Renting a bike in Florence

Where to get a rental bike in Florence

Useful Italian
bike - bicicletta or bici
bike rental - noleggio bici
two hours - due ore
one day - un giorno
helmet - casco
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Despite the relatively traffic-free historic center, biking has not really caught on in Florence, but local authorities are trying to change that with cheap rental bikes (tel. +39-346-883-7821,

Rates are a mere €2 per hour, €5 for five hours, or €10 per day.

These cheap city bikes are available from stands scattered around town. They keep moving the locations, but by 2015 here's where they seem to have settled:

  • Parking lot at Santa Maria Novella rail station: Mon-Sat 8am–7pm (Nov-Apr 10am–5pm)
  • Parking lot at Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti (north of Santa Croce; near Piazza Beccaria parking lot): Mon-Sat 9am–6pm (Nov-Apr 10am–5pm)
  • [Santa Croce location currently not operating, but check]

Private bike rentals in Florence

If no cheap city bikes are left, you'll have to pay a bit more for them at a noleggio bici shop like:

  • Alinari, Via San Zanobi 38r (tel. +39-055-280-500; - €2.50 per hour, €7 for 5 hours, €12 per day (mountain bikes cost a bit more).
  • Florence by Bike, Via San Zanobi, 120–122R (tel. +39-055-488-992; - €3 per hour, €9 for 5 hours, €10 all day (mountain bikes cost a bit more)

Florence bike tours

Bicycle tours in Florence

Bicycle tours in the contryside of Tuscany that leave from Florence

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How long does Florence take?

Planning your day: Florence would well be worth a week, but you can still fit a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Cradle of the Renaissance, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, or three days to spend in Florence.

» Florence itineraries

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Bikes in Florence
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Florence tourist information
Via Cavour 1R
tel. +39-055-290-832

  • Florence rail station
  • Firenze Santa Maria Novella:, Piazza S. Maria Novella (in the NW corner of the center)
  • Bus to center: C2 (but it's just a few blocks; you can walk)
  • Bus to Oltrarno: 11, D
  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA):
  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
  • Transport Florence—Livorno cruise terminal
  • (private car: 90 min, €40–€260)
  • (train: 68–100 min, €9.10) + Livorno port-station transfer (€1 bus; €20–€30 taxi)
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