Florence is a worthy capital of one of the most famous and beautiful regions of Italy: Tuscany!
It’s also the 8th largest Italian municipality by population with more than 1 million inhabitants, and is considered the cradle of civilization, art and architecture. It’s no wonder it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
According to many historians, Florence is also the birthplace of the Italian language, thanks to the works of Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, and Giovanni Boccaccio, all originally from the area.
Florence rises on the banks of the Arno river, which runs through the city and is surrounded by gentle hills that make the natural landscape truly enchanting. What is just a tad less enchanting is trying to drive in Florence…
Reaching Florence by car can be easy if you’re coming from the A11 motorway, but the situation gets complicated as soon as you arrive in the city and try to get close to the center. The whole historic center of Florence is affected by a vast Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), which prohibits unauthorized vehicles from driving in the center in order to reduce traffic and emissions. If you look on a map, the whole area within the “ring roads” is ZTL territory (plus the entire Oltrarno area)! Be sure to read up on the restrictions in these areas before your trip to Florence to avoid any fines.
In addition to the ZTL, there are also pedestrian areas and streets you have to watch out for. And frankly, the city’s layout in general makes things rather complicated…
Of course, you can’t expect to find 4-lane roads in the center of a city dating back to the Renaissance! Most of the streets in the center of Florence are small and narrow, then add in the flood of tourists, and it’s enough to get on even the most experienced drivers’ nerves.
So, without a doubt, the best way to move around the center of Florence is on foot! Florence is actually a very walkable city; you can easily reach all the main sights by walking just a few minutes. Which is all well and good, but we still need to resolve that pesky issue of where to leave your car before you can pound the pavement…
Since you can’t take your car into the ZTL, except during some hours when there are exceptions (but believe us, you wouldn’t be the only one with that idea), to park on the street in Florence you can always try outside the city center. In that case, however, you’ll have to take into account the Controlled Stop Zones (ZCS). A fancy-sounding name, but it simply means that you have to pay attention to the colors of the lines that demarcate the street parking spaces to know where you can leave your car.
Here are the colored lines you might find while looking for street parking in Florence:
If you pass any space without any lines around it, stop! That’s where you can park your car for free for as long as you want. In the event that it’s your lucky day and you actually manage to find free parking…
We talked about the possibility of parking on the street, but then you’d have to park outside the center of Florence.
What if we told you there was a way to not only park in the center of Florence, but also to access the Florence ZTL by car, any time, without fines?
Your answer would probably be, “Why didn’t you say so before?!”
Well, because good things come to those who wait, and this is really good! With Parclick, you can book parking in the center or Florence online where you want, for as long as you need. Once you’ve made your reservation, the day you arrive in Florence you’ll be able to go directly to the car park without worrying about anything. You’ll be fearlessly driving through the ZTL with Italian bravado since the car park staff will authorize your access by communicating your license plate number to the authorities as soon as you arrive. With Parclick you can avoid fines and hassles, and park within the Florence ZTL in a covered, guarded car park!
In addition to being able to book a parking space for a few hours or days, with Parclick you can also rent a parking space in Florence for a whole month, so you can leave your car safely parked day after day, month after month. ;) We offer 24 hour monthly passes so you can access the garage any time, or you can choose between a monthly day pass or monthly nighttime pass.
The important thing is that your rented parking space is always guaranteed!
Check out our offers to rent monthly parking in Florence, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, call us! We’re at your disposal to offer you the best option to park wherever you want.
Newsflash number 1: There is no subway in Florence.
Newsflash number 2: It doesn’t even matter, because getting around Florence after leaving your car is still easy!
The city isn’t that big and still has:
Two tram lines
T1 (Villa Costanza – Careggi Ospedale)
T2 (Unità – Aeroporto Peretola)
More than 60 bus lines that run far and wide
4 lines of small buses (C1, C2, C3 and C4). Most are electric and serve the entire historic center and can also pass through pedestrian areas.
