Best Places for Backpackers in Florence, Italy.

Enjoy backpacking around Florence, Italy without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Florence, Italy.

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Top 50 hostels in Florence, Italy.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Florence, Italy.

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Hotel Ungherese

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Hotel Ungherese

Florence Hotel Ungherese is a Family run Hotel located in a typical Tuscan villa, at the picturesque foothills of Fiesole and immersed within the peaceful residential neighbourhood of San Gervasio, yet only minutes from the historical City Centre. Hotel Ungherese is equipped with an enchanting...
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Hotel Fiorita

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Hotel Fiorita

Hotel fiorita is located in the historical and commercial centre of Florence just 30 metres from the main railway station (S.Maria Novella), the Air Terminal and the Congress Centre. There is a parking area nearby or a garage service is also available for 18 per day. We are a recently renovate...
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Il Giglio Guesthouse

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Il Giglio Guesthouse

Dear traveler, welcome to Il Giglio Guesthouse in Florence! 'We won't check you in, but make you feel at home!' Position! In the heart of Florence (5 - 10 min walk from major sights, such as Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio), right next to the main railway station Santa Maria Novella (5 min on foot) an...
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Hotel Ester Florence

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Hotel Ester Florence

Hotel Ester (3-star) is managed by young, friendly staff, and is located in the historical centre of Florence therefore walking distance to all of Florence's main attractions and a 5-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella railway station. All rooms have comfortable beds, free high-speed Wi-Fi, Flat...
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Bassetto Guesthouse

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Bassetto Guesthouse

Welcome to Bassetto Guesthouse! We are located in Certaldo, in the belly button of Tuscany, a beautiful region of vineyards, olive groves and medieval towns. This is the place where you will find a true taste of Tuscany and the 'bella vita' in an authentic XIVth century setting. We are bringing...
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Youth Hotel Firenze 2000

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Youth Hotel Firenze 2000

Unique amongst the hotels in florence, Youth Residence Firenze 2000 is only a few minutes from the historic areas of san frediano and santo spirito and can easily be reached from the train station, santa maria novella (approx. 15 minutes on foot without luggage). Completely renewed, all our rooms...
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Bed & Breakfast La Martellina

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Bed & Breakfast La Martellina

Enchanting B & B near Florence, an ancient mill on the Arno dating back to the 13th century and still intact in its charm. It is completely surrounded by nature and located in the vicinity of a small village offering a bar, a newsstand, some shops and a restaurant. The center of Florence lies les...
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Hotel Nella

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Hotel Nella

We are here to make their stay the most memorable. Located in the center full of history of Florence and only 2 minutes of station Santa Maria Novella, Hotel Nella is an ideal place for people that wish live in a clean and quiet place. Your satisfaction is our concern. Hotel Nella is small ,clea...
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Mòsì Firenze

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Mòsì Firenze

Mòsì is a new kind of bed&breakfast. Is a place that brings together the comfort and sense of familiarity of a B&B with a hostel is social and laid back atmosphere. The attention to detail in furnishings; the homemade Italian breakfasts; the sense of community in the common spaces, the warm, smiling...
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Soggiorno Fortezza Fiorentina

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Soggiorno Fortezza Fiorentina

The Soggiorno Fortezza Fiorentina is a small family run B&B; it is located on the third floor of a building (there is the elevator). It is only 400 metres walking distance from the central train station in Florence (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and just 200 meters walk from the exhibition center of...
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A Casa di Olivo

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A Casa di Olivo

Bed & Breakfast A casa di Olivo is located on the hills in the South district of Florence in Montalbano street, 4 km far from Florence downtown. The house has been obtained by an ancient dwelling place of the Medicean age that, during the time, has given hospitality to several generations of peas...
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Villa alle Rampe

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Villa alle Rampe

With five well groomed and nicely appointed double rooms, Villa alle Rampe, with its informal atmosphere, is a convenient and delightful place to hang your hat while exploring the world’s most magical Renaissance city. Each of our five double rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, hairdryer a...
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Bed & Breakfast D. Alighieri

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Bed & Breakfast D. Alighieri

he B&B 'Alighieri' just like (the famous) Dante, is in the heart of Florence. A medieval Tower that joins an old mansion in Republic Square welcomes and accompanies your stay in town. (The Bed&B is located on the 6th floor reached by a lift). Around the B&B 'Alighieri' there is a concentratio...
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Hotel Rita Major Firenze

