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Where to park in Florence?

Are you going by car to Florence? Know that there is ZTL in much of the city, but today we will give you great suggestions on where to park in Florence to avoid a possible fine.

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Where to park in Florence?

Florence is a charm! Beautiful, charming, elegant and is the “fine capital” for some tourists!. That’s because many unsuspecting tourists insist on entering the famous ZTL by car. Thinking about it today we will tell you where to park in Florence, peacefully and without the risk of getting a fine. Shall we get to know more about 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

Florence is not a city to visit by car, so finding a place to park is not always an easy task; not to mention that, if you enter a ZTL, you can get a ticket, and if you park there, one more! But if you are going to travel to Tuscany by car and Florence is part of your itinerary, don’t worry: there are great options for you to park without any worries and enjoy, on foot, the birthplace of Italy’s Renaissance. Find out here Where to sleep in Florence when traveling by car?

If you are driving to Florence, it is good to know that the parking options exist, you just have to choose the one that best fits your needs. There are paid parking lots, private garages, some (few) spaces on some streets and parking lots outside Florence. Shall we get to know the details? Find out how to avoid fines in Florence by clicking here!

1) Where to park in Florence? IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE HISTORICAL CENTER

In Florence there are several parking lots around the historic center, including one that is underground in the Santa Maria Novella train station. Still close to the same station, but on the west side of the center, you can park underground near Fortezza da Basso and Porta al Prato. To the east, there is a parking lot under Piazza Ghiberti, also known as San Ambrogio, and the parking lot at Piazza Beccaria.

In the north you will find great places to park in Piazza Libertà, the Parterre, and if you are in the south, you can use the Porta Romana parking lot. The areas just mentioned are the most central, therefore the most sought after, but the great advantage is that most of them are just 15 minutes from the center, that is: a short walk and you will already be in the heart of Florence. Find out our section Driving in Italy!

How much?

Well, they are not so expensive, the cost varies between 1 to 3 Euros per hour or, if you prefer, you can pay 20 Euros per day for 12 hours.

Tip

  • Pay attention to the values! Many of them mention that they cost 2 euros an hour, but do not say that, from the second hour, they add 1 euro an hour! So stay tuned!

2) Where to park in Florence? IN PRIVATE GARAGES AND PAID PARKING LOTS

What is the difference between private garages and paid parking lots? Price, space and security. While paying parking lots pay a little less, but you don’t always have insurance if something happens to your car, in private garages (which are usually companies), you pay a little more, but you get a much better service. It costs, on average, 25 to 30 euros (12 hour period).

Map with the Parking Lots

If you want to get a glimpse of the map of Firenze before choosing where to park, you can click here! On the website you can view a small map and choose the location that best fits your need.

Park2Go

An excellent place to park is Park2Go. Park2Go was made mainly for tourists, it is a very safe and convenient place, as it is close to everything in the center of Florence. A few meters from Piazza del Duomo, it costs 25 euros a day and has great reviews on the services offered.

Attention

  • This parking lot is INSIDE THE ZTL ZONE, but those responsible for the parking lot advise the “comune” (city hall) so the fine will not be charged, O.K.?! You can make the reservation online. The cool thing is that, if the fine comes anyway due to ‘human error’: they pay your fine!

Street Parking Lot

If you don’t make a point of and don’t want a covered place, safely and etc., you can choose to park on the street. In residential areas, although it is difficult to get a place, it is not impossible and you will have to walk to the center for a maximum of 20 minutes.

Important to Know

  • Attention to the WHITE LINES, they are reserved for residents, and the YELLOW LINES for the disabled. You can only park on BLUE LINES! After you park you will have to look for a machine to pay for the parking that is near a blue sign with a huge white P, it is not difficult to find it or use it. Remember to leave the voucher on the dashboard, O.K.? Else: give him a ticket! Let’s talk about the costs: these places are paid between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, from Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays and it costs 2 euros in the first hour. After that period, you pay 3 euros per hour thereafter.
  • Remember to pay according to the estimated parking time, O.K.?! If you park in these places at night, check the day of the week when there is CLEANING OF THE ROAD – there are indications with times and days – the risk of disrespecting this rule is having the car towed! So, don’t be silly, okay ?! If you find a spot very easily at night, be wary and remember what we just said!
    Street Parking Suggestions

Below, some suggestions of where to park on the street:

  • Along Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia – GOLD TIP: If you arrive at the National Library through this route, do not continue beyond the traffic lights: you will enter the ZTL area. To get rid: turn left in the square and come back!
  • Between Piazza Beccaria and Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia. There is also a small parking lot at Torre della Zecca, just before Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia.
  • After Ponte San Niccolò, along Lungarno del Tempio, Lungarno Cellini and Lungarno Ferrucci on the other side of Arno.
  • Along the road below Piazzale Michelangelo, on Via dei Bastioni (one-way starting at Viale Michelangelo) – Follow Piazzale towards Piazza Ferrucci; at the red light you find on Via dei Bastioni, just turn left.

3) Where to park in Florence? OUT OF FLORENCE

Another great idea is to park outside Florence! Then, to ‘return’ to Florence, you can use public transport! You can use trams and buses with regular ATAF tickets, which cost 1.20 euros and are valid for 90 minutes. REMEMBER TO VALIDATE IT, O.K.? You can buy tickets at tobacco shops or newsstands. See our section on Accommodation section in Italy!

