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Car in florence

Someone told me to be careful driving and parking the car in Florence.. Something about cameras taking photos and getting fined. Does any one know about that cause we intend on hiring a car and driving in Florence..

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Yes, it's true. If you plan to drive in Florence, you should read these articles first:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187893-c140065/Tusca…

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187893-c146632/Tusca…

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rule of thumb for non-Florentines -- you cannot drive in Florence -- and if you try you will almost certainly end up on the hook for hundreds of Euros -- it is 100E for each infraction -- and even those who know the situation and try to avoid the traps usually end up with one or two of these citations

Florence is also a place where driving is inconvenient and public transport is good and walking is better

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"traps"... granted that regulations are annoying and that some are really complicated and even law abiding citizens would have a hard time coping with them but driving in the center is not a God given right.

Mary M,

it depends on what you need the car for: there are some specific reasons for needing a car in Florence but not to drive IN Florence rather around (see "out of the center"). To go to the center and moving inside it or even close periphery, public transport is good and reasonably cheap, it's simply silly to use a car and outright impractical.

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yes 'traps' --- it is pretty clear that protecting the center (laudable of course) is part of the motivation but the fact that people who know the rules and have maps and carefully try to follow them and still get caught suggests how badly signed and difficult to avoid these traps are

traffic violations are a major source of revenue many places (the mainstay of small towns in the US where 'speed traps' are notorious) and it would be easy for Florence to make the restrictions clearer so that people attempting to return a rental car would not be routinely caught -- it is the interest of towns to make it easy for people to be confused by this and not in their interest to make the restrictions clear

a smart visitor avoids cars in Florence

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The Centro Storico of Florence is compact and easily walkable. We've been there several times and never seen the need for a car. That's true in virtually all the cities in Italy. We rent a car when in Tuscany and Umbria only.

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yankee Feds out at getting you (Dixieland playing in the background), even in Florence! ;) I'm joking of course.

Our (italian) brand of "yankee Feds" however are much nastier than those stateside and I'm not joking this time, unfortunately :(

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If you read Rick Steve's Helpline forum on Italy, there will be many stories of tickets arriving months after drivers return home for having driven in the areas that were "off limits". Hundreds of euros!

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