The Florence tourist office
The tourism information offices of Florence, Italy
Via Cavour 1R
Train station tourist office (city-run)
Piazza Stazione 4
City tourist office at the Duomo
Piazza San Giovanni at corner with Via de Calzaiuoli (in the Bigallo)
Mon-Sat 9am–7pm; Sun 9am–2pm (may close 5pm in winter)
Via Manzoni 16
Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” tourist office
Via del Termine 1 (arrivals side)
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Everything is for sale at the Florence tourist office.The main tourist office of Florence is two blocks north of the Duomo on busy Via Cavour. There's also finally (as of August 2011) a new city-run infopoint right next to the Duomo where busy Via de' Calzioli leaves Piazza San Giovanni inside the cute little Renaissance portico of the Bigallo palace.
However, the first office you'll likely encounter is the tourist office in the train station, which does a roaring business in booking you into local hotels for a modest fee—and, grumpily, handing out free maps of the city to tourists who don't need to book a hotel.
(There's more info in the city-run tourist office outside, directly across Piazza della Stazione from the train station, just to the right of the back of the church.)
Use this map to find (a) your hotel, and then (b) the main tourist office on Via Cavour, where you can get far more useful intel on Florence. Evilly, they charge for much of their information now, but they do have loads of free pamphlets and events information.
Florence's English magazine
The Florentine launched in 2005 as an English-language magazine that comes out twice a month. Aimed at ex-pats, but packed with good info. It also has a website: www.theflorentine.netThey also stock a series of extremely useful pages listing, in table-like format, the current and up-to-date contact info, admission fees, and open hours for just about every sight in town. The only problem is you have to ask for these lists specifically, as they're not out on a counter but rather kept in binders.
I keep pointing out to them how annoying and dumb this is (well, I don't actually call it "dumb"), since it keeps terribly useful and germane info away from the hands of the tourists who, ostensibly, the office exists to help and then wastes both their time and mine in asking for it, but to no avail.
There is a small sheaf of these lists, each on a separate, two-sided piece of paper, and covering variously: musei statali (state museums), places that are open Mondays (handy), and other useful sightseeing info. Just ask for the "list of open hours and ticket prices for all the museums" (and, if you're interested, those other specialty ones).
- Florence map
- Getting around in Florence: by foot, by bus, by car, by taxi, by bike, by scooter
- Florence FAQ
- Getting to Florence
- Florence itineraries: How to see Florence in 1 day, 2 days, or 3 days
- The top sights in Florence
- Florence homepage
This material was last updated October 201. All information was accurate at the time.
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