Florence Travel Guide: 5 Reasons to stay in Florence
Our Florence travel guide brings together all the essential information to organize an unforgettable stay in one of Italy’s most popular destinations. Whether you travel often or not, some questions always require answers: What’s the weather like? How to get from the airport to the hotel? What is the local currency and what kind of plug do I need? Discover the answers to all these questions, as well as other crucial information on the best time to leave, how to get to your destination, how to get around there … Not to mention some practical advice.
You will know everything thanks to our ultra-comprehensive travel guide. So, what are you waiting for to prepare your stay in Florence?
Travel Guide: Florence weather
Florence’s humid subtropical climate results in average temperatures ranging from 6 ºC in winter to 25 ºC in summer.
- Most of the rainfall happens between October and May, but the average number of rainy days differs from 4 to 10 per month throughout the year.
- The hottest period covers the months of April to October.
- The high tourist season runs from June to August. The prices of hotels and flights then increase accordingly.
- With accommodation and plane tickets being slightly more affordable and footfall lower, May and September are the best times to travel to Florence.
Practical information about Florence
Official language: Italian
Socket types: C, F, and L
Electricity: 230 V
Currency: euro (€)
International dialing code: +39 055
Emergency telephone number: 112
Travel Guide: Join the city
Florence-Peretola Airport, also called Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is situated 6 kilometers northwest of the city center. It has 2 terminals, one for departures and the other for arrivals. In addition to shops and restaurants, travelers will find banking services and a currency exchange facility. Several solutions exist to reach the center of Florence:
- The taxi ride to the center of the city takes almost 15 minutes and costs roughly EUR 20-25. The station is situated in front of the arrivals hall.
- The shuttle takes about 20 minutes for EUR 5. The bus stop is in front of the arrivals hall. This is a low-cost option for going to the center of Florence.
- Car rental agencies are also established a few hundred meters from the airport, on Via Del Palagio degli Spini, accessible with a free shuttle that leaves in front of the arrivals hall.
Travel guide: Florence-Santa-Maria-Novella Station
Florence-Santa-Maria-Novella is Florence’s main train station. A perfect illustration of early 20th century Italian architecture, it is one of the busiest in Tuscany. Situated in the city center nearby many sites of interest, it has shops, restaurants, and ATMs. From here you can go to any area of Florence by bus or taxi.
Travel Guide: Getting around Florence
The most amusing way to discover Florence is to explore it on foot. The city center is relatively compact: many ancient monuments and other exemplary places, like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza del Duomo, are within walking range of each other. Florence city center is also home to many shops and restaurants of all kinds.
For longer journeys, public transport is as efficient as it is affordable. The bus and tram networks, which serve the entire city, are managed by ATAF (Azienda Trasporti Area Fiorentina).
- A single ticket purchased before boarding the bus/tram costs EUR 1.50 and is valid for 90 minutes.
- Onboard the bus/tram, the same ticket costs EUR 2.50.
- Tickets are sold at automatic ticket booths at bus stops, newsstands, tobacconists, and shops with the ATAF logo.
- You must verify your ticket as soon as you board the bus/tram under the punishment of a fine.
- To make the most of Florence, it is best to opt for a Firenzecard +. Valid for 72 hours from activation, it gives access to more than 70 museums and attractions, offers discounts at select stores and restaurants, and allows unlimited use of public transport.
Take a cab
- Florentines are not used to hailing a taxi in the street.
- Over 20 taxi ranks are dotted across the city, mostly at the train station and near landmarks.
- You can also call a taxi by these numbers: +39 055 4242, +39 055 4390, +39 055 4798 or +39 055 4499.
- In addition to the basic rate of 3.30 EUR, 0.91 EUR for each of the first 7 kilometers and 1.64 EUR per the following kilometer are added. The rates are higher at night.
- Payment by credit card is generally possible, but it is good to ask the driver before getting on.
- Make sure that the meter is on.
- My Taxi, Talixo, and other dedicated local applications will also be of great help in finding a taxi in Florence.
Getting around by bike with Mobike
Florence has a self-service bicycle system operated by Mobike, a very pleasant way to explore the city in good weather. This is a system without stations, but, it is best to borrow and return the bike in one of the more than 50 nominated areas. To be able to rent a bike, you just need to install the free app on your mobile phone. A deposit of EUR 1 is required, and then the cost is EUR 0.50 for 30 minutes of use.
Travel guide: Annual events in Florence
- What: an event dedicated to an ancient sport, the precursor of football, played in Renaissance costumes
- When: June
- Where: piazza Santa Croce
Estate al Bargello
- What: a celebration of music, theater, and dance, from classical to contemporary
- When: 5 weeks between June-July
- Where: Bargello Museum
Festa Della Rificolona
- What: a traditional festival that includes a lantern parade and a large fair
- When: September
- Where: Basilica della Santissima Annunziata