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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €20–45
  • Sandwich €4–8
  • Trattoria dinner: €15–25
  • Coffee standing at a bar: €1.20
  • Bus ticket: €1.50 (€2.50 on board)
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €110–200
  • Restaurant meal: €30–45
  • Aperitivo: €10
  • Museum admission: €4–10
  • Walking tours: €20–50
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a four- or five-star hotel: €200 plus
  • Upmarket restaurant meal: €45–70
  • Coffee sitting at a cafe terrace: €5

When to go and weather


Getting to Florence

Most people arrive one of two ways: by air from international airports in Florence and Pisa, or by train to Stazione Campo di Marte or Stazione di Santa Maria Novella, both in central Florence.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Florence

  • Foot Florence itself is small and best navigated on foot; most major sights are within easy walking distance.
  • Bicycle City bikes to rent in front of Stazione di Santa Maria Novella and elsewhere in the city.
  • Car & Motorcycle Nonresident traffic banned from historic centre; parking is an absolute headache and best avoided.
  • Public Transport Efficient network of buses and trams, most handy for visiting Fiesole and getting up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo. Unless you're mad, forget a car.
  • Taxi Can't be hailed on the street; find ranks at the train and bus stations or call 055 42 42 or 055 43 90.

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Children are welcomed anywhere, anytime in Florence. Families frequently go out with young children in the evenings. However, it’s not the easiest city to visit with very young children: green spaces and playgrounds are scarce, crowded cobbled streets make pushchairs...

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Working and volunteering

Online resources such as Go Abroad (www.goabroad.com), Transitions Abroad (www.transitionsabroad.com) and European Voluntary Service (www.europeanvoluntaryservice.org) throw up the occasional volunteering opportunity in Florence.Otherwise, it's worth scouring local English-language newspaper the Florentine (www.theflorentine.net), which lists the odd volunteering projects that are...

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