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Backpacking to Florence on a Budget: The Complete Travel Guide

Backpacking to Florence is about exploring the beautiful region, capturing the moments and staying within the confines of your budget. Florence as a travel destination is an architectural masterpiece. The entire vibe of the place is filled with ancient art and artifacts of world famous artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. After all, Florence is the birth place of the Renaissance movement.

Backpacking to Florence on a budget can be a lot easier if you plan in advance and follow a proper itinerary. No matter how tight you are on budget or on time, you can manage to have a fun filled trip. All that is needed on your part is planning months prior to your actual date of traveling. 

I will always say Italy as a country is the marvel of human architectural intelligence. Florence, the capital of Tuscany region in Italy is home to many brilliant and phenomenal monuments narrating human history. It holds the world record of possessing the maximum number of artistic works the great geniuses of the age of transformation i.e Renaissance. 

Florence is the land of creators, magical artists and artisans. Guess what ? Leonardo Da Vinci was born here and the famous Mona Lisa painting was finished here. The great sculptor Michelangelo flourished here.The very first finished streets in all of Europe were built here. Getting the idea of how intelligently and artistically forward Florence is ? It is for this reason that your backpacking to Florence trip should do justice to the place.

There’s always a name associated with the people residing in that particular country or state.  The people of Florence are called Florentines. Just as people like me from Mumbai (India) are known lovingly as MumbaikarsHaven’t we all heard the story of a boy whose nose grows whenever  he lies? Hmm. A Florentine boy!

By now, I’m sure its clear that Florence equals talent ,art and brilliance.  The artists of Florence have set the bar really high for the rest of the world.

In my current blog, I will try to cover some of the essentials for backpacking to Florence  including hotels, food, necessary stuff etc. Backpacking to Florence is simple if you know what exactly you are doing. Make your first trip to the region the best one. 

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Florence is a masterpiece of a place when it comes to architecture

Backpacking to Florence: An Overview

Before heading to questions and clarify the conceived thoughts about backpacking to Florence, I will provide you with an overview to the region.

Location In the Tuscanny region of Italy
Currency Lira
Safety Level High
Minimum duration recommended You should plan a trip of at least 3 days.
Maximum budget that should be spent in a day  Not more than 80 Euros. This will be possible if you’re aware of the nominal places to eat and have booked budget accommodations in advance.
Seasonal Events to Attend Scoppio del Carro, 

Gioco di Calcio Storico, 

Artisanal Chocolate Fair

Must visit places Il duomo

Ponte Vecchio bridge

Piazzale Michelangelo with statue of David

Uffizi gallery

Accademia gallery

Florence cathedral

When you walk in and around the monuments/ cathedrals touch those walls. It truly feels magical.



Best Time to Go Backpacking to Florence

The best months for going backpacking to Florence are May, September and October.

When I went backpacking to Florence, the month was May.  The weather was pleasant at that time of the year. I even experienced rains. Since the weather in May is suited for a lot of people, be prepared for some tourist rush. You can literally find tourists everywhere.  But hey, don’t you skip any destination owing to the rush.

There’s a different kind of happiness and experience all together to get to see people from all walks of life. It’s definitely add-on. Take every incoming aspect of life in a good way (the many tourists around) and you will notice a positive shift in your perception and attitude.

Backpacking to Florence would be effective if it’s for 2 to 3 days as they are  enough to visit the main attractions and you do not have time restrictions make it 4. That’s more than enough.

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While in Florence, check the finesse in all of the art work at various places

Where to Stay during your Backpacking to Florence Trip ?

There are various budget places to stay in Florence. Just make sure you book well in advance especially true if you’re traveling during peak season. It’s always advisable to co-ordinate with the hotel and confirm your bookings. The timings of the hotels vary so the check in and check out time needs to be taken into consideration in accordance to your flight time.

Hotels which are a bit away i.e on the outskirts of the city are best for when you are on a backpacking to Florence trip on a budget. The roads here are well maintained so it won’t take you long to travel from the hotel to the destination attractions. Hotels in the prime area could cost you lot more.

Lily Room Guest House

5 kms from Peretola airport

Free wifi

Breakfast included, AC rooms, non-smoking rooms, family rooms

 

Rita Room 

1.3 km from Palazzo Vecchio

Free wifi

Highly suited for backpackers

Recommended for solo travelers

Heating available

Astrid Hotel

200 m from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station

4.8 Kms for Florence Airport

Free wifi

Highly suited for backpackers

Hospitable staff

Faenza Apartment

4-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella

Decent place for backpackers

Free wifi

Common Dining area

Cheap hostel beds Available for approximately 20 euros 
Approximate cost of most hotels  30 to 70 euros
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The various Cathedrals of Florence are not to be missed

How to Go about Backpacking to Florence ?

We all get over exited when it comes down to any trip of ours and start planning and packing way before. Don’t we? We pack the best of out outfits and the rest of our outfits (for safer side).

However, what is the most needed thing while going backpacking ? I’d say a good pair of shoes. So if you want to invest before your trip, invest on shoes. 

Next lets discuss about the rest of the things.

