Tips for Parking in Florence
Florence breathes history, and to keep its cultural heritage as intact as possible, it is a city full of ZTLs, which are zones where the circulation of cars is limited and/or completely prohibited. Worst of all, the main fines are applied precisely in these zones, and those who receive them the most are tourists, who often don’t even know about these restrictions. With that in mind, today I bring you a post with Tips for Parking 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!”
Traveling by car in Italy is a delight! With its well-kept roads, the country has safe and well-signposted highways; however, in some cities, vehicle traffic is limited in some areas, so that the countless historic buildings present throughout our peninsula are preserved. Discover our Section: Driving in Italy!
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Florence is perhaps one of the cities with the most restricted zones for vehicle traffic, especially in its historic center, because its historic center is small and has most of the buildings and monuments of tourist interest, in addition to having a large movement of people.
Therefore, Florence has limited car traffic to the minimum necessary, but if you are not used to the rules, you can accidentally fall into a ZTL, and, trust me, the fine is inevitable. So today, let’s find out where to park in Florence safely and efficiently, avoiding surprise fines! Find out here how the ZTL’s (Limited Traffic Zone) work.
Tips for Parking in Florence – the city offers some types of car parks:
- Paid parking, private garages, public and paid spaces (on the street), free parking, and parking lots further away from the city center If you find a spot on the street, DO NOT LEAVE OBJECTS ON SHOW INSIDE THE CAR! No matter how safe Italy is, there are still people who break car windows to steal something they may deem “of value,” so pay attention, okay?!
- If your hotel is located within the ZTL area, remember to inform the hotel that you are arriving (or your approximate arrival time) so that they can inform the authorities of your car’s license plate and thus disregard a possible traffic ticket! Read also: What Are The 10 Must-See Sights In Florence?
There’s no shortage of options! There are several of them scattered in all locations close to the historic center. A lot of paid parking is also present near Fortezza da Basso and Porta al Prato.
Also, don’t forget the car park under Piazza Ghiberti (known as San Ambrogio) and Piazza Beccaria; another option is near Piazza Libertà (Parterre) and near Porta Romana. These are located in more central areas, about a 15-minute walk from the historic center itself.
Just so you know, this post is not sponsored, and the locations were chosen according to their proximity to the historic city center.
If you don’t want to walk, use bus number 36 – although it’s a very easy walk.
How much does parking cost?
On average, between 1 and 3 euros per hour, with 20 euros per day. There are parking lots that charge 8 euros per hour, especially during the high season! So, a piece of advice: research well where to leave your car BEFORE you travel.
Tips for Paid Parking in Florence
Below, you’ll find some information about paid parking lots in Florence.
Parking Porta al Prato Leopolda
- Address: Via Gabbuggiani, 2/4;
- Prices: €1.00 for the first hour and €2.00 for the second hour and all subsequent hours, divisible by 1/2 hour;
- Daily rate: € 20.00;
- Official Website: PortalPratoLeopolda.
- Address: Fortezza da Basso, Piazzale Caduti nei Lager, 50129;
- Prices: €1.60 per hour or fraction of an hour;
- Daily rate: € 20.00;
- Official Website: StazzioneFortalezaFiera.
San Lorenzo car park (Mercado Centrale – one of the most expensive, but very well located!)
- Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 1;
- Information: With market openings from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Saturday,
- Prices: €2.00 for the first hour; €3.00 for the second hour; €8.00 for each subsequent hour;
- Opening hours: Every day after 2 p.m., including Sunday: €2.00 per hour;
- Official Website: SanLorenzoMercatoCentrale.
- Address: Via del Ponte Rosso, 4;
- Prices: €2.00 per hour or fraction of an hour;
- Daily rate: 10€ on the first day, 15€ on the second day, and 20.00€ on the third and following days;
- Official Website: ParcheggiParterre.
Sant’t Ambrogio (under Piazza Ghiberti)
- Address: Piazza Annigoni, 9;
- Opening hours and prices: During market opening from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.: €1.00 for the first hour or part of it, not divisible; €2.00 for the second hour, divisible by half an hour; €3.00 for the third hour and beyond, divisible by half an hour – From 2 p.m. to 7 a.m.: including all Sundays and holidays: €2.00 per hour, divisible by half an hour;
Official Website: Santambrogio.
- Address: Viale Amendola, 7;
- Prices: €1.70 per hour or fraction of an hour;
- Official Website: ParcheggiBeccaria.
Where to park on the street?
Well, if you prefer to leave your car on the street, you can also park it in residential areas. Needless to say, finding a spot in these areas is almost a divine miracle, but not impossible!
Usually these areas are about a 20-minute walk from the historic center, but it can be a good idea for those who want to save money. The tip here is to arrive early!
Park ONLY on the BLUE lines, as the white ones are reserved for residents and the yellow ones for the disabled. Remember to check if there is a parking meter close to where you parked the car, because even if it’s on the street, YOU PAY FOR THE SPACE!
The parking meter is indicated with the letter P, and you must pay in advance! Don’t forget to leave the voucher on the car’s dashboard, inside, in a very visible way! Spots cost 2 euros for the first hour and 3 for additional hours; payment is required between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday, excluding Sundays and holidays.
- If you are going to leave your car there overnight, be sure to check the day of the week that STREET CLEANING takes place; there are signs with this information in these zones. If you leave your car there on the days they do the cleaning, they can tow your car, so PAY ATTENTION!
- If you find an easy parking space in these places, be suspicious, as it may be cleaning day, and, knowing that, residents park elsewhere!
Street parking tips
You can look for parking spaces along Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, but be careful in this area: if you arrive at the National Library, don’t go past the traffic lights, because after passing them you will already be in ZTL! From there, turn left, right into the square, and go back!
Other well-located car parks:
Other well-located car parks are close to the ring road, between Piazza Beccaria and Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia.
Crossing the Ponte di San Niccolò you can also find other parking lots: there are spaces along Lungarno del Tempio, Lungarno Cellini and Lungarno Ferrucci – on the other side of the Arno, and they are all close to the center.
Along the road under Piazzale Michelangelo, along Via dei Bastioni near Porta San Frediano, and on Viale Petrarca towards Porta Romana, there are also places to park with peace of mind.
Is it worth using the car in Florence?
Not! It’s not worth it! Why? Because the whole city can be visited on foot! One of the great advantages of Florence is that the vast majority of its tourist attractions are concentrated in the historic center and, practically, next to each other or on the other side of the Ponte Vecchio; however, essentially, Florence is a mostly flat city, so it doesn’t offer much effort to be explored on foot.
I recommend the car to anyone who wants to leave Florence and visit other places in Tuscany, such as the cities that are part of the Wine Route, for example. In addition, the city can be completely known for its delicious walks, believe me! Find out here: What to do in Florence in 2 days!
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Tips for Parking in Florence Options abound, but always pay attention to the blessed ZTLs, as they are annoying, dominate the city, and, believe me, they are almost everywhere! Anyway, have a nice trip!
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