. Luckily the Duomo and the Vecchio can be seen from most of the city, making them a nice reference point.

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    Eat

    The food in Florence is stunning! The key thing is to get off the tourist track and get into the neighborhoods around the old town. It is amazing and it only takes walking a couple of blocks away from the main tourist areas for the food to get better and cheaper.
    Gelaterias away from the tourist track are also a must. Gelateria La Carraia, on the other side of the Arno by the Ponte alla Carraia, is one of the best in town (and only costs €1!).

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    Sleep

    Budget

    PropertyAddressTypePopularity
    1900 ArteVitaViale Sanzio 2Guesthouse-
    A Beautiful FlorencePiazza Puccini 21Guesthouse-
    A TeatroVia Verdi, 12Guesthouse-
    A&A - Bed and BreakfastVia Tagliaferri 40GUESTHOUSE-
    Abatjour Eco-Friendly B&BViale Cadorna,12GUESTHOUSE-
    Academy HostelVia Ricasoli 9Hostel92
    Accademia HouseVia San Gallo 61Guesthouse-
    Afossi Hostel HouseVia Fossi 13Hostel82
    Albergo Annabellavia Fiume 5Hotel-
    Albergo GiovannaVia Faenza 69 Via Faenza 69Hotel81
    Alekin HostelVia Porta Rossa 6Hostel70
    Alex HouseBorgo dei Greci 13Hostel85
    Aline HotelVia Ventisette Aprile 14GUESTHOUSE81
    Alla Dimora AlteaViale Belfiore 58Guesthouse-
    Althea RoomsVia delle Caldaie 25Guesthouse-
    Andy FlorenceVia San Zanobi 27Guesthouse-
    Antica PostaViale Belfiore 50Guesthouse88
    Antiche ArmonieV.le Belfiore 58Guesthouse-
    Antico Spedale del BigalloVia Bigallo e Apparita, 14 Bagno a RipoliHostel84
    Ape Rosa B&BVia dei Cappuccini, 12, 50134GUESTHOUSE-
    AramisVia Nazionale 22Guesthouse83
    Archi Rossi Hostelvia Faenza 94 RedHOSTEL86
    Art Bed & BreakfastVia Guido Monaco 25GUESTHOUSE-
    Arthostel Florencevia de magalotti 8Hostel-
    Auto Park HotelVia Valdegola, 1 Via Lippi e Macia, 22Hotel-
    B&B EurohomeVia dei Colli 13 Firenze SignaGUESTHOUSE82
    B&B Four RoomsBorgo Ss Apostoli 2GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Il MagnificoLungarno Torrigiani N 3GUESTHOUSE86
    B&B La Signoria di FirenzeVia Calimaruzza, 1GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Le SeggioleVia delle Seggiole 4GUESTHOUSE-
    MaisonVia Cavour 15HOSTEL79
    B&B Porta San FredianoVia Monte Oliveto, 2GUESTHOUSE81
    B&B Villa La SostaVia Bolognese 83GUESTHOUSE-
    Backpackers Florence CentralBorgo Santa Croce,11Hostel81
    Badia FiorentinaVia Dante Alighieri 12Guesthouse81
    Bed & Bed PetersonVia Guido Monaco, 25GUESTHOUSE-
    Bed & Breakfast La MartellinaVia della Martellina 19 Girone - Fiesole, FirenzeGUESTHOUSE-
    Bed & Breakfast LeopoldoVia Giovanni Fabroni, 78GUESTHOUSE82
    Bed and Breakfast di Piazza del DuomoVia dell'Oriuolo 49Guesthouse86
    Bed and Breakfast Il BargelloVia dè Pandolfini 33Guesthouse81
