Florence facts and figures
The capital of Tuscany has nearly 400.000 inhabitants. Known as the capital of arts, it has countless sculptures, piazzas, civic and religious buildings, palaces, markets, and museums which make it a unique destination.
Famous worldwide for its perfect preservation, Florence stands as it did during the fifteenth century. Nevertheless, thanks to the modernization projects commissioned by the city’s town hall, Florence is a perfect mix of modernity and classicism. One of the new projects worth highlighting is the new high-speed railway station.
Italy’s official currency is the euro, like many other members of the European Union.
To get a general idea of prices in Florence, visitors can have an ice-cream for € 1.50 (US$ 1.60), get a takeaway pizza for € 5 (US$ 5.30) or have an espresso coffee for € 0.80 (US$ 0.90).
Current local time
The current time in Italy is CEST (Central European Summer Time) in the summer and CET (Central European Time) in winter, like Spain and France.
Electricity, plugs and sockets
The majority of the plugs in Italy are "Type L" (Italian socket type) with three prongs. However, it is also possible to find the "Type C" (Europlug), both with a voltage of 220V.
Most shops in Florence open daily from 10 am until 6 pm. Some stores have longer opening hours.
Healthcare system in Florence
If you are a UK citizen or from any other EU member state, you have access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card, which is free, will enable you to have access to Italian healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. For those from the United States, Canada, Australia or any country outside the European Union, it is not obligatory to get health insurance to travel to Italy. Nevertheless, we recommend buying some type of travel insurance before your trip since healthcare can sometimes be expensive. If you are from the UK you can apply by clicking on this link.
Helpful telephone numbers
- Emergency number: 113
- Florence area code: 055
- Italy area code: 0039
- Police: 112
- Emergency medical services: 118