Driving in the narrow streets in the cities of Italy is getting more difficult. Especially the center of Florence which has changed dramatically in the past two years. With the construction of the Tram Via in one of most crowded streets of the center and the closure of the historical center to the vehicles, traffic congestion occurs more often. if you are planning to travel to Florence, it is very important to check about these changes. A few years ago it was easier to drive closet to the historical center, now the traffic is not permitted unless you have an authorization entrance permit. The best way to reach the center is with the public transportation, by walking or taking a taxi. Public transportation is inexpensive. Tickets can be purchased on the bus for €2.00 or €1.20 in the tabacchi store. Getting a taxi is the most expensive option. 25-30 euros will be charged for a half hours ride from the airport . When I’m traveling, I’m a lover of saving money. When I take a walk in the center I feel very excited and it’s free! Florence is a small city and it is easy to go around, there is no way to get lost. Another way I love to go around the city is to do it by bicycle. It is perfect to see the sights and get fresh air. You just have to make sure to padlock your bike securely if you want to find it when you get back. There are few bike rentals outside the main train station of Florence “Santa Maria Novella”. The price depends on the hours used. Renting a vehicle can be another option, but it is costly and useless. Private cars are not permitted in the center. Parking is one of the hardest things to find closest to the center. If you don’t want to have a ticket, make sure to get a map of the streets that shows where you will be allowed to drive or park. Believe me there is camera recording where you least expect it. One of the great things about taking a walk in Florence is the shopping experience. You will find everything from great ice cream to fashionable leather jackets. Personally, I am more of a window shopper – but if I have a few extra dollars I will roam the stores and look for good buys and sales at the end of the season and the holidays.
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