    Bed and Breakfast San LorenzoPiazza San Lorenzo 7Guesthouse-
    BelfioreViale Belfiore 40Guesthouse-
    Camping Internazionale FirenzeVia S. Cristofano n° 2 Bottai -ImprunetaCampsite80
    Camping Village Il PoggettoVia Il Poggetto 143 50010 TroghiCampsite70
    Campos SoggiornoVia Ventisette Aprile 9Guesthouse-
    Casa BilliVia Faenza 12Guesthouse85
    B&B Cimabue 9Via Cimabue 9GUESTHOUSE-
    Casa con Bella VistaVia Valigondoli 19 Mercatale Val di Pesa, Greve in ChiantiGuesthouse-
    Casa Dolce CasaVia San Zanobi n. 27Guesthouse-
    Casa NuestraViale dei Mille 8Guesthouse84
    Casa Pucci B&BVia S. Monaca 8GUESTHOUSE-
    Casa SecchiaroliVia Borghini, 23GUESTHOUSE-
    Cimarosa HarmonyVia Domenico Cimarosa, 16Guesthouse-
    Cimatori Bed and BreakfastVia Dante Alighieri 14Guesthouse-
    DanyHouseVia Bolognese,8HOSTEL90
    B&B FloraliaVia Borgo S.Lorenzo 9GUESTHOUSE86
    David InnVia Ricasoli 31Hostel87
    Emerald FieldsVia Guelfa, 59Hostel77
    Emerald PalaceVia del Ariento 2HOSTEL86
    Ester Hotel FlorenceLargo alinari 15Hotel88
    Eurostudent homeVia Pellicceria 1Hostel75
    Fattoria del BassettoVia Avanella 42 CertaldoHostel85
    FerrettiVia delle Belle Donne, 17Hotel80
    Florence Persefone PalaceVia delle Cinque Giornate, 35Guesthouse76
    Florence Room B&BVia Fiume n 1GUESTHOUSE-
    Florence Youth HostelVia della Condotta 4Hostel42
    Franz HouseVia de Fossi N1GUESTHOUSE87
    Galigai TowerVia dei Cimatori 10Apartment-
    Gemini StudioVia Fratelli Rosselli 55 Via Luigi Alamanni 35Apartment81
    Hostel 7 SantiViale Dei Mille 11Hostel80
    Hostel Greciborgo dei greci 13Hostel84
    Hostel Santa MonacaVia Santa Monaca 6Hostel78
    Hostel VeroniqueVia Porta Rossa 6Hostel74
    Hotel AccademiaVia Faenza, 7Hotel82
    Hotel AlamanniVia L. Alamanni 35Hotel-
    Hotel AngelicaVia Fiume 11Hotel87
    Hotel ArmoniaVia Faenza 56HOTEL-
    Hotel AzziVia Faenza, 88/rHotel-
    Hotel BavariaBorgo Albizi, 26Hotel84
    Hotel BeatriceVia Fiume 11Hotel89
    Hotel BenvenutiVia Cavour 112 FlorenceHotel85
    Hotel BernaLargo Fratelli Alinari 11Hotel-
    Hotel BijouVia Fiume 5Hotel77
    Hotel CastriPiazza Indipendenza, 7 50129Hotel-
    Hotel CentroVia Falcini 7 - Campi Bisenzio - FirenzeHotel84
    Hotel Collodi FirenzeVia Taddea, 6 50123Hotel90
    Hotel de LanziVia delle Oche 11Hotel-
    Hotel DesireeVia Fiume 20Hotel-
    Hotel Duca d'AostaVia Fiume, 17HOTEL-
    Hotel EtruscaVia Nazionale,35Hotel78
    Hotel FioritaVia Fiume 20Hotel-
    Hotel GardenPiazza Vittorio Veneto 8Hotel79
    Hotel GavinanaVia U. della Faggiola, 25Hotel-
    Hotel GenesioVia XXVII Aprile,9Hotel80
    Hotel GiapponeVia dei Banchi 1 Via dei Banchi 1Hotel81
    Hotel GuelfaVia Guelfa n 28HOTEL78
    Ciao Hostelvia Guido Monaco, 34Hostel81
    Hotel Hermes FlorenceVia Alamanni, 11Hotel81
    Hotel Il CignoStrada Statale no. 65 della Futa - km. 49,500 Covigliaio - FirenzuolaHotel-
