Belfiore B&B

Viale Belfiore 40, Florence, 50144, Italy
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Getting to parking lots on outside of Florence City Centre

by mwhite79

I am traveling with some friends to Italy in May. We are staying in San Casciano in Val di Pesa and want to go to Florence a few days to see the sights and of course shop. Can anyone give me directions on where to go without accidentally driving in to the pedestrian only zones (yes, I'm a bit paranoid after reading about the fines). I've been unable to locate a good map that would show me exactly where to go. Several guides mention parking lots. Also, I am reading that it is easy to walk everywhere within the city, so is it really necessary to take a bus from these main public parking lots? I appreciate the advise!

Re: Getting to parking lots on outside of Florence City Centre

by leics

A couple of very useful sites here:


The official site has a map of the ZTL:

Of course you don't need to use a bus.....but it all depends on where you end up parking. But if it's too far out, you may as well get the bus in to the city centre.

The parking directly under Santa Maria Novella station is the nearest to the historical centre.

Re: Getting to parking lots on outside of Florence City Centre

by mwhite79

Thanks for providing the sites. I will check them out.

Re: Getting to parking lots on outside of Florence City Centre

by gial1

It is hard to find a parking lot in Florence without paying. You can ask your hotel if they make shuttle service from San Casciano to Florence which will be better for you. Otherwise you can take your car and follow direction Florence, you pass the FIRENZE CERTOSA Highway exit and go straight direction Bottai. You passs Bottai and follow direction Florence, as soon as you arrive in Florence follow the directions for Piazzale Michelangelo. You could park in Piazzale Michelangelo so that you can enjoy the view (if you park near San Miniato Chucrh I think you do not have to pay) then you walk down to the city center which is only 5 minutes walk from Piazzale Michelangelo, the first thing you can see is the old bridge, then the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi etc. the city center is small and you can walk wherever you want. There is a bycicle rental at the train station so that you can also move by bycicle wich is quite fun.
Bye bye

Re: Getting to parking lots on outside of Florence City Centre

by mwhite79

Thanks for the information!

Travel Tips for Florence

Medici Family

by Jmill42

The Medici family of Florence can be traced back to the end of the 12th century. They were the most influential family in the whole of Italy, with respects to the Albizzi's. The amassed much of the art and wealth of the city and were one of, if not, the richest family in Europe. They came from commoners, so they were generally well-liked by the average citizen.

With rulers throughout 2 and half centuries, they are the most distinguished family of Florence. No surviving Medici remains...

Florence Tip

by Sergiuz

The towers were raised during the middle ages by the pre-eminent local families for the sake of defence at the time of the frequent turmoils caused by the struggle between 'Guelfi' and Ghibellini' (two historical famous opponent parties, the first supporting the Pope, the other one being on the Emperor's side). For prestige reasons, this gentlemen had their own towers built as high as possible.
The tower in the picture, 54 m. high, arises from Palazzo del Popolo (People's Palace) overlooking Piazza del Duomo.


by bpwillet

Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary represents the wealth of the ancient Pisan Republic. It was built when the power of Pisa was at its heighest point as a temple of the Christendom. Built in 1063, after the victory of the Pisan fleet in Palermo, Buscheto di Giovanni Giudice was to be its builder. It is in the shape of a latin-cross and is more than 100 meters long. Rennovations were carried out in the beginning of the 17th century after a fire caused severe damage. There are carved pulpits and tombs of various rulers and architects of the Campo di Miracoli.

english movies

by MStars about Odeon

This is a really nice looking theater, not at all like the movie theaters at home.

Every Monday and Tuesday they play original english language films (but do go see italian films please)

there's a printed schedule every month.

the only theater i know of that sells wine. none

Try the Bistecca alla Fiorentina

by BorneoGrrl about Trattoria Antellesi

You haven't been to Florence till you try the Florentine Steak or Bistecca alla Fiorentina. This is no ordinary Porterhouse steak but a dish so delicious & tender, the meat simply melts in your mouth. Just like the Kobe beef, the important ingredient is the beef itself whereby the cattle is from a special breed to produce the Chianina beef.

A local friend introduced us to this restaurant because he likes to eat here. Best bet for good food is to eat where the locals eat. Upon entering the restaurant, the people welcome you and you can see that the place is packed with locals ~ a good sign

The decor is typically Tuscan with the bright colors and ceramic cutlery where food is served on. Since smoking is prohibited in restaurants in Italy, this is great for me. Overall, the atmosphere is cozy & comfortable The Florentine Steak is served in a portion for two people and the restaurant serves a very nice one indeed.


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