Florence's main church stands on the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome, designed by Brunelleschi. The cathedral was built on the ruins of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata. On its right side you can admire Giotto’s Bell Tower, whereas the Baptistery of San Giovanni stands opposite the cathedral entrance. This remarkable historic landmark can be considered a summary of the entire city, as point of convergence of the greatest artists of the glorious Italian Renaissance period.
The church of Santa Maria Novella is located just a few metres from the railway station which shares its name, so it is easy to find. Chronologically, it is the first great basilica of the city, it was built between 1279 and 1357 by the Dominican order. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic edifices in Tuscany. Inside the building, you will find masterpieces by Masaccio, Giotto and Brunelleschi.
Located right in the main square of the Piazza di Santa Croce, Basilica Santa Croce, perhaps the most famous Florentine building is one of the largest and oldest Franciscan basilicas in the world. Also known as the “ Temple of the Italian Glories”, as the church is today the burial ground of some of the greatest Italian artist, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Gioacchino Rossini just to name a few. The church was built in 1294 and designed by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio.
This cathedral is the great masterpiece of Michelangelo in Florence. Here, you will find the Master's New Sacristy, some sculptures that Michelangelo made for Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici's tombs, and fine examples of Mannerist architecture in the Biblioteca Laurenziana - which is the building annexed to the cathedral. In addition, the edifice also houses the splendid Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi.
The Brancacci Chapel is located in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. It is also known as "the Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance" for its magnificent painting cycle by Masaccio, which inspired great artists as Michelangelo and Raffaello. Today its access is via the neighbouring convent, designed by Brunelleschi. Nevertheless, the church and the chapel are treated as separate places to visit, they even have different opening times.
This is one of the biggest museums of the world. It houses important masterpieces dated back from the 13th to the 19th century. Among its works it boast Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus", probably the most famous painting in the history of art, after Mona Lisa. The museum is also historically important for being one of the firsts to open its doors to the public, during the 18th century. A reservation far in advance is necessary.
This gallery is mostly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: The Prisoners, St. Matthew and, above all, the magnificent statue of David. Accademia houses works by the greatest Italian artists, such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and many others. Great part of the collection belonged to the powerful Medici family, who, at the end of their domination donated it to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany so that this treasure could be preserved and enjoyed by everyone.
Museo degli Innocenti - Hospital of the Innocents - is the headquarter of a charitable institution that has provided care of children and infants for more than 500 years. The structure houses a gallery and museum exhibiting famous paintings of Italian artists, such as "Madonna with Child" by Botticelli and “Adoration of the Magi” by Ghirlandaio. Even the building itself, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, is a masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture.
Palazzo Vecchio - literally "the old palace" - was the ducal residence in Piazza della Signoria, but today it is the town hall of Florence. It houses a large collection of paintings and sculptures, and on the square just in front of the building, you can admire several amazing statues which one of them is a copy of the famous "David" by Michelangelo. In fact, this was where the original sculpture was located, before it was moved to Accademia Gallery in 1873.
Palazzo Pitti houses different types of museums and temporary exhibits. The basis of the current palace dates back to 1458, when it was the residence of the powerful bank man Luca Pitti. It was then bought by the Medici family one century later and employed as official residence of the ruling family of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In connection with Palazzo Pitti you find the Boboli Gardens which are among most beautiful and ancient royal gardens in Italy.
Florence, which has a long history of collecting art and artefacts of historical relevance, opened its science museum in 2010. The exhibitions include all kinds of inventions from history, with informative videos showing how they work. Since Galileo Galilei was one of the world's most celebrated scientists and inventor, this museum is a tribute to him and to the work he accomplished in Florence.
Chianti region is one of the world’s most famous wine districts, and Florence is located right in the centre of this area. The landscape here is unique with its green hills and vineyards lying next to olive groves. This scenery is so beautiful that many internationally renowned directors set their movies here. It possible to hire a car and visit cantines and vineyards on your own, or book one of the many wine tours organised from the numerous private tour operators located in the city centre.
If you are visiting Florence during the warm season, Villa Gamberaia is worth a visit. This luxurious villa is located 15 minutes from the centre of Florence, surrounded by green hills and the Tuscanian countryside, it is particularly famous for its Renaissance and Baroque gardens. Take a break from the chaotic tourist paths by taking a walk in this peaceful place just outside the city.