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Hotel Rita Major Firenze

The charming Hotel Rita Major Firenze dates back to 1700 and offers warm hospitality in the city center of Florence. The hotel is located a few steps from the most important museums and monuments and is easily accessible from the boulevards and ring roads surrounding the city. It is located in a...
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Bed and Breakfast Il Bargello

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Bed and Breakfast Il Bargello

Welcome to one of Florences newest gems situated in the very heart of downtown Florence. Being quite literally a stone throw away from all the famous monuments, such as the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio...you will discover yourself completely immersed in Florences tradition...
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Franz House

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Franz House

The bed and Breakfast Franz House is located right next to the Arno river in the storical center of Florence. The B&B is furnished in a simple but welcoming way. The rooms are big and clear. All the rooms have tv, heating. We have single, double, triple and quad room, ensuite and with share fac...
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Hotel Giappone

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Hotel Giappone

Hotel Giappone is a small hotel located in the historical centre of Florence, near to the SMN railway station and to all the major sites of interest of the city, which are all situated a walking distance away. At Hotel Giappone you will find a quiet and relaxed atmosphere which will allow you to...
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B&B Floralia

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B&B Floralia

B&B is located in the historical center of Florence, 20 metres from the Duomo, near all the other most important monuments of the city and the railway station of Santa Maria Novella. It offers a good family accommodation for your holiday in Florence and the staff will be very glad to help you in al...
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TSH Florence Lavagnini

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TSH Florence Lavagnini

Don't let this stunning 19th century palazzo facade fool you. Beyond these doors lies a stylish, contemporary urban campus with designer lounges, a game room, state-of-the-art fitness area, a quiet library and an open, inviting courtyard piazza that buzzes with the excited beehive activity of our me...
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Adre Majestic View

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Adre Majestic View

Casa Micol is in the historical center of Florence, 5 minutes from Santa Maria Novella station, Fortezza da Basso (center of events in the city), the Duomo, next the Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo with its typical market. Casa Micol offers its hospitality in a third floor of an elegant building w...
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Promenade

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Promenade

Promenade is located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, just 40 meters far from Ponte Vecchio and close to most important tourist destinations and places of historical and cultural interest. Promenade offers single, double bed or twin, triple and quadruple rooms, with private bath...
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Opera Boutique B&B

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Opera Boutique B&B

Opera Boutique B&B is the reference point for those who love a holiday traveling without giving up all the comforts offered by a bed and breakfast of higher level, being able to also avail of the professional assistance of an experienced manager available to guests for a service customized. Featu...
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Ostello del Bigallo - Bigallo Hostel

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Ostello del Bigallo - Bigallo Hostel

This former monastery, dating back to the 13th century, called Antico Spedale del Bigallo, has been renovated and equipped with all the necessary comforts to offer modern travelers the same shelter and unique experience as once, in its original medieval atmosphere. At our Bigallo Hostel, you...
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Hotel Nazionale

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Hotel Nazionale

Hotel Nazionale is located in the beautiful, historic center of Florence - only 300 meters from the main train station and 200 meters from the Congress Center and the Fortezza da Basso and Palazzo dei Congressi. The Hotel consists of 18 beds divided in 7 rooms, all with private bathroom, air con...
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My Friends

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My Friends

Relaxing guesthouse in the center of Florence, just a few minutes far away from the train station Santa Maria Novella and 10 minutes from all the other amazing main attractions! Very close to the congress palace. Please note we do not have a 24 h reception. Check in from 1 PM - 7 PM / arrival...
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Hotel Lombardi

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Hotel Lombardi

The Lombardi Hotel is located into an ancient and elegant palace of Florence, in one quiet road, near the Central Station of ' Santa Maria Novella' (100 meters), the Conferences Centre, the Fortress 'Da Basso' and only five minute walking from the Cathedral. The Lombardi Hotel have 15 bedrooms...
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Leonardo House

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Leonardo House

Our hostel is located just three minutes from santa Maria Novella train station, one minute from the Duomo and five minutes walk from Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. We offer very clean rooms with free linen and a quiet atmosphere. You wont get the noise of scooters, buses or ambulances...
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Hostel Gallo d

