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Angolo P.zza Santa Maria Novel
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Florence is a very walkable city -- the main attractions in Florence are located along the two sides of the river and you can walk from one attraction to another easily.
There are lots of hostels in Florence. If you can, try to book a hostel located along the two sides of the river or the Florence S.M.N. railway station. Most attractions are located on the north side of the river, but as long as the Florence hostel that you have chosen is near the river, it is very convenient for you to visit the attractions. Booking a hostel near the railway station is a good choice if you need to arrive at Florence at night, as it would take you less time to get to the hostel. The hostels in Florence may not have a clear sign, so check the exact location of the hostel before your trip and even try to remember what it looks like from photos on the internet.
There is a market located at about fifteen minutes' walk from the railway station -- you can buy some food for cooking in the market. But do beware, because the market closes quite early. You can also find a few tiny supermarkets in the central part of Florence, but they are not nearly as cheap as those in Rome. There are lots of restaurants on the north side of Florence; those located near the Duomo tend to be more expensive than those located near the railway station.
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Antico Spedale del Bigallo
"This hostel was a hike to beauty. At the end of the bus line you have to trek it up a hill to the hostel and once you arrive you understand that it is well worth it. the only negative thing about this place is the 6pm lock out. But it was definitely one of the best places I've stayed. Everyone who works there is fantastic and the rooms and views are amazing. You get to step into the Tuscan country side, after a day in the wonderful city...
Archi Rossi Hostel
"Ostello Archi Rossi Hostel is decent, tidy, and clean. The environment, decoration, and everything is nice. Breakfast is also available in the hostel restaurant and included in your rate. There is neither a lockout nor a curfew. The higher bed rate is worth it for the comfy environment. The Location The hostel is located close to the main station Firenze S.M.N. -- less than ten minutes on foot. However please note that the numbering...
Hostel Santa Monaca
"Hostel Santa Monaca is quite large, and thus run like a big hostel. It isn't very personal but it is a good hostel with a nice setup. The Location Location-wise, the Santa Monaca Hostel is a little removed from the city and set in a quiet area of town. It is south of the river, whereas almost all of the tourist sites are on the north side. It's only at most thirty minutes' walk though, which is quite nice in Florence. The benefits of...
Hostel 7 Santi
"Hostel 7 Santi is one of the better hostels we've stayed in, and we would recommend it to friends. Everything is reasonably priced, and there is a friendly, social atmosphere here. The Location This hostel is not centrally located, so be sure to have good directions for how to arrive there. However, it's on a main street, so it's not too difficult to find. Also, there are many buses that stop almost at the hostel's door step, so just be...
Ostello Europa Villa Camerata
"A hostel/campsite on the outer edge of Florence. It's a bit of a distance outside of the center of the city. It takes 15-20 minutes to reach it by bus from the center of the city, plus a 300m walk on the path through the woods leading up to the hostel building. It has a movie room, a TV room, a dining area, and a little market. Outside there is a courtyard, covered sitting area, and the camping areas. The rooms and bathrooms are...
"The best part of Hostel Sampaoli is the staff. Friendly and helpful, they will do anything to make your trip successful and rich. They offer maps, directions, an intimate knowledge of Florence, recommendations, and friendly personalities. Out of all the perks of this hostel, the staff was the one that impressed us the most. The Location Located 15 minutes from the train station and only 20 minutes from the cathedral, Hotel Sampaoli is...
"We arrived without accommodations. Though we had just left a long stay in Venice, Florence with no where to stay was a somewhat unnerving. That's when we met the owners at the train station. Realizing we were American he greeted us in English, bought us a bus ticket and via cellphone, arranged for a co-worker to meet us at a specific corner where she lead us to what became one of our favorite parts of our trip. When I return I definitely...
"The best part about Leonardo House is its owner. Leo is extremely helpful, responds to emails, and will help you make the most of your stay in Florence by drawing out his own version of a walking tour on your city map. The hostel itself is nothing special but it is clean and you will be within walking distance of every major site in Florence. The Location This hostel is about a five-minute walk from the train station, on a very quiet...
"… the day and night time as well,5. Before you arrive to the city of destination, look at your map and aknowledge where the hostel in located, so you will not be confused when you arrive to the city (you may can print the map and use it when you arrive to the city to find the hostel's location).6. When you are online to get to the museums also becarful your stuff, do not leave your stuff in the floor and out of your...
