If you don't mind roughing it you can camp! Camping Michelangelo provides tents that are already set up for only 10 euro a night. Each tent has a couple cots in it and can be locked. Or you can bring your own tent or even RV. There is a bar that serves food and small store on site. The camp grounds are easily accessible by the public bus. I stayed there a few years ago and loved it.
You can find more info at www.camping.it/english/toscana/michelangelo
After looking through the Florence info on the page of Florence resident Francesca (VT name: fgfi), I decided to look for this spot since we were bringing our camping gear anyway. There was a traffic accident that diverted traffic, and some crazy football frenzy going on (I think Firenze won some important match that day??) and it seemed we were destined not to find this camping ground. It's located 200 meters away from a major tour bus stop, the Piazzale Michelangelo. After midnight, the city quieted down enough for us to be able to sleep. We stayed two nights -- the second night it rained a lot which made clean up a pain in the butt! The campground is nice though. There is a little supply store in case you forget a lantern like we did. There is a grocery area, and there is a bar (the bar area filled up with teenagers and became a bit too loud to quietly enjoy a beer at the end of the day, se la vie...)
The showers and toilets were clean and functioning. There is an area to do laundry, but I didn't try it out.
The real winners at the campground are the people who bring in their campers and RVs. They stay dry in the rain and I'm sure have less noise coming in than our tent. It was nice though.
We hired cabins at this place which turned out to be pre-erected tents with a floor and a padlock so you can keep your valubles safe.
The campground is about a 20 minute walk down quite a steep hill and over a river into Florence. It is ideally situated for someone of reasonable fitness (you don't need to be fit but you do need to be able to walk back up that hill and those steps.) For the faint of heart (or the sane) there is a bus that will take you up to the entrance but it doesn't run late at night.
this is a lovely place to stay
you can stay in tents with twin beds.or bring your own tent and camp there.
if you have time you can walk from SNM cross the bridge and reach the campsite using a short cut
you can catch a bus and enjoy the view.
they have pizzeria and a restaurant
internet facility and super market and clean hot showers.
Unique Quality: near the bar is a terrace which overlooks the Duomo beautiful and serene during evenings when the boisterous crowd are out site seeing.
it is also near piazzale Michelangelo where you can shop for souvenirs or simply gaze at the city below
nearby is the church which michelangelo ?frequented
Directions: from santa Maria Novella catch bus no 12 or 13, get down at piazzale Michelangelo
walk few minutes.
I stayed with a friend in a rental tent at the camp site. It was quite cheap and easy. The tents are locked so you can leave your stuff in and there are actual beds in the tents with a pillow and a blanket. At the campsite there is obviously the chance to have a shower, eat, wash laundry, go online, etc. Also, the site is really near to the city centre. We walked there. But there is also a bus. The site is on a hill and there are also restaurants really near and a viewpoint to the city.
It´s a little bit far from the center of the city, but it´s a really well equiped campground.
You can arrive there by bus, I think that it was the number 13, but don´t trust me too much.
There is many young people there so, so there is an active nightlife too.
-Pub, sometimes therre´s live music
Actually I've never stayed there, but each time I found myself nearby I always think that's maybe the most wonderful campsite one could ever find!
It's located just right next to the Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the wonderful view of the city. In these days all the newspaper in Florence talk about a renovation of the campsite that will become bigger and more comfortable!
Directions: Piazzale Michelangelo
Great Cheap place for a spectacular view in the morning! However the # 12 bus there is unreliable and takes a long time to get there. Washrooms are holes in the ground, and the tents are cramped. Overall good for 1 nights stay purely for the morning views. The grounds are like a Hippie Village
Unique Quality: Spectacular Morning Views of Florence
Directions: Camping Bus Stop
Open all year round, this is one of the most popular campsites in Florence. I understood why once we arrived and saw the view, though it was rather a struggle to find some decent ground as there's fierce competition.
Unique Quality: It's not very cheap for a campsite, but again the view explains this, and it certainly beats paying hotel prices. There are facilities to cater to all your basic needs, and the site is within walking distance of the city centre.
The downside to the great views, is... reaching them! The looong steps up the hill are rather daunting when you're returning from a hard day's walk around the city, followed by an appreciative sampling of the local red wine (which I definitely recommend).
Yes, this really was the view from our tent!
Easy to find, you go there by bus from the train station. nice scenary ! a few meters away from the campsite, unbelievable view on the city !
the camping is clean and lively !
lives are played in summer.
Camping Michelangelo is located just a few steps away from Piazzale Michelangelo which offers beautiful views of Florence and the surrounding landscape.
Unique Quality: It has a bar, supermarket and Internet point. Showers where pretty clean when we where there (98).
Viale Michelangelo 1, Florence
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Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7, Florence
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Address: Viale Michelangelo 80, Florence, Tuscany, 50125, Italy