Getting around Florence

How to get around Florence by foot, bus, taxi, bike, and scooter

Florence's centro storico (historic center) is much, much smaller than that of most of the famous cities in Europe, and the bulk of it is pedestrian-only, so it's supremely easy to get about on foot. Honestly, you can walk from one side of the historic center to the other in under 30 minutes (15 minutes if you really hoof it).

Useful Italian

Where is?... - Dov'è?
left - sinistra
right - destra
straight ahead - avanti or sempre diritto
ticket - biglietto
city bus - autobus
bus stop - fermata
taxi - taxi
bike rental - noleggio bici

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Whatever you do, do not just hop on a bus. Every day, hundreds of tourists exit the train station and, as they have done in other (larger) famous cities, board a public bus in the hopes of heading downtown.

Within three or four stops, however, they find they have already whizzed past the center and are now out in the suburbs.

Honestly; I've spent probably a year of my life in Florence all told, yet I've only ever taken the bus a handful of times (and most of those were either up to get up the nearby village of Fiesole or into the hills above the Oltrarno).

So expect to walk just about everywhere. That said, here is how the various forms of transportation work:

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Transportation links
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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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Transport links
  • 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  • ZTLs: (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)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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