The museum is situated in the historic heart of Florence and shows in full-scale the perfectly working machines designed by the Great Master Leonardo Da Vinc. Here, visitors not only can see the large models of Leonardo's creations, but they can experiment personally their mechanism thanks to the interactive exhibitions. Leonardo designed in his time machines and principle that the modern civilization would afford only several centuries later. Let yourself be amazed by his indisputable genius and creativity.
Thanks to this organised tour, you can discover Tuscanian specialties and the best places where to eat in Florence, while at the same time exploring the charming and historical areas in Florence accompanied by a professional and knowledgeable guide. There are more food tours available like the "Florence beers and bites" including "private afternoon food tour". So food, art and history all together in one tour! What more could you ask for?
Born in Florence 1265, Dante is the father of modern Italian language and author of the famous The Divine Comedy, one of the great’s masterpieces of world literature. Keep in mind, the museum is not the actual place where Dante was born; it is a restored medieval house similar to Dante´s birthplace. This picturesque tower house illustrates the story of the poet and the medieval Florence through historical documents and some models.
The entire world knows Italian coffee: espresso, macchiato, cappuccino... But if you are curious to discover something more about how to make a real Italian break, these courses fit you perfectly! Lectures are held by English speaking teachers with years of coffee experience, not only they will answer all your questions about coffee, but you can also learn how to recognise a top quality blend, and how to make a good Italian espresso.
Explore one of Italy’s most beautiful Art Cities with an eco-friendly sightseeing tour - with a Segway. A 3-hour tour where the knowledgeable guide will show you Florence’s most iconic sights and attractions while telling you stories and curiosities about the city. If this is your first time, do not worry, you will first get to know how to rid a Segway before the tour starts.
If you want to experience the rustic taste of Florence, you must try lampredotto. It is a cured meat made by beef stomach, its taste is strong and does not leave space for grey zones: love it or hate it. This very typical product is usually eat in big sandwiches sold in the street by trucks or wagon called "trippai". To try the most characteristic street food of Tuscany, visit Marco's truck "I' Trippaio", located in Via Gioberti.
Being in business since 1953, Trattoria Mario is an Italian restaurant from the old days. In this coloured and lively atmosphere, you can experience a true genuine Italian lunch with all that it entails. The place has an easy-going mood, with nothing pretentious: the menu is written on a slate, the waiters speaks very little English, but the food is incredible, and this is all what matters! No reservations and no credit cards so do not forget to bring cash, and hurry up if you want to find a table!
This little restaurant serves local, seasonal food. At Cacio Vino Trallallà you can feel the genuine atmosphere of Tuscany, even if it is well visited by tourists as well. The eatery has been conceived as a meeting point for curious palates, a place for “culinary experimentation”. For this reason, it offers local excellence both in dishes and drinks - wines and craft beers are their crown jewels.
Led by the famous chef Annie Féolde, this exclusive restaurant with three Michelin stars has the perfect balance between classic and modern and represent Tuscan, Italian and international cuisine at the highest level. Delicious gourmet courses are served by the highly attentive and professional team in a luxurious atmosphere and their renowned wine list really deserves some attention. Be prepared for one of the greatest gastronomic experiences in the very centre of Florence.
Located in a small street in the heart of Florence, among the most famous attraction of the city, Trattoria Bordino can offer you the most typical local dishes. This cosy restaurant is particularly renowned for its Florentine steak cooked on the barbecue, but it has a wide menu which changes everyday according to the nature's natural rhythms. By night the candlelight enhances the atmosphere, making Trattoria Bordino the perfect restaurant for your unforgettable romantic dinner in Florence.
In this country house, Fattoria di Maiano, just 5 km from Florence, you can enjoy warm-weather lunches in the shade of amazing olive trees at the on-site restaurant Lo Spaccio. A restaurant where you can enjoy the taste of typical Tuscanian dishes made exclusively with local organic products. This is also the perfect place for spending a day in the nature with family or friends.
At Trattoria Omero you can taste typical Tuscanian cuisine. Some of the recommended dishes are fiorentina, Cervella Fritte, grilled chicken, fagioli al fiasco and pappa al pomodoro. All this lovely food can be enjoyed with a good Chianti wine while admiring the beautiful view over the surrounding countryside.
