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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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Ostello del Bigallo - Bigallo Hostel
"Beautiful place. - It's a beautiful place to stay. It's far from the bus station, a long hike uphill." … "If you want to go to a peaceful place after a day in Florence, where you can buy a litre of red wine at three euros and enjoy it while watching the sunset, then this is excellent. It takes about an hour to get from the city to the hostel. You have to walk fifteen hundred meter from the busstop (nine hundred meters uphill) and then...
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...
"If you consider sleeping in the owner's office makes a hostel a nice place, well then consider this place the Ritz Carlton! We had e-mailed them to make sure we had our own private bathroom with towels and that we would have a room with three beds. When we got here, the bathroom we were given was the one used to store the cleaning supplies. It was absolutely filthy. It took us two days and multiple attempts to get clean towels. The staff...
"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...
"I visited the Millennium hostel this summer, and my stay was good until the owner sexually assaulted me in my sleep. The owners retain a copy of the keys at the front desk and Mario took it upon himself to enter my room uninvited while my friend and I were sleeping, and he took advantage of me while I slept. I awoke the next morning and confronted the asshole, a.k.a. Mario, about it (whom I might add we partied with that night along with his...
My Friends Hostel
"Best Host ever! - Hostel's location is great. It is walking distance to everywhere, especially the terminal. Also it is clean,small but lovely and warm. Breakfast was delicious.And my special thanks for Nadina actually, She was the best host ever. I think one of the reason that I loved Florence so much is her. Because her welcome was really friendly and warm so my journey began so great." … "Amazing hostel! - This is easily one of --...
"Great hostel - This hostel owned and run by its owners. Small numbers and homey feel ... you're very well looked after. Just a great hostel very close to rail station and central Florence." … "We booked this guesthouse the night before we came to Florence, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's very close to the train station, beds, rooms, and bathrooms were all clean. The reception staff were nice; they gave us a map of Florence when we...
"Verry nice hostel, only quite hard to find when you arrive. It's in the same building as the hotel natzionale (big sign on the building). They don't have a kitchen, but hey, who needs a kitchen in Italy." … "This was a very nice hostel to stay at. Six rooms and two bathrooms down the hall. Everything was kept very clean. You are even supplied with towels if you need them. I especially liked the fact that we were given keys to all...
"Good location - Very central so everything was within walking distance and also not far from the train station. The fan in the room really helped at night! However, there were no facilities to pay by card so had to pay in cash which was a pain. There was also a £5 charge for leaving luggage at the hostel after checkout -- for some reason fortunately we were not asked to pay this. Also, not the cleanest place I have ever stayed." …...
"Big Blood sucking bug problems! - First impression it was ok, but when we slept that night I realised there were small bugs crawling and hiding under the beds! The bites itches like hell! The manager told us it wasnt their problem and blamed the outsiders! Do not go there!" … "The rooms are decent, but there is one bathroom for EVERYONE and the service is HORRIBLE! You have to call to get in, which is very inconvenient if you are a...
"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,...
Hostel Gallo d'Oro
"Nice stay - Stayed in the all female room with connected bathroom which was convenient. Breakfast was balanced with sandwiches, yoghurts, juices and coffee -- a good change from BBs serving mainly sweet stuffs. Staffs were friendly and helpful." … "Great location - Very helpful and friendly staff. As we're a retired couple it was fun to speak with young people. The breakfast is the best!" … "Friendly, cosy, relaxed, welcoming. -...
"Our Beautiful Hotel Toscana is very conveniently located in central Florence,Just 5 Mins walking distance from Santa Maria Novella train station and the city's main shopping area,and only a 5-minute walk into the historic heart of Florence. Admire Michelangelo's 'David' in the Accademia Gallery , gaze at the Old Masters in the Uffizi, then stop for an ice-cream in front of the spectacular cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo." … "…...
Veneto Residence Florence
"It was the biggest mistake to book this hotel for our stay in Florence!!! I don't even want to give it 1 star because it deserves no star at all. Firstly, it is located at a very inconvenient place and it's very difficult to find. My friends and I (together with our luggage) got off the station and spent almost an hour trying to find the hotel. The street "Via 27 Aprile" in their directions was nowhere in sight. Once we stepped into the...
"Helpful and well equipped. - We were in the other building over the road, I must say our room and the furniture was a bit shabby and old next to the main building pictured, but it was clean. The benefits of the apartment having a kitchen with all equipment, TV with english movies (good to give your feet a rest after site seeing all day), internet in room, and air con all made up for that. Also Marco and his colleagues are a great team, and...
