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Florence City Guide Introduction - Florence, Italy

Intro to Florence

Welcome to Florence, one of Italy's (deservedly) most popular cities. Florence is so chock-full of attractions that it sometimes feels like a theme park. The Uffizi, the Duomo, and the Ponte Vecchio may be the best known of these, but the charms of Florence easily extend beyond this trio of sights.

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Florence essentials

Expect to Spend: Florence

What should you expect to spend for hotels and restaurants in Florence? Avoid sticker shock upon arrival by checking out our price overviews in advance. Trust us, you don't want to be surprised by the cost of a meal or a hotel room. » read more

Florence Budget Tips

How to keep it cheap in such an expensive tourist magnet of a city? We'll give you a few tips on saving your euros in Florence right here. We'll tell you where the tourist offices are, overview museum entrance prices, and suggest free sights, guided tours, and other activities. » read more

Florence Car Rentals

Should you rent a car while visiting Florence? We suggest renting a car only if you intend to get out of town to explore the region, but we're not dogmatic. We'll tell you what a three-day economy car rental should cost, and remind you to avoid picking your car up at the airport. » read more

Getting Around Florence

You won't suffer for transportation choices in Florence. Your own two feet are the best way to get around the city. We'll also overview transportation by bus, taxi, and scooter. Yes, scooters. In case you get swept up by the scene and decide to do as the locals do, we want you to be prepared. » read more

Getting Into Florence

We'll help you navigate transportation between Florence and its two proximate airports: near-by Amerigo Vespucci Airport and Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa. We'll also explain why getting in from the train station is an absolute snap. » read more

Florence feature stories

Agriturismo Farm Stays

Agriturismo, or Italian farmstays, are an inexpensive and fun way to check out the Italian countryside. Read our overview of Italian agriturismo right here, check out our links to agriturismo Web sites, and begin to fantasize about your Italian farm escape.

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Florence Cheap Eats

Check out Florence-based writer Will Schutt's cheap eats recommendations for Florence. He'll tell you where to feast on Florentine treats like tripe with grilled vegetables, panino con lampredotto, and crocchette di patate for next to nothing.

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Florence City Guide Introduction

Welcome to Florence, one of Italy's (deservedly) most popular cities. Florence is so chock-full of attractions that it sometimes feels like a theme park. The Uffizi, the Duomo, and the Ponte Vecchio may be the best known of these, but the charms of Florence easily extend beyond this trio of sights.

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Florence Day Trips

We're not just full of good, practical advice here at EuroCheapo. We're also full of crafty little suggestions for getting you away from the hordes. Here's a whole set of daytrip getaway ideas for visitors to Florence: mountain biking through national parks, Lucca, and the Chianti Hills.

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Florence Hotel Overview

How hard is it to find a bed in a city that draws countless art lovers, history buffs, and gourmands? Not very. After, that is, you've read all of our helpful tips. Go on, get started. We know you want to.

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Pre-book Museum Tickets in Florence

With the city's office museum website, you can book tickets online for all museums, allowing users to bypass the long queue and restricted entrance schedule.

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Reading Up On Florence

Shock your traveling companions with your background knowledge on Florence. Our Florence Bookworm Top Five list includes books by Sarah Dunant, Kinta Beevor, E.M. Forster, Mary McCarthy, and a fellow called Dante. Build your very own Florence database in your very own head.

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Reviewing Florence

EuroCheapo correspondent Annie Shapero gets down and dirty about the real Florence beyond the streets and monuments jammed with tourists. Read on as she shares her favorite mouthwatering foods and the fabulous little secret we call a great tailor.» read more

From our Florence blog

Welcome to EuroCheapo's guide to cheap hotels in Florence and throughout Europe.

Florence is an interesting city for budget travelers. While thousands flock daily to the city’s picture-perfect streets and Renaissance sights (making it at times a bit overwhelming), the city still offers a number of small budget hotels and B&Bs that exude local flavor at surprisingly affordable rates. That's where we come in...

Find the perfect affordable hotel

Search for your travel dates in the box above to see available hotels.

Click through to see a list of our recommended budget hotels. (Rest assured that all of our "Editor's Picks" are central, clean and cheap. Bonus points if they have a little pizzazz in their piazza.)

Keep it cheap

For additional ways to save, check out the "budget tips" articles in our city guide, and stop by our Florence blog, where we regularly post about free and cheap events, cheap eats, and more.

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For American tourists heading to Eurozone countries, the news just keeps getting better. When I wrote this piece celebrating the strong dollar back in January, the euro had stumbled to $1.17 for one dollar, the lowest it ... read

Looking for something quick and cheap to fill you up while sightseeing in Florence? Local meats, cheese and fresh veggies stuffed into salty, crunchy bread make panini a perfect choice. A great panino will be made with f ... read

Do you have a taste for the unconventional when you travel? Does the predictability of a chain hotel leave you cold in your bed? If you’re looking to book a hotel that has a healthy dose of personality, or perhaps is e ... read

The Hotel Dali, located a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo in central Florence, has been a EuroCheapo favorite for more than 10 years. When we first visited the Dali, Marco and Samanta, the hotel’s husband an ... read

Between the Tuscan wine, chic clothing and world-class museums, your trip budget in Florence can really add up.  While there are some things you can’t avoid shelling out for (your hotel, flight, etc.), there are ... read

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