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Hostel Gallo d'Oro

Welcome to Gallo d'Oro world!!! What you see is what you get! There's no extra charge for breakfast, snacks and dinner: they are all included with free buffet!! 'Fruit juice, italian coffee, fruit salad, sandwiches, pasta, homemade cakes daily made by our chef and much much more....' Internet...
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Hotel Bavaria

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Hotel Bavaria

Right in the historical center to the inside of the palace 'Montalvo Ramirez' in the heart of Florence, Hotel Bavaria is situated in a strategic position in the heart of Florence, close to the Cathedral square (Duomo), Dante's House, Piazza della Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizzi) and many other...
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Hotel Emma-Florence

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Hotel Emma-Florence

Hotel Emma, is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Florence, just minutes from the most important museums, monuments and commercial center. The hotel offers the utmost hospitality to its clients in a homely atmosphere and features comfortable and personalized rooms with private bathro...
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Hotel Careggi

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Hotel Careggi

Hotel Careggi is the ideal budget accommodation in Florence. We are located near Careggi Hospital and University Complex, our strategic position let you to arrive at the City Centre in 10 minutes by Tram (2 Km), you can enjoy Florence at reasonable rates. Hotel Careggi has a private parking with re...
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Tourist House Santa Croce

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Tourist House Santa Croce

In the Centre of Florence we wait for you in a place where the rooms are really quiet and clean. Tourist House Santa Croce is located in the heart of the city,1 minute from Santa Croce Cathedral,5 minutes from the magnificent Cathedral Duomo, 8 minutes from the Academy Gallery (Galleria dell'Acc...
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Il Ghiro Guesthouse

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Il Ghiro Guesthouse

A small, intimate guesthouse in the center of Florence walking distance from the Railway Station and all the main attractions. We have just five rooms, 3 of them with ensuite bathroom. kitchenette for guests and Free internet access 24/7 . Enjoy quiet and comfortable accommodations and live with...
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Archi Rossi Hostel

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Archi Rossi Hostel

Great Value All prices include ; 3 minutes’ walk from S.M.Novella train station Free breakfast buffet Free luggage storage Free Wi-Fi Free cold and hot water dispenser (Bring your own bottle and fill it up for free) Property Information: Attention please!!!!! From the 1st of jan...
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Emerald Palace

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Emerald Palace

*********Attention********** Please read before you make you're reservation! Lockout from 11.00 to 14.00 for cleaning If you must arrive outside these hours, you must contact us in advance to work out the special circumstances. This is not a party Hostel!!! Is forbidden to drink alcohol in...
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Hotel Palazzuolo

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Hotel Palazzuolo

The hotel Palazzuolo is located in the historic centre of the city, very close to the main Santa Maria Novella train stationand within walking distance from the main attractions of Florence. All 12 rooms are very comfortable, spacious and bright; have colour TV with foreign channels, air conditio...
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Soggiorno Primavera

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Soggiorno Primavera

Our B&B guesthouse Soggiorno Primavera is located in the center of Florence. It is very close to central train station but far enough away to be quiet at night that you can sleep comfortably in our large , sunny and clean rooms, recently renovated. We offer you rooms for 1 or 2 or 3 persons and a...
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Agosti Bed & Breakfast

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Agosti Bed & Breakfast

B&B Agosti is located on the first floor of a newly renovated building, a 5-minute from the central train station Santa Maria Novella. Our rooms have been designed for those who need a romantic escape or simply unplug it, under an atmosphere of colors and designs inspired by Klimt. As you enter...
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Emerald Fields

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Emerald Fields

Before I start with a description of our place, I would like to thank everyone who has given us their support; we've made this place a unique little emerald for all to share. We're located just five minutes from the train station and just up the road from the Galleria dell'Accademia. Come to E...
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PLUS Florence

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PLUS Florence

Welcome to your home away from home in Florence! PLUS Florence is a unique luxury hostel located right in the city centre and within walking distance to all the top sights, only a 10-minute walk from the main train station. We set the bar for budget accommodation not only in Florence but in Eu...
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Academy Hostel

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Academy Hostel

Academy Hostel is a small and nice Hostel in the centre of Florence, his unbeatable location is in an important and old Florentine Building.It is designed for whoever is looking for a quiet place to stay chill and meet other traveller from all over the world.Warm and comfortable, this is not a pa...
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Hotel Savonarola