It is also possible to buy on the bus and even by SMS. If you buy by SMS, you will pay 1.50 euros. To buy by SMS, send “Ataf” to 4880105. – remembering that it is only possible to use the SMS system with an Italian telephone number. Some great places to park outside of Florence are:

Scandicci

The best parking lots are along the Florence tram line, which runs from Scandicci to Santa Maria Novella train station. Scandicci’s largest car park is at the COOP supermarket, located on Viale Nenni. The tram stop is right in front of the supermarket and is called Nenni-Torregalli. From there you can reach Florence in just 15 minutes. This parking is free. Another free parking lot, with spaces spread over two floors, one of them underground, is the one near the Arcipressi stop, on Via Andrea da Pontedera.

Via del Sansavino

However, the closest parking lot to Florence near the tram route, is the one on Via del Sansavino, with the homonymous tram stop right in front of it. However, parking is paid, but at far lower rates than parking lots closer to the center. It works 24 hours a day and costs 1 euro in the first hour and 50 cents from the second; the maximum daily value reaches 12 euros and it is on Via del Sansovino, 53.

Villa Constanza

A parking lot that is also worthwhile is at Villa Constanza. It is along the A1 motorway and from there you can take tram number 1 to reach the center of Florence at the stop in front of Santa Maria Novella station. It costs 7 euros a day for 12 hours.

Galluzzo

Taking the A1 motorway exit (Firenze-Siena – Firenze-Impruneta), head to Florence passing through the city of Galluzzo. There is free parking near the main square, from where you can take buses 36 or 37 and go to Florence super fast, in about 10 minutes. If you prefer to park even closer to Florence than Galluzzo, there is paid parking on Via del Gelsomino 11, on the road that leads to the main square. It also operates 24 hours a day and has a maximum daily rate of 15 euros a day. It is € 1.00 for the first hour and € 0.50 for every subsequent half hour. Maximum daily fee of 15 euros.

Firenze-Impruneta

Another good option is the free parking lot that is located after Firenze-Impruneta – former Firenze Certosa – on the A1 motorway near the Florence-Siena highway. The historic center of Florence is just 20 minutes away by bus and you will use line 37. Ticket on board: 2 euros.

Paid Parking Suggestion

Below is a list with addresses and values of some paid parking lots:

Santa Maria Novella Station

Located within a ZTL, it is one of the most expensive, but more comfortable; it works every day, 24 hours. Values:

• 3.00 euros the first hour;
• 3.00 euros in subsequent hours, divisible by half an hour.

Porta ao Gramado

Perfect for those arriving from FI-PI-LI. Values:

• 1.00 euro in the first hour;
• 2.00 euros in subsequent hours, divisible by half an hour;
• Daily rate: € 20.00.

Fortress-Fair

Below Fortezza da Basso, it is perfect if you need to attend a fair or a congress at the Fortress or the Congress Center. It is also ideal if you need to travel to Santa Maria Novella station, which is a 10-minute walk away. Open 24 hours. Values:

• 1.60 euros per hour or half an hour;
• Daily rate: € 20.00.

Railway Station 16

Located between the fortress and the train tracks, behind Santa Maria Novella, it is also very well located. Value:

• 1.60 euros per hour or half an hour.

Sant’Ambrogio (Piazza Ghiberti)

Close to the Sant’Ambrogio Florentine market, below Piazza Ghiberti / Largo Annigoni, it is a 5-minute walk from Piazza Santa Croce, while the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria and other monuments are within a 10-minute walk. Open 24 hours.

Values during the opening of the market: from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm:

• 1.00 euro the first hour or part of it;
• 2.00 euros in the second hour, divisible by half an hour;
• 3.00 euros in the third hour and subsequent installments at half an hour.

Values from 2 pm to 7 am, including all Sundays and holidays:

• 2.00 euros per hour divisible by half an hour.

Piazza Beccaria

Located under the homonymous gate in Florence it is outside the ZTL area, but still close to the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. About a 10 minute walk. Open 24 hours. Value:

• 1.70 euros per hour or half an hour.

Piazza Alberti

Outside the historic center, it opens from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Values:

• 1.60 euros per hour or half an hour;
• Daily rate: 11.00 euros.

Oltrarno

It is a small parking lot that is close to the Porta Romana, within the city walls. It is 20 minutes walk from the historic center. Open 24 hours. Value:

• 2.00 euros per hour or half an hour.

Viale Europa

At Viale Europa, near the A1 exit Firenze Sud, you will find great parking, especially if you want to leave the highway and park quickly after visiting the city. The center is a 30-minute walk away and you can use bus number 23, 33, 71, 81, 82 or 85, moreover: it’s super economical! Open 24 hours.

Common daily rate from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm:

• 2.00 euros per hour.
• From 7 pm to 7 am: 1.00 euro per hour, divisible by half an hour.

Attention

  • Prices and times may change without notice by the companies mentioned here!

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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.

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Conclusion

Where to park in Florence? If you are going to Florence by car and want to park comfortably: there will be plenty of options! And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier ????

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