Getting Around Florence
The best way to explore Florence is on foot: the city centre is
compact, and traffic is restricted. There is a comprehensive bus
network (ATAF) operating from 5.30am until midnight. Tickets are
valid for either 70 minutes for a single-use ticket, or
multiple-ride tickets of four 70 minute-uses can also be purchased.
Tickets must be validated by punching them in a machine when you
board the bus. Tickets, and various bus passes, are available from
any vendor displaying the ATAF sticker, such as newsagents,
automatic dispensers, coffee bars and on-board the bus. Tickets
cost 1.20 Euro beforehand, or 2 Euro if bought on the bus, and
exact change is needed.
Florence has also started an open-top sightseeing bus tour of
all the city''s major sights. These tour buses leave every half hour
in summer and every hour in winter. This hop-on, hop-off tour stops
at 15 sights around Florence, such as Piazzale Michelangelo and
Santa Croce. There are two routes but only one ticket is needed.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours, and cost 22 Euro.
Using taxis in Florence is difficult, as they cannot be hailed
on the street. Taxi ranks are to be found outside the train station
and most tourist sites, or they can be called. The flag fee is 3.20
Euro, additional fees are charged for luggage, as well as
night-time and Sunday travel. Women travelling alone between the
city-centre and their hotel or apartment from 9pm to 2am can ask
for a 10 percent discount on their taxi fare.