If you wanna get away of the crowds, then head to the beautiful vineyards and rolling hills of Tuscany. You will get the most out of your first-time visit to Florence by choosing the area that would best suit your specific travel needs.
Also, I highlighted my favorite neighborhoods and areas to stay for these three options below. Take a look and see what would best fit your travel status for your up and coming trip to Italy.
Check out my recommended areas in the map below.
The best neighborhoods and areas to stay in Florence, Italy:
Close to the city center: Borgo Pinti, Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito
Near the train station and airport bus: Santa Maria Novella
Why do I recommend these areas?
Generally, these are the most convenient places to stay because they have direct access to the airport, public transport and many of the major sights!
We know it is hard to understand the district name when you have never been there. So we created several maps to help get familiarize the places, as well as neighborhood guide
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.
1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for…
Many different travel styles that match different needs. Thus, we created a handpicked list for each type of traveler to fit what they are looking for in a hotel, apartment or bed, and breakfast.
From 5-Star Hotels to the cheapest hostel option, this guide is designed for anyone looking for the right place to stay while traveling to Florence – in specific to their needs.
Scroll through the entire article for various hotel options, or choose your preferred traveler status to see our top recommendations made just for you to enjoy the most out of your time in Florence, Italy.
Let’s be honest, kids and adults have different priorities while traveling.
Toddlers love to play and parents want to do some sightseeing and experience the culture, the food… It’s important to find a commitment.
That is why, for families, I recommend to stay in the following districts:
Ponte Vecchio: right in the city center where it is convenient to walk to each location.
Santa Maria Novella: near the public transport system where it is simple to take the train or bus to the airport and new destinations.
Florence Hills: directly outside of the city where it is beautiful and less hectic than an in-city hotel.
This map shows you the areas recommended for families:
Handpicked accommodations for families
One thing to consider when you’re traveling with a family group is flexibility.
That is why the best option would be to look for an apartment or a place centrally located, depending on the family’s purpose of travel. Staying in a central place will give you easy access to almost everything for you and your family’s trip to Florence.
Also, you might want to consider properties with self-catering services like a kitchen. I always find this option helpful when traveling with kids.
Portrait Firenze – Lungarno Collection
Step outside and you’re in the action. Right near the Ponte Vecchio, Portrait Firenze – Lungarno Collection includes spacious hotel rooms or apartments for large families, continental breakfast, and rooftop views.
Have an amazing window view of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge in this beautiful and convenient accommodation. Aside from the panoramic view on your window, you also get to be right next to the famous Arno River.
Moreover, being suited for families, rooms are equipped with a full entertainment system including an iPad, iPod docking station, and a flat-screen TV.
The hotel also features The Caffè dell’ Oro Bistrot. A restaurant that offers dining dishes designed by the Michelin-starred chef Alessio Mori.
Right near the Ponte Vecchio, this beautiful and convenient accommodation includes spacious hotel rooms or apartments for large families.
Location wise, the hotel puts you right in the heart of the historic Florence. Just a few minutes’ walk from Uffizi Gallery and right near the Ponte Vecchio.
And let’s not forget that breath-taking view from its tower and terrace. Thus, giving you a perfect panoramic view of Florence. Spend a wonderful evening with a glass of wine in your hand in the rooftop bar and just watch Florence glow in the night.
Conveniently located next to the train station, stay here to be close to the action of the city center or to have easy access to the public transportation system.
Reach the Santa Maria Novella train station with less than a 1,500-foot walk from Grand Hotel Adriatico. This hotel is very convenient to catch your early morning train or bus to go around the city.
Moreover, the hotel offers a varied buffet every morning that the whole family can take advantage of.
Have a taste of their traditional Tuscan dishes and wines, plus Italian favorites in the restaurant available on-site. Even more, you can also ask for a babysitting service to assist you with your children.
The best place to stay for couples in Florence is either directly in the heat and action of the city center or out in beautiful and romantic Tuscan vineyards. Here you have my two favorite areas in and around Florence – check out these places to stay for your next romantic getaway:
Piazza Santo Spirito
This is one of my personal favorite neighborhoods in Florence.
Located on the other side of the river than some of the main attractions.
This area is far more authentic, with many cobblestone streets to explore and food to discover. You won’t be disappointed with your stay here.
This gorgeous neighborhood offers lots of wonderful restaurants, bars, and other attractions.
Stay here to experience Italian nightlife with live music and a fun mix of Italians and foreigners. This area is extremely walkable to attractions without missing the charm of the local Florence feel.
This map shows you the areas recommended for couples:
Handpicked accommodations for couples
A traveling couple deserves an intimate accommodation. For that reason, I highly suggest that you stay in hotels. Take the break of cleaning or cooking and just simply enjoy your wonderful stay in the city of Florence.
Go on a long romantic walk and come back to this comfortable space to relax in peace. Stay at Horto Convento to get the best of both worlds.
This gorgeous hotel offers a beautiful modern-style room and a large living space. It also boasts a garden and on-site bar you can surely have intimate moments at.
Furthermore, Horto Convento offers a calm, yet a vivid area of Florence in an old monastery (some of the nuns are still living here). Be in the rustic Tuscany countryside, but still be just a couple of streets away from the city center.
You can reach Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Della Signoria (city center) within a 20-minute walk from the hotel.
One of the most charming cities in the world, Florence does not lack in luxury accommodation.
Considering that Florence is the home of many world-renowned designers and artists. From George Clooney’s house on the beautiful Lake Como to Michelin-Starred restaurants, Florence can easily become that bougie travel destination for your next luxurious vacation.
Check out these hotels and neighborhoods to find the best top-notch places to stay during your
trip to Florence.
Lungarno del Tempio: an area of zen and tranquility, stay here for a relaxing getaway in a beautiful Villa or Bed and Breakfast.
Ponte Vecchio: enjoy everything the heart of Florence has to offer by staying in the
middle of it all. This area is rich in culture and history, and many hotels in the area offer
amazing views of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Piazzale Uffizi: Located in the same piazza as the Uffizi Museum, this area is directly in the city center, walkable to everything Florence has to offer.
This map shows you the areas recommended for the luxury traveler:
Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler
We all deserve to have a taste of luxury travel every once in a while. A simple act of appreciation for all our day’s work.
Why not stay in a luxury hotel that will perfectly wrap your amazing trip to Florence?
The St. Regis Florence (Best for Luxury Travelers)
The St. Regis Florence is a 5-Star Hotel that is set in a historical building designed by Brunelleschi. It is ideally located along the Arno River.
Furthermore, the hostel features a Spa, gym, and luxury rooms with antique furnishings. Even more, the Spa includes massage services, steam room, body treatments, makeup and wax services to name a few.
Above all, the hotel serves modern tasty dishes based on Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine in their restaurant.
Tip: Pets are allowed and they offer pet bowls and baskets for your fur babies.
What’s more wonderful about this hotel is that it is located right on the Arno river. It Offers you perfect views of the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. I totally recommend you to enjoy them with a full dining menu.
In addition, you will find priceless original modern art paintings.
Location-wise, the property places you in easy access to all the most famous sights in Florence. Making it easy for you to conquer Florence with just a few distances from your accommodation.