This page can be very useful for those who arrive in Florence by car and do not know where to park.
Florence is a medieval town full of lanes and magnificent views. Walking on it is a pleasure. Most of the monuments are minutes away from each other.
The best solution for the tourist is therefore to leave the car in the various car parks you will find in the city.
When booking the hotel in Florence do not forget to ask if it has private parking.
Florence’s historic centre is a Limited Traffic Area (abbreviated ZTL) and special permits are required to enter. Very salty fines are planned for those who access without permission.
At each entry of the centre you will find a green or red light indicating whether you can access the ZTL or not (with green you can access without permission, with the red only authorized).
On Sundays and evenings from 8pm to 3am many accesses are open and you can travel in areas generally prohibited during the week.
But always check the lights at the entrance!
ZTL access times:
The ZTL in sectors A, B and O is active all year, on weekdays, at the following times:
Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 8.00 pm and Saturday from 7.30 am to 4.00 pm.
From the first Thursday of April to the first Sunday in October, the nighttime ZTL is active. The ZTL discipline, at this time, is also extended on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with the following times:
For sectors A, B and O
– from 8pm on Thursday at 3.00 am on Friday
– from 8pm on Friday at 3.00 am on Saturdays
– from 8pm on Saturdays at 3.00 am on Sundays
For the F and G sectors
– from 11pm on Thursday at 3.00 am on Friday
– from 11pm on Friday at 3.00 am on Saturdays
– from 11pm on Saturdays at 3.00 am on Sundays
For permissions and information please visit: http://servizi.comune.fi.it/servizi/scheda-servizio/ztl
Let’s see the various solutions:
Don’t worry about the red light because your parking will communicate your license plate number for the access to the parking office. It is the most expensive solution but one of the most comfortable and safe. Once you leave your car you will not have to worry about it anymore. Even better if you plan to stay more days, ask for a daily rate. Prices are always on display. Daily rates are around 25-30 euros.
Don’t forget to ask your hotel where you can find nearby parking, they will definitely help you. In fact hotels and B & Bs often offer special rates with private car parks located in their immediate areas.
PAYMENT PARKS WITHOUT CUSTOM
All car parks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Parking at Santa Maria Novella Station is one of the largest in the city and is located under the central station of Florence. It is among the most expensive car parks but is definitely convenient. (€ 3,00 the first non-fractional hour, € 3,00 the second hour and all subsequent hours divisible by 1/2 hour).
The cheapest car parks are those at the Fortezza (Parking Fortezza Fiera and Binario Parking 16), Parking Sant’Ambrogio (but is a bit outside the historic center), Parking Beccaria (in the same square) and Parking Oltrarno – Calza .
For updated rates and number of parking places available, please see http://www.firenzeparcheggi.it/
PARKING OUTSIDE THE HISTORIC CENTRE
Allowed parking spaces are those with blue stripes. White stripes are reserved for residents and yellow people with disabilities. Look for a nearby parking meter then place the ticket on the dashboard so that it is clearly visible.
Costs: These parking spaces are payable from 8am to 8pm (then free), from Monday to Saturday except for holidays. Rates are approximately 2 euros for the first hour and 3 for the next.
With this solution, it is always advisable to check the road cleaning day on the signs at the beginning of the road.
If you want to park near the Uffizi or Santa Croce district you can park along the Lungarno della Zecca, from the small parking lot near the tower to the National Library (there you will find an access to the ZTL) or in the stretch that you will find on the other side of the Arno river .
Other parking lots are located along the large avenues that surround the historic centre between Piazza Donatello and the Lungarno della Zecca.
If you do not find you can always look in the Oltrarno area, along Viale Petrarca (follow the ancient walls) from Porta Romana and Piazza della Calza to Piazza Torquato Tasso.
In Florence there are three car sharing services Car2go, Sharengo, Adduma car and Enjoy that allow access to the ZTL.
To check the updated garage rates and further solutions:
Florence Parking: http://www.firenzeparcheggi.it/
Scandicci-Florence tram: http://www.gestramvia.it/
Information, routes and hours of the ATAF bus service: http://www.ataf.net/
Useful info also on http://www.accessibilitacentristorici.it/ztl/toscana/firenze.html site for door and access location ZTL