    Hotel JoliVia Fiume 8Hotel82
    Hotel LeopoldaVia Ponte Alle Mosse 65Hotel80
    Hotel LombardiVia Fiume 8Hotel83
    Hotel MarcellaVia Faenza 58Hotel-
    Hotel MasaccioVia Masaccio 228Hotel82
    Hotel MaximVia Dei Calzaiuoli 11Hotel-
    Hotel MerliniVia Faenza 56Hotel-
    Hotel MonicaVia Faenza 66Hotel74
    Hotel Morandi alla CrocettaVia Laura 50Hotel-
    Hotel NellaVia Faenza, 69Hotel84
    Hotel NizzaVia del Giglio, 5Hotel82
    Hotel PalazzuoloVia Palazzuolo, 71Hotel80
    Hotel Panorama FlorenceVia C. Cavour, 60 FirenzeHotel-
    Hotel Regina-FirenzeBorgo La Noce, 8Hotel-
    Hotel RitzLungarno della Zecca Vecchia 24Hotel-
    Hostel SampaoliVia San Gallo 14Hostel82
    Hotel San Giovannivia cerretani 2Hotel83
    Hotel San MarcoVia Cavour 50 50129Hotel80
    Hotel Santa CroceVia Dei Bentaccordi 3Hotel-
    Hotel SillaVia de' Renai 5Hotel-
    Hotel SouvenirVia XXVII Aprile 9Hotel-
    Hotel UnghereseVia G.B. Amici 8 FlorenceHotel-
    Hotel UnicornoVia dei Fossi 27Hotel-
    Hotel Villa LibertyViale Michelangelo, 40Hotel-
    I CherubiniVia Verdi 13Guesthouse-
    I Parigi B&BVia Luigiana, 12GUESTHOUSE-
    Il Ghiro GuesthouseVia Faenza 63Guesthouse87
    Il Giglio GuesthouseViale Fratelli Rosselli, 74 FlorenceGuesthouse80
    Il Giglio RossoVia G. Monaco 25Guesthouse-
    International Student House FlorenceVia Faenza, 67Hostel74
    La FortezzaViale Milton 95Hotel-
    La LocandieraVia della Scala, 48Guesthouse-
    La SpigaVia Pistoiese, 61 e 11 San Donnino Campi BisenzioGuesthouse-
    Le Ginestre B&B de Charmevia di Starniano 300/b MontorsoliGUESTHOUSE-
    Leonardo HouseVia Trebbio 4Hostel87
    Leonardo's RoomsVia Piave, 7 PontassieveGuesthouse-
    Locanda DanielVia Nazionale 22Guesthouse82
    Locanda di Firenzevia Faenza, 12 FirenzeGuesthouse-
    Locanda GalloVia San Gallo 73/black Via San Gallo 73/blackGuesthouse82
    Locanda LatinaVia del Sole, 5/BlackGuesthouse-
    Locanda OrchideaBorgo degli Albizi, 11 FlorenceGuesthouse-
    Locanda PittiVia San Zanobi 43/blackGuesthouse-
    Locanda RoccoVia del Sole 5Guesthouse74
    Locanda StarlightVia Guelfa 59Guesthouse-
    Lucia FredaVia San Zanobi 31Guesthouse81
    Soggiorno RubinoLargo Alinari 15HOSTEL-
    Maison de CharmeLargo Alinari 11Guesthouse-
    Marignolle Relais & CharmeVia San Quirichino 16 50124HOTEL-
    Mary's HouseVia della Scala n. 43Guesthouse81
    Medici Chapels PalacePiazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 1Apartment-
    Msnsuites Palazzo dei CiompiVia Pietrapiana 18Hotel-
    My FriendsVia Faenza 66Guesthouse91
    New OstelVia Iacopo Peri, 3Hostel73
    Garden Florence B&BVia San Zanobi 37Guesthouse80
    One World Florence ApartmentsVia della Vigna Nuova 9Apartment72
    Ospitale Delle RifiorenzePiazza Piatellina 1 (Piazza Del Carmine)Hostel-
    Ostello del Chiantivia Roma 137 Chianti TavarnelleHostel84
    Ostello Gallo D'OroVia Cavour 104Hostel89
