Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance, is an almost unrealistic city, or rather a living museum that safeguards glorious exhibits in its narrow streets. The centre of the city, dominated by the magnificent cathedral Duomo, is a Unesco Heritage Site. Traces of famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Boticelli and Michelangelo are still clearly visible in Florence. Even modern fashion artists, such as Gucci and Cavalli come from this beautiful, stylish city. Explore the stunning region of Tuscany with a car hire from Auto Europe. Book online your car hire in Florence and discover charming Italian cities as Arezzo, Siena and Pisa with total freedom and at your own pace, or go on a road trip through Tuscany!
It is very important and worth noting that, due to its historic nature and Unesco protection, the centre of the city is a restricted traffic area. It must not be entered without a special ZTL permit. Video cameras operate 24 hours and you will be fined should you enter the zone by car without the permit. The permit itself is highly unlikely to obtain. If your hotel happens to be in this zone, you can enter to leave your luggage there. Make sure you provide the hotel staff with your car details, as the licence plate will be photographed, and let them contact the police on your behalf. Of course, get in touch with them and seek advice before your trip. The good news - to explore the centre of Florence you do not need a car, it is perfectly accessible on foot. Leave your car rental in one of the big car parks located on the ring around the centre. All of them have taxi and bus service to take you directly to the city centre. When parking on-street, look for parking signs as some parking slots can be free of charge, while others may have certain restrictions as to the time and days for parking. Visit our driving in Italy guide for more information about traffic regulations in Italy before picking up your car hire in Florence.
Florence was founded on both sides of the Arno River in the Tuscany region. Its climate is a combination of humid subtropical and Mediterranean with hot summers and wet, cool winters. Lack of wind in summer occasionally sends temperatures to soaring 40°C. Rainfall is rare in the summer, and quite frequent in the winter, at times changing into snow.
Florence Airport is situated 8 miles north-west of the city. You can reach it with your car rental in less than 30 minutes. A number of airlines connects cities worldwide to this Tuscan jewel. Direct flights from the UK to Florence are operated by British Airways, Vueling Airlines, Flybe and CityJet.
Florence Airport (FLR)
Telephone: +39 055 30615 400
For distances too long to walk, you may want to use the orange city buses to take you from point A to point B around the city. Make sure you validate the ticket as soon as you get on the bus since ticket controllers check passengers' tickets quite regularly. Tickets can be bought at ticket machines or directly from the driver, which is a more expensive option and will require an exact amount of money as no change is given.