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How to go to Florence from Rome?

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and consequently one of the most visited cities in Italy. How to make the roundtrip from Rome to Florence? Find out here on the blog Your Travel to Italy.

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How to go to Florence from Rome?

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and consequently one of the most visited cities in Italy. But how to get to Florence from Rome? To visit Florence, including all the main museums such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, it would take at least two days, but if you want to get a taste of this city and its main monuments, you can visit it in one day. How to go to Florence from Rome? 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

Unlike other cities, where I left the option to go by bus, I do not recommend this transport to go to Florence, because there are other better ways to visit Florence from Rome. Following our itinerary options I am sure you will get to know the best of the Renaissance city par excellence! How to get to Florence from Rome? Your choice of transportation will depend on what you are looking for! Come on! Let me help you! Come with me;)

1) How to go to Florence from Rome? BY TRAIN

Florence is located 280 kilometers from Rome, using this transport to go to Florence means spending an average of 02h: 30m (without traffic) to go, that is, between round trip at least 5 hours driving, considering that this city really has so many things to see I don’t think it’s worth spending your time like that, do you? The best way to visit it is with a high-speed train. Almost every half hour a train leaves from Rome to Florence. You must take the train at the Termini train station in Rome and get off at the Santa Maria Novella train station (center of Florence), where you can start your tour.

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I advise on arrival in Florence to buy a map that is sold at any newsstand and follow the itinerary suggested below. See also the two types of trains that you will find when buying the ticket.

  1. Treno Regionale veloce: Travel time: 03:30 minutes.
  2. Treno Alta velocitá: Travel time: 01:30 minutes.

For obvious reasons I advise you to go and return with the high speed train, the time you will save will be able to use for the tours and believe the difference you will overpay will be worth it !! Another detail worth mentioning: get ready because, usually, the regional railway trains are very bad and sometimes very dirty, so don’t create high expectations! If you use the train, always choose the high speed train to avoid this type of problem. OK.?

Read : What to do in one in Florence?

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2) How to go to Florence from Rome? WITH A GROUP TOUR

People, this is the best option for those who do not want to worry about the bus or train schedule, do not want to worry about the fact of “calculating” if there is time to go back and forth, for those who do not want a headache with possible delays . Anyway it’s wonderful for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of this incredible place with safety, convenience and tranquility!

The group tour is a perfect solution for those who do not want to spend so much (with a private tour, for example), for those who do not like to travel alone or for those who do not like to drive (or cannot! Remembering that to drive in Italy you NEED an international driver’s license, ok? Pay attention to this! Read here how to issue the PID).

 

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Advantages

  • IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends;
  • Save on the time you would spend going to the train stations to take the trains, or with transportation to reach the tourist places to be visited;
  • You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (drink wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving afterwards :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they have drunk (even a small amount of alcohol) ;
  • Less time spent traveling, fees for taxis, trains and transportation;
  • If you are with elderly people or people with limited mobility, this option is ideal, as it requires little movement and, when necessary, you will have all the necessary assistance.

Disadvantage

  • There is practically none! Just the issue of adapting to the program of the day, and the fulfillment of the tour schedule.

Tip

  • Remember to always read customer testimonials before proceeding with the reservation.

3) How to go to Florence from Rome? WITH A RENTED CAR

You can go to a Rent a Car (in the center of Rome) and rent a car for one day to go to Florence through the wonderful Tuscan landscape. Among the other options, precisely because there is no fixed schedule, the rental car is certainly the ideal choice if you do not worry about taking a few, say, unnecessary turns. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know, it varies from person to person and the type of trip you are used to. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts “Driving in Italy”! There you will find car itinerary tips, signage, rates, roads and much more!

Good to know!

Among the first options, precisely because it does not have fixed times for sure the rental car is the ideal choice. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know – it depends on person to person and the type of trip you are used to. This option is ideal if you like to drive! – IF YOU’RE DRIVING: DO NOT DRINK!

Pay attention!!!!

In addition, it is important to know that in tourist cities there are places (old town) where PARKING is NOT ALLOWED, and can only be used by residents! So it is important not to go to these places so as not to take unnecessary fines. In Italy it is common for them to tow the car or put that hubcap that blocks the vehicle’s exit! Be careful!

How to understand what these places are? See this post that talks about it, but in any case another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside from the center and take a walk to reach the area, spending a little more, by taxi or other public transport.

Benefits

  • If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
  • IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!

Disadvantages

  • Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
  • Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
  • Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police!  * So before you travel to Italy don´t forget to check if your country is listed as one that needs the PID and get everything ready to go.  READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
  • Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
  • It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.

Traveling by car in Italy

How about if I give you a rental car option? Are you ready for it? If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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4) How to go to Florence from Rome? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR

The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your own hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the sight you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver in your own language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.

This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want comfort from start to finish, for small groups of friends, for families with children or for the elderly. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should only enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!

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Advantages

  • IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends;
  • You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” (drink wine) during lunch without having to worry about driving afterwards :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they have drunk (even a small amount of alcohol) ;
  • It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules;
  • Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
  • You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not;
  • Do not need to “stick” to schedules and itineraries;
  • You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose traveling by bus and train.

Disadvantage

  • The value is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time.

Where to eat in Florence?

Here are my tips for eating well in Florence.

Restaurants near the Cathedral:

Restaurant near Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge):

Restaurant next to Santa Maria Novella Train Station:

Restaurant near Basilica Santa Croce, in Piazza della Signoria:

Restaurant near Florence Central Market:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! ????

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Conclusion

How to go to Florence from Rome? Be careful, you get what you pay for, especially in a place you don’t know, and not speaking the local language! So I suggest you think carefully about the options presented above, especially if you are traveling with children and the elderly! Don’t take any chances, invest a little more and travel safely, comfortably and without worries or risks of ruining your long-awaited trip, O.K.?

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