This is the most famous local sandwich bar in Florence, so a break here is inescapable. The long queue could be a bit daunting but there is a reason why so many people are in line: abundant sandwiches filled with the finest local cured meats and lots of delicious veggie options. If you want to avoid the longest queues, make your visit in the afternoon.
Run by three friends with great passion for wine and only top quality wines from small producers is carefully selected. They boast more than 3.000 supreme bottles in their cantine. To accompany these fine wines, the restaurant offers a menu consisting of traditional and modern Italian cuisine made from only the freshest raw materials.
Antica Trattoria da Tito opened its doors of its lively and welcoming dining room for the first time in 1913. Here you will find a juicy and rare Florentine steak for a reasonable price, but if you prefer not to eat meat, you can enjoy fresh homemade pasta with various kinds and local cheeses.
A hidden gem located a bit outside the tourist area of Florence, but you can easily reach it by walking along the promenade on the river Arno, which is also a peaceful and a romantic experience. The cuisine offered by this restaurant is traditional Italian and the menu changes regularly, all, to create that perfect dish with natural and fresh ingredients.
You will never get tired of Italian food, but if you crave for some ethnic flavour, the Chinese restaurant Dim sum is a good option. Homemade noodles, steamed dumplings and of course dim sum are some of the dishes served here by the attentive staff. Very popular restaurant so booking in advance is a good idea.
With a charming decor inspired by a typical American diner, this restaurant serves bagels, burgers, pancakes and salads. It also offers a special vegetarian menu, so not to exclude anyone. It is mostly popular for its brunch but you can taste their specialties any time of the day.
The location is a perfect mix between Japanese style and Florentine architecture. The menu offers a wide range of choice, beyond the classical sushi and sashimi. Never underestimate the dish of the day, on the contrary this choice is highly recommended. For lunch, the restaurant turns into a noodle bar, perfect for a lunch break that is a bit out of the ordinary.
With an old world charm, Gilli is a historical café boasting Murano lamps, a frescoed ceiling and a beautiful arch. Pick delicious pastries or chocolates, which are so visually displayed and head to the spacious terrace that overlooks Piazza della Repubblica to people watch. If you want to experience an elegant breakfast with a stunning view, this is the ideal place. Keep in mind; it is a bit pricy, but definitely worth going once at least.
This historic café is owned by the famous stylist Roberto Cavalli. Indeed, it is located right near to the designer's boutique in Florence centre. The furniture is unique and eye-catching as the fashion house that owes the cafè. Here, you can choose from a wide selection of pastries and cakes for breakfast and teatime, but as any other trendy place, it gains its momentum at the aperitif time.
Founded in 1846, Paszkowski is a real institution in Florence. Since the beginning, this concert-cafè became famous all over Europe: in its rooms, all the greatest intellectuals have enjoyed its well-known piano concerts. This building had such an important role in Florentine history, so it was declared as a national monument in 1991. Today it maintains its elegant aura, so that you can enjoy a delicious breakfast or aperitif while reliving the golden era of Florentian literature.
This bar/cafè/restaurant has different ambiance depending the time of the day, making it a place to pop in whenever you prefer. Its aperitif-buffet is well-known through the whole city for being different every day. In addition, to accompany the several dishes available, you can choose a wine from its varied list or you can entrust Soul Kitchen's professional bartenders. After the aperitif, during weekends concerts and dj sets are organised.
Right in the heart of Florence, overlooking Piazza Santa Croce, Oibò is the Florentine lounge bar par excellence. This cafè and bar has an informal and lively atmosphere, which makes it the ideal place for an aperitif with friends and where to relax. Everyday, from 8.30 pm, an assorted buffet accompanied by delicious cocktails will wait for you at the Oibò. In addition, after the aperitif, the night wears on, not just with happy hour but a real happy evening.
"Life begins after coffee." As JT Caffè's motto says, there is no better way to start a day than with a coffee, and if it is a top quality one, even better! In this elegant cafè you will taste the coffee blend developed by Mokaflor, daily fresh pastry by Pasticceria Maggini, artisanal ice-cream by Cambi, craft beers and cocktails made by the highly qualified bartenders. What else to say? A paradise for those who want to experience first-hand artisanal products made by Italian masters.
