You have a couple different options for reaching Florence/Tuscany from Rome.
The drive from Rome to Florence is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I don’t recommend this option as there is not really anywhere to park in Florence. Also, traffic and the way people drive in Italy is absolutely NUTS! LOL. You won’t need a car unless you are headed to the countryside. Uber does work in Florence and there are also taxis to get around.
I also don’t recommend this option. The time you spend at the airport, going through security and whatnot, you could’ve just gotten on the train 🤷🏾♀️ However, if you’re just so inclined to fly, it’s about a 55 minute flight. But again, you need to be there minimum an hour+ before takeoff 🛫, plus deplaning time. Plane tickets are about $45 and that’s on the low end. You’ll additionally be out of extra money getting from the airport to you accommodations.
This is the best option! Quick, easy, painless, taking the train is your best bet for getting from Rome to Florence. Book online ahead of time to make sure to secure your ticket and grab the cheapest price. Just like flying, there are different brand railways that’ll get you into Florence. I took Italo. Trenitalia is also quite popular. Tickets range anywhere from $24 USD and up depending on train line, time, and class. It took about an hour/hour and 15 minutes for me to arrive in Florence. The station is easy to navigate and there’s a gelato shop inside so all is well! 🍨
Where to stay?
I ended up staying at the Relais Hotel Centrale Firenze.
Located in the heart of Florence, this hotel was in one of the best locations. Steps away from the train station and the city center (1 block, 2 minute walk to/from the Duomo), this is a historic hotel that oozes Italian charm. Hotel Centrale has a 4.5/5 star rating on TripAdvisor and averages about $85/night and up depending on length of stay and time of year. The room I stayed in was $65 (USD) a night. The room was nice. Very spacious bathroom which is a huge deal in Italy, and tall ceilings. Most room rates do come with complimentary breakfast as well. Breakfast is standard but enough options to fuel you to start your day. Staff was friendly and accommodating. This hotel is a hidden gem in the heart of Florence. 💎
If you’re like me, you like to travel on a budget but still splurge on things such as luxury accommodations. Not to worry as Florence offers that as well. If you want old renaissance Florence but still modern and Luxury, your 3 best options are:
The Westin Excelsior Florence
The St. Regis Florence
Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Now if you’ve stayed in luxury hotels before, I’m sure I don’t have to list all that these hotels have to offer. These properties often come with hefty price tags as well. Additionally, they are not always by the main attractions. The Westin is close to Ponte Vecchio but not that close to the city center, so be mindful of the distance to/from the main sites when booking.
What to do!
There’s so much to see in Florence that you need more than the two days I spent.
- The Duomo
- Ponte Vecchio
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Train to Pisa
- Giannino in San Lorenzo Florence
- This was THE BEST food I had in Florence. I would go back to Florence JUST for this meal. I’m also not a fan of Tiramisu but THIS!! NEXT LEVEL!!
- Trattoria Dall’Oste
- This is a very popular (and expensive) steakhouse in Florence. I didn’t experience the food for myself, but I’ve been following them on instagram for a while and want to try it out next time I’m there. Food looks delicious and the reviews are great. They are @trattoriadalloste on Instagram.
- Tuscan Countryside