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About Florence

This article brings together the most frequently asked questions on Florence in case you have any doubts before travelling.

Frequently asked questions

  • Documentacion necesaria para visitar Florencia Can I travel to Florence with a passport or do I need a visa? Can I travel to Italy with my ID card?
  • Tiempo en Florencia When is the best time to visit Florence? How hot does it get in summer? Does it rain a lot?
  • Idioma Florencia What language is spoken in Italy? Will I be able to get by in English when in Florence? Is Italian and English very different?
  • Días festivos en Florencia When are Italy’s public holidays? Do the museums and monuments close in Florence?

Other questions

Florence facts and figures

Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio

Hercules Fighting the Centaur Nessus
Hercules Fighting the Centaur Nessus

Piazzale Michelangelo, views
Views from Piazzale Michelangelo

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 make it unique.

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.    

Currency

Italy’s official currency is the euro, like some other members of the European Union.

Prices

To get a general ideas of prices in Florence, visitors can have an ice-cream for 1.5€, get a take-away pizza for 5€ or have an espresso coffee for 0.80€.

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.

Opening hours

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.  

Helpful telephone numbers

  • Emergency number: 113
  • Florence area code: 055
  • Italy area code: 0039
  • Police: 112
  • Emergency medical services: 118



Related activities

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    Take a guided tour of Florence’s historic center followed by the visit to two of the city’s most famous museums: Accademia Gallery and Uffizi Gallery.

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