My Friends Hostel
"Superb!! - Stayed here for 2 days and 1 night and I already wish I had stayed longer. The place is just excellent. One of those places where you are at loss of words because the hospitality is just top-notch. It was my first trip to Firenze and from the minute I stepped in the hostel I felt like I was back home. Nadina being the gentle and amazing host that she is got me comfortable with the place sat me down and gave me a detailed insight on...
"This was the best accommodation I had during my trip around Europe in November 2004! It was close to the train station, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and it was very, very clean. My friend and I paid only 20 euros per person for a huge private room, which is very cheap for hostels in Europe based on conversations I've had with other tourists. Highly recommended!" … "Great hostel - This hostel owned and run by its...
"Well, my boyfriend and I stayed on the other side of the hall and had a balcony with a gorgeous view of the Duomo. The owner is also very friendly. We met some pretty fun people who were staying across the hall. I loved the way they decorated our little room. As far as I can tell, there are three rooms on the street side that are larger and you will get one of these if you want to be in a room with more than two beds. On the other side of the...
"David Inn is very well located on Via Rascoli. Just 100 meters up the street (north) is the Galleria dell Accademia and 200 meters down the street is the Duomo. It is about twenty minutes walking distance from the train station. Look for Via Nazionale at the station's front exit and walk till you see Via Guelfa on your right. Turn and walk till you see Via Rascoli on your right. There is no obvious sign and the building is fairly nondescript,...
Ostello Gallo D'Oro
"If you dream up what the best hostel experience could be in your mind, it wouldn't come close to Ostello Gallo D'Oro. My friend and I were exhausted and getting used to be treated quite badly in hostels when we arrived at this hostel. Then -- a miracle! Our bags were carried to our room by the man behind the desk who noticed how tired we were. Our three-person room had an en-suite bathroom and we each had our own locking armoir to unpack our...
"… a TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.We also provide Luggage facilities. Common areas, services and activities :- If you are traveling for work, then this hotel has a technology helpdesk and secretarial services. You can benefit from high-speed (wired) Internet access during your stay. Staff are available at the front desk during limited hours. Check-in from 14:00 to 20:00 Check-out no later 11:00 Luggage storage available in Hotel...
"One of the Best! - I thought that his hostel was great. I have stayed in many hostels all throughout Europe and this one was one of my favorites. I even brought my mother here and she was impressed. The bathrooms were clean and the rooms were quiet and comfortable. Luna Rossa was located close to the train station and the markets, which is one of the main reasons to go to Florence! Marco was incredibly helpful and very nice. He helped us to...
Hostel Souvenir Maya
"The Hostel and Pension is located in the center of the historical and artistic attraction of Florence, room confortable good price; w/s bath o schawer,tv, fridge, phone, Internet wirless free low cost for stay long period min. stay 2 days TIME LIMITE CHEK-IN 2.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M Reservations with late arrival will not be accepted. Cancellacion policy: 50% of the total amount, min. 2 days" … "… We offer: Confortable...
"Good location, good faclities - the staff are also very friendly & guided us the town environment." … "Most of the places we had stayed in in Italy were nothing compared to this one! She is the best host you'll find in Florence, if not all of Italy! We had a great breakfast every morning, clean sheets every night, and the cleanest rooms and bathrooms ever. It was like staying at mom's without the hassle of having to be home early or...
"I didnt like this hostel. I stayed in a very small room with two beds alone (for someone that is travelling alone, it was terrible, I couldnt meet anyone). The room was to warm and not good ventilated (but it was colorful and good decorated). The bathroom was ok, but there was no shower, just a bathtub with a shower thing, and we had to wash ourselves standing and in the end there was water all around in the floor. About the staff, just...
"Hostel Greci is a different hostel in the very center of Florence, close to many important points in Florence, like the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, and the cathedrals. The Location Despite the central location, the hostel is not so easy to find. It takes around twenty minutes' walk from the central station, and when you reach the street, no plaques indicate the hostel. Only a small button on the intercom shows that is the right...
"… phone calls Free reservation for museums Free wi - fi Internet access Keys for your room Total security (i sleep in the same place) I take care of everything you need In every room is possible to add one bed All rooms can be double and twin, depend from your wish. Payment is only in cash total price upon Arrival !!!! Tourist tax it is not included Our cancellation policy is 72 hours for each night you reserved (for...
