Most Florence banks open between 08:30 to 13:30 and 14:45 to 15:45 Monday to Friday. They are closed on weekends and public holidays and most of them have a cash dispenser and a currency exchange service.
All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted in most of the restaurants, shops etc.
Service charges are included in the prices indicated on restaurant menus, while tips are up to the client’s appreciation.
VAT is 22% for common consumer goods, 10% in hotels and restaurants.
The electric current supplied is 220 V.
Round, two-pin plug points are available, as elsewhere in Europe. In case you have any devices from the USA or UK, please remember to bring a transformer/adapter.
Getting around Florence
The Florence area, mostly flat, lends itself particularly well to biking, thanks to a network of over 70 km of bike paths.
There are two central cooperatives with switchboards for calls:
Radiotaxi Socota +39 055 4242
Radiotaxi COTAFI +39 055 4390
ZTL – LIMITED TRAFFIC ZONE
The whole area of the historic centre of Florence is defined, for the purpose of mobility, as a limited traffic zone. Within this access, circulation and parking are governed by specific rules especially for non-resident vehicles.
www.serviziallastrada.it Tel. +39 055 40401
www.firenzeparcheggi.it Tel. +39 055 50302209
URBAN LINES: Tickets can be purchased at an authorized sales point (newsstands, bars, tobacconists), from vending machines or at the ATAF Customer Office within the SMN Station. They can also be purchased on board, but with a supplement.
800 424500/from mobile: 199 104245 – www.ataf.net
SUBURBAN LINES: The area around Florence is connected to the city by suburban buses whose depots are close to the SMN train station.
SITA www.sitabus.it/en/ – Main destinations: Siena, San Gimignano, Mugello, Val di Sieve
C.A.P. – COPIT www.capautolinee.it – Main destinations: Prato, Pistoia
F.lli LAZZI www.lazzi.it – Main destinations: Lucca, Viareggio
GMT + 1 hour
Opening times and info available here.
Rules restrict smoking and this is usually indicated by no-smoking symbols in prominent places.
To call Florence, dial “0039”, Italy code, then the “055” Florence code before the full number
Travel and visas
All participants must have a valid passport in order to enter Italy. Citizens of some countries may need to obtain a visa before arrival. For further information please click here or contact the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate to check visa regulations.
- Health emergencies 118
- Police central stations 113
- Fire Brigade 115
- Finance Police 117
- Lost and Found Office + 39 055 334802
- 24 hour Pharmacies:
– Santa Maria Novella Station
– via Calzaiuoli 7 r
– Piazza San Giovanni 20