By Train, Florence
Taking the train to Florence is the best way once you are already in Italy or Europe. The train station is right next to the beginning of all the sights of Florence. It's a very easy train station to get around in as well.
We came by train from Roma. It was about 2 hours with the EuroStar, and was very pleasant. I recommend 1st class and reserved seating.
We walked everywhere. We did take a half day guided tour by bus. They took us to Fisole which has a spectacular view of Florence.
Trains are frequent and efficent into Florence.
I found that Florence has a great bus system. This really only applies if you plan to go to the outskirts of the main part of Florence (which you should!) Take a bus ride into the suburbs--it's a great way to see where real Florentines live, you'll meet some interesting people, and get a sort of mini-tour if only by sight. A bike would be a great way to get around the main parts.
Florence is about one hour far from Bologna by train, very easy to reach also from Rome.
For more information www.trenitalia.com
I should say walk as the city centre is really close to the train station, but there is so much traffic around that you'll have to pay more attention to the car's driveres then to the attractions.
According to me, you can easily reach Florence by train. The town is very well connected from and to any other Italian or European place. Try the site www.trenitalia.com, there you'll find timetables and everything if you decide to travel by train.
I'll tell you that the Tuscan countryside you can see from your window is really gorgeous!
When I visited we came to Florence from Siena via bus (which was a short 75-minute ride). The cost was about 5 US dollars per ticket. In Florence the bus and train stations are about a block apart.
From the stations you can easily catch a taxi to your hotel or in our case we were a very relaxed 3 to 4-block walk to Pensione Sole. The location was far enough away to not be sleeping in the questionable station neighborhood.
If in tuscany area - recommend you come by train.
Parking in Florence is not worth the hassle - you'll need time to see so many amazing sights and not waste it on hunting a car park space.
The train station is conveniently located - a few minutes walk brings you to the centre - just head towards the dome!
Eurostar Italia was awesome! I strongly suggest taking it if you want to go to Venice or anywhere a little bit far. It costs more but it's all worth it!
I love Santa Maria Novella train station. It is so easy to find your train, to get around, and I don't know..I always feel like I am home when I get into the station (coming from different places).
The easiest way to get to Florence is by train. The train system throughout Europe is excellent and you can get to the city from almost anyplace in Europe.
Unless you are traveling out to the wine region (Toscana Valley), you can easily walk to any location in Florence. As shown below, all the major sites are within close distance to one another.
Florence has great train station,Stazione S. Maria Novella
The Italian trains are very good, don't have to be expensive, so if you have plenty of time but not plenty of money you can get a cheap fare for the trains which stop at all the wee towns before your destination.
I've took both Eurostar and Trenitalia and would say Trenitalia is much better and more comfortable compared to Eurostar.... and price is cheaper too~~
Stazione Centrale is Florence's main train. Make sure you validate your tickets by stamping them in the yellow machines on the platform.