If you are visiting Florence you cannot miss to taste the typical dessert of the city: the schiacciata. It is a soft cake, today available with several stuffing, which in origin Florentines used to eat during Mardi Gras. The best place to taste this delicious gateau is at Pane & Toscana, a cosy bakery and deli located in the city centre. Here the quality of the products are assured by the experience of the staff, who will welcome you with lots of cordiality and smiles.
This patisserie has a solid reputation in Florence thanks to its 35 years of experience. Its selection includes both sweet and savoury specialties but Pasticceria Marisa is particularly famous for its zuccotto, a semi-frozen dessert (brandy, cake and ice cream) with origins in Florence. Definitely a place to visit when craving for an exquisite dessert.
Starbene bakery thought about all those suffering from celiac disease. Italian patisserie deserves to be experienced by everyone, without exception! Here you will find all kinds of desserts, pizza and bread, made with top quality raw materials. Perfect for all your breaks, from breakfast until late afternoon.
Marco Ottaviano is a master and a lover of ice-cream, for this reason he decided to enshrine his philosophy in his open laboratory, located in the city centre. Besides the attentive choice of top quality and seasonal raw materials, at the Gelato Gourmet everybody is welcome! Indeed, it offers plenty of products for diabetics, allergies and people who are sensitive to gluten.
Gelateria La Carraia is located right in front of the namesake bridge crossing the Arno river. It offers daily fresh and top quality products, paying attention to the rythm of nature and planning the production until the last detail. This shop gained the reputation of best ice-cream parlour in Florence, enough to allow the owners to open a second shop on the other side of the river. So you have no excuses, La Carraia's ice-cream is an essential must of your Florentine holiday!
Carapina is more than a simple ice-cream parlour. In this cosy shop located in the heart of Florence, the love for the art of making ice-cream is in plain sight. The philosophy of Carapina is that ice-cream doesn't mean only a cone to enjoy during a walk or a simple dessert to conclude a meal. Here ice-crem is considered an encounter of different spheres: haute cuisine, art and craft. In other words, ice-cream is one of the pleasure of life. Impossible to resist this temptation!
This lively and coloured bar/cafè is located right on the Arno's shores. It is well-known in the city for its aperitif, for which several dishes from the Florentine tradition have been revised to fit in light menus, perfect to accompany with a negroni, the most famous cocktail of Florence!
This elegant café is part of a shop, annexed to one of the most renowned chocolaterie in Italy. Rivoire has been in business ever since 1872 and not only offers coffee and lovely chocolate but also serves delicious dishes when the hunger kicks in. Thanks to its central location in Piazza della Signoria both locals and tourists are frequent visitors of this place.
Pasticceria Marcello is located in the Oltrarno part of Florence. Here, you find a wide range of pastries and desserts at any time of the day, but it is also possible to have lunch and enjoy the aperitif with buffet during the afternoon. Its Schiacciata Fiorentina and yogurt cake with fruits are highly recommended.
Situated on the Piazza del Carmine in front of the church, Dolce Vita is a trendy, vibrant bar that draws stylish and flirtatious crowd of locals and tourists. In the summer time, the large terrace makes a great place to mingle while sipping a delicious cocktail. The venue also features small exhibitions where works by local and international artists are displayed.
Lose yourself in a pleasant conversation at this famous historical bar with a casual but yet elegant ambiance. In fact, it was here the Bellini became famous including their reinterpreted Martini cocktail, Negroni that was awarded as the “Best Cocktail in the World by the Martini Cocktail Review”. The cocktails are still prepared with same traditional methods since 1953.
This cafè-library is a unique place in Florence. Here, you can wander among the bookshelves while enjoying a glass of wine. The events organised in this bar are always surprising and particular: from gypsy music, to African dances, through art exhibitions. If you like to get surprised, La Citè will not let you down!
Since the opening in the 90s, Rex has been drawing people due to its unique marina décor, the high-quality cocktails made by skillful bartenders and for its lively social atmosphere. This is for sure the ideal meeting point where to chat with friends while enjoying a good aperitif, but also a place where to show some dance moves and listen to live music.
Public House is a quirky and off-beat bar, a popular hangout among the locals, making it a great place where to mingle and maybe even get some new friends in Florence. The bar is conveniently located near the train station and offers great craft beers in a retro feel ambiance and tends to attract an eclectic group of people.
