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Angolo P.zza Santa Maria Novel
Firenze / Peretola
Stazione di Carmignano
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Stazione di Montale-Agliana
Stazione Firenze Campo di Marte
Stazione Firenze Cascine
Stazione Firenze Porta al Prato
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Stazione Prato Porto al Serraglio
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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
"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...
"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...
"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...
"… 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
"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...
"A great hotel. It is very clean with a very friendly staff." … "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...
"This hostel is very nice and has a reasonable price. We paid 23 euros for a room with 6 beds. The rooms are very clean and the staff friendly. It has a good location — a little hard to find but just follow the directions on one of the hostels Web sites. Office hours are kind of short, 8:30 — 1:30-ish, but the owner is more than welcome to leave the keys next door or meet you some other time. She gives you keys to all of the doors so you can...
"When we arrived at this place I was glad we were only staying in Florence for one night. I wouldn't have been able to stay at this guest house any longer. The first thing that made me wary was its lack of a reception area. There was only a small desk in the middle of the hallway. Then we were taken to a room with a double bed and two small cots. Apparently we didn't pay enough for the double so we were assigned to the cots. Overall, the place...
"Not bad, but we had to stand outside for over half an hour until some other guests let us in, even though the owner was there. Don't expect anything near fluent English from reception, and don't try to pay with a credit card. It's in a sketchy neighborhood but is very close to the train station and close enough to the sights. Only one bathroom for between 16 and 20 people, and it wasn't the best bathroom I've used. Not horrible accomodations,...
"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...
"… Bathroom, 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...
"Marco was a real cool guy -- he showed us a map with points of interest, showed us a great cheap restaurant, led us to our room, and even let us keep our bags in a private area before we left Florence. Also, you can challenge your table tennis skills against Marco! Thanks for a great stay! Everything was very comfortable and clean." … "Best place we stayed on our whole trip - Hard to even think the Luna Rossa is considered a hostel it...
"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...
"… of florence. You are: 1 min. From the uffizzi gallery 5 min. From the duomo 5 min. From train station smn 5 min. From the ponte vecchio 5 min. From accademy gallery Very clean rooms Very quiet rooms (no scooters,no buses,no ambulance noise) Free linen Free towels Free city maps Free luggage storage on arrival and departure Free local phone calls Free reservation for museums Free wi - fi Internet access Keys for your...
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
"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!"...
"Siesta Hostel is hostel which offer a top quality accomodation in the city of Florence for reasonable price. The hostels provide high standard private rooms in a convenient location either for backpackers or tourists travelling by car. In our hostels you will find wide range of facilities. We offer single, twin rooms and dormitories in building situated near the city centre." … "… twins and dorms in hostel situated near the...
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...
"… Hour reception Hairdryer for Hire Bicycle Parking Free linen Free towels Free city maps Free luggage storage on arrival and departure Free local phone calls Free reservation for Museums Free WI - FI Payment is only in cash total price upon arrival! Tourist tax it is not included our cancellation policy is 72 h for each night you reserved (For example, if you are reserved for the 20th of the month we require...
"… 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
"… and clean rooms. Do not worry about steps...We have elevator. Non stop hot showers Linen and Duvets included No Curfew, No lockout Luggage Storage Room Air Condition in all rooms Open Air Terrace We are happy to show you best restaurants, pubs, clubs and to guide you on wine tasting tour in Chianti, Montepulciano, Cinque Terre etc. Please feel free to ask. Accurate time of arrival is very important. Our regular check in time is...
"… for the 20th of the month we require notification of cancellation or changes by the end of the 18th of the month. Changes include amendments in your date of arrival, number of nights or number of people in your reservation. We will not alter our policy due to transport strikes, delays due to weather, health problems, or any circumstances outside of your or our control. 2. a/c is charged extra 3. Our regular check in is at...
"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 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
"… WE ARE A CAMPSITE, YOU ARE GOING TO BOOK HOUSE-TENTS OR RENT A CARAVAN PARKS. In front of the Relais there's a campsite where you can rent a tent (tent rental) or bring your own tent (space for tent) anso are available a Rent Caravan Parks Rulotte for max 4 pax. note: if you have camping gear you can cook in the villa equipped. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° Garibaldi Relais has a garage suitable for...
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!!!!!" … "… be charged in the amount of the first night’s stay. For example, if you are reserved for the 20th of the month we require...
Noble Art Hostel
"… 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 us ahead of time. We have a 72hr cancellation policy for...
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
"Overall a good experience - When I first checked into the hostel my bed wasnt ready but that wasnt a problem as they let me store my luggage free of charge. When I got back I was allocated a room with 4 single beds all neatly made and the room was very clean. The bathroom was clean but used the old keys to lock and unlock. The room did get a bit warm during the day but they had a fan in the room which was good circulating the air. The free...
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...
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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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