Florence

Florence (or Firenze, as called by Italians), was the capital of the Renaissance : it was Europe’s political, cultural and economical center in the 15th century. Dante, Galileo, Petrarch, the Medicis and many others lived in the architectural gem that is Florence. Discover the city’s history through its famous art museums and churches, or go shopping at the San Lorenzo market -where it is customary to bargain the prices.

Although the city is very safe even for women travelling alone,  Florence is very touristic all year long and therefore attracts its fair share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, particularly around the train station.

SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Florence is a very safe city, but has some pickpocket issues. With a rating of 78% Italy,  is ranked 34th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Florence. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the map for most frequent pickpockets locations.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Florence is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in  Florence. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There might be some risk while taking public transport in Florence, and fake taxis can  be an issue sometimes.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There can be some rare natural hazards (earthquakes) in Italy.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Florence has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Florence is generally very safe for women travelers.

Carte

WHAT TO DO?

Piazza Del Duomo

The historical centre of Florence is based around two Piazzas (squares) where most of the historical sights can be found. The Palazzio Vecchio and the famous Galeria degli Uffizi. There are some active groups of pickpockets in the area, and some thieves work as fake beggars to distract your attention and snatch your purse.

San Lorenzo

  The area around San Lorenzo, Florence’s most important basilica, is the Medici quarters of the city (where the Medici Palazzo can be found.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Italy and most of Europe is the Euro. Italy is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 70€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Italy is hot and dry, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long. If you want to avoid the masses, travel in Spring or Autumn.
The main international airports are in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Pisa and Venice If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page