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Florence car hire tips
Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Florence Airport (FLR), just over 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Florence are Sicily By Car, Alamo, Locauto, Budget and Avis.
Warmest month: July (25°C)
Coldest month: January (7°C)
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Hire a car in Florence
Packed to the brim with enchanting art, Florence is steeped in history.
A jigsaw puzzle of architectural masterpieces, the entire city of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The capital of Tuscany sits peacefully alongside the Arno River and its cultural offerings mean it is on most people’s travel wish list.
As with much of Italy, the city is sprinkled with limited travel zones, so stick to the scenic drives to neighbouring cities and you’ll definitely be rewarded.
Car rental in Florence – the numbers
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Florence?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Florence?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Florence?
A. Interrent is the cheapest car rental brand in Florence, offering cars from just £5 per day.
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Florence driving tipsParking
Parking in the city centre is very limited, but there are a few private garages that you can use for a fee as well as plenty of affordable parking facilities on the outskirts.
Cars without a ZTL permit are prohibited in the town centre between the hours of 7.30am and 8pm on a weekday and 7.30am and 4pm on Saturdays. Download a map of the limited travel zones and watch out for the signs to avoid a hefty fine.
The speed limit is 50km/h in towns but this rises to 70km/h on secondary roads and increases further to 100km/h on the Italian motorway system.
When to visit
Driving in Tuscany can be unbearably busy when the Italians also go on holiday. Look up a list of their public holidays and when the schools break up so that you don’t get caught out.
Some of the roads outside of cities may be paved with gravel, so it's a good idea to keep your speed as consistent as possible. Take care on mountain roads too, especially if there are hairpin bends
Nearby Tuscan villages
Hidden away in the North of Tuscany, Fosdinovo is a small town surrounded by forests and known for its impressive castle that dates back to the 11th century. With plenty of trails to explore, you can discover a whole host of beautiful churches and historic monuments.
Barga is a tranquil destination that provides the perfect place to recharge. A two-hour drive from Florence, here you’ll be able to soak in epic views of the valley, uncover peaceful cathedrals and people watch in a chic cafe.
Known for being the birthplace of Pinocchio, Collodi is a medieval village located on a steep hill with the residence Villa Garzoni being the highlight. Here you will find beautiful gardens, fountains and sculptures to behold.
Drive 90km out of Florence and you will reach a stunning area of Tuscan countryside called Suvereto. Meander through the vineyards, wineries and enchanting old mills and enjoy the traditional dishes this true Tuscan jewel has to offer.
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Renting a car gives you maximum flexibility to explore not only Florence but the surrounding area – and the winding roads of Siena are begging to be explored. Head for the hills in your hire car and leave Florence for a day exploring the epic mountain ranges, hilltop villages and picture perfect vineyards.
The route from Florence to Siena is one of the most stunning stretches of landscape and it is only a 30 mile trip easily covered by car. This small city is known for its stunning churches and epic fountains. Stroll around the narrow streets and take in its natural beauty.