Florence: Essential Travel Tips

Whenever you head off to a new city it’s always a good idea to get some insider tips that will make your visit even better that you planned. Knowing what to do and where to go is essential, it’s also important to know the best ways to get around the city and to save money. I love going to Florence, over the years I have been able to get some great local knowledge that makes my trips there go very smoothly indeed. So whether it’s looking for the best sites or booking apartments in Florence, this list that I have created below will help you plan for a great break to Florence, please do comment and let me know if you have any other advice or if you have found better ways than I have mentioned. We are a travel community and should all come together to help each other out. So here are my best travel tips for Florence.

Buy the Firenze Card as soon as possible

Florence is really keeping up with the times by offering a card that gives you admission to most of the major museums, bust travel free and also allows you to queue jump at a lot of the attractions. The card is absolutely fantastic, it will be valid for 72 hours after you purchase it and at the moment it costs just 50 Euros. When you look at all of the places that you are given entry to with the card you will be able to see that it will end up saving you money, some museums charge around 40 Euros for a one time entry You will be able to see all of the main sites for 50 euros and also have free local transport on buses around the city – does it get any better?

Choose the right Hotel

We all know that with every trip picking the right hotel is always important. If you can, try to avoid hotels that around the area of Santa Maria Novella, this will allow you to choose a more relaxing place to stay. There are plenty of hotels that are around the train station, but you will find that these hotels are on very busy treats that can be very noisy indeed. Florence is a tiny place, so no matter where you choose to stay you will never be too far from all of the major sites and it won’t take you hours to get from A to B. Every time I visit I try to find other accommodation that is different to the last place i stayed, remember to read reviews and ratings online before confirming your booking.

Never take the bus, always walk in Florence

As mentioned above, Florence is a very small city it is much smaller than you can ever imagine. A lot of people that visit Florence have been to other major cities such as Rome, they of course think that the city bus is the quickest way to get around the city – they hop off the train and on to a bus heading to the city center. What you must note is that the train station is in the historical part of Florence, the cathedral is only 5 minutes walking. If you were to walk from one side of the city to the other it would only take around thirty minutes. So, do yourself a favour and walk when you can it will help to discover the city and burn off some of the tasty Italian food that you have been eating.


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