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    Default Re: driving and parking on May1st should be alright

    Hi Lourdes, thank you so much for the reply!
    Piazzale Michelangelo is very tempting because of the view we can get of the city, I guess I just felt safer relying on trams than buses. Do you think we'll have a chance there on that day? We're probably not going to arrive in Florence very early, but definitely before 11am. I was looking at bus timetables on the ataf site and it looks like they call it Piazzale Michelangiolo? Since I'll be using a gps, what's the correct address I should input on the device? Same question if I decide to go for Ponte a Greve: what address should I use to get there?

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    Default either works well!

    You should be fine getting into town by 11am - you're closer at the Piazzale, that is why I was suggesting it but either is good.
    The Ponte a Greve shopping center (Coop, Media World are just some the shops) is on Viuzzo delle Case Nuove, Ponte a Greve, Florence.
    For the Piazzale, just "Piazzale Michelangelo" should take you to the right spot. It is right above the city, you don't actually need to take a bus to get down.... just follow the path that takes you the river below the piazzale, it takes you less than 15 minutes to then be in the center. It is all downhill. Maybe on the way back you want to catch a bus, follow the map on here
    http://www.visitflorence.com/florenc...helangelo.html
    that shows where the bus stops are along the river to go back up.
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    Default Re: free parking just outside Florence

    I just figured I'd have to chance to find parking on that day, haha.
    Thank you so much for your replies, you're a life saver!

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    Default Re: free parking just outside Florence

    Hello,

    I just found this great forum and thread. I also have a few questions about parking in Florence.

    We'll be staying a few weeks in Montepulciano (by car) during August (hot and busy period, I know) and plan to do a day trip to Florence. We have two small kids (6 and 3 years old) but do not want to miss the opportunity to see at least the highlights of Florence. Because of the kids, we are of course somewhat limited in both time and in the distance we can cover by foot. Due to travel time from Montepulciano I already ruled out going by train as it seems to take too much time to get there from Montepulciano and back in the afternoon.

    So my first impression is to make an early start, go by car and try to park at Piazzale Michelangelo.
    1. Till what time (approximately) would it be possible to find a parking spot during August?
    2. Are there any closeby alternatives, such as side streets, if we simply cannot find a parking space here?
    3. Is it doable to walk to and fro the city center with our kids (we will probably bring a buggy for the youngest, unless it is all stairs and steps)?
    4. Would taking a taxi back from the Duomo to Piazzale M. be an option. We are not really the taxi-type of people, but in this case I considered it a nice back-up plan...

    Thanks in advance for your help/feedback.

    Jan Peter

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    Default parking below Piazzale Michelangelo

    You're very welcome teap, glad to help!

    Ciao JanPeter74 - the parking at the Piazzale is free and will most certainly be full... but as most people stop to look out, take pictures and then leave, there is high turnaround. You can park a little bit outside of the Piazzale along the boulevard, you'll see there are cars along the street between the spaces between the trees that line the street... so you can wait around near the Piazzale for a space or park in these spots close to the piazzale.

    Also if you head below the piazzale, there are parking spaces along via dei Bastioni, try there as well since that gets you closer to the center (also further from the panoramic view but you are halfway either way).

    It is doable to do it with the kids and with a buggy - from the piazzale there is a ramp along the side that faces the river (as well as stairs to one side, skip those).... and then as you head down, there are both paths with stairs and others with plain ramps... you can also follow the street, as it is less steep to use witha buggy. If you park below the piazzale along via dei Bastioni, even easier as there is just one ramp to reach the tower and Arno river.

    And definitely keep the taxi option if at the end of your day you are tired and don't want to head back up the hill. There is a taxi stand behind the Duomo on the corner with via proconsolo as well as the left side of Palazzo Vecchio as you face the palace (down that side street).

    A day trip is definitely doable - let's hope for warm but not too much days in August ;-). This past year was particularly warm, so I'm hoping it alternates this summer LOL!
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    Default Re: free parking just outside Florence

    Thank you Lourdes, for your extensive reply.

    Great to have such expert knowledge available. Really useful info. Thanks a million!

    However, I do have more question. Since my previous post, another bold plan came to mind which is to spend some extra money and make it a two day trip by booking a cheap hotel room in the center for 1 night. This would make our visit much more relaxed. If we do so, would you suggest driving into the city with our own car. I understood that when you book a hotel room, the hotel can pass on your licence plate number so that you can enter the ZTL, or would it be better to take the train instead. (I am not so keen on leaving my (foreign) car unattended overnight at a trainstation)

    Cheers,
    Jan Peter

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    Default in Florence with car: stay outside of the ZTL!

    You're very welcome Jan!

    I think the idea to stay in Florence for the night is actually a great one, that way you can spend the day a bit more relaxed knowing you have time to see what you want and not have to hurry back to meet a specific timetable.

    As for the car: I think I'd still suggest leaving it at the train station in Poggibonsi (a very quiet town overall, the outskirts have a lot of factories and warehouses but it is small) and taking the bus in rather than having to deal on where to park (and pay just to park) your car in Florence. Because, despite being allowed to arrive all the way into the ZTL if your hotel is in the center, the permit is only for limited time and dropping off baggage. You then have to exit the center and go park your car, then return back to your hotel. There are car lots around the ZTL area precisely for this matter, cost is around 20 euros per night. To just have it parked? You won't use it while in Florence so I'd avoid it..... UNLESS you stay right around the center's perimeter and stay at a place with parking! Center is within walking distance (if you walked from one end to the other across, it literally takes 30-45 minutes to cross the center, depending on how fast you walk).

    Here are some suggestions for that:
    Hotel Principe
    Villa Antea
    Palagetto B&B

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    Default Re: free parking just outside Florence

    A bit of a late response from my side, but thank you Lourdes for your feedback.

    Jan Peter

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    Default :)

    you're very welcome Jan! do let us know how things turn out in August
    know you'll have a great time any way you decide to do things
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    Default parking in August

    Hi Lourdes & everyone else!

    I'm new to the forum but have been reading with interest about parking options & particularly piazzale Michelangelo.

    We will be visiting Florence for a day trip sometime between Thurs 15th & Monday 19th August, coming from San gigimano area, and will have a young child with us.

    Toying between the idea of driving & parking at p.Michelangelo (for the view in particular) or getting the train in.

    I'm wondering what time would I need to get to p.Michelangelo to ensure getting a parking space on these dates & whether any of the days mentioned would be better/quieter than others?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!

    Cheers

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