    B&B Palazzo Aria della RipaLungarno Vespucci 30Guesthouse-
    Hotel Casa LeaVia Frà Bartolomeo, 21HOTEL80
    Plus Camping MichelangeloViale Michelangiolo 80 50125 FirenzeCampsite64
    Plus FlorenceVia Santa Caterina d'Alessandra 17Hostel85
    Norcenni Girasole ClubVia Norcenni 7 FiglineCampsite-
    Quadra Key ResidenceVia Bardazzi, 49Apartment89
    Relais del DuomoPiazza dell'Olio 2Guesthouse-
    Relais FlorenceVia della scala 48Guesthouse75
    Residence S.NiccolòPiazza Piave 1a-2Apartment-
    Residenza BettaVia Agnolo Poliziano 9Guesthouse-
    Residenza CantagalliVia Cantagalli 4 G - 50125Guesthouse79
    Residenza MillenniumVia Degli Orti Oricellari, 31Hostel82
    Residenze La MongolfieraVia Guido Guinizzelli 1Guesthouse-
    Ridolfi Guest HouseVia Ridolfi 4Guesthouse86
    Riverbank's Hostelvia Volta dei Tintori nr. 1Hostel81
    San Frediano MansionVia Borgo San Frediano 8Guesthouse81
    Sandra B&BViale Giovanni Lami, 50GUESTHOUSE-
    Sani Tourist HousePiazza Dei Giuochi 1Guesthouse-
    ShortStopvia Nazionale 22 via Nazionale 22Apartment-
    Soggiorno BurchiVia Faenza No.20Guesthouse80
    Soggiorno GloriaVia Nazionale, 17Guesthouse80
    Soggiorno Isabella de' MediciVia Fiume 17Guesthouse-
    Soggiorno La Pergolavia Della Pergola 23 cap50129Guesthouse79
    Soggiorno MadridViale Redi, 1Guesthouse84
    Soggiorno PittiPiazza Pitti, 8Hostel77
    Soggiorno PrimaveraVia Peri, 2Guesthouse86
    Soggiorno RondinelliVia Rondinelli, 3Guesthouse-
    Soggiorno Santa ReparataVia Santa Reparata, 27Guesthouse79
    Soggiorno VenereVia Guelfa, 59Guesthouse85
    Studio BarberaVia Faenza 56Guesthouse86
    Tourist HouseVia della Scala 1Hotel85
    Tourist House BattisteroVia Dei Cerretani, 1Guesthouse-
    Tourist House LibertyVia Ventisette Aprile 9Guesthouse81
    Tourist House Santa Crocevia Ghibellina 95Hostel71
    Villa GuarnaschelliVia del Poggio Secco, 5Guesthouse-
    Your Apartment In FlorenceVia della Vigna Nuova 9Apartment79
    Youth Hostel Firenze 2000Viale Raffaello Sanzio, 16Hostel79
    Youth Hostel Villa CamerataV.le A.Righi 2-4 50137 FlorenceHostel73
    Garibaldi's Relais & CharmeVia Pratese 34GUESTHOUSE73
    Hotel CareggiVia Alderotti, 43 - 50139 FirenzeHotel81
    Relais B&B NovecentoVia Ricasoli, 10GUESTHOUSE-
    Hostel CentralVia Faenza 46(red)Hostel76
    Cicerone Guest HouseVia Guelfa, 45Guesthouse-
    Affittacamere AlbaLargo Fratelli Alinari 15Guesthouse-
    B&B Bellarivavia di Bellariva 20GUESTHOUSE-
    Casa LedaVia Calcinaia 11, San Martino alla Palma ScandicciAPARTMENT-
    Hotel SerenaVia Fiume 20Hotel84
    Casa Donatellovia Calcinaia 18, San Martino alla Palma ScandicciAPARTMENT-
    Bed & Breakfast Leone XVia Leone X, n.4GUESTHOUSE-
    Casa Schlatter Charming ResidenceViale dei Mille 14Guesthouse-
    Il Cielovia Faenza 79Guesthouse-
    Hotel DaliVia Oriuolo 17 Florence ItalyHotel-