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Hotel Savonarola

Small hotel with 15 charming rooms located at 10 minutes walk from the Michelangelo's David . Hotel Savonarola awaits you at the beginning of the historical center of the renaissance town. Our rooms are spacious , our reception is open 24 hours. All rooms have air conditioning, LCD-TV's...
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DanyHouse Hostel

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DanyHouse Hostel

Dany House Hostel is ten minute walking from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. The Hostel offers a friendly, fun, clean and comfortable place to stay in Florence. Our aims is “Dany House is your house” We have free WiFi throughout, a games room, free maps, hairdryer, and much more Our dormitori...
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Panzani 14 TouristHouse

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Panzani 14 TouristHouse

Panzani 14 TouristHouse located a few steps from the Santa Maria Novella station (SMN) and the most famous monuments of Florence; welcomes our customers in a family atmosphere at home, with rooms of different types. The historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many maste...
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Backpackers Florence Central

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Backpackers Florence Central

Dear guest!!!Please note!! Regular check in is start 9.30 am until 17:30!!!if you come later or before this time,it is no problem,but please write as to email, to tell exact what hour you are coming!!! Air conditioning at addittion price 10 euro for day!!! Central backpackers Florence was r...
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Locanda Daniel

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Locanda Daniel

Looking for a cozy little place to stay, right in the heart of Florence? That's Locanda Daniel: warm atmosphere and amazing VIEW of the Duomo! We are right in the middle of everything: 5 minutes on foot from the central train station of Santa Maria Novella, and within walking distance form ALL t...
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Tourist House Liberty

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Tourist House Liberty

Located in the historic centre of Florence, the B&B is about 10 minutes walking from the main train station S. Maria Novella. All the major tourist attractions like the Accademia, the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and other museums and churches are within walking distance. The Tourist House Liberty,...
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Hotel Pensione Ottaviani

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Hotel Pensione Ottaviani

The entrance to the building is spacious and cosy, and the hotel is accessible by stairs or elevator. The Ottaviani, one of the best budget hotels in Florence, is an ideal choice for tourists who want to spend a relaxing holiday in Tuscany and visit unique monuments. The Ottaviani Hotel thanks...
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Camping Internazionale Firenze

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Camping Internazionale Firenze

the camp site is situated 5 km south of Florence overlooking the monastery of Certosa... on the welcoming Florentine hills it offers you a quiet, peaceful rest in the hills with the incomparable view of Certosa and Florence, together with the possibility of easy excursions to Florence and historic...
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Hostel Santa Monaca

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Hostel Santa Monaca

The santa monaca hostel has been running for 40 years, the service, the price, the hospitable atmosphere, and the young dynamic management all make Santa Monaca one of the best known and most popular hostels in Florence. The hostel is located in an ancient convent of the 15th century in the histo...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Florence, Italy.

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13. Watch out for the thieves.

In Rome, Naples and Florence they very often steal wallets, passports and cameras. Keep an eye on your things, do not carry valuables in a backpack behind  and do not wear expensive jewelry. This fate touched me. I forgot about caution and put a purse with 500 euros into my back pocket, and a moment  it was gone. It goes without saying that the rest of the time I ate not Italian pasta but instant noodle!

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The top 7 must see places and sights:

the building is the more than forty-three meter high dome with a hole in it that allows the sun to breach inside. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when the Florence Cathedral was constructed. Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of Rome’s many squares. The large and lively square features no less than three magnificent fountains and a colorful crowd. Its the perfect place to grab something to eat or at least drink some coffee at one of the many caffes with tables outside. P.S. If you have time and is still sunny outside go and see the seaside. They have a direct subway line ?

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Italy in the Off Season

My family and I spent a little over a week in Rome during the winter holidays and it’s impossible to articulate how much we loved it. Definitely one of our best vacations to date. We hit all of the major sights: the Colosseum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Mouth of Truth (for all you Audrey Hepburn fans out there), Palatine Hill, the crypts and catacombs and nearly everything else a tourist is supposed to see in Rome. We also made day trips to Pompeii, Florence, Positano and the Amalfi Coast. My inner twelve-year-old couldn’t handle all of the excitement. I was more than ready for my own Lizzie McGuire / Mary Kate and Ashley experience.

