Getting Around Florence: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Since Florence is my home sweet home, I thought I’d dedicate a special page to how to navigate this sometimes hectic city.

Tramvia

This is the metro that links the city center to Scandicci, a small town on the outskirts of Florence. It begins at the main train station, Santa Maria Novella, then passes by Porta a Prato, then goes to the Cascine, and so on. Depending on where your hotel is, or if you are living in Florence or not, you might never use the Tramvia except to maybe visit the Cascine Park. You can buy a ticket at the red kiosk at the stop or at a tabbacheria. Don’t forget to time stamp your ticket when you board at one of the yellow machines!

City Buses

The “C” buses often go through the city center (C1, C2, etc). It is a great way to get a cheap, seated visit of the city. For only 1.20 you can board one of these buses and just look out the windows, getting off wherever you see fit. Bus 13 is the bus that goes up to Piazza Michelangelo. Again, for just 1.20, you can board the bus and see a bit more of the residential area before crossing the arno (river) and making the climb up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo (you’ll also see some nice villas on the way). Most buses, if not all, stop at some point at the main train station, Santa Maria Novella. You can buy your tickets at a tabbacheria or even some coffee bars. Don’t forget to time stamp your ticket when you board!!!

Taxis

White taxis can be seen everywhere. There are also certain taxi pick up spots, marked “Taxi”. One cab company is Taxi 4242, the phone number is real easy to remember: 4242.

Tip: If a taxi says they will be there in 2 minutes, then they will be there in 2 minutes. Don’t expect a call to your phone letting you know they have arrived. Go ahead and plan to meet them outside, otherwise they will charge you for keeping the meter running!

Otherwise, the historical center of Florence is pretty small. It’s very walkable, but on those days you just don’t feel like hiking back, a taxi or city bus easily comes to the rescue.

Please comment, like, and share! Let me know if you have any other transportation questions 🙂

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