Euro Student Home
"Euro Student Home is a good place to stay if you are planning to stay in Florence for a short amount of time. It is reasonably priced, has a comfortable atmosphere, and is conveniently located and clean. The Location The hostel is in a great location in the historical center of Florence, right in front of Piazza della Repubblica. It is close to all the main attractions Florence has to offer. It is in the second or third story of the...
Emerald Fields Hostel
"Clean, friendly, and lovely - Delicately decorated room, friendly staff, nice position, and inexpensive price. This is a hostel to die for!" … "Was very pleased with the price and quality of the place. Antonio was very friendly and helpful with giving us tips on places to visit in Florence. Location is perfect especially given that everything in the city is within walking distance. Overall I had a great stay here. Would definitely...
"Siesta Hostel is hostel which offers top quality accomodation in the city of Florence for reasonable price. The hostel provide high standard rooms in a convenient location either for backpackers or tourists travelling by car. In our hostel you will find wide range of facilities.We offer singles, twins and dorms in hostel situated near the city centre. Great staff, WiFi in rooms, many kitchens, clean bathrooms, laundry and elevator are big...
International Student House Florence
"This place was clean and safe and quiet, and had a kitchen and laundry services. However, the staff is not young and hip, there is an older man who happens to live in this hostel. It looks like someone's house that is undergoing renovations to accommodate travellers. No maps were provided. The directions provided to us were wrong, and we got lost on the way. We had to ask someone else where to go. Pretty central to everything, and close to...
"… Brunelleschi\'s Cupola and Giotto\'s Tower and Ponte Vecchio. The Hotel Garden is also very close to some of the most important museums of the world such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery (with the David of Michelangelo). Breakfast including in the price!! Near the hotel (3minutes walking) you found the famous disco central park!!! And Mekano disco!!! No curfew!!! The owners are at your complete disposal for...
"… />Very Important: check in time is from 11 AM until 6 PM, after that time it's impossible to chedck in (only by advising). If you are going to arrive at a different time, you must advice only with a phone call or e-mail. Cancellations policy must be made at least 72 hours for each night before your arrival. For example, if you are reserved for the 20th of the month we require notification of cancellation or changes by the end of...
"… rooms, corridors and the toilets DAILY. The entrance time is 24hd, so you can visit Florence your way. Common areas, services and activities We offer our guests: Free city maps precious advice on shopping, local restaurants and what to visit free towels on request free use of microwave. Also, for an extra, guests can use a car park and airport transfer in all of Tuscany. Surroundings We are just 5 minutes by foot from the...
Old Bridge - Aily Student Inn
"… Vecchio and Piazza Signoria. We are two minutes away from Duomo. Best area for shopping and nightlife. Our building is from 19th century, and we are in the third floor of a five floor building. Every room has a sink, heating, and fan inside. The staff is willing to make your stay in Florence wonderful! Our staff cleans rooms and toilets on a daily basis. You have a fridge to keep your stuff. Attention: we only wait six hours after...
Backpackers Florence Hostel Ponte Vecchio
"… recommendations from shops till restaurants to personalise your stay in florence and help making it a memorable experience! What about a wine-tasting trip to chianti, montepulciano, bolgheri or to the beautiful cinque terre? All our rooms have either parquet or stone floors and also the bathrooms have undergone a complete renovation, therefor free non-stop hot shower! Backpackers facilities: *complimentary breakfast coming up...
"… ideas, nights out and even friendship. We have many years experience welcoming travellers from all around the world, so we understand what you want. Our friendly and young staff will provided , tourist information and a list of cheap bars and restaurants around and they will try to make you feel comfortable. With no curfew or lock out you can stay out as late as you like. You can check-in at any time. If you know you are...
"It is very hard to find a reason not to like staying at Academy Hostel in Florence. Location The hostel is based in the center of Florence, just meters from the cathedral. You might skip some sightseeing and sit in the spacious common room, watch TV, chat with other travelers, or just enjoy the beautifully working air conditioning. The Academy really knows what backpackers need -- it's not like other hostels in town, trying to squeeze...
Florence Youth Hostel
"Spectacular Location (and service!) - First, the location is simply amazing. You can be at the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo and more in 5 minutes! The staff is also very friendly and very helpful! It was very clean, secure and the wifi was strong. We stayed in a private double with a bathroom shared with 3 other rooms so we had to wait sometimes but never too long!" … "Clean rooms on a quiet street - We had a...
