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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
"It's a long hike up the hill, but the hostel is great, and so are the staff members. It's very clean, too!! I would stay here again in a heartbeat!" … "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...
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...
"A tiny hotel/hostel with five rooms. Each room's walls are painted with a different theme and all the rooms are bright and cheery. The front room is used as a hostel-style dorm room. There isn't a common area, so you're just paying for a bed. But the location is good (5 minute walk from the train station), the woman that runs it is friendly, and it's a nice homey place to stay. Reserve a bed well in advance, especially during the travel...
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...
"In 2000, my husband did not have a place to stay and someone who had stayed there recommended this place to him. It is within walking distance of the train station. My husband liked it so much we stayed there for our honeymoon in 2001. It was my favorite of all the places we stayed in. Marta and Vladimir are so helpful to visitors to Florence like us, and they are so friendly. There were frescos on the ceiling. It is the most romantic place I...
"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...
"… a home than a formal hotel, you can make friends easily here, and the staff will make you feel at home. We are just minutes away from the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the San Lorenzo Market, Palazzo Medici, Palazo Pitti, the Bargello Museum, Santa Croce, and the main shopping district of Florence. The staff will help you locate anything you are interested in seeing in Florence. There are great restaurants in the neighborhood and...
My Friends Hostel
"… offers excellent guest house accommodation in the heart of the city. It includes a nice bed, a clean bathroom, breakfast served in the room and air-conditioning on request (portable device which works with water) in a pleasant, silent and very elegant chamber for you in a 17th century building in the capital of the wonderful Tuscany, land of Renaissance. (ATTENTION, no breakfast included for '4 Bed Private Ensuite' and no breakfast...
"A great hotel. It is very clean with a very friendly staff." … "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 arrived and then we did not see them again. We paid for a four-person room and got a double, so I can't complain about that. We...
"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
"The staff are fantastic!" … "I went to Florence in April 2003. Many hostels were booked already, but I managed to find lodging in Gallo D'Oro. I was pleasantly surprised. The lady there was very nice and went out of her way to make us comfortable. Breakfast was superb, with superb cappuccino. The rooms are very also very clean. I felt it was worth every cent I paid. Not the nearest to the train station, but still worth staying at...
"… storage 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. Surroundings The Hotel Toscana is less than 10 minutes away from some of Florence's most spectacular sights, including the...
"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
"Souvenir Maya hostel in Florence is located in the center of the historical and artistic attractions, it is just 2 minutes away from the San Marco Square and 5 minutes from the Duomo. We offer: Confortable rooms heating fan with fridge tv radio Stereo telephone Microwave wii fi for a fee. At the reception you will find topographic maps of florence, informational brochures. Independent and unlimited time to return." … "…...
"This is an amazing find. I had no idea it was going to be this nice. It is right by the train station, so it's definitely convenient for the traveler. Clara, the owner, is passionate about her work. She is extremely friendly and energetic and is happy to point you in the right direction in Florence. The rooms are super modern and cheerful. You get two lockers to yourself in the room (but you already feel extremely safe). You are served...
"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...
"Worth the Walk - This is a great place to stay in Florence if you don't mind a little walk. First, the map link on this website is incorrect. Because of Florence's address system, the directions from this website is misleading to where the hostel actually is (another fifteen-minute walk north). As three students traveling on a budget, this hostel was wonderful. A wonderful breakfast was served in the dining room every morning, and the front...
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
"Amazing staff, Antonio was more than helpful and accommodated our every need. He even upgraded our room last second so we had more privacy. very quiet environment, not really a party hostel, but walking distance to everything imaginable downtown. Clean and hot showers. Highly recommended!" … "Clean, friendly, and lovely - Delicately decorated room, friendly staff, nice position, and inexpensive price. This is a hostel to die for!"...
Soggiorno Santa Reparata
"… bath rooms. At your arrival you will be received by Giuseppe who will give you the keys of your room and of the entrance-door, so you will be able to move without restrictions. Giuseppe will be at your disposal for any request and he vill give you all the necessary information to make your stay in Florence unique. FACILITIES * Breakfast included * Free internet * Deposit for the baggage * Linen...
"… location for either backpackers and tourists which come to Italy by car. The good location between the, City Centre, Main Railway Station and the Peretola Airport makes it a perfect place for the tourists wishing to spend here just a few days to admire the city. Siesta Hostel is a nice building in which you?ll find a combination of the most important faciliteies which every traveller needs, with some extras. The low price with high...
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...
"… of your notebook, since the signal is very very weack THAT MEANS THAT IT MAYBE COULD NOT WORK without any responsability of the owner.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...
"… plus parquet floors. wi-fi available in room for free. 24 hours reception, no lock out ! Staff are available 24 hours a day. They can help buying tickets for museums and other events. There is the possibility to park your car in two different parkings: 'Parterre' in Via Madonna della Tosse n 9 for 20 Euros /24 hours. Children up to 3 years old stay for free. Small pets allowed. Buffet Breakfast: 5 euros per...
"… you will be given the key of your room and of the building. The entrance time is not limited (no curfew), so you can visit Florence your way. The parking is available but not is free Time limit for chek-out is 11 AM. Chek in is possible from 10 AM to 4 PM and from 7 PM to 11 PM but please call the number in the bell. Night service: From 11 PM to 1 AM is possible to check-in (with extra of 10 Euro per person) if you call us...
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
"… linens and duvets *free maps *free luggage storage Direct bus from train station ( bus d) Supermarket on the ground floor of our building Prices include all taxes - no hidden charges No curfew, no lockout Please let us know your exact arrival time, since our reception is not always staffed. Check in time is from 11.30 am to 18.30 pm. Cancellation and changes policy: Notification of any cancellation is required at least 48...
"… check-in at any time. If you know you are arriving later than midnight please send us an e-mail with your booking reference number to let us know at what time are you going to arrive. If you don't inform us about your late arrival and you're comming after 10 pm, you have to pay 15 euro extra. For those who want: cheap breakfast lunch with only 8 euro (first and second plate)...
"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!" … "… map will give you all the advice...
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
"… 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 offert hight quality and are supplies of all the modern sagacities. Garibaldi's Relais & Charme had the pleasure 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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