Florence in detail

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

Health Insurance

  • 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.

In Florence

Tap Water

Despite the Florentine enthusiasm for consuming bottled mineral water with meals, tap water in the city is perfectly drinkable.

Medical Services

24-Hour Pharmacy This pharmacy inside Florence's central train station is open 24 hours. There is usually at least one member of staff who speaks English.

Dr Stephen Kerr: Medical Service Resident British doctor.