    Albergo BellavistaLargo Alinari 15Hotel-
    Hotel AbacoVia dei Banchi 1Hotel-
    The Queen'sVia Cavour, 15 FirenzeHOSTEL78
    MichelangeloVia Ser Ventura Monachi 7Guesthouse-
    Hotel ArizonaVia Luigi Carlo Farini, 2Hotel84
    Il Salotto di Firenze - B&BVia Roma. 6 50123 -GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel ScotiVia Tornabuoni 7Hotel-
    Cristina HouseVia Leone X , 2Guesthouse80
    Residenza Le RondiniVia San Zanobi, 43 - 50129 FirenzeGuesthouse-
    Golden Tower HotelP.za Strozzi, 11/RHotel-
    Max ApartmentsVia San Zanobi 22Apartment79
    Leonardo’s LandVia Vecchia Maremanna 3 San BarontoHostel89
    Relais Firenze StibbertVia Rafaello Lambruschini 39Guesthouse89
    La Torre Residence FlorenceVia Delle Terme 6Apartment-
    PromenadeVicolo del Canneto 2Guesthouse87
    Sette Angeli RoomsVia Nazionale 31Guesthouse80
    Albergo Gli OrzaliVia Contessalina 991 Nr. FlorenceHotel-
    CaterinaVia Costa Sangiorgio 77Apartment-
    Soggiorno PaneraiVia dei Servi 49Guesthouse-
    B&B RepubblicaPiazza Repubblica 2GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel EliteVia della Scala 12Hotel-
    Hotel Borgo Villa Castellettivia di castelletti 15Hotel-
    Hotel NazionaleVia Nazionale 22GUESTHOUSE81
    Casa di BarbanoVia di Barbano 1Guesthouse83
    Soggiorno Fortezza Fiorentinaviale fratelli Rosselli 61Guesthouse84
    Locanda dei GuelfiVia Guelfa, 45Guesthouse-
    Hotel dei MacchiaioliVia Cavour, 21Hotel-
    Loggia Fiorentinavia San Gallo, 31Hotel-
    Santa Croce Bed FlorenceVia dei Benci, 10Apartment-
    Casa di GiuseppeVia Santa Reparata n 25Guesthouse87
    Quercia al PoggioStrada di Quercia al Poggio Barberino Val D' ElsaApartment-
    Hotel ArgentinaVia Curtatone 12Hotel79
    Hotel ColoradoVia C. Cavour 66Hotel74
    Florence Dance Hostel and GuesthouseVia Nazionale, 22GUESTHOUSE77
    Residence la RepubblicaPiazza della Repubblica 4Apartment-
    Hotel Pensione OttavianiPiazza Ottaviani 1Hotel78
    Residenza RicasoliVia Ricasoli 15 Zona Centro StoricoApartment-
    Fattoria Le CaseVia Pimmaggiore 20 50039 VicchioGuesthouse-
    A Florence ViewPiazza S. Giovanni, 2Guesthouse-
    Il Gattopardo FirenzeVia dei Magazzini 1Guesthouse-
    Casa LucePiazza del mercato centrale 27Apartment-
    La Corte dei PrincipiVia Il Prato, 66Guesthouse-
    B&BSangaggio HouseVia Cardinale Leopoldo 62GUESTHOUSE-
    Residenza CastelliPiazza Santo Stefano, 1Guesthouse-
    Hotel DecoVia Panzani 7Hotel85
    San Frediano Flatsviale ariosto 18rApartment-
    Duomo ViewPiazza San Giovanni 6Guesthouse-
    EriduVia Renato Murri 16/a ElleraGuesthouse-
    I Pini Da GiseldaVia Primo Maggio 18 La Romola, San Casciano in Val di PesaGuesthouse-
    Bed and Breakfast BelduomoBorgo San Lorenzo, 4Guesthouse-
    Hotel CurtatoneVia Curtatone 12Hotel-
    Soggiorno Sogna FirenzeVia delle Porte Nuove 36Guesthouse84