Plus Hostel Florence
"Location Based a fifteen-minute walk away from the train station, Plus Florence Hostel is a massive, four-hundred-fifty-bed place aimed at young students who like to spend their short time in Florence with party, pool, and alcohol. Upon arrival you will feel how big the hostel is -- rooms come in all sizes, from private double to eight-bed dorms. Long waiting times at the reception most of the day and trained friendliness put many...
Emerald Palace B&B
"Emerald Palace B&B is a lovely little hostel on the outskirts of Florence. The owner runs the hostel during the day and enjoys meeting all the people staying at her hostel. She cares for her hostel and wants to make sure everyone who enters her hostel enjoys Florence as much as she does. The Location This hostel is a fifteen- to twenty-minute walk from the train station, north of the city. It is very easy to find, following the...
Garibaldi's Relais & Charme
"… from 8 PM to 10.20 PM it's possible to check in if you call the Guest house (number is on the bell) with an extra payment of 10 Euros per person. From 10.20 PM to 10 AM is not possible to check in. Very important if no body open the doors for check in call the number over the bell. Time limit for check out, also for luggage, is 11 AM. It's possible to change or to cancel your reservation if you send an e-mail 72 hours before...
Backpackers Florence Central
"BEWARE!!!!!!! - Six months after I stayed in this hostel for two nights, I received an $876 charge to the DEBIT card I booked the room with. I will not say more as the issue is under investigation, but I think travelers need to know they might have a similar problem if they use this vendor. BEWARE!!!!!" … "… private bathroom. Accurate time of arrival is very important. All arrivals need to provide flight/train information or...
Noble Art Hostel
"… and shared baths. And what is also very important for you and for us it's to tell us what you need and don't hesitate to contact us for any information you may need. Do not hesitate to ask me what you need, I am here to help you. Please note: we have 72 hours cancellation policy for each night you have reserved, only via e-mail. Check-in: From 1 pm to 7 pm ...If you wish to check in outside of these hours please contact...
Hotel Pensione Ottaviani
Angolo P.zza Santa Maria Novel
"Florence’s Pensione Ottaviani offers cheap boarding that feels more like a hotel than a youth hostel with both private and dorm-style rooms in the middle of the city. The Location Pensione Ottaviano is located walking distance from the main train station just a few doors off the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella in Florence. It is walking distance to most Florence attractions, including Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo Cathedral. There is an...
New Hostel Florence
"A cheap but nice place - this is an ideal place for backpackers and budget travelers. it is very close to the main railway station, and one can walk to the historic center easily as well. i stayed in a dorm which was very clean and airy, and the toilet was tidy too with hot water available 24 hours a day. the guy in the reception was super friendly and very helpful. i will definitely come back to this place in future." … "Overall a...
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Florence Travel Tips & Suggestions
Trust me, when you're in Florence, it's like a whole new world! The Uffizi Gallery is amazing with the "Birth of Venus." The Pub Crawls are amazing for only $15 Euros to take the night in with other world travelers. And they have the best night clubs in the world! My favorite is Central Park in the downtown area but it's within walking distance from anywhere. A great city that is nearby to go to the beach is Viarregio where all the young, hot Italians hang out on Sundays -- and they even have a little beach pub to have a cold beer on a hot summer day! Prato is a nearby town where you can visit old-style living and rustic pubs to enjoy the afternoons. But there is the best shopping as well, with name brands galore! Enjoy Tuscany for all its wonders!
I can't believe that there are three Davids in Florence -- the two cloned ones are on the roads, but the original one is at the Galeria Acedemia. It's just superb -- no words to describe him.
Florence is one of the best cities in the world. I visited in summer 2005 and had the time of my life. My advice -- don't waste one second of your time there because no matter how much you see and do, you will leave wishing you would've went here or there, so go everywhere!
I lived in Florence for six months in 2002 and again for four months in 2005. Best advice for people who think the centre is too crowded is to cross Arno and explore San Frediano and Santo Spirito, where you will meet Italians instead of tourists. Learn a few phrases in Italian and they will love you! Go to all the famous places anyway -- even though there might be a lot of tourists, it's worth it. Never do your grocery shopping in the centre -- it's too expensive! (Penny Market -- Via Aleardo Aleardi -- is a bit messy, but cheap!) To avoid bad experiences at restaurants, go to the places where you can see Italians eating -- if they eat there it means the food is good! And instead of going to Piazzale Michelangelo, try the view from Bellosguardo (not from the piazza, though -- you can't see the city from there). While you're there, have a look around. There are some beautiful old villas in the area. If you give it some time and try to explore the not so touristed areas, you might be surprised of how much this fantastic city actually have to offer. Even though I have been there for a long time, I still find new places that amaze me. I'm going back in fifteen days -- can't wait!
