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How to avoid fines in Florence?

One of the most beautiful and visited cities in Italy, it is also one of the cities that issues more fines. Today we prepared a super post giving all the information and tips for not getting a fine in Florence!

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How to avoid fines in Florence?

Tuscany is all beautiful and its most famous city, Florence, is one of the most visited, in addition to being one of the most beautiful! Florence brings together monuments, palaces, museums, gardens and fines! A lot, really a lot of people complain that they received a fine in Florence, mainly for driving inside a ZTL by car without even realizing that they were drving in a restricted area. Did you know that with little care it is possible to avoid this headache? But after all: How to avoid fines in Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

When we talk about Florence, several iconic points of the city come to mind such as its Cathedral and the famous Ponte Vecchio, but for many, when we talk about Florence, numbers and fines arise in their thoughts. The good news is that it is possible to avoid fines in Florence and today we will get to know how to avoid the dreaded fines in Florence. Find out here Where to sleep in Florence when traveling by car? and See also our section on Driving in Italy!

1) How to avoid fines in Florence? UNDERSTAND ABOUT ZTL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Essentially, avoid ZTL at all costs. Several people ask me about the famous ZTL, but, after all, what are ZTL? By clicking on this link you can get deeper into the subject, in short, ZTL are areas where vehicle traffic is extremely restricted. Usually the ZTLs are at the entrances and in the historic center itself and were created to preserve the city’s heritage, since, as they are very old, cars passing through there could often damage the streets and, God help us, some structures in the event of an accident. Discover our section on Driving in Italy!

2) How to avoid fines in Florence? STAY TUNED TO THE INFORMATION WEBSITES AND APPLICATIONS

One of the “best” attitudes to make people aware is to touch their budgets: that’s why they adopted the policy on fines. If you are coming to Florence by car or are thinking of driving around the city, you should familiarize yourself with these areas, where they start and end, times, alternative routes, restrictions, etc., because if you enter a ZTL, even if for mistake at the wrong time, you are bound to get fined! To check the ZTL in Florence, you can access this website. There are also apps available to alert you to the presence of ZTLs: Waze works well and ZTL Firenze can also help a lot! Find out here Where to park in Florence!

3) How to avoid fines in Florence? GET HOTEL AUTHORIZATION

If your hotel is inside a ZTL, you will need to inform the license plate and pass on some more information so that the hotel includes you in the “desired” lista bianca (“white list”) – which is a list of vehicles authorized to travel through ZTL. Do this BEFORE arriving at the hotel, it can even be done at the time of booking. To get to know which are ALL the streets that are part of the ZTL, click here!

Tip

  • If you are coming by car just to spend the day in Florence, park OUTSIDE the historic center! In addition to being much more affordable, you are not at risk of receiving a fine. Discover our Accommodation section in Italy!

4) How to avoid fines in Florence? PARK OUTSIDE THE HISTORICAL CENTER

If you need to park in Florence outside the historic center, on this link you will find a list of ALL the parking lots in the area OUTSIDE the historic center; it is even possible to book online when available.

Important to Know

Guys, it is not because there is no guard in sight, that you escape the fine! The streets have cameras placed in strategic locations that film and photograph the “lawbreakers’! The cameras and fixed radars that control drivers, not only in the historic center, are located in the following locations:

  • At the entrance and exit of the city, at Viale Etruria;
  • At the entrance and exit of Via Marco Polo;
  •  At the Indian Viaduct;
  • Viale Matteotti;
  • Viale Lavagnini;
  • Viale Gramsci;
  • Via Senese, which is also at the entrance to the city.

They control speed, red light advance, parking in a prohibited place and other traffic violations. In Italy it is also prohibited to talk on the cell phone while driving, so stay tuned! Just like driving without a seat belt, O.K.?!

5) How to avoid fines in Florence? DO NOT SMOKE DRIVING

Attention Smokers !!!! Smoking is prohibited while driving and it generates a fine! The fine increases if in the car there is an under-age or a pregnant woman, so smoke when you are out of the car, O.K.?! The fine in the cases mentioned above varies between 27 and 500 euros, in addition to the suspension of driving permission for 7 to 30 days. Always important to remember: if you drink, don’t drive! Under no circumstances!

Cost of Fines at ZTL (the most common fines)

If by chance, carelessness or inattention you access a ZTL without a permit, it is very likely that a fine will arrive for you! Fines vary between 80 euros and 335 euros and are calculated according to the location and time. If you receive the fine and pay 5 days before your due date, you have a 30% discount. Always remember that the fine can reach your home in up to 60 days, but it arrives!

Handicapped

If you are traveling with a person with some type of disability, it is necessary to rent an appropriate car for these people, because the license plate and the vehicle indicate that the car is for people with physical disabilities, but this DOES NOT GUARANTEE TRAFFIC RELEASED: it is necessary to inform the hotel / parking lot the license plate in the same way, that is: you NEED authorization anyway, ok ?! Remember that the card used in other countries MAY NOT BE VALID in Europe. Read How is accessibility in Italy for disabled people?

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.

Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

If you want some indications of hostels (or B&B) and apartments, I have some options that I suggest if you want to save money; click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices!

If you prefer hotels, I have some options that I recommend with great cost benefit! Click on the links below and get to know each one. If you like the suggestion, make your reservation and guarantee good prices.


Conclusion

How to avoid fines in Florence? If you are thinking of going to Florence by car do not see this post as a damp! Florence has the great advantage of being able to walk all over, so even if you could, you wouldn’t even need a car to get to know the best of this fantastic city. To avoid fines in the city, just be aware, respect the limitations and avoid traveling in restricted places, plus: enjoy the city with all the splendor it has to offer you: on foot!

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