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    Default Safe parking outside Florence for a week

    Hello Lourdes, there seem to be no questions which you do not know the answer to. What a wondeful forum ! Compliments !
    End of this month we will be staying for a week in Florence. We come by car but will not need the car during our stay. I would like to park it somewhere outside the city cheap and safe.
    In another thread you advised Scandicci of Galluzzo. Where is it most safe to park ? I am willing to pay for the parking but not the price one pays when parking in the city (I understand that would be € 18 per day at the least). I will not have any luggage in the car, the car has a foreign (NL-) numberplate.
    Thank you for your advise

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    Default via del Sansovino parking is affordable and easy to reach center

    Ciao PaulvW,

    <Blush> Thank you for the compliments, you're very kind. Just hoping to be helping to those that need sorting out what to see, do and other useful details when planning a vacation to Tuscany and Florence :-).

    A whole week and keeping it safe requires that you not park where there is street cleaning or that closes down. I just updated the parking in Florence article - http://www.visitflorence.com/florenc...-florence.html and saw that daily parking in the lots has gone up to 20 euros per day . And I'd actually take the Galluzzo parking out of the equation because there is street parking during the week, you'd have to head back out to move it.
    I am not sure whether the free parking at the Coop in Scandicci off Viale Nenni closes down, whether a car left overnight for a whole week would be evident... so I'd personally select a paid parking - would 12 euros per day sound ok?

    I'm thinking of the one on Via del Sansovino, here's the part that is of interest for you:
    The closest parking lot to Florence along the tram can be found on Via del Sansovino, with the "Sansovino" tram stop right in front. This is a paid parking lot but a better deal that the ones closer to the center. It is open 24 hours a day and costs 1 euro for the first hour, 0.50 euro every 30 minutes after. Maximum daily rate is 12 euro. (Via del Sansovino 53).

    That lot is right in front of a tram stop that brings you into the SMN train station so you're in the center (not sure where your lodging or hotel is at). Hope this information is useful!!
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    Default Re: Safe parking outside Florence for a week

    Thank you, Lourdes. I am, as an alternative, considering to drive out South to one of the places on the road to Greve (a region I know quite well), park there and take the bus back to SMN. When being back in Holland I will let you know what we did and how it went. Bye, Paul

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    Oh yes, if you know somewhere completely outside of Florence from past experience where you can leave it without worrying about it, that would be another good solution. Wherever you end up, do share with us and let us know how it turns out - I'll add it to the "bank" of possibilities and reviews to suggest to others ;-)
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    Default Re: Safe parking outside Florence for a week

    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    Oh yes, if you know somewhere completely outside of Florence from past experience where you can leave it without worrying about it, that would be another good solution. Wherever you end up, do share with us and let us know how it turns out - I'll add it to the "bank" of possibilities and reviews to suggest to others ;-)
    Here is where we ended up: it is an alternative option to the one I read about, namely to park in Galluzzo and then take the bus back into the city. I didn't like the idea of my car standing in Galluzzo along the road or on a market place for a whole week. But somewhat further south of Galluzzo, towards Firenze Certosa, the entry to the Autostrada, there is a small spot called Bottai. There there is a apparently newly built P+R facility, a parking deck hardly visible from the main road, where I parked the car and found it back after a week safe and sound. There are numerous busses, both from ATAF and other bus companies that come form Siena or the Chianti and go by there, you don't have to wait long for one to bring you back into the city (SMN station) in only 15 - 20 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the Bar opposite the P+R.

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    That is awesome feedback Paul! I had seen that construction going on to the right of the road as you're heading towards Florence but didn't realize it was completed and open. Do you remember by any chance how much you paid daily or were you able to get a weekly fee? I am sure fellow readers of the forum and site will appreciate adding this as a safe parking lot to leave a car for several days.
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    Default Re: Safe parking outside Florence for a week

    I did't pay anything.
    But the entrance of the P+R facility is still under construction, it could well be that they will build a barrier and then charge for the parking.

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    Good to know that for the moment the facility is open and free ;-) thank you for letting us know!
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    Default Re: via del Sansovino parking is affordable and easy to reach center

    Hi Lourdes,

    I hope you might help me on the same topic. I am arriving in Florence (from Venice) on the evening of Sunday 28th July and will be staying until early morning Wednesday 31st July. I need somewhere to park my rental car securely and the place you suggested on Via del Sansovino sounds good since I am staying near SMN so the tram would be ideal.

    However, I cannot find this parking lot on Google maps exactly. Is it a multi-storey or open space lot? Can you advise if i need to book it in advance or what is availability like? Also, is it outside the ZTL zones?

    With thanks from Ireland!

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    Yes, the Sansovino parking lot is outside of the ZTL area and would be perfect to then get on the tram to go directly to the SMN station. Open space lot, and often has spots open so need to book ahead.

    Google maps doesn't place the marker correctly - the address is Via del Sansovino 53, Florence
    It is south of the street to the left of the marker google does show - if you look at map at the top of the article here
    http://www.visitflorence.com/florenc...-florence.html
    it is the first blue P sign after the 3 green P signs to the top left of the map.
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