Getting Around Florence

Florence ItalyFlorence, one of Italy’s most famous cities, is the center of Italian Renaissance. This fantastically beautiful city, with all its magnificent palaces, squares, and other works of architecture and art, has been one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Believe it or not, traveling around Florence (or Firenze as the locals call it) is not much of a hassle or frustration, as you can see in the following:

Florence is a walk-around city

Most of the city’s major tourist sights are within easy walking distance of each other. It also offers the chance to experience the most out of the city life.

Not car-friendly

The streets of Florence is not built for cars. Much of the town center is blocked off to cars. Parking is also difficult in the city center, not to mention expensive. Driving a car can be useful in reaching some destinations outside the city center like Fiesole or Settignano, which are however also connected by bus service.

Use bikes or motorbikes

Florence’s common mode of transportation are the two-wheeled bikes and motorbikes. Some of the hotels provide their guests with free bicycles. There are also bike rental services organized by the city, where these can be hired at several points in the city (and returned to the same place). Bike shops also rent bikes and some of them organize guided bike tours in the countryside. Take note that bikers in Florence behave in an apparently disorganized but efficient way.

Call for a taxi

There are several cabs in Florence, but it is best if you have your hotel (or restaurant where you are eating) call ahead. Calling for a taxi is a common practice in the city, where the nearest available taxi is sent to your location. Take note that flagging for a cab on the street is unusual in Florence, and expect to be ignored.

 
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