"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...
Youth Meeting 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
"Bedbugs!! - When we arrived, they upgraded us to a private room. We were excited but didn't realize till that night that it was infested with bedbugs. My bf woke up with bites all over his face, neck, arms. I had bites down both my arms. Initially we thought it was an allergic reaction to something. But we found tiny bugs crawling up the wall and on our bed and sheets. We spent the rest of the night hunting bed bugs placing them in a cup as...
"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
"Not the best but worth of money - I like the location of the hostel a lot -- close to the stations, so you do not have to carry all your baggage through half of the city and close to the city center and all his highlights. it is situated on quiet street, in the old stone building. interior itself would deserve some changes -- mattresses were too soft and uncomfortable. the owner could put some lockers to the rooms instead of the old wardrobes...
"… 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
"… 10 am to 8 pm.If you are arriving earlier than 10 am or later than 8 pm, no problem! Just simply email us to arrange our staff.Cancellation and Changes Policy:48 hours(two days) before your arrival dateThe BackpackersFlorence Hostel must receive written notice two days before your arrival date for any cancellations or changes in your reservation or your credit card will be charged in the amount of the first night's stay. For...
"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...
Plus Florence Hostel
"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
"… area of Florence, close from Amerigo Vespucci's House,the Arno River and the Railway station. Garibaldi's Relais & Charme continuous the tradition of small Italian hotel that in the time has accommodated numerous Italian and International personages. The room have been accurately restructured to offer high quality and are supplies of all the modern cities. Garibaldi's Relais & Charme had the pleasure to accommodate...
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
"Friendly staff for the most part and good location - This hostel is about a ten minute walk from the train station and the staff there were really friendly other than the guy on staff at night. He will close areas of the hostel even if you are not being loud and tell you it's closed and you need to leave." … "Overall a good experience - When I first checked into the hostel my bed wasnt ready but that wasnt a problem as they let me...
Florence Persefone Palace
"… nice and well furnished and offer a confortable rest after a long sightseeing tour to dicover the beauties of the city, the out skirts or after a visit for your work an business. The management is simple and discreet, careful to offer a good quality service. FlorencePersefonePalace is situated only three minutes walk from the Fortezza da Basso which is the main place for many cultural and commercial events like all the...
Central Hostel Florence
"Good location; terrible staff; dirty - The hostel is located within a 5 minute walk of the Florence S.M.Novella train station. That's about the only good thing I can say about it. Other than 24 hour check-in, which involves waking up the elderly couple that runs the place, this place is a huge miss. My 3 bed room has a sickening smell, no lockers, and two middle-aged tenants on extended-stay. Not a good mix of tenants. Very quite and very...
"Bedbugs! - Not much more to say. Bad organized. Not very friendly." … "Good location ... but not much else. - Positives -- It is located right in the heart of Florence and is cheap. Staff are friendly and I met some nice travelers. Negatives -- Strange layout (to get to bathroom you have to walk through the other rooms), rooms are very cramped, no lockers or locks on the doors (and to leave your things in a locked closet costs 5 euro...
Casa di Giuseppe
"Nice place - I had a very nice stay at this hostel. We had a three-bed private room so I can't comment on the quality of the dorms, but everything was pretty clean and pleasant. We stayed two doors down from the main hostel, sharing a small kitchen with three or four other rooms. The kitchen looked quite nice although we didn't use it other than to run some water from the sink. Breakfast was reasonable and the hostel wasn't too far from the...
"… fashion designers and artists, exchange of innovative ideas. From Thursday to Saturday night Tasso Hostel transforms into a beautiful lounge bar where the local people mix with the travelers, Tasso Hostel has live music, theme PARTIES, theater shows, and features artist who are launching CD's, books, and plays. If you want to come the weekend ( Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays) there is always something going on and can be quite...
Florence Dance Hostel & Guesthouse
"Meh, its a bed - clean hostel, semi-working wifi." … "… are provided for guests, like the pleasant where give information about historic center of the city or the areas surrounding Florence or where they can read the newspaper or a book while sipping an espresso or a glass of Tuscan wine from the hostel for free. kitchen ,locker wi fi for free, the needs of an international clientele that values the style The staff at the...
"Are you looking for somewhere affordable and central in Florence? Well, Dulio is the place to come!! The location is very central in Corso Italia, in an ancient Florentine palace.Recently restored and equipped with all modern comforts (bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone). Just around the corner there is the Fiume Arno which is the local river that runs through the beautiful city." … "… Novella). Its an ideal place to...
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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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