    Relais Villa il SassoVia di Belmonte, 27GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel BodoniVia Martiri del Popolo, 27Hotel-
    B&B Da MilaVia Ponte all'Asse 16GUESTHOUSE83
    Florence Stay ApartmentsVia Toscanella 24Apartment-
    Villa I CipressiVia Chiantigiana 35Guesthouse-
    Leonardo Da VinciVia Leonardo da Vinci 13Guesthouse-
    Pablo House Guest Housevia della Porcellana 14Guesthouse78
    GuestHouse Amici MieiViale Fratelli rosselli, 61 FirenzeGUESTHOUSE80
    Residenza il Castello Rosavia Nazionale 35GUESTHOUSE76
    Apartment RicasoleVia RicasoliAPARTMENT79
    A Casa di VirgilioVia Filippo Corridoni 2Guesthouse-
    Il Magnifico Soggiorno B&BViale Don Minzoni 5GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Casa Morganavia San Lorenzo a Collina, 53GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Ristorante Toscano EuropaPiazza Giorgio Amendola 272 ReggelloHOTEL-
    Pitti ApartmentVia Toscanella 24Apartment-
    San Giovanni ApartmentVia Palazzuolo 102Apartment-
    Giglio near Ponte VecchioVia Toscanella 13Apartment-
    Locanda Linando IIVia Valdracca 13 - 15 Certaldo AltoGUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Lombardiavia Panzani, 19Hotel85
    Hotel AlinariLargo F.lli Alinari,15Hotel-
    Hotel FaniVia Guelfa 28Hotel-
    Hotel Il GranducaVia P. Capponi, 13Hotel-
    Hotel D'Azegliovia della Mattonaia 43Hotel-
    Palagio GuesthouseViale Matteotti 27GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel SilvanaPiazzale di Porta al Prato 2Hotel-
    Hotel Ariston Florencevia Fiesolana 40Hotel-
    Hotel Stella MaryVia Fiume,17Hotel-
    Hotel Fedoraviale spartaco lavagnini 45Hotel-
    Hotel Indicatore B & B Restaurant and Parkingvia XIII Martiri 282 Campi Bisenzio, in front of Via Pistoiese169 SignaHOTEL78
    Trinity ApartmentsVia delle Terme 6Apartment-
    L'Angolino & L'AngolettoVia Cimabue, 19GUESTHOUSE-
    Uffizi ApartmentsVia Vinegia 5Apartment-
    Romantic Ponte Vecchiovia Barbador, 1APARTMENT-
    Pitti Livingvia Sdrucciolo De Pitti, 10GUESTHOUSE-
    Casa Rovai Guest HouseVia Fiesolana 1GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Emma-FlorenceVia A. Pacinotti, 20 Via A. Pacinotti, 20HOTEL83
    Hotel GenzianellaVia Cavour 112HOTEL73
    Hotel GioiaVia Cavour, 25HOTEL-
    Hotel GiottoVia del Giglio, 13HOTEL81
    Hotel MarineVia Faenza, 56HOTEL-
    Hotel RomagnaVia Panzani, 4HOTEL82
    Soggiorno LauraVia Cavour, 102GUESTHOUSE82
    Soggiorno MichelangeloVia. Fra Bartolomeo 24GUESTHOUSE84
    Lanterna FiorentinaVia XXVII Aprile, 11 FlorenceGUESTHOUSE-
    Rifredi GuesthouseVia di Rifredi 10GUESTHOUSE-
    Villa SestiniVia Vernalese 21GUESTHOUSE-
    Oltrarno TerraceVia De' Serragli, 76APARTMENT-
    FaceroomBorgo Ognissanti 102GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel SavonarolaViale Matteotti 27HOTEL81
    Il PalagettoVia Vernalese 32 50012 Bagno a RipoliAPARTMENT-
    Pensione Matildevia Nazonale 17 FirenzeGUESTHOUSE-
