One beauty of Florence’s historic centre is its friendliness to pedestrians. Cyclists, children and the family dog are all at ease. However, when it comes to parking in Florence, there are a few challenges. The historical centre is covered by the Florence ZTL (Zona a Traffico Limitato), a restricted zone with entrance only permitted for those with a permit. If you enter without one, you will have to pay a very high fine. Although the ZTL is only active at certain times of day, it creates a bloodbath of visitors and locals hunting street parking outside the zone (downloadable map pdf). The last thing you want, after a holiday in one of our luxury Chianti villas, is to return home to an Italian traffic fine. To make your visit to Florence as uncomplicated as possible, we suggest 3 different parking options. Private garages cost €20–30 per day, and are ideal if you want to spend a few hours in the city. However, if you have time and patience — and do not mind waking into the centre — then we recommend paid parking lots and street parking, a money-saver at €1–3 per hour. Florence Parking Garages Private garages are indoors and offer maximum security — with guards on constant surveillance and CCTV. Most private garages are in the historical centre, and so great if you want to drive in from one of our villas near Florence for a few hours shopping, eating and sightseeing. Although you access all these private garages by entering the ZTL, upon arrival they immediately register your car plate with the authorities to exempt you from the fine. Prices vary according to the size of car. We highly recommended in high season to book a slot in advance. Grande Garage Ponte Vecchio Ponte Vecchio is within 50m walking distance. Open Monday to Saturday 08:00–24:00; Sundays and holidays 09:00–13:00 and 15:00–20:00. Book in advance by calling +39 055 2398600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: Via dei Bardi 45r Park2Go Duomo is within 80m walking distance. Open daily 07:00–01:00. Reserve in advance by calling +39 055 0739873, emailing email@example.com or booking online. Address: Via Ricasoli 18 Garage Palazzo Vecchio Palazzo Vecchio is within 200m walking distance Open daily 07:00–01:00. Book in advance by calling +39 055 2052113 Address: Via Vinegia 13r Garage del Bargello Bargello Museum is within 200m walking distance. Open daily 07:00–01:00. Reserve in advance by calling +39 055 2381857 or booking online. Address: Via Ghibellina 170/172r Garage Verdi Santa Croce is within 150m walking distance. Open Monday to Saturday 06:00–00:30; Sundays and holidays 06:30–12:30 and 19:30–00:30. Book in advance by calling +39 055 244921 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Via Giovanni da Verrazzano 9/11 Paid Parking Lots in Florence Paid parking lots are located around the historic centre but outside the ZTL. Walking distance to the heart of the action is typically 10–20 minutes. Most lots have CCTV, but no guard. At Florence’s parking lots, you pay by the hour or buy a day pass. All paid parking lots are open 24/7, and so are perfect for overnight parking in Florence. Make sure, when you drive in, to steer clear of the ZTL. Entrances to this restricted zone are well marked with signs and a red light. Santa Maria Novella Train Station Below the main rail terminus. Address: Piazza della Stazione 13 Porta Al Prato Behind Santa Maria Novella station. Address: Via Gabbuggiani 2/4. San Lorenzo Below the Mercato Centrale. Address: Piazza del Mercato Centrale 1 Oltrarno (Piazza della Calza) Behind the Porta Romana. Address: Piazza della Calza Porta Romana Below the Porta Romana arch. Address: Piazzale di Porta Romana Piazza Beccaria Below the Beccaria arch. Address: Viale Amendola 7 Street Parking in Florence Street parking is another option, if you are willing to walk 10–20 minutes into the centro storico. The best spots are usually on the edge of central Florence. These are the cheapest parking places, and therefore the most challenging to find. You are competing with other travellers... but also residents! It is important to note the different coloured spaces. White lines mean this space is for residents. If your car is parked in a white parking space and you fail to show a resident pass, you will receive a fine. Yellow is for disabled parking; once again you must display the appropriate pass. Blue is paid street parking. You are required to pay Monday to Saturday 08:00–20:00. Prices vary. Once you have your ticket, leave it on the dashboard. If you intend to park your car overnight, check local signs which indicate when street cleaning is done. Cars left in a street where cleaning must be performed are towed away. These are some of our most reliable Florence street parking spots: Porta San Frediano, near Santo Spirito Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, near Santa Croce Lungarno del Tempio, near Piazza Ferrucci Lungarno Ferrucci, near San Niccolò Buon viaggio!