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Cheap areas to stay in Florence

Florence is a city of high culture, covered in elegant Renaissance architecture and fine art museums – yet it also offers plenty of inexpensive accommodation for budget holidaymakers and backpackers. The northern rim of the historic city center is scattered with cheap 2-star hotels. So too is the eastern central area – near the Piazza Gaetano Salvemini. Both areas are within easy walking distance of Florence’s key city center landmarks. Outside of the center, the Le Cure neighborhood offers cheap hotels and a quaint and quiet residential atmosphere.

Cheap hotels in Florence

Plus Florence is a sociable and inexpensive hostel based in the northern end of the city center, offering simple and stylish shared and private rooms, a convenient in-house restaurant, and even an outdoor pool – perfect for cooling off from the glimmering Tuscan sun. The Hotel Spagna is a cheap, centrally located 2-star getaway, boasting basic unfussy guestrooms with free WiFi, and friendly tour and ticket assistance. The Hotel Montreal offers similarly affordable accommodation with a 24-hour desk – handy for late check-ins – and relaxed bar lounge.

Where to find cheap food in Florence

The hallmark of Florentine cuisine is fresh, local ingredients – this applies to the city’s wealth of cheap eats, too. Lampredotto embodies Florence’s ancient fast food history – a cow stomach dish boiled in herbs and tomatoes and served on a Tuscan roll. Sample this traditional cheap meal from food carts in central piazzas. In the central Duomo neighborhood, you’ll find plenty of inexpensive pizzerias. The Mercato Centrale, meanwhile, is a traditional indoor food market selling affordable farm-fresh produce – a great place to buy supplies for a picnic.

Cheap things to do in Florence

Florence’s key architectural and historic sight, the Florence Cathedral, offers free entry. Also known as the Duomo of Florence, due to its enormous red-tiled 15th-century dome – topped by a bright bronze ball – this vast structure champions Gothic and Renaissance styles. Marvel at the red, green, and white marble facade, and gaze at the dome’s interior heavenly fresco. Florence is also known for its historic piazzas – the central Piazza della Signoria is a must-see. This 14th-century L-shaped square is grouped around the Palazzo Vecchio – a fortress-like tower-speared town hall, fronted by a copy of Michelangelo’s marble statue of David. Journey outside of the central city and hike to the hilltop Piazzale Michelangelo, south of the shimmering Arno. In this Neo-Classical square, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of the city without having to a pay a penny.

Best ways to get around Florence

When it comes to getting around the city, Florence is incredibly accommodating of tourists traveling on a tight budget – the central area is small enough to explore by foot alone. Not only is foot travel convenient, free, and manageable, it’s the best way to truly experience the majesty of Florence’s red-tiled Renaissance buildings, tiny stone chapels, and fountain-dotted piazzas. To travel to Florence’s surrounding suburbs, make use of the public buses and the single-line tram, which begins at the main train station.

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