Tessa Jo Lane

Italy in the Off Season: Rome, Florence, Pompeii & Positano

My family and I spent a little over a week in Rome during the winter holidays and it’s impossible to articulate how much we loved it. Definitely one of our best vacations to date. We hit all of the major sights: the Colosseum, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Mouth of Truth (for all you Audrey Hepburn fans out there), Palatine Hill, the crypts and catacombs and nearly everything else a tourist is supposed to see in Rome. We also made day trips to Pompeii, Florence, Positano and the Amalfi Coast. My inner twelve-year-old couldn’t handle all of the excitement. I was more than ready for my own Lizzie McGuire / Mary Kate and Ashley experience.

Tessa Jo Lane

BUT DO RENT A CAR! Or bring your own…

The best way to see Tuscany is in a car. You just have to drive trough, no other way. Be smart, skip the tourist bus. Depending on what you search for, you can visit the cities of Tuscany, small towns, try wine tasting, do some cooking classes or maybe visit one of Tuscany’s therms. There is so much to do, a week is not enough! Having visited Florence and Pisa once before, we decided to do a more rural check up of Tuscany. Tuscany is really huge and if you want to see the nature you see on photographs that appear when you google it, you need to visit Val d’Orcia. It took me some time to figure that out. This is a rural part of central Italy south of Sienna listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage list. I really loved both, Florence and Pisa, but the visit to Val d’Orcia was out of this world. We first stopped in Sienna. Since we did not have a lot of time we did it in the evening of our arrival. There was a festival when we arrived so many people were in town, there were a lot of young people and so much was going on. If you go there during the day there is a Torre del Mangia which you can climb up and have an amazing view of the town. Unfortunately, we did not have the time. On the next day we drove trough Tuscany and on our way to Pienza and Montepulciano we also unplanningly stopped at San Quirico d’Orcia – this is why it is so great to have your own car – which in the end, i loved the most. A lovely town up on a hill with huge stone houses and walls, many cypresses, a lovely garden. This is where we bought some truffles, cream, cheese and pasta for dinner for I price we could never get back home. The small towns really make you feel Tuscany and the drive trough is an experience not to be missed. Montepulciano is really steep and i thing i died a little there. I should note that I am not the most athletic person. I am really more up for relaxing and having a bite or drinking some wine. But, i had to walk. There was no other way (elevator). When we reached t he piazza Grande we took a break. I heard about Italian gelato, and i really like sweets, so i decided to buy some ice cream. Jack pot once again. The place was called Caffetteria dell Duomo, and I tried to rate it on tripadvisor but could not find it. Buy some ice cream there!!!

Miek

Cities of Italy

Florence

Casey Hadfield

The Cost

I know what your going to say “but I cant afford anything else” my dear you are so wrong and I will tell you why. What many people think is that travelling around Europe is more expensive that going to Zante. Whoever tells you this has never tried to travel around Europe. When I decided to take the road less travelled and do something different with my holiday I found a beautiful website called Interailingpackages http://www.interrailingpackages.com/. This website is for what I would like to call “travel noobs” which are people like I was that had no idea what I was doing when it came to booking anything. This website dose everything for you, It books all the hostels, gives you an itinerary, gives you maps, directions, emergency numbers and it even gives you lists of places to eat or top places to go to. The package that I went for let me go to Paris, Nice, Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome cost me about £600 and it is the best money I have ever spent. The package includes accommodation and the Interail ticket (which is a ticket that lets you get on any train in Europe). I could have done it cheaper most likely if I had arranged everything myself but being 17 and a bit of a “travel noob” I felt like it was safer. Eating is also not expensive as long as your careful where you eat. I mean if you eat next to the Trevi fountain your looking at mega bucks but if you find a quiet little take away pasta place and find a bench next to the fountain, in my opinion that’s allot better.

lauri-mitchell

First day: Tuscany

At first sight, Tuscany looks medieval with its old buildings and not so contemporary parks. For those who are history-lovers can be a magical place visiting the Old City, because Tuscany it’s known for its history, tradition, landscapes and also artistic legacy because it’s considered the birthplace of Italian Renaissance ( Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany). The remains of the old civilizations are still in good shape (from the Appennini and Villanovan cultures to Etruscans and then the Medieval period).

Sofia Leopold

Reason 1: It’s full of art, everywhere

Milan might be slightly different from other Italian cities like Florence or Rome if we’re talking art, but it does have its own number of amazing monuments and art galleries. First of all, we have to mention the city’s very own symbol, the Duomo cathedral. The church, dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, is representative of the Italian Gothic style and took almost six centuries to be completed. Actually, they never really stopped renovating it through the years, and that originated a very popular common saying, that indicates someone being extra slow at doing something. If you make your reservation on time, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Alps and the entire city from the cathedral’s roof.