If you feel like to spend a nice and quiet evening with friends or with your best half, cafè 19.26 will offer you the right atmosphere with dim lights and soft cushions. It is a cafè/wine bar, perfect for your breaks at any time of the day. Here, you can enjoy a nice aperitif or simply taste a glass of Italian wine while listening to live music.
Sei Divino wine & cocktail bar is a popular meeting point, attracting both locals and travellers due to its lively atmosphere and for serving quality wine including artisan beers and cocktails. It is open for lunch as well, but its strength is the abundant of aperi-dinner. After dinner, you can enjoy delicious cocktails made by knowledgeable bartenders.
This is one of the see-and-to-be-seen Florentine hot spots. It is the perfect bar to start the night before going clubbing and dancing, but it can also be the ideal bar for an aperitif. Sowly Bar's motto is "drink slowly" because this bar is thought to be a place where to relax and have fun, so just take your time!
Described as a cultural meeting point, this fine wine bar is open all day long. In the late afternoon, it offers a delicious aperitif accompanied by numerous wines from Tuncany. Thursday evenings are dedicated to live music, art exhibitions or encounters with new writers. Whereas by night, Nabucco turns into a lively and coloured bar, frequented by youngsters and students.
Moyo is one of the most popular spots in Florence where to relish fine quality cocktails in a modern atmosphere. With a central location, in the very heart of the city's party scene, this is the place where to start a memorable night out. Dj sets, bottle service and various events are also part of Moyo's offer.
Woodstock is located in Scandicci, almost 20 minutes by car from Florence city centre (it is also reachable by bus). This club hosts big events, since it has at its disposal almost 500 mq, in which you will find a spacious bar and a large dance floor surrounding the stage. All this makes Woodstock perfect for live concerts, dj sets, and parties of any kind. So keep an eye on its Facebook page to be updated on the calendar!
Put on your finest, head over to this club and dance the night away with friends! YAB has a long history; the first live concert was in 1979. Today it will welcome you in a cosmopolitan and modern ambience and by hosting different theme nights and presenting famous artists; you will for sure have an enjoyable evening. Check out the website to stay updated.
Otel Variete is the ideal place to dance, eat and drink in an elegant ambience. Here you can have dinner while enjoying cabaret or other variety shows, but you can also dance to the rhythm of the most famous international DJs. For 12 years, the club has been offering quality nights in Florence and Tuscany, do not miss it!
Open since 1981, this is one of the best places in Florence to head for when it comes to good house music and international DJs. The music scenario has changed a lot since its opening, but Tenax adjusted perfectly with the time and today it hosts the most famous national and international DJ stars. If you are in the mood to have a party weekend, this place will not disappoint you.
Barberino Designer Outlet is the perfect shopping destination at just 30 minutes from Florence. Here you can find 200 of the most luxurious designer fashion brands up to 70% less. With cafés, restaurants and tax free shopping available. Here there is everything a discerning shopper could ever desire.
Leather, leather, leather! It is almost a guarantee to leave Florence with a beautiful bag or a lovely pair of shoes when visiting the city. There is also plenty of lovely home and furniture lines. Florence has a long history of working hides, skins and leather, that is why you can find real high-quality works of art made according to tradition.
Mercato Centrale Firenze is the indoor part of San Lorenzo Market. The two-floor building is mostly dedicated to food. Here, authentic Italian dishes can be bought, and the very best specialities that Florence and Italy have to offer can be found. On the second floor there is a food court where you can relish high quality meals while soaking in the vibrant and lively atmosphere of the market.
Jewelleries in Florence is a real art, made with traditional methods in combinations with technical perfection and creativity. If you are interested in original gold or silver jewellery, head for Ponte Vecchio and its tiny "botteghe orafe" (craftwork shops). Here, you can find the most renowned and ancient goldsmiths of the city. You will for sure not leave empty-handed.
San Lorenzo market is the largest street market in Florence, with hundreds of stalls selling clothes, souvenirs and leather goods. Located just around the corner from the central square Piazza della Signoria, here you will find whatever you are looking for. The market is divided in two parts. The first, indoor, is mainly dedicated to food (Mercato Centrale). Whereas the second part, outdoor, develops among the ancient streets of the city centre around the central market building.
The Mercato del Porcellino (literally Market of the Little Pig) is located in the ancient loggia in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo. It owns its name to the Piglet Fountain that is actually a "wild boar" in bronze, a 17th-century copy of a work from the Roman era now stored in the Uffizi Gallery. The lodge was built during the 16th century and it was originally intended to sell silk and precious objects. Today you will find leather and hide objects.
