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There’s no bad time to go to Florence as many of the city’s attractions are indoors, but if you go during summer, it will be busy and hot. Temperatures rise to 86 – 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can be humid. In August, many of Florence’s residents take a holiday and flee the city, and some attractions will close. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are much more comfortable but are again busy with crowds of tourists. Book your flights and accommodation ahead of time to avoid disappointment. You might plan a visit during winter because you can find good deals on flights and rooms with fewer tourists arriving in Florence between December and February. Temperatures of between 33 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit are not exactly frigid, but you should pack a warm coat, hat and gloves for wandering around the city.
There are no airlines flying directly to Florence from the US, but you can fly with one or more stops on Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Delta, United, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Alitalia, and Vueling Airlines.
The Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola, or Florence Airport, is just 2.5 miles from the city center, and offers good transport options into the city, including the ones listed below.
You may hail a cab from a taxi stand outside the airport and travel to the city center in 15 minutes for a fare of €20.00 EUR (plus luggage charges).
Take the ‘Vola in Bus’ shuttle which runs between the airport and central Santa Maria Novella train station. The ride takes 20-30 mins and the fare is €6.00 EUR.
Pisa International Airport, also called Galileo Galilei Airport, is located in Pisa. This is the main airport in Tuscany, so you might land here rather than in Florence. If you do, there are several options for transport into Florence.
Board the Pisa Mover from the airport into Pisa Centrale station, then take a train going to Florence and get off at Santa Maria Novella station. The trip will take between 50 – 62 minutes, and the fare is €11.10 EUR.
The Terravision Bus Service runs a shuttle between the Pisa airport and central Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Travel time is 70 minutes and fares start from €4.99 EUR. You can also ride the Autostradale bus from Pisa Airport to central Florence station Piazzale Montelungo in 70 minutes for a cost of €14.00 EUR.
Take a taxi from Pisa airport to Florence in 1 hour 13 minutes, for about €170.00 EUR.
If you prefer to drive yourself while visiting Florence, look for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Florence is extremely walkable, as its historic center is very compact compared to other major European cities. Parts of it are even pedestrian only. When your feet need a break, you can use the local buses, as do many of the locals, or hail a taxi. Your rental car might be useful for trips outside of the city but will be more of a hindrance within Florence.
City bus and tram routes cover all the major sights in Florence. You can buy single ride or multi-ride tickets at any authorized sales point (anyone with an ATAF sticker on their shop windows) and they cost €1.20 EUR for a single ride, with a 4-ride ticket costing € 4.70 EUR. If you purchase a ticket from your bus driver it will cost more, usually €2.00 EUR.
You can hail a taxi at the train station or find them outside of most tourist attractions. If can’t find one, just call for a ride. Flag drop is €3.30 EUR Monday – Saturday, €5.30 EUR on Sundays and holidays, and €6.60 EUR between 10 pm and 6 am. The scatto (per-unit charge) is €0.10 EUR, but the units vary depending on how long the ride takes, and there are charges for bags that are large enough to go in the trunk.
Florence is a popular destination for art aficionados, with its magnificent galleries and museums full of works by the masters, but there are plenty of interesting things for everyone to see and do here. Here are a few of the highlights you should make time to visit, when you travel to Florence, Italy.
You can buy a Firenze Card to get into museums, and it includes unlimited bus travel on ATAF buses for the 72 hours that the Firenze Card is active. You must get the special bus ticket when you buy the Firenze Card, and stamp this bus ticket the first time you get on a bus.
Many of Florence’s galleries and museums see enormous lines every day. If you would rather spend your vacation doing something other than standing in line, you can pre-book your entrance to the best of them here.