— Dane in love with Florence
What is the fuss? It is overrated -- full of tourists and there are better places to go in Italy. I'm glad I was only there for a day.
Florence is one of the best cities in the world. It's got a totally different feel from Rome -- the people are great, the shopping is great, and the museums are great (of course, you've got to see David). One of the best things about Florence is the shopping, and on Sunday mornings the streets are taken over with huge open air markets where you can buy awesome things and negotiate the price. Go to the Ponte Vecchio for great views and the jewelery scene. And give your self some extra time at the train station when arriving or leaving and go to the lower level for "Baby Yogurt." It's the best.
You have to go and see Michaelangelos David. You can't believe how sexy it is!
Living here now for 6 months -- if you want to visit, try November, December, or January (the latter two if you don't mind a bit of rain). As for the tourists, the fact is that the city has a population of 350,000 (approx), and there are just over 8 million (8,000,000) tourists a year. And they all pack into the centre of town as that is where all the great stuff is. So, yes it is noisy, crowded, expensive, and all that, but the cultural treasures here with respect to the Renaissance are unparalleld in terms of density. However, remember that most of the artists who started in Florence wound up going to Rome to seal their fame, and there are a number of really, really important museums (equally important to the Uffizi museum, for example) in Rome. To each his own!
This city has to be the noisest place with bikes in abundance. I spent 5 days and came home with sore ears and a weak heart after having several near accidents getting run over with mopeds!!! Will not be back...
I spent two weeks in Italy April 2005. I am sure Florence is a great city, but don't go during the tourist months like I did. It was so crowded. I wasn't expecting it to be the big shopping meca it was either. Worst of all, English was spoken everywhere. I had been doing so well speaking Italian all over Italy only to not use it in Florence! I saw the art at the museums and the trip was worth it for that but I would never come back again during the tourist season. It just wasn't fun.
Florence was THE CITY, it has the mos incredible church, il duomo is simply fascinating, and also great places to visit, and the nicest museums.
— Chio Calvillo
I studied in Florence last summer for 5 weeks. The second night in Italy I met the most amazing guy. We got to know each other and then it was time for me to go back to the states. I didn't understand what I was feeling, and after getting a million calls in the states from my new love, I flew back to Florence, for the rest of the summer. We are now engaged to be married and I have travelled to Italy numerous times since. You never know what may happen!
Go to Florence only if you really love art, don't expect to find the greatness of Rome. It's a very small city with expensive museums.
I spent last winter living in Florence and I never stop missing it. In fact, I'm returning in 2 weeks. I recommend just wandering aimlessly, living cheap but splurging on food & wine, and avoiding other tourists!
I've lived and studied in the city for two years, and keep coming back (finding amore helps, too :-P ). The worst months are the summer months, when the tourist groups come in relentless swarms of knee-sock-and-shorts combos and loud cries of "this isn't how it's done in [insert name of country here]!" -- worse than the mosquitoes, if you ask me. There is SO much to see in bella Firenze beyond the Duomo, though, and I hope that anyone who includes Florence on their itinerary takes the time to venture out and find it.
Yes the tourists pack in tight and sometimes the numbers are overwhelming, and yes the abundance of English can detract from feeling it, but Florence is romantic, beautiful, and, I hate to make this so dramatic but for lack of a better word, magical. Across the Arno is a different city, and it is one of the most charming places I have ever been.
The entire center is made up of drab colored stone. Factor in outrageous musuem entry fees, hordes of tourists and the lack of any parks or places to sit and you have one of the worst most overrated cities in Europe. Skip it and go to Cinque Terra!
I just spent 3.5 weeks in Florence studying. Most amazing place - you must put it on your agenda. Small city, but lots to see, great shopping, fantastic atmosphere. Loved it and will return...
I recommend visiting Fiesole for a brilliant view of Florence.
Florence is sort of a little-Rome. It has a similar feel, with several museums, cathedrals, and other assorted old stuff, but on a much smaller scale than the overwhelming abundance that Rome has.
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