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Florence, the City of Flowers

Map showing our planned road trip from Ljubljana to Rome Florence, the City of Flowers Our first destination was the capital city of the Tuscany province, Florence (Firenze). After 5 hours of driving, we reached Florence at lunch time and so the first thing we wanted to do was to find a decent restaurant and enjoy the taste of true Italian food! After stuffing ourselves with delicious pizzas, we explored the city on foot for the rest of the day. We were excited to walk around the historic city centre, see all the beautiful architecture and marvel at the enormous cathedral – Santa Maria del Fiore. I absolutely loved walking on the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) across the River Arno and uphill to see the view over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo viewpoint. We waited there till it started getting dark to click some nice evening photos of the city.

Nina Lozej

Columbus, Paganini and piano-piano

Genoa is not used to anything behind her brilliant rivals on the sea and on land. Thus, she vehemently disputed with Venice the title of the lady of the seas, and in Florence – the title of the main money bag of Europe. And if Venice was called the Lightest (La Serenissima), and Florence – the Holy (La Santissima), then Genoa got no less lush nickname – Magnificent (La Superba). And for good reason: without her knowledge, for centuries, no one could have stuck in the good half of the Mediterranean, the wealth of local bankers and businessmen were legendary, and even the all-powerful Venetian doges flinched at the sound of her name.

Irina Tikhonova

Injured in Italy

It was my sixth day in Italy as part of an art history tour and we spent the afternoon at the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence appreciating the view, taking photos and sketching. Halfway through sketching my admittedly poor picture of the Duomo I can recall feeling a slight pinching sensation on my ankle, but thought nothing of it. Despite my inability to notice it at the time, that moment changed the course of my entire trip, and taught me a lot about dealing with unexpected injuries and illnesses whilst travelling.

Felicity Sleeman

Florence: The magical city

It was September 2012 when I first visited the magical city of Florence, Italy and instantly fell in love with it.

rozeen-muasher

How to enjoy Cinque Terre

Recently, my friend and I, had the great idea to spend 3 days in these awesome little towns. These are not the typical historical Italian towns, but the colors of their houses, the hills at the edge, the sea and the views are breathtaking. We got there by train from Milan, but the nearest airport is in Genova and Florence isn’t far either; easy to access from these cities by train.

AdelaidaDeV

Florence: Cultural Heart of Italy

Florence: Centre of Art and Culture (with great food and drink) Sunset view from Ponte Vecchio.

Ness Nimmo

The Magic of Florence

This September I visited Florence. Not my first time in Italy, but that was my first time in Tuscany. I personally admire Michelangelo very much. I like the art of Leonardo DaVinchi as well, but somehow Michelangelo is more close to my heart. So I decided to add Florence in my travel itinerary to Italy, as an amazing place of culture, art and history.

Nina Alexieva

Florence: The Urban Renaissance

gabrielle-mastronardo

Florence: what to do

Florence: what to do When I visited Florence for the first time I was charmed by the historic, picturesque sights. You honestly can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed at first by all the impressive sight you bump into everywhere you turn. Now, I have chosen to spend my gap year in this city and I have discovered that there is so much to see and do. This city is a treasure chest full of historical and cultural elements left by the Etruscans and Romans as well as the people of the medieval and renaissance times. There are beautiful landscapes if there is the need to escape the busy city. To top things off there is the sensational Italian food that no other country can compare to.

puck-simons

The Hidden Charm of Italy - What to Do and See in Bologna

Rome is eternal, Venice is impressive, and Florence artistic, but currently they are all too touristic. However, there is an often neglected Italian city that is neither so famous nor so visited, but frank, charming, delicious and so worth seeing – Bologna. In Italy, it is known as La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa (the learned, the fat, the red) and after only a few hours spent in the administrative capital of the region Emilia Romana you will be falling in love with it and planning your next trip.

vladimiramihaylova

Florence: trip for two

As an Arts student, I’ve heard about Florence several times. I studied the city’s great artistic life and influence, learned about renowned artists who lived there and remarkable works of art commissioned for this city. Visiting Florence was kind of a dream for me. So, when I finally got the chance to make it come true, I was radiant. Specially because my boyfriend could join me for this trip.

Inês Mota

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