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Florence Parking & Driving Guide

Navigating the historic city of Florence, Italy, can be a delightful experience. However, finding a parking spot for your vehicle might pose a challenge. This guide I put together aims to provide you with comprehensive information on parking in Florence, making your visit as smooth as possible.

Cars parked in Florence, Italy

Understanding ZTL Zones

Before we delve into the specifics of parking, it's crucial to understand the concept of ZTL zones. The historical center of Florence is a Limited Traffic Zone (Zona a Traffico Limitato, or ZTL zone for short) and special permits are required to enter it. There are high fines if you enter without having the right permit. Our simple advice: DON'T ENTER THE ZTL AT ALL!

To complicate things further, the ZTL is not always "active" or on. The ZTL is active between 7:30am and 8pm on weekdays and 7:30am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Parking Options in Florence

There are several options for parking in Florence, each with its advantages and considerations:

Illustration of a parking garage in Florence by the Duomo

Private Garages

Private garages are a slightly more expensive option, with costs ranging 25-30 euros per day for those inside the historical center. These garages are indoors and offer maximum security. Most private garages are in the historical center, and so great if you want to drive in from one of the villas near Florence for a few hours of shopping, eating, day tours, and sightseeing. Although you access all these private garages by entering the ZTL, upon arrival they immediately register your car plate with the authorities to exempt you from the fine.

Here are a few private garages in Florence:

Garage Ponte Vecchio*: Ponte Vecchio is within 50m walking distance.

Park2Go*: Duomo is within 80m walking distance.

Garage Palazzo Vecchio*: Palazzo Vecchio is within 200m walking distance.

Garage del Bargello*: Bargello Museum is within 200m walking distance.

Garage Verdi*: Santa Croce is within 150m walking distance.

Paid Parking Lots

Paid parking lots are located around the historic center but outside the ZTL. At Florence's parking lots, you pay by the hour or buy a day pass. All paid parking lots are open 24/7 and perfect for overnight parking in Florence.

Street Parking

Street parking is another option, though it can be challenging to find a spot, especially during peak times. For garage parking, the cost is around 1.60-3 euros per hour and generally for an entire day it will cost no more than 20 euros. Overnight parking will be a bit cheaper and will cost 10-12 euros.

Parking garage by the Palazzo Vecchio

Final Thoughts

Parking in Florence requires planning and understanding of the city's rules and regulations. However, with the right information, you can navigate the city with ease and enjoy all that Florence has to offer. Remember, when in doubt, opt for public transportation or walking to truly immerse yourself in the city's rich history and culture.

Prices and rules can change, so consult official sites like Florence Parking (

By understanding the parking regulations and options, you can make the most of your visit to Florence without the stress of navigating the city's challenging traffic and parking situation.

Safe travels and enjoy your visit to Florence!


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