Driving and parking in Florence
The entire historic centre of Florence within the 19th century ring-roads or viali is a restricted traffic zone or ZTL (‘Zona a Traffico Limitato’). Special rules govern access to, as well as transit through and parking in this zone. Bicycles, electric vehicles, motorcycles and scooters are permitted entrance.
The boundaries of the ZTL are well marked. At the access points, special bilingual displays use red or green lights to indicate if access is authorized or not at that time.
These access points are controlled by cameras that automatically detect one’s license plate, and fines will be issued to drivers who do not possess a special access pass.
Other than in the ZTL area, transit is always prohibited in the pedestrian zones and lanes reserved for public transportation. The latter are indicated with yellow lines and writing on the road and a sign that shows a lane reserved for bus/taxi.
Non-resident and tourist access
Non residents are prohibited from driving and parking cars within the ZTL at the following times:
- Year round: Monday to Friday from 7,30 am to 7,30 pm; Saturdays from 7,30 am to 6 pm.
- Additional summer night ZTL: in addition to the times listed above, every year during summer access is prohibited as well at night from approximately the end of May until the middle of September (usually this concerns only Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays between approximately 11 pm until 3 am).
Driving and parking in Florence: park inside the city center
We use to recommend a valet parking service that is really convenient and cheaper than the other parking options of the city center.
The fare is 25 euro per night and you can always access to the city center by your car!
You can stop directly in front of the apartment. A guy will be there waiting for you. He is going to take your car and bring it into a safe underground parking outside the city centre.
The guys of the parking will record the numbers plate of your car so you avoid the fee of the ZTL. When you need your car back, you have to call the parking 15 minutes in advance and they will deliver the car back to your address.
If you need extra information or if you want to book this service please contact us!
Driving and parking in Florence: Street parking outside city center boundaries
Outside the ZTL the town is divided into ZCS zones (‘Zone a Controllo Sosta’, i.e. Controlled parking zones), where transit is allowed with no specific restrictions. Street parking in these areas however is divided between resident and non-resident.
In Florence (this may differ in other cities), this division is indicated by the colour of the lines around the parking spot:
- White lines: resident parking (you must have a resident pass for this area to park here)
- Blue lines: paid parking (anyone may park here and pay at the coin-operated dispenser)
- Yellow lines: parking for the disabled, indicated also by a sign.
￼Please note that in each area, one night each week or each month, due to street cleaning parking is not permitted. This in order to give access to the street cleaning machines. Please see the relevant section street cleaning to learn how to read these signs and avoid getting a ticket.