Note Down Things

I insist that you note everything down before hand. Write down the list of things you have on your mind to carry and ask your confident self “do you really need it all?” Trust me the answer will be surprising. 

Remember that you will be backpacking to Florence. Thus you have got to cut down on things. The intention should be to explore the maximum by carrying the minimum. If one can cut down on all the unnecessary things they carry, maybe, they can put it to use somewhere else on the trip itself.

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Plan your backpacking trip to Florence well in advance for best results

Europe can get Expensive. So Watch Out Before Hand

Mind it, Europe could get expensive if not planned effectively. Personally, when I backpacked for the first time I brought back clothes “untouched”. The safer side did nothing but adding some extra “kilograms” to my luggage. It is about how you manage your finances being wise that defines a good trip.

Do Not Over Pack Clothes

Carry the amount of clothes you practically think you need. Also, carry jackets as you never know when it gets cold. There is no need to over stuff anything.

Carry All the Legitimate Documents

Have all your documents checked and proper. It’s advisable to do the visa arrangement well in time.

Always remember to keep your passports safe!

I would suggest to make cash transactions unless there’s need to use card as every transaction done in a foreign country would cost you a certain fee in your home country.

It costed me (500 Indian rupees/ per transaction) from my debit card.

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Try traveling light to Florence. Else, you’ll be cautious of your stuff all the time and miss out on important locations

Budget for Various Facets of your Florence Backpacking Trip

Shopping Go for Souvenirs, ceramics, bags, shoes, belt, wallets

Cost around 5 euros onwards

Food Lunch including drink around 12 to 14 euros

Coffee around 2 euros

Breakfast around 4 to 7 euros

Dinner 15 to 18 euros

Taxi (airport to city centre) Approximately 20 euros

There are fixed rates at the airport when you book a taxi

Baggage (in taxi) Approx. 1 euro for each
Shuttle Approximately 1.20 euros
Miscellaneous expense 3 to 5 euro per person per day

Entry Fees for some of the Monuments

Uffizi gallery 8 to 12 euros
Il duomo free
Accademia gallery Approximately 14 euros

The prices may vary as per seasons or any upgradations*

Distance and Transportation

Florence airport(FLR) to city centre ~4 kms
Bus and taxi ~15 to 20 mins
Departures from the airport

(every 30 mins)

5:30 am to 8:30pm
Departures from city centre 5 am to 8 pm

Florence airport to the Florence cathedral is 12.3 kms approx. Might  take you 31 to 40 mins.

This could change due to traffic. From the cathedral you could take a walk for around 8 to 10 mins and reach Uffizi Gallery. Even the pontevecchia bridge is walkable from the cathedral. Piazzale Michelangelo is 26 mins walking from the cathedral again.

See where I am going? Why not walk around the city to visit these amazing places and discover the local life as well. It’s worth it!



Where to Feed Yourself in Florence ?

Italian cuisine is mouth watering specially if you are a non-vegetarian. Some of the must try items are –

Gelato, Pasta, Pizza, Italian croissant, Taglierre

The local food had many varieties. The pizza you taste in your home country will be quite different from Florentine Pizza. 

Approximate Budget Spent on Eating in Florence

Meal Approximate Cost (in Euros)
Beer 2.63
Wine 5.26
Breakfast 4.38
Lunch 5.30
Dinner  6.13

 

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No traveler should leave Florence without savouring the super delicious Croissant

The Most Important Documents to take with you while Backpacking to Florence

The paper work is one of the most crucial things when you travel abroad. So, keep a check of all the documents. Don’t leave anything for last minute. Every country has their own visa rules and it’s important to go through the guidelines. Fill in the need documents in advance to avoid the fumble later.

Keep your documents together and arranged. Fill in the immigration form clearly if you are in a connecting flight as well when you are not the resident of that country.

Connecting Flights

Connecting fights are a bit cheaper than the non-stop flights. It will save you a lot while backpacking to Florence.

For a successful budget trip, it is always advisable to book your flight tickets way in advance. Paying a higher price for the same flight just because the bookings got delayed makes no sense. Book the flights 6 to 7 months in advance.

Web check-in is 24 hours prior to departure and maybe you will have to pay a bit extra for a window seat.

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There is no dearth of flights to Florence. Make sure to book in advance

Cost of Flights from India to Florence (Since I Traveled from India)

One way 190-250 euros
Round trip 633 to 650 euros

The prices vary according to airlines and the time you are booking. If you book just a month before you plan to leave on a backpacking to Florence trip then you will probably end up paying more.

Must Carry Items While Backpacking to Florence

Panicky Situations

Let me tell you it’s ok to get a tad bit nervous on your first trip. Do not  panic if you come across any situation where the tension bar rises. Look around there’s always a way out. First trips are the most precious ones. Make them count. Be confident right when you get your immigration stamp on your passport and forget the rest behind you. Move ahead to explore the world ahead of you. There’s always something new out there to look for a first time traveler.

There’s always something to learn from a place or the people you come across. Backpacking to Florence is all about knowing what you need and know some basics and explore and discover the remaining. 

Get set, go out and explore. Every land tells a tale of it’s own.

Happy wayfaring.

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Anjali Murari

Anjali Murari

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