Cheap hotels in San Marco, Florence
North of the Duomo, and home to the Accademia and David, parts of this area are flooded with tourists and tourist cuisine. As you head north, however, the streets widen out a bit, and there's a much more residential feel to the area.
The university is also located nearby, which explains the few hipster-inspired bars, shops, and restaurants dotting the 'hood. You're most likely to find peace and quiet in the northern part of San Marco.