But we have to reiterate that walking around Florence is the truly one of the best ways to get to know every detail of the city, and of course the most famous places and monuments, which we list below. ;)
An incredible city to visit, Florence attracts tourists from all over the world who stroll through the streets and along the bridges in the historic center, enjoying the unique atmosphere in this city that’s truly one of a kind.
The rich history of Florence has ancient origins, dating back to the Etruscan period, but it really reached the height of its splendor during the Middle Ages and the following centuries, being home to numerous noble families who would leave behind an incredible artistic and cultural heritage.
Florence was then the cradle of the Renaissance, a meeting point for the greatest artists, thinkers, writers, and scientists. Surely you know Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the Mona Lisa, Galileo Galilei, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Raphael, Niccolò Machiavelli… Well at this time they were all gathering in Florence!
So it’s normal that the city is full of such spectacular works of art and architecture today when it has such an illustrious past!
Any visit to Florence absolutely must start at the Piazza del Duomo, where the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore stands. Its famous dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and in front of the dome stand Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The Duomo represents the heart of Florence, located right in the historic center, but this area is full of many other incredible places too.
From the Piazza del Duomo, first, you can head north to the Basilica of San Lorenzo, with the Laurentian Library and the Medici Chapels, then retrace your steps and head back south little by little. This way you can go to Piazza della Repubblica first, and then Piazza della Signoria, where the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi are located. Nearby you also have the Church of Orsanmichele, the Basilica of Santa Trinità, and some historic buildings, such as Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo Tornabuoni.
Go a little further south and you’ll arrive at the Arno River, which you can cross thanks to several beautiful bridges. There is one that stands out, though… You probably already know it since it’s one of the most emblematic places in Florence: Ponte Vecchio!
Once you cross this bridge, you’ll find yourself in the Oltrarno district, where you can visit the Palazzo Pitti and the famous Boboli gardens. You can also see Forte Belvedere, the Basilica of Santo Spirito, and the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, which houses the Brancacci Chapel.
Otrarno also has one of the places with the best views of Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, a square with a panoramic view that will take your breath away. Insider tip: Come at sunset for fabulous photos. ;) Another place you can’t miss in the area is the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte.
Here you can cross the Arno River again, perhaps taking Ponte alle Grazie this time, to reach another famous area in Florence’s historic center: Santa Croce. Here you can visit the famous Basilica of Santa Croce, in front of which is a monument to Dante Alighieri, legendary author of Inferno. You can also access the Pazzi Chapel from the basilica, a wonderful Renaissance building by Brunelleschi.
This whole tour is perfectly feasible on foot, so you can park your car in the historic center of Florence and leave it behind while you set off on your adventure. Or, if you prefer, you can move your car as you go along, parking first in one of our car parks in Oltrarno, and then in a car park near Santa Croce. ;)
The museums of Florence are among the most renowned in Italy, and the world, for the magnificent works of art they hold, unparalleled in fame and value. We would tell you to visit all of them! But if you’re short on time and have to choose the most essential museums to visit during your stay in Florence, they would be the following:
There is no shortage of theatres in Florence, and these are the main ones where you can take in a show in the city center:
Aside from monuments, museums, and theatres, there are plenty of other reasons why you might be visiting the city (and need a parking space in Florence):
In addition to Florence, Tuscany has many other wonderful cities worth visiting: From Pisa to Siena, Arezzo to Lucca… It’s definitely a region you’ll want to discover! And all of the cities we mentioned can be quickly reached by train, just like the rest of the cities in Italy. If you want to take a day trip (or two), just book a car park near a train station in Florence. ;)
If your destination is a little further away, you can always leave by plane!
Thanks to Parclick you can always book the best car parks in Florence, whether it’s to stay and explore the city, or if you’re planning on leaving from Florence for another trip.
Whatever the reason you need parking in Florence, you’ll always find the best options and the most affordable rates with us!