I usually only blog about Urban or photography related items. This is a little different. During my recent holiday in Italy last September I visited Florence. And I was struggling on how to prevent expensive parking tickets and get into the city without any stress. I figured out a way to do that and I would love to share it with you. It is actually very simple.
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Park your car at the big shopping centre in the district Ponte a Greve. The exact address is: Centro Commerciale Ponte a Greve, Viuzzo delle Case Nuove 8-9, Firenze. For those that use coordinates: 43°45’54.38″ 11°11’52.30″. Parking here is for free. Walk towards the Tramvia station (Nenni Torregalli), which is a fast way of getting into the centre of the city by tram. Buy your ticket nearby the traffic light.
Theres a guy basically waiting there for tourists. A one-way ticket will cost you only €1,20. There is a tram leaving every few minutes. Don’t forget to stamp your ticket at the machine inside of the tram. It takes about 15 minutes to get into the centre. I found it the easiest to get out of the tram at the stop Alamanni Stazione. The coordinates of this stop are 43°46’33.29″ 11°14’49.56″. This stop is just a minute of walking away from the centre of Florence.
To get back to the parking spot once your done in Florence return to Alamanni Stazione, buy your ticket (€1,20) at the machine which is standing outside nearby the the track. Make sure your in the tram that stops at Nenni Torregalli, which is the stop you need to get off the tram.
If you travel this way it will only cost you €2,40 per person to get into the centre of Florence and you will have no parking stress.