    All ColoursVia Fiesolana 15 Via Ghibellina 95GUESTHOUSE80
    B&B La CittadellaVia Cittadella 29GUESTHOUSE-
    La Terrazza Su BoboliViale F. Petrarca n° 122GUESTHOUSE-
    Chez Moi Firenze B&BVia Guido Cavalcanti, 11GUESTHOUSE-
    Relais Accademiavia Ricasoli 29GUESTHOUSE-
    La Casa del Mercatovia dell'Ortone n.8APARTMENT-
    Hotel PiccoloVia S. Gallo 51, FirenzeHOTEL-
    EurHotelVia Pistoiese, 30HOTEL81
    B&B La GradivaVia Guicciardini 4GUESTHOUSE-
    Residence Cavour SrlVia Cavour 32APARTMENT-
    Casa Tosellivia Pietro Toselli 67 50144GUESTHOUSE-
    De Benci B&Bvia de Benci 19GUESTHOUSE-
    Soggiorno Migliorinivia Ripoli 207/MAPARTMENT-
    Residenza CasanuovaVia della Mattonaia 21 FlorenceGUESTHOUSE-
    La Casa Tornabuonivia della Vigna Nuova 1APARTMENT-
    Argentiere B&BGiovanni Alfonzo Borelli 8GUESTHOUSE81
    Casa CorsiVia dell'Albero 13GUESTHOUSE-
    Residence La ContessinaVia Faenza 71APARTMENT-
    Hotel Locanda de' Pazzivia Borgo Pinti 5HOTEL-
    Villa LucreziaPiazza Puccini 5APARTMENT-
    Dante 12 2nd floorVia Dante Alighieri 12GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel BencidormiVia Faenza 69HOTEL-
    A Casa di Olivovia di Montalbano, 12GUESTHOUSE-
    Le Ginestre GuesthouseVia Villa Bassa 2 MontespertoliGUESTHOUSE-
    Rossini Harmonyvia Gioacchino Rossini, 7GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Due AbetiVia Argin Grosso, 4GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Primo Piano: Female Only GuesthouseVia di Rusciano,38GUESTHOUSE-
    Poggio Imperiale Apartments10, viale del Poggio ImperialeAPARTMENT-
    La Notte BluVia Zara 7GUESTHOUSE-
    Girasole HouseVia dello Steccuto 12GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel PaolaVia Faenza, 56HOTEL81
    Casa MicolVia XXVII Aprile 4GUESTHOUSE77
    Residenza d'Epoca San JacopoBorgo San Jacopo 33HOTEL-
    Holiday RoomsVia Nazionale 22GUESTHOUSE-
    GiovanniVia Vinegia 5 Via Chiantigiana 143/dAPARTMENT-
    Hotel Ariannavia di Barbano 12/RHOTEL-
    Antica Sosta dei Viandantivia Fiesolana 24APARTMENT-
    Monna FiorenzaVia Alamanni 35GUESTHOUSE-
    La Meridiana Guesthousevia della Casella 172GUESTHOUSE-
    VipflorenceVia del Canto dei Nelli, 12/bAPARTMENT-
    Hotel Cordova FirenzeVia Cavour 96HOTEL-
    La Corte ApartmentsVia Gaspare Spontini int.47APARTMENT-
    B&B RiobulbanaLargo Cignano 18 LutiranoGUESTHOUSE-
    Santa Maria Apartmentvia Palazzuolo 16APARTMENT-
    Pitti Apartmentvia Maggio 46APARTMENT-
    Villino il Leonevia Lorenzo Bellini, 12GUESTHOUSE-
    Sweet Home Florencevia Leone X 2GUESTHOUSE-
    Villa alle RampePiazza Ferrucci 7GUESTHOUSE81
    Artist's house suMarte1Viale Mazzini 13GUESTHOUSE-
    Soggiorno Karabavia Guido Monaco 15/AGUESTHOUSE-
    Gourmet B&B Villa Landuccivia Landucci 7GUESTHOUSE-
    Soggiorno PrestipinoVia del Moro, 22- BLACKGuesthouse-
    La Residenza di MichelangeloVia Nazionale 17GUESTHOUSE89
