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Florence travel tips

Tuscany's capital Florence: travel information

The Italian city of culture is a particularly pleasant destination in spring and autumn. Summers can be very hot. In odd years, the contemporary art fair Florence Biennale is usually held in December.

Ideal months to visit are March to October. The Florentine New Year is celebrated on March 24 and 25 with historical processions. On June 24, the city's patron saint's day is celebrated with a ball game in Piazza Santa Croce in medieval costume and fireworks.

Obtaining illegal goods from street vendors can result in heavy fines. Day trips to Pisa and Sienna are highly recommended. Price-wise, Florence is comparable to major UK cities. Inexpensive meals in restaurants cost from about 6 EUR upwards, beer is about 5 EUR and soft drinks are about 1.80 EUR. As a rule, prices depend on whether you eat what you buy sitting down or standing up.

Once there

Arriving visitors can get to the center using shuttle buses, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes and costs about 5 EUR (returns for about 8 EUR). The price for a cab is higher starting at around 20 EUR. The trip takes about 15 minutes. Cheapest are buses 29 and 30, which cost from about 1.20 EUR. The bus stop is located 5 to 10 minutes walk from the terminal.

One night in a backpacker hostel costs from 14 EUR per person. In a bed & breakfast or a three-star hotel, a night per person costs from 45 EUR and in a holiday rental from 80 EUR.

Public transport is well developed and one way tickets cost from about 1.20 EUR or about 2 EUR if purchased directly in the vehicle. The price for a 10-ticket is about 10 EUR. Exploring Florence by foot is a great way to get to know the city.