Where to Stay in Florence: The Best Neighborhoods For Your Visit

Centro Storico

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Florence's ancient center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, and lively plazas including Piazza della Signoria. With the major attractions moments away, stay here to be central.

Santa Maria Novella

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Santa Maria Novella is big west of Centro Storico. It has a church, piazza, and rail station named after the area. The region is ideal for budget-conscious guests who want to remain near the historic center and train station for further travel.

Santa Croce

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Only ten minutes' walk to the east is the area of Santa Croce, which is not nearly as popular with tourists. It has a beautiful church and a busy square that is full of shops, bars, and cafés.

Oltrarno

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The south bank of the Arno River (Oltrarno meaning “across the Arno”) is famed for its artisan crafts, antique boutiques, and laid-back vibe. Most guests choose contemporary Santo Spirito, which is a short stroll to town.

Ponte Vecchio Area

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Stay in the Centro Storico or historic area for first-time guests and short-term Florence visitors. The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral located in Florence's center.

Piazzale Michelangelo

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Across the Arno River from Santa Croce, the San Niccolò district is a labyrinth of cobbled streets hugging the hillside below Piazzale Michelangelo – a renowned viewing point in Florence.

Fiesole

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Fiesole is a charming hill town near Florence. Fiesole offers the tranquility of a tiny Tuscan village with easy access to the Renaissance city's attractions, about 30 minutes by bus from the center.