    Soggiorno GloriaVia Nazionale 17Guesthouse-
    B&B Domus DuomoBorgo san Lorenzo 4GUESTHOUSE-
    Florence ApartmentBorgo Pinti 39APARTMENT-
    Villa Jacoponevia jacopone da todi 38GUESTHOUSE-
    Garibaldi 's Relaisvia Pratese 34Guesthouse-
    Hotel delle NazioniVia Luigi Alamanni, 15Hotel-
    La Sorgente di FrancescaVia di Montetrini 34/3750065 Pontassieve FirenzeGUESTHOUSE-
    Villa FiorentinaViale Manfredo Fanti 165GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Rita Major FirenzeVia della Mattonaia 43HOTEL80
    Barbadori Old Bridge ApartmentVia dei Barbadori 3APARTMENT-
    Casa VenantiVia A. d' Ancona nr. 62APARTMENT-
    Palazzo BelfioreVia dei Velluti 8APARTMENT-
    Florence & UsVia delle Pinzochere 12APARTMENT-
    Tasso HostelVia Villani 15HOSTEL-
    Home in Florence B&BVia Santa Maria, 21GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Toscana FlorenceVia del Sole 8HOTEL79
    Apartment Velluto a PontevecchioVia dei Velluti, 3APARTMENT-
    Lady FlorenceVia Camillo Cavour 33GUESTHOUSE-
    Oltrarno ApartmentVia Sdrucciolo de Pitti,10APARTMENT-
    B&B FerrucciVia Caterina Franceschi Ferrucci 21GUESTHOUSE-
    Marbò FlorenceVia Alamanni 25Guesthouse-
    Between the Duomo and Piazza SignoriaVia dei Cimatori, 3APARTMENT-
    B&B San FredianoVia di Monte Oliveto, 250124GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B DuomoVia Panzani, 1GUESTHOUSE-
    Fortezza da BassoVia Vittorio Emanuele II 42GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Santa CroceVia Giotto 10, 50121GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel De La PaceVia Alfonso la Marmora 28HOTEL-
    B&B GiottoVia Giotto, 10GUESTHOUSE-
    Novella Housevia del Porcellana 53GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Palazzo PittiVia Cantagalli 4/G, 50125GUESTHOUSE-
    Ghirlandaio Firenze GuesthouseViale G. Matteotti, 27GUESTHOUSE-
    Hotel Mia Cara FlorenceVia Faenza 90rHOTEL-
    La Taverna di Santa CroceVia Ghibellina 98APARTMENT-
    B&B Le ContesseVia Giosue Carducci 3GUESTHOUSE-
    B&B Il muloViale dei Cadorna 69GUESTHOUSE-
    La Farina ApartmentsVia La Farina 27Apartment84
    Alex RoomsVia Borgodei Greci 13Guesthouse-
    Apartment GabyVia Chiasso Ricasoli 1APARTMENT-
    Casa per Vacanze Libertavia Silvio Spaventa 1APARTMENT-
    La Gabbia del GrilloVia Maurizio Bufalini 3APARTMENT-
    Residenza la FiesolanaVia Fiesolana, 32APARTMENT-

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    Keep Connected

    Internet

    Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

    Phone

    See also: International Telephone Calls

    The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

    Post

    Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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    • Latitude: 43.768732
    • Longitude: 11.256901

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