Impossible not to notice this toy store when walking in Florence city centre. The old-time atmosphere of this shop fascinates children of all ages since 1936. Bartolucci sells wooden toys of any kind and size, all hand-made by expert woodworkers. But the real star attraction in this shop is Pinocchio, the famous puppy created by the Tucanian writer Collodi. Be ready to feel like a child again and take your time to choose your artisanal wooden souvenir from Florence.
UB is a store specialised in vintage, housed in an ancient wallpaper laboratory in the city centre. This shop has a mystical atmosphere, created by an impressive amount of antique objects ideal to decorate a modern house, but also stocks second-hand clothes in perfect condition. Let yourself be captivated by the charm of the beautiful items and by their stories.
Is the cologne a French invention? No, it is Italian. More precisely, it was invented in Tuscany and only later Caterina de Medici exported it in France. Hence, you cannot miss a visit to one of the age-old perfumeries of Florence. Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is the most ancient perfumery/pharmacy shop of Italy. Most of the products are made after ancient receipts inherited by the monastic tradition. Here, you will find perfumes, cosmetic, candles and liqueurs.
Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence that is why in 2002 he opened one of his boutique in the heart of the city. Cavalli is famous for his animal prints and for enhancing the female forms with his designs. You will find his shop near to his bar. For all those who love fashion and Cavalli's creations but have budget restrictions, there is an outlet where you can find past collections at a discounted price. The shop is located at The Mall in Leccio Reggello.
This is the ideal street for fashion-victims and haute-couture lovers. A luxurious avenue in the city centre where you will find the most famous Italian (and international) boutiques, as Cavalli, Bulgari, Prada and Gucci, but also super-deluxe artefacts of various kinds. If you are looking for a place where to do high-quality shopping, this street will not let you down!
If you are looking for an original souvenir to bring back home from your holiday in Florence, Signum is the right place! Here you will find any kind of souvenir representing the city, from postcards to scale models of the artworks of Florence, but also marionettes and dollies including home decor, stationary and handmade notebooks. They do offer pretty unique and cool items here.
The Italian department store with the best in fashion, not only for clothes and accessories, but also for interior design, jewels and cosmetic. Located in the very heart of the city, among the most prestigious boutiques of Florence, here you will be able to find whatever you need in a three-floor building.
The fashion addicted should definitely go to The Mall. It is a fashion outlet located only 30 minutes from Florence, where all fashionistas will find discounted clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from the top designers past collections. Brands such as Gucci, Valentino, Fendi, Tom Ford, Armani Jeans and Lanvin are housed here.
Florence’s airport (FLR) is around 4 km from the city centre, located on the north-west outskirts of Florence. The city centre can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and about 20 minutes with bus. A special bus called “Vola in bus” gets you to the city centre, to S. Maria Novella railway station (SMN) in 20-25 minutes. The bus runs daily, including Sunday and holidays. The bus departures from the airport at every 30 minutes between 5.30am to 8.30pm after that it runs every hour until 11.45pm. The last bus is at 1am. Tickets can be bought directly when boarding the bus, but be aware only one-way tickets are available from the driver. Round trip tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus from ATAF and Li-nea resellers or from newsagents. To take a taxi from the airport to central Florence takes about 15 minutes and you will find the taxi stand in front of the terminal. When taking a taxi, make sure to read the display with price information inside the vehicle so that you pay the correct price. Car rentals are situated at “Palagio degli Spini” and is connected to the airport by a free shuttle bus. The shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes. AVIS, Europecar, Sixt, Budget are some of the car rental companies here.
The best way to get around Florence is on foot. The city centre is not very large and is full of monuments and amazing things to see. The local transport companies are ATAF and LI-NEA. A ticket can be bought in newsstandstobacconists or any shop with an "ATAF" sticker in the window, and it is valid for 90 minutes. Always remember to validate your ticket by stamping it when boarding the bus.
In Italy, taxis are not usually flagged down as they pass you along the street, you should instead call a taxi or head over to one of the taxi stands. You will find taxi stands in most of the major squares. The main taxi companies in Florence are: CO.TA.FI. +39 055 4390 www.4390.it SO.CO.TA. +39 055 4242 www.socota.it