Health & insurance
Florence is a healthy place, so your main risks are likely to be museum fatigue, sunburn, foot blisters, insect bites and possibly a twisted ankle (grazie cobblestones), or stomach ache from eating and drinking with too much gusto.
Before You Go
- The free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers EU citizens and those from Switzerland, Norway and Iceland for most medical care in public hospitals free of charge.
- The EHIC does not cover emergency repatriation home or non-emergencies. EHIC is available from health centres and, in the UK, online (www.ehic.org.uk) and from post offices.
- Citizens from other countries should check whether there's a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Italy – Australia, for instance, has such an agreement; carry your Medicare card. Additional health insurance should cover the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home.
- Check in advance whether your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
No special vaccinations are required for travel to Florence; ensure your routine vaccines such as diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, polio and hepatitis B are up to date.
Despite the Florentine enthusiasm for consuming bottled mineral water